As we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic that is impacting our nation, we will be providing updates, news and resources for the states that The Poultry Federation represents which are: Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. We will update this page on a daily basis to ensure the most current information is available.
We are all in this together!
UPDATES FROM ARKANSAS
Governor Asa Hutchinson, will hold a live press conference at 1:30 P.M. CST, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Watch here.
UPDATES FROM MISSOURI
Governor Mike Parson will hold a live press conference at 3:00 P.M., CST, Thursday, April 9, 2020.
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- 4-02-20 - Governor Parson signed his sixth Executive Order in response to COVID-19. Executive Order 20-07 suspends late penalties for concealed carry license renewals.
- Sheriffs in each county process requests for concealed carry license renewal and are required to assess penalties for individuals who seek to renew a license after the expiration date. This Executive Order waives the requirement that sheriffs enforce the penalty on late renewals. By doing so, this not only promotes public health and social distancing but also frees up local law enforcement officers from administrative tasks.
- In addition to six Executive Orders, 276 state statutes and regulations have been waived or suspended to ease regulatory burdens that interfere with Missouri’s COVID-19 response efforts.
- The state has approved the purchase of tens of millions of dollars worth of PPE and is working rapidly to get these shipments out across the state.
- On March 21, Governor Parson directed Dr. Williams to order statewide social distancing. On March 24, Governor Parson requested, and since received approval for, a federal major disaster declaration for the state of Missouri. Governor Parson has also mobilized the Missouri National Guard to further assist with COVID-19 response efforts.
- The Guard has been working as part of the state’s effort to identify potential alternate care sites, if needed, around Missouri. Along with the Guard, the agencies involved in these site surveys are DHSS, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Missouri Office of Administration, the Missouri Hospital Association, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Over the past week, the Guard has assessed several locations throughout the state including arenas, exposition centers, and hotels at 14 sites located in Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Joplin, Columbia and Cape Girardeau.
- The Guard is continuing assessments of sites based on several criteria, such as areas where demand could exceed capacity (bed space), areas with spaces large enough for patient populations, and areas where utilities are available to start immediate construction. Should the need arise, some of these alternate care sites could be available in 7-15 days once approved.
- Governor Parson also announced in today’s briefing that since Missouri signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor on Saturday, the $600 federal supplement will be effective beginning March 29 for those filing unemployment payment requests this week. These monies will be paid retroactively for claims filed on or after March 29 after the federal government issues guidance and releases the funds.
- In addition to all of these efforts, Governor Parson continues to emphasize the importance of staying home. “We will overcome this, but people must stay home as much as possible in order to do that. This means staying home unless absolutely necessary to get out,” Governor Parson said. “You are not stuck at home. You are safe at home, and the sooner everyone does this, the sooner Missourians will be on the road to recovery.”
UPDATES FROM OKLAHOMA
Governor Kevin Stitt to provide an update on COVID-19 in Oklahoma at 2:30 P.M., Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Tune in here.
- Members of Oklahoma’s Legislature will not return to the Capitol this week. Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat said he’s not sure when legislators will return to vote on the budget and legislative priorities and conclude the legislative session. Lawmakers are working from home to patch the current year’s state budget, which almost certainly will include a revenue shortfall, and build a budget for next year: https://oklahoman.com/article/5658901/coronavirus-in-oklahoma-lawmakers-unsure-when-they-will-return-to-capitol-finish-session
- Over a quarter of Oklahoma residents are firmly under shelter-in-place orders after Oklahoma City and Tulsa issued decrees Saturday formally restricting residents from leaving their homes for anything but essentials. “Out of the nation’s (largest) 50 cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa are now the 44th and 45th to take this step,” Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said in a Facebook video Saturday.
- About 45,000 Oklahomans applied for unemployment compensation during the week ending March 28. Source
- Businesses seeking cash assistance and loans could be receiving help within weeks from the city of Oklahoma City's $5.5 million coronavirus relief package.
- Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that anyone coming to Oklahoma from six known "hot spots" — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana or the state of Washington — must self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Gov. Stitt amended his Executive Order closing all non-essential businesses to include all 77 counties in Oklahoma.
- All current COVID-19 related orders were extended through April 30.
- Testing is ramping up across the state. OSU can now conduct 2,300 tests per day alone. Thirteen drive-thru testing sites will be open by the end of the week.
- Oklahoma hospitals received their full allotments of PPE and the state will continue its diligent efforts to keep our hospitals stocked.
- Confirmed cases in Oklahoma have reached 719. There have been 30 deaths in Oklahoma as result of COVID-19.