Sunday, April 5, 2020
face mask

CDC changes guidelines, now recommends masks for general public

The CDC changed guidelines regarding mask usage by the general public, recommending Americans voluntarily wear a non-medical cloth mask when in public.
Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby closes stores nationwide “until further notice”

The Hobby Lobby corporation announced Friday that all stores are closed "until further notice" and many distribution and headquarters employees furloughed.

Break out of your algorithm with fresh views on major streaming services

If the days start to blend into one another, you might need to just jiggle the algorithm and force the streamers to rethink your taste.
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Unemployment system strains to keep up with record crush of applicants

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) has experienced a record number of people filing for unemployment, mirroring national trends.
Governor Kevin Stitt

Oklahoma Gov Stitt still won’t order shelter in place even after cities have

Governor Kevin Stitt referred to the concept of shelter in place as "bunker in place" several times Wednesday afternoon rejecting the idea for the state.

Gov Stitt a major reason many Oklahomans still casual about COVID-19

From our Opinion columnist, George Lang -- Many Oklahomans still do not take COVID-19 seriously. Gov. Kevin Stitt is a major reason for that.
City of Oklahoma City Hall

OKC City Council votes $5.5M aid to City small businesses

In spite of technical issues of the first teleconference, the council voted a $5.5 million stimulus for local businesses and discussed parking issues.

Redbud trees stand out in otherwise dreary times – go look!

During this time of COVID-19 isolation, some have discovered it’s quite easy to take a walk while still social distancing.
Oklahoma City Hall

City of OKC to hold Council and other meetings by teleconference

The City of Oklahoma City will hold its City Council meetings and other city meetings by teleconference starting Tuesday morning.
shelter in place order

Oklahoma City Mayor Holt issues “shelter in place” order effective Sat night

Saturday morning, both Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City and Mayor G.T. Bynum of Tulsa issued clear, simultaneous "shelter in place" orders.
essential workers

Essential workers — stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic!

Some companies take care of their employees without being compelled to and some don't. Essential workers who interact with the public face daily perils.
ZIP code

OKCPS Board sets May 8 as new end of school – ensures employee pay

The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education Friday voted to move the end of school to May 8 and to pay all personnel to the end of the year.

Get in touch with your streaming platforms while theaters are silent

For the next several weeks cinema coverage at Free Press will focus on streaming services, offering suggestions for people who need a respite.
gas groceries

Essentials of groceries and gas still create risk of COVID-19 infection

Even after Governor Kevin Stitt's executive order, two essentials - gas and groceries - are considered essential and hold risks for COVID-19 infection.

What Governor Stitt’s “safer at home” order for COVID-19 means for us

Tuesday, Governor Stitt declared that all non-essential businesses would be closed in counties with community spread of Covid-19, including Oklahoma County.
Board of County Commissioners

Oklahoma County Commissioners meet in situation strained by COVID-19

The Board of County Commissioners discussed procedures for tax payments, the state of emergency, the Sheriff’s Office move, and a literal logjam.
Inhofe Lankford

Inhofe, Lankford reveal questionable allegiances during COVID-19 debate

As the nation looked to lawmakers to find a way through the COVID-19 health crisis, Oklahoma's U.S. Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe whined.
Oklahoma County Jail

County Sheriff’s Office takes special precautions in jail against coronavirus

Restricting visitation, isolating new bookings, and lowering the jail population are all measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Okla County Jail.

Decision to close schools for rest of year “imminent” says OKCPS supt

The superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools now says the decision by the state superintendent to close all public schools in the state is "imminent."
hobby lobby

All 4,000 at Hobby Lobby headquarters in OKC required to work in offices

Sources inside the 4,000-employee Hobby Lobby headquarters in OKC say that no employees were allowed to work remotely last week though many could have.
ZIP code

OKCPS begins city-wide meal pick-ups March 23 during coronavirus crisis

Oklahoma City Public Schools will be delivering meals to be picked up for students in a number of neighborhoods across the expansive district.
Jabee at Ponyboy

Review: Jabee, Tower Theatre convey real hope through virtual concert

Jabee kicked off the first of four livestreaming concerts from Ponyboy at The Tower Theater born of necessity with COVID-19 closing down venues.
Board of County Commissioners

County Commissioners seek new ways to govern during COVID-19 crisis

The Oklahoma County Budget Board and Board of County Commissioners discussed regular business and the irregular business of Covid-19 responses Thursday.
Inhofe Lankford

On COVID-19 vote, Lankford, Inhofe ignore working Oklahomans’ reality

The brutal truth is that both Lankford and Inhofe constituted 25 percent of the “no” votes on the COVID-19 response bill, which was approved 90-8.
Putnam City Public Schools

Putnam City Public Schools adjust to statewide closure, release guidelines

Putnam City Schools released closure guidelines for all employees, students and families Thursday following the State Board of Ed's closure order.
EMARK streetcar

New situation for EMBARK buses, streetcars under state of emergency

EMBARK is still running normal routes even though a state of emergency has been declared for Oklahoma City, closing many business and limiting hours.

Out in a crowd during a pandemic, Gov Stitt is a national embarrassment

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s unforced error of posting his family enjoying a local food court during a pandemic was not just embarrassing and grossly irresponsible.
Oklahoma City Council

City Council denies event permits, considers COVID-19 impact

In a quick meeting of the City Council on Tuesday normal business was handled under less-than-normal circumstances with the COVID-19.
Withers, McGough, Holt

Mayor orders all bars, gyms, theaters to close – restaurants take-out only

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt modified his emergency declaration from Sunday now closing bars, gyms, theaters, and limiting restaurants to take-out only.
board of educaton

OKCPS Board declares coronavirus emergency, grants powers to supt

The OKCPS Board of Education voted to declare an emergency Tuesday morning where they also granted extended powers to Superintendent Sean McDaniel.