COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
The City of Edmond’s primary partner in preparing for and responding to COVID-19 (coronavirus) is the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD). OCCHD works closely with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Edmond residents help fund OCCHD through your annual county property tax bill.)
- OKC metro information from OCCHD
- Statewide information from OSDH
- Household preparation guide from the CDC
City Council Issues Amended Declaration of Emergency; Business Signs Required
The Edmond City Council has amended its Declaration of Emergency related to community spread of COVID-19 that has previously been in place since June 15. This amended Declaration of Emergency is subject to further change by the City Council at future scheduled, special or emergency meetings.
The Declaration of Emergency builds upon previous community measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in Edmond. The previous Declaration of Emergency of June 15, 2020 remains in effect with the following changes that last through at least August 3, 2020:
- All businesses open to the public are required to post conspicuous signs by July 20, 2020 at all entrances to inform all customers, users, and visitors of the business’ policies and practices regarding face coverings/masks for their employees, as well as any requirements for customers, users, and visitors. A simple template is available at http://edmondok.com/coronavirus or businesses can use a custom design. Businesses are also encouraged to work with disabled and special needs customers as needed related to communicating your safety measures.
- All on-premise staff in restaurants, breweries, wineries, taverns, shopping mall food courts, food halls, cafeterias, bars, night clubs, and any other food service are strongly encouraged to wear facial masks or coverings while on duty.
- All breweries, wineries, bars, including taverns, night clubs, and other similar drinking establishments shall offer indoor seating in a staggered manner so that customer groups are socially distanced, and to avoid standing.
- Businesses with theater-style seating where persons gather for presentation or entertainment shall offer seating in a staggered manner so that customer groups are socially distanced. These businesses include, but are not limited to, movie and live theaters, concert halls, sporting venues, amusement parks, places of worship, wedding venues, event venues, and funeral homes.
All Edmond citizens should continue taking extra measures to put a physical distance of six (6) feet between yourself and other people, wash hands regularly, and stay updated on the resources and information available through the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD), the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
It is anticipated that Edmond residents will voluntarily comply with the regulations that have been put into place. In the event that there is concern of non-compliance in Edmond, please contact the City of Edmond Community Image Department at 359-4793.
City of Edmond Offices Returning to Restricted Access
In response to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Edmond and Oklahoma County, the City of Edmond is returning to restricted public access at most city offices on Monday, July 13th. This change is being made for the safety of city employees and the citizens that interact with them.
“We continue to be mindful of current trends and this decision helps encourage safe social distancing in our offices,” said City Manager Larry Stevens. “I am confident that our employees will still provide a high level of service to citizens as they did when we restricted building access during the Spring months.”
Citizens are encouraged to call the department that they need assistance from before making a trip to the office. Arrangements will then be made based upon the needs of the caller. To find contact information for specific departments, please visit http://edmondok.com or there will also be contact numbers placed on the individual doors of city office buildings for those without access to the website.
For those that are given access to enter a city building, masks will be required and provided if needed. The mask requirement does include golfers when entering the clubhouse at Kickingbird Golf Club.
Declaration of Emergency Versions
- July 14 - Declaration of Emergency
- June 15 - Declaration of Emergency
- June 1 - Declaration of Emergency
- May 11 - Declaration of Emergency
- April 27 - Declaration of Emergency
- April 6 - Declaration of Emergency
- March 30 - Declaration of Emergency
- March 25 - Declaration of Emergency
- March 18 - Declaration of Emergency
Temporary Business Signage Permits Suspended
Due to the current restrictions on dining establishments, the City has indefinitely suspended requiring permits for temporary business promotion signs. Signs need to stay where the business is located, away from the street, and behind the sidewalk. All size and quantity regulations still apply. Contact Community Image at 405-359-4793 for more information.
Preparation and prevention
- Here’s a guide from the CDC about preparing your household.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home and avoid contact with others when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Try singing "Happy Birthday" twice, because that’s about how long it takes. It’s especially important to wash your hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Other states and countries with significant outbreaks have taken steps like closing schools for weeks at a time, and encouraging businesses to close. Make a plan for how you and your family or business would need to adapt to a similar situation if it becomes necessary.
- Be prepared, not scared. Find more information on how to make a plan and build an emergency kit for any emergency at home here. Find information specifically for COVID-19 on how to prepare your household here, or prepare your business or school system here.
Symptoms and treatment
- Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath.
- If you have these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of the illness, follow these guidelines from the CDC.
- If you are in close contact with a household member or intimate partner who has or is suspected to have COVID-19, or are a caregiver for one in a nonhealthcare setting, follow these guidelines from the CDC.
- Local information from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD)
- Statewide information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)
- National information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Global information from the World Health Organization (WHO)