COVID-19 Resources in Oklahoma City
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If you’re an Oklahoma City local who has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, there are resources available for you. Whether you’ve experienced symptoms, lost a job, opened a small business under these less than ideal circumstances, or you’re simply wondering if it’s safe to take your kids to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor this summer, we’ve compiled the information you need.
But first, here’s a quick breakdown on what things are looking like in Oklahoma right now. As of June 17, there are 8,645 COVID-19 cases statewide, with the majority in Oklahoma County and Tulsa County. As of June 1, Oklahoma is in Phase 3 of the state’s Open Up & Recover Safely (OURS) plan. This means that there are no longer limits on group sizes but social distancing and masks are still encouraged. This phase also allows hair salons, spas, nail salons, groomers, tattoo shops, and some other similar businesses to accept walk-ins. You’ll also see more businesses bring employees back, so if you’re working from home, you may be headed back to the office if you’re not already there. Earlier phases saw the opening of restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, churches, state parks, and retail stores. Be aware that if you visit these places, you may see some extra restrictions in place to limit capacity and keep things clean.
Now that we’ve covered that, here’s a bit more information about COVID-19 resources in Oklahoma City:
If you’d like to get tested, you can contact the Oklahoma City County Health Department at 405-425-4489 Monday through Friday from 8-4:30. You mustIf you’re an Oklahoma City local who has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, there are resources available for you. Whether you’ve experienced symptoms, lost a job, opened a small business under these less than ideal circumstances, or you’re simply wondering if it’s safe to take your kids to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor this summer, we’ve compiled the information you need.
have an appointment to get tested. Testing locations include the Southern Oaks Health and Wellness Campus parking lot, Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus parking lot, and several Walmart Supercenters.
Help for Small Businesses
COVID-19 has been a difficult time for many OKC small business owners. If you’re struggling, look into the paycheck protection program. This is an SBA loan that can help your business with rent and other bills plus payroll.
Unemployment insurance can be a lifesaver for Oklahomans who have lost jobs or income during the COVID-19 pandemic. See if you qualify or file a claim online. You’ll need your social security number, information about your employer, and a little bit of patience. Call volume is high and the website experiences occasional issues. Some good news: the work search requirement is currently waived, so when you get to that section put “zero” under work search contacts and select “yes” when asked if the required contacts have been met. Payments go out via debit card and funds can be transferred to another account. The maximum weekly benefit is $539. You can file weekly each Sunday.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma operates many locations in Oklahoma City. These include the First Baptist Church, Jesus House, Cross and Crown Mission, Homeless Alliance Day Shelter, Salvation Army Social Service, and others. Hours vary, with some offering food pantry services daily, some weekly, and some bi-monthly or monthly. Contact the location you’re interested in to confirm hours.
Updates on Events
Summertime in Oklahoma City looks a little different this year, but rest assured that your favorite local events haven’t necessarily been cancelled; they have likely just been postponed. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Chuck Wagon Festival will now be held September 5-6. The Paseo Arts Festival is also postponed to September 5-7. The Oklahoma City Pride Week 2020 has been moved online.
Parks and state parks are reopening or have already reopened, and as of June 19, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City will be open at reduced capacity. Only season pass holders and members will be allowed in initially, but restrictions will ease at a later date. If you’re planning on going, you can expect thermal imaging to take temperatures, touchless bag checks at security, and mobile food ordering.
If you are looking for additional resources, tips on working from home, or advice on using self storage during COVID-19, look no further than our blog, or feel free to contact us with questions.