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April 2, 2020
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State of Emergency
State of Emergency extended
Mayor: Tighter restrictions to be considered by City Council
In an effort to prepare for the possibility of even tighter restrictions in the City's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bartlesville Mayor Dale Copeland today extended a proclamation declaring a State of Emergency for the city.

The extension is in preparation of a City Council meeting on Monday, April 6, during which council members will be asked to consider implementing recommendations discussed by the Covid-19 Emergency Advisory Board created by the council last month. Recommendations are likely to include additional restrictions to those implemented by the council on March 23.

"My original proclamation of emergency was issued with the sincere hope that it would prove adequate for this crisis," Copeland said. "Reports in recent days have dashed that hope as we continue to see daily increases in the number of Covid-19 cases reported. With an abundance of caution and a desire to protect our community I am extending the proclamation to extend to May 4, 2020. It is my sincere prayer that our community may see the decline and end of this virulent infection during that time."

Covid-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus that is highly contagious and is responsible for 4,513 deaths in the U.S. and 34 in Oklahoma to date. As of today, 213,144 have tested positive for the virus in the U.S. alone, 879 of them in Oklahoma. There is no cure, treatment or vaccine for the virus. Officials have hoped to "flatten the curve," or lengthen the time span for the number of infected people requiring medical care in an effort to not overload the country's health care systems.

During an emergency meeting on March 23, the City Council approved the passage of City Ordinance No. 3525, which resulted in the closure of some businesses, limited restaurants to curb-side or delivery service, suspended several City functions such as Municipal Court and park shelter rentals, and closed most City-owned facilities to public access.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt followed shortly with an executive order that further restricted businesses across the state and included a "Safer in Place" order for people over 65, those with compromised immune systems and those with underlying medical conditions that put them more at risk for critical illness, requiring them to remain at home except when obtaining food, medication, gasoline or medical care.

"Recent days have seen Covid-19 reports continue to increase and it is apparent that continued efforts to stem and slow this pandemic are required," Copeland said. "To wait is to risk greater loss and that is not an acceptable path. No mayor wishes to be compelled to issue a Proclamation of Emergency for the community. But critical circumstances require equal responses if we are to apply our best efforts of resistance in this battle. I ask everyone to join together in observing the guidelines of distancing and greatly reducing populations in gatherings, particularly large format stores. Together we can sacrifice for the short period of weeks to emerge with smaller losses for our future."

The City Council meeting will be held via videoconference, in accordance with Senate Bill 661, beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday. Citizens can view the meeting live on the City's webcast,, or on local cable television's Channel 56. Anyone who would like to provide questions or comments to the council prior to the meeting may do so by emailing
Protect yourself


Symptoms of the highly contagious virus can range from mild to severe and can appear two to 14 days after exposure. They include cough, fever and shortness of breath.    There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Covid-19.

CDC recommendations

To help reduce the chance of infection, the    Centers for Disease Control    recommends:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds

  • Use hand sanitizer when washing is not possible

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • If you are sick, wear a facemask and call ahead before you seek medical care

  • Throw used tissues in the trash

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily


Anyone who suspects they may have Covid-19 should contact their primary care provider or hospital by phone prior to seeking treatment. Before seeking treatment, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival.

For more information, contact the  Oklahoma State Department of Health  Coronavirus Hotline at 877-215-8336 or 211 for cell phones, the  World Health Organization  and  Centers for Disease Control.
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Kelli Williams, Editor
401 S. Johnstone Ave.
Bartlesville, OK 74003