COVID-19

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Nursing home resident tests positive

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PONCA CITY – A former resident of Ponca City Nursing and Rehabilitation tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 17. The resident was discharged from the nursing facility over the weekend to a local hospital after experiencing symptoms. The resident is not expected to return to the nursing facility and is expected to be released from the hospital into the care of family.

One other resident of the facility, who was in close contact with the affected resident, has been tested for COVID-19. The test results are not yet available.

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NOC extends Spring Break

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NOC extends spring break due to COVID-19
 
  Northern Oklahoma College President Dr. Cheryl Evans announced today the closing of all NOC locations until March 30, extending spring break for one extra week due to COVID-19.
  There are no known confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any NOC location at this time, although there have been positive tests in Kay and Payne counties.  
  NOC administration is responding to the Executive Order Governor Stitt issued today and CDC guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Positive test result in Oklahoma Senate

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Oklahoma Senate leader statement on COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY – The leader of the Oklahoma Senate released the following statement:

“The Oklahoma Senate today learned that someone in the Senate has tested positive for COVID-19. While the risk to a majority of Senate personnel and senators remains low, per the recommendation and under the guidance of health officials, we are taking appropriate measures.

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DPS extends expiration date for licenses

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The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) is extending the expiration date of all Class D Driver Licenses, Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL), Oklahoma Identification Cards and Handicap Parking Permits that expired thirty (30) days prior to Governor Stitt’s Executive Order 2020-07, declaring a State of Emergency for the State of Oklahoma.  This extension will be in effect until further notice from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
 

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Facilities restrict visitation

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Pursuant to Governor Stitt’s Executive Order 2020-06 and President Trump’s declaration of a National Public Health Emergency, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is authorizing the following facilities to restrict visitors as they deem necessary to protect those they serve:
Nursing facilities
Assisted living centers
Residential care facilities
Adult day care centers
Intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities
Hospitals

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Sparklight Opens Wifi

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Sparklight Opens WiFi Hotspot to Assist Ponca City During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis
 
March 16, 2020 – Ponca City, OK –  Sparklight today announced that is opening WiFi hotspots across its footprint for public use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in order to keep individuals and communities connected to the online resources they want and need.
 
Sparklight’s WiFi hotspot can be accessed in the Sparklight local office parking lot, located at 303 N. 4th St. in Ponca City.
 

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Municipal Court Closed

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The Ponca City Municipal Court and Courtroom will be closed through Friday, April 17.  Therefore anyone with a court case, scheduled between March 16 and April 17, should contact the Municipal Court Clerk’s office at 580-767-0382 to obtain their new scheduled court date.
 
In addition, the Ponca City RecPlex will not be scheduling birthday parties through Friday, March 27.
 
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CITY OF PONCA CITY COVID-19 RESPONSE
March 15, 2020:
 

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Social Security offices

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All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  However, we are still able to provide critical services.