COVID-19 May 13 Situation Update
Here’s the latest COVID-19 information for BA.
- As of today, May 13th, 2020, Broken Arrow has seen 131 cases of the disease
- Unfortunately, we have lost 11 residents to this disease.
- There are about 21 active infections in our community.
- Statewide, the Department of Health confirmed 4,852 cases of the disease in the State, with 278 deaths.
As a reminder, people over 65 and people with vulnerable health conditions should continue to take precaution in accordance with the Governor’s Safer at Home initiative which the Governor extended through Friday, May 15th. Please note: This date could change again.
On May 1, the following were allowed to open in Broken Arrow:
- Restaurant dining areas;
- Movie theaters;
- Entertainment venues;
- Tattoo parlors;
- Gyms; and
- Places of worship.
All of these organizations are allowed to reopen if they adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols plus the recommended guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
Consistent with the Governor’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan, the following additional businesses in Broken Arrow can tentatively begin reopening this Friday, May 15, with certain restrictions in place:
- Church nurseries; and
- Organized sports activities.
- Also, weddings and funerals may resume.
As we move into Phase 2 of the OURS plan, the limits on social gatherings will change from 10 people in Phase 1 to 50 people in Phase 2.
REMINDER: All businesses and activities that are reopening will need to follow guidelines for safety, such as masks and other sanitation standards.
This plan is voluntary. No one is required to reopen, and we encourage businesses to open when they feel it is safe to do so.
Everyone should maintain social distancing and good hygiene practices when they are out.
All nursing homes remain closed to visitors until Phase 3 of the reopening plan.
If hospital and incident rates remain at a manageable level for 14 days, we move to Phase 3.
The internal task force focusing on operations is currently working to determine the timing of opening back up additional City facilities to the public.
On May 8, we reopened city athletic fields and sports complexes so that organized sports teams could resume practicing.
Also on May 8, groups with end-user agreements at our community centers were allowed to begin play using proper precautions. This includes volleyball, pickle ball, Zumba.
On May 15, if the data has continued improving, Phase 2 will begin and organized sports may begin holding games and competitions.
The Skate Park at Nienhuis Park will also open May 15.
We’ve had a lot of questions about the Farmers Market and pools. We know these are both popular places, and that many residents would like to visit. We hope to open the Farmers Market, splash pads, and at least one pool this summer, but we are waiting until we can do so safely, which will likely be in Phase 3.
Adequate staffing will also be important for opening a pool. Anyone interested in applying for a lifeguard position can go to BrokenArrowOK.gov/jobs to apply. We will keep you updated as more information is available.
We are also transitioning back to on-site meetings for public boards, commissions, and authorities.
The City Council met on-site last week for its first meeting in May. Their next meeting is on May 19.
Residents are allowed to attend in person or submit comments beforehand to the City Clerk. Social distancing will be followed.
The City Council meetings are also streamed live on the City’s website. To find the schedule of meetings and watch live or recorded meetings, go to BrokenArrowOK.gov/agendas.
Here are some tips on handling your trash at home. The Sanitation Department wants to remind everyone to make sure all trash inside a closed plastic bag when you set it at the curb.
Also, wash your hands before putting your bags or waste containers out for collection. Sanitize or wipe handles and lids to further reduce exposure.
Please do not “spring clean” at this time. Collection workers are working harder and more carefully right now, sometimes with fewer people. Please do not add to the waste by cleaning garages, attics, and closets.
The Broken Arrow Church of Christ, 505 E. Kenosha St., has a food pantry that is open to the community every Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It is contact-free and social distancing is practiced. For details, email, call 918-258-9602 or visit BACOC.org.