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Governor Stitt Issues Amendment to Executive Order

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Posted at 8:14 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 22:47:49-04

Governor Kevin Stitt has issued an amendment to an Executive Order after the fifty-third case of COVID-19 is confirmed in Oklahoma.

The amendment will allow the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University labs to perform testing for COVID-19.

Nurses with inactive licenses will also be able to quickly get re-certified as well as limit prescriptions of cloroquine or hydrocloroquine to ensure there is enough for patients that need it the most.

“Due to this rapidly evolving situation, it is critical we continue to remain responsive and proactive in order to protect the health and safety of all 4 million Oklahomans,” said Gov. Stitt. “By equipping our nurses and universities with these flexibilities and protecting access to critical medications, we will be able to continue to effectively respond to the needs of Oklahomans as a result of COVID-19.”

Burns Hargis, President of Oklahoma State University issued the following statement, "In light of this evening’s executive order signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt to allow COVID-19 testing at Oklahoma’s public research universities, Oklahoma State University and our Center for Health Sciences are committed to supporting the initiatives of our state to combat the spread of COVID-19. Our researchers, physicians and administrators are united to use our extensive research and medical expertise to protect the health and well-being of Oklahomans. We are in this together, and together we will navigate successfully through this public health crisis. We are proud to do our part at OSU."

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