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Mayor signs new COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation for City of Broken Arrow

Post Date:03/19/2020 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Craig Thurmond has signed a new Emergency Declaration due to the COVID-19 Pandemic limiting and closing certain commercial businesses in the City of Broken Arrow.

Broken Arrow City Council members held an Emergency Meeting on March 19, 2020, and voted to approve the Proclamation.

City officials are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tulsa County Health Department to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The proclamation takes effect Friday, March 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Background:

COVID-19 is a new virus that currently lacks widely available testing at pharmacies and doctor’s offices which reduces the ability to effectively track community spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the Revised Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on March 15, 2020 recommending a number of factors be considered in postponing or canceling mass gatherings, including that larger gatherings of more than 50 people offer more opportunities for person-to-person contact and therefore pose greater risk of COVID-19 transmission. On March 16, 2020 the Mayor of Broken Arrow issued an Emergency Declaration consistent with CDC and State Department of Health guidelines, including canceling events held at City-owned facilities and revoking special event permits until further notice. The President of the United States and Governor of the State of Oklahoma have declared emergencies due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and comply with CDC and State of Oklahoma guidance. More information can be found at www.coronavirus.gov.

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