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Gov. Stitt Issues Executive Orders Regarding COVID-19

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 01:22:39-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Kevin Stitt issued executive orders regarding precautions for COVID-19 during a press conference Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

For the first order, Gov. Stitt recommended Oklahomans to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the next 15 days.

The guidelines include avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, avoiding discretionary travel, using drive-thru, pickup and delivery options for food, not going inside assisted living centers and staying at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

He also said officials have set up a 24/7 call center and individuals can call that number at 877-215-8336.

Stitt also issued a second order suspending state regulations that "could be barriers to quickly and proactively reduce the threat of COVID-19."

It would require hospitals, clinics and testing labs to report accurate data to the state health department daily, including patient capacity, equipment supplies and testing results.

Stitt said the order will cut regulations on telemedicine and it will allow health care professionals in other states to get a temporary license to practice in Oklahoma.

He said it will also cut restrictions on truck drivers and commercial vehicles so they can transport medical supplies and other items.

Watch the full press conference here.

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