Stitt Orders Non-Essential Businesses Shuttered
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt in a press conference April 1, extended his executive order statewide. That order shutters businesses deemed non-essential. The determination of essential is based on the lists prepared by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security but includes dine in restaurants, bars, gyms, tattoo parlors, hair or nail salons and theaters.
Stitt was questioned extensively on whether the order goes far enough. He replied “We can’t shut down or issue a bunker-in-place order. It’s impractical to bunker in across society. Many areas cannot get food delivered.”
Bunker in place indicates no one leaves their home for anything other than a medical or environmental emergency such as flooding.
The governor noted that hospitals are ramping up for increased cases, including the potential for building field hospitals. Site testing will increase, with up to 13 mobile test sites open by Friday statewide. Those sites are available at coronavirus.ok.gov
The state has more than 13,000 tests, Stitt said, and the increased testing numbers, when plugged into models, may provide a better estimate as to when the spike in cases will occur.
The plans for dealing with the anticipated surge in cases will be made public in the next few days.
Stitt said he believes this is the right time for the action based on the models, and the next three weeks will be critical in slowing the spread of the Covid-19 virus.