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May 1, 2020
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Ordinance Overview
City Council OKs new Covid-19 ordinance
Measures set to phase out with progression of OURS plan
The Bartlesville City Council on Thursday voted to adopt a new City ordinance pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new ordinance largely aligns local mitigation measures with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's "Open Up and Recover Safely" (OURS) plan released last week.

Previously enacted City ordinances contained some measures that were in conflict with the governor's plan and were set to expire following the council's next regularly scheduled meeting on May 4. The Thursday meeting allowed the council to act prior to May 4 so that local measures could align with the OURS plan.

"The new ordinance essentially allows us to keep the measures previously enacted by the council that are not specifically outlined in the governor's OURS plan as well as remove measures that were in conflict with the plan," said City Manager Mike Bailey. "It also includes the governor's phased approach and allows for City measures to drop off as the OURS plan progresses."

The governor's OURS plan is set to be implemented in three phases, each occurring once hospital and incident rates remain at a manageable level for 14 more days, as determined by the State. The first of the phases, which included permitting the opening of personal care businesses, went into effect April 24 and also includes allowing restaurants, gyms and some other businesses to reopen for dine-in service today.

"The council took great care to include very specific measures for local businesses relating to occupancy and other social distancing practices," Bailey said. "This is consistent with our phased approach to reopening our local economy and maintain the precautions necessary to protect our citizens."

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Graphics by Kelsey Walker
National Guard
National Guard in Bartlesville May 1, May 18
Team to conduct disinfection at 2 local long-term living facilities
The National Guard 63 rd Civil Support Team will be in Bartlesville next month to conduct cleaning and disinfection services at two local long-term living facilities where several patients and staff members tested positive recently for Covid-19.

The National Guard team will be at the following locations in Bartlesville:

May 4
Adams Parc
6006 S.E. Adams Blvd.

May 18
Bartlesville Health and Rehab
3434 Kentucky Place, on May 18,

Several patients and staff members have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus at both facilities in recent weeks. To date, Bartlesville Health and Rehab had a reported 61 positive cases between patients and staff, and Adams Parc had 45.
 
“The National Guard 63 rd CST will be in Bartlesville on May 4 and May 18 to conduct ‘deep cleaning’ and a disinfection of these facilities to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” said Washington County Emergency Management Director Kary Cox. “Currently working in Tulsa, this team is being tasked with doing this across the state.”

Cox said the 63 rd CST is currently working on facilities known to be infected. Based in Norman, the team provides technical expertise in support of civilian first responders. According to its website, “This full-time unit is highly trained to detect and identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or enhanced improvised explosive (CBRNE) threats.”
 
Cox said Bartlesville residents will likely begin seeing military vehicles and personnel in the community this weekend.
 
“We want everyone to be aware that these events are occurring because we know that seeing military and government vehicles roll into town could add to the rumor mill,” Cox said. “Bartlesville residents will likely start seeing the team’s presence over the weekend in preparation of the May 4 event.”
CDC Recommendations
Protect yourself

Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with Covid-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have Covid-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

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
  • Stay home if you can, especially when you are sick
  • Wear a face mask when in public
  • Call ahead before you seek medical care
  • Throw used tissues in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

Testing

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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