(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / March 15, 2020) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) confirmed one case of COVID-19 in Payne County today. The case is still under investigation and no further information is confirmed at this time— see the health department’s ongoing updates at https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/.
The City of Stillwater is in constant contact with numerous county, state and national health and emergency management organizations.
“We do our best to keep the public informed and make the best decisions we can” City Manager Norman McNickle said. “We are monitoring the situation closely. In the meantime, we encourage our residents to follow the Center of Disease Control’s guidelines—clean your hands often, avoid close contact, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick.”
McNickle emphasized that the City will continue to provide essential services and community support through thoughtful planning for several impact scenarios during this time of heightened public health risk.
The City is currently taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus by indefinitely closing the Senior Activity Center and encouraging private organizations including faith-based groups to consider postponing, cancelling or alternatives to in-person gatherings.
Residents are encouraged to take the following measures:
- Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
- Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
The City relays updates, resources and information through its coronavirus information page: http://stillwater.org/news/view/id/531.
See the Center for Disease Control’s Recommendations for protecting yourself from sickness: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html