Governor Stitt Extends COVID-19 State Of Emergency

Governor Kevin Stitt issued Sixth Amended Executive Order 2020-20, on Friday, October 23, extending the state of emergency related to COVID-19 that has been in effect since March 15, 2020.

The amended Emergency Order negates the previous extension of all occupational licenses and gives licensees 60 days to pay or renew any licenses extended by prior Orders. It also updates hospital and testing reporting requirements and changes the days on which the Oklahoma State Department of Health is required to provide information to the Governor from “daily” to “each week day.”

Stitt said, “As COVID-19’s impact continues to affect our State and its citizens, it is important to continue to take measures to protect all Oklahomans against this threat…Therefore, I believe, after consultation with numerous health experts within my administration, it is still necessary to provide for the rendering of mutual assistance among the State and political subdivisions of the State and to cooperate with the Federal Government with respect to carrying out emergency functions during the continuance of the State emergency pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Emergency Management Act of 2003.”

The complete executive order can be found at sos.ok.gov

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Charles Betzler

Charles Betzler

Charles Betzler is a contributing writer for Sapulpa Times.