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Gov. Stitt provides update on State's response to COVID-19

Posted at 10:00 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 15:12:58-04

Governor Stitt, Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration David Ostrowe and Brigadier General Thomas Mancino held a news conference on the state's response to the coronavirus today.

Governor Stitt started by saying that Oklahoma has plenty of tests and urged Oklahomans to go get tested if you feel you need to.

Gov. Stitt continued by saying that the state is getting 90,000 additional swab tests, and they are ordering more cups for saliva tests.

Also, Gov. Stitt says that the state will get 250,000 N95 masks by the end of the week.

Gov. Stitt says we will make decisions for Oklahoma based on data from our state, not what you see on TV.

Below are graphs that shows we have the 8th fewest number of cases.

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Graph provided by the State of Oklahoma
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Graph provided by the State of Oklahoma

Below is a graph showing the positive test trending down.

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Graph provided by the State of Oklahoma
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Graph provided by the State of Oklahoma

Gov. Stitt says Oklahomans must keep social distancing, washing our hands, being safe, and keep the vulnerable population working from home. This will keep our trendlines where they are. Gov. Stitt says there are unemployment issue, and this is a top priority in his administration. Gov. Stitt says they are continuing to make progress.

Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration David Ostrowe says they are seeing levels of claims that are astronomical, and that they've distributed $432 million in claims since March 15.

Ostrowe continued by saying, like in any type of national disaster or incident where people are scamming others, they are working with FBI and OSBI to identify. Ostrowe says they have frozen some of those claims and reported them.
Ostrowe says he encourages people to remain patient.

Brigadier General Thomas Mancino with the OKlahoma National Guard says they were called to duty on March 17 and are giving daily meetings for a data driven response.

General Mancino says they are delivering testing across the state and have shipped pallets of PPE to hospitals and long term care facilities. They are also working to disinfect long term care facilities.

Gov. Stitt continued by saying we are on track to continue our re-opening plan, starting Phase 2 on May 15. He says the better Oklahomans do with social distancing, the quicker we get back to normal.

Due to the Governor’s Coronavirus update today, Days of Our Lives will air during the overnight 3-4 a.m.(CT) (Wednesday/Thursday 5/6-5/7) time period.

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