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FROM THE OKLAHOMA STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT:

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 (July 4th)

    As of this advisory, there are 15,545 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
    There are no additional deaths. There are 398 total deaths in the state.
    The OSDH has launched a new testing site dashboard, which includes an interactive map and updated site contact information. Please call test sites to make an appointment and confirm hours of operation before visiting.
    For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
    The weekly Epidemiology Report will be released on Monday, July 6.  

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results
Confirmed Positive Cases 15,645

(11,965 Recoveries statewide)

Total Cumulative Deaths 398

COUNTY NUMBERS (July 4th)
COUNTY    CASES   DEATHS  RECOVERIES
PAYNE            417             1                321
CREEK           169             7                128
LINCOLN         33              2                 28
LOGAN           55             1                  37
NOBLE           40               0                 32
PAWNEE         58              2                 49

STILLWATER (CITY)  368   0             284

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases within Stillwater City limits, the City of Stillwater has extended its current proclamation and its guidelines. The City's current guidelines will now expire on July 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Read the proclamation extension at http://stillwater.org.

Stay up to date on the current guidelines, case counts, plans for economic recovery and more relating to COVID-19 at http://stillwater.org/page/breaking-news.

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FROM THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT:

Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is urging Oklahomans who have chosen to attend large-scale gatherings in recent weeks to seek out testing for COVID-19, even if symptoms are not present.

As previously announced, OSDH encourages Oklahomans to seek COVID-19 testing both prior to attending large-scale gatherings and in the days following, and to wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge. With active COVID-19 cases on the rise, OSDH is well positioned to support and partner with local government leaders and communities with free testing, resources, and local public health guidance.

The OSDH continues to make COVID-19 data transparent and publicly available, pointing to evidence-based guidance that allows local leaders, business owners, communities and individuals to make adjustments, and frequently reassess protocols, based on the active presence of COVID-19 locally. OSDH is committed to partnering with stakeholders on crafting recommendations for populations to take proactive measures to keep themselves safe and minimize spread.

Governor Kevin Stitt first charged the agency with a mission to build its nationally recognized data dashboard, launched within a month of COVID-19 arriving in Oklahoma. At the expiration of the Catastrophic Emergency Declaration, Attorney General Mike Hunter determined the Legislature had made appropriate adjustments in State law to allow a substantial portion of the data reporting to continue.

While the rise in cases certainly calls for increased vigilance, the State’s emergency protective supplies and testing capacity remain strong. OSDH’s surge plan remains in place, and daily monitoring and communication continue should a need be identified to activate additional resources.

As to contact tracing, OSDH has hired over 700 full and part-time contact tracers since March 2020 to support these efforts. Additional contact tracers are being hired and trained to expand efforts.

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

McElroy Road will close to traffic from Main Street to Perkins Road beginning Monday, July 6 for pavement reconstruction. The closure is expected through the end of July. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to use Hall of Fame Avenue as an alternate route.

This road reconstruction is part of the City’s Pavement Management Program. This project replaces the asphalt surface with concrete at the intersection of McElroy and Main, eliminating past rutting issues and extending the life of the road by 25 years. The City’s Pavement Management Program maintains existing pavement in a financially responsible manner through preventative maintenance and rehabilitation.

The City has a variety of transportation infrastructure projects planned. See current and future projects at Stillwater.org/projects.

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

This week marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the City of Stillwater. This means that the adopted budget that City Council approved in May is now the City’s Operating Budget. Residents are encouraged to view the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) operating budget and see how their tax dollars are put to work.

This year’s Operating Budget totals $109,600,000, with an anticipated $30,900,000 in revenue from Sales and Use Tax. The FY21 budget was created before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Frequent amendments are anticipated, due to the pandemic’s impact on sales tax. Read the City’s monthly sales tax reports and keep up with the City’s plans for economic recovery at http://stillwater.org/page/home/government/financial-center/economic-recovery-city-plans-actions.

The City’s fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30, and the City’s budget preparation is a year-round process. Much like your own household budget, the City’s budget is used to provide a flexible working plan for operation, establish costs of providing services, set priorities and more.

Have something to say? Resident input is gathered year-round through the City’s online interactive budgeting tool, Balancing Act. Go online and submit your ideal budget in minutes. If you’d rather give your input in person, public hearings on the budget are also held March through May of each year.

Residents looking to find all information on the City’s finances should visit the City’s online Financial Center, where information on budget preparation, City funds and funding, debt and bond information and more is available.

For questions, contact Finance Director Christy Cluck at Christy.cluck@stillwater.org or 405.742.8355.

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

Stillwater City Council have approved temporary, long-term repayment options for customers who have falling behind on their utility bill payments. Customers must contact Utility and Billing Services to set up a long-term repayment plan prior to their utility disconnection date.

Utility and Billing Services Director Dana Mattox said in March, city council passed a resolution to put a hold on disconnections due to nonpayment; however, that resolution has expired. The City will return to its usual utility terms and conditions on July 17. To view the City’s utility terms and conditions, go to http://stillwater.org/document-center/detail/id/264.

Payment plans can be made by calling 405.742.8245 or email utilitypayments@stillwater.org, no additional trip to city hall is required.

If you own:                        Payment Plan:
$150 or less                         $25 plus current bill each month until current up to six months
$151 to $500                       $75 plus current bill each month until current up to seven months
$501 to $1,000                   $200 plus current bill each month until current up to five months
$1,000 or more                  30% plus current bill each month until current

Also, Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) is making changes to the current Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) to help eligible Oklahomans pay their utility bills. Find out more about this program at http://www.okdhslive.org/.

Mattox pointed out there is a checkbox on everyone’s bill that allows people the option to donate funds to help others.

For more information about the City of Stillwater Utility Billing Services, call 405.742.8245 or email utilitypayments@stillwater.org .

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