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
- Edmond City Limits Case Numbers (Determined through address data provided to public safety agencies.)
Adopted Actions by City Council
- August 25 - Declaration of Emergency
- July 28 - Declaration of Emergency
- 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
City Council Amends Face Covering Ordinance to Expire on October 12
The Edmond City Council approved amending their face covering ordinance to expire on Monday, October 12. Previously, the expiration date was Tuesday, September 8. The ordinance goes into effect on Wednesday, August 26. Link to the ordinance is above under "Adopted Actions by City Council".
Face Covering Ordinance Takes Effect on Wednesday, August 26
The Edmond City Council’s ordinance requiring face coverings while inside any indoor place open to the public goes into effect on Wednesday, August 26. The ordinance was adopted on July 27 and is currently scheduled to expire at midnight on Monday, October.
Under the ordinance, the public is required to wear disposable or non-disposable face coverings that fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, are secured and allow for breathing without restrictions. Exceptions to the requirement are as follows:
• Persons under 11 years of age unless required by a school or day care to wear a face covering
• Persons working in a professional office who do not have any face-to-face interactions with the public
• Restaurant patrons while eating or drinking
• Persons in a setting where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, such as when receiving dental services, medical treatments, or while swimming or at a splash park
• Persons engaged in any competitive sporting activities, whether professional or amateur or merely for recreational purposes
• Persons engaged in performing cardio exercise, but they should make a reasonable effort to practice social distancing from persons not from their household
• Persons inside any Federal, State or county government building or other facility
• Persons inside any public or private school building or other facility unless required by the school to wear a face covering
• Persons with a developmental disability, including persons who are deaf and hard of hearing, and also mental and psychiatric disability
It is anticipated that Edmond residents will voluntarily comply with the regulations that have been put into place. However, persons refusing to wear a face covering in any indoor place open to the public without a valid exception may be subject to prosecution for criminal trespass, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, or similar offenses as circumstances warrant. It is defensible to forgo wearing a face covering if an individual produces a document demonstrating that his/her/their physician has verified that wearing a face covering could cause impairment or would constitute a hazard to the individual.
Additionally, the City Council voted to extend the current Declaration of Emergency through at least October 12. However, the previous requirement of businesses to post signage about their mask policy was removed with masks now mandated throughout the community.
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.
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 informationfrom the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD)
- Statewide informationfrom the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)
- National informationfrom the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Global information from the World Health Organization (WHO)