First, I want to say how pleased I was with the decision to begin opening our state’s economy up again. This is a common-sense approach that uses scientific data to get our businesses up and running, along with other activities of day-to-day life. Starting with the opening of personal care businesses on April 24, including beauty and barbershops, nail salons, spas and pet groomers, as well as state parks and out-Casey Murdock door recreation, then expanding to restaurants, movies and sporting venues, gyms and in-person worship services as of May 1, these were welcome steps. Social distancing and sanitation recommendations must be followed for all of these entities.
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I think we’ve all learned to be a little bit hesitant when we hear the phrase the check is in the mail, but this time it is true. Checks are being delivered to Oklahomans as we speak.
Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing. At least 168 people lost their lives, more than 650 were injured, and over 300 buildings were either damaged or destroyed.
I want to give a brief update on COVID-19 and its effect on our state and our House district. As of this writing, there were 879 cases in the state, including 28 in Canadian County, two in Kingfisher County and one in Woodward County. There have been 34 total deaths so far in the state, one in Canadian County.
The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to worsen throughout the nation and in Oklahoma. By Sunday, Oklahoma had more than 1,200 cases, with four here in northwestern Oklahoma. Statewide, 46 people had died from the disease. Nationwide, more than 300,000 COVID-19 cases were reported as of Sunday, and the death toll was approaching 8,000. All those numbers are expected to keep climbing. President Trump has warned us these next couple of weeks will be among the toughest we’ve faced as a country.