Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on March 24, took greater steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. After announcing that Oklahoma could have 500 or more positive cases of coronavirus, Stitt enacted a "safer-at-home" policy to mandate that the state's vulnerable populations remain at home until April 30.
Stitt also ordered all "nonessential" business in the 19 Oklahoma counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19 to close for a 21-day period starting at midnight March 25. The order will include additional counties, if more confirmed cases are discovered outside the current 19 counties.
The governor also announced a ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people across the state and put a 14-day moratorium on all elective surgeries, minor medical procedures, and non-emergency dental procedures.
"By acting early, we’re going to flatten that curve to keep it underneath our health care system," Stitt said, adding that the measures he's taking should give the state time to provide more protective equipment, ventilators, hospital beds, and ICU beds.
According to Stitt's announcement, vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, will still be allowed "essential travel" to the pharmacy or grocery store. The "nonessential" businesses that will have to close include salons, gyms, tattoo parlors, spas, and massage parlors. Restaurants will be limited to offering food to go.