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Resources for businesses responding to the spread of COVID-19

By Kaylee McDaniel / Economy / March 13, 2020

Editor's note: We are keeping a section on okcchamber.com continually updated with new links and info. Please check that page and especially the Business Resources page within that section to keep up with the latest.

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Updated on March 17 to reflect additional resources and Chamber event postponements. 

As the OKC  community responds to the spread of COVID-19, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's top priority is the safety of its staff, investors, members and visitors and the long-term strength of the regional economy. To help businesses implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations, the Chamber has compiled a list of resources that can help employers navigate the challenges ahead. While many organizations have pandemic procedures already in place, the resources below can help organizational leaders better understand the implications of COVID-19.

If you suspect that you have contracted COVID-19, please call the Oklahoma State Department of Health call center at 1-877-215-8336.

If COVID-19 has impacted your ability to meet any of your basic needs, please use the resources of Heartline/2-1-1, a 24/7 helpline that provides assistance for Oklahomans in need.   

Oklahoma City is experiencing community spread of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus ruled as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. To combat the spread of the virus, follow these recommendations from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD):

  • Practice social distancing. Stay home if you can. Work from home if you can.
  • Avoid large gatherings. They are already banned in most City buildings and facilities.
  • Older adults and people with chronic illnesses should avoid all non-essential air travel. They are at a higher risk for a more severe infection.
  • COVID-19 symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, follow the latest guidance from OSDH at coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

COVID-19 Impact on the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

The Chamber has postponed or canceled its events from March 16 until May 1. The events impacted by these changes are:

  • March 18 Chamber Forum -- Postponed to May 20
  • March 19 Ambassador Meeting -- Canceled
  • March 24 Find Your OKC Reception -- Rescheduled for June 23
  • March 25 OKConnect Meeting -- Rescheduled; Date TBD
  • April 2 Tinker Dining Out -- Canceled
  • April 2 Enlighten -- Postponed
  • April 9 Rise & Shine -- Rescheduled to June 25
  • April 14 Member Orientation -- Canceled 
  • April 15 Chamber Forum -- Postponed
  • April 29-30 D.C. Visit -- Postponed to July 29-30 

As of March 17, the Chamber offices remain open, but how we do our daily work will likely change. Please call our offices before you come and observe the guidelines for entry posted on the Chamber entrances. 

COVID-19 Impact on Oklahoma City

About COVID-19: General Information

Helping Oklahomans Impacted

  • The Oklahoma City Public School District and The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools has created a Google form that will allow you to share how you might be able to support the district and its students at this time. Fill out the form at www.okcps.org/closurehelp.
  • United Way of Central Oklahoma has established the COVID-19 Response Fund dedicated to increasing resilience among our most vulnerable individuals and families. Donate here

As our community responds to the spread of COVID-19, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber wants businesses to be able to implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations.

While many organizations have pandemic procedures already in place, the resources below can help organizational leaders better understand the implications of COVID-19.

DISCLAIMER: Resources are provided as information only and should not be construed as medical or legal advice. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), or are experiencing symptoms of the disease, call your doctor/medical professional. We suggest that you consult an attorney if you have legal questions related to COVID-19, as the links below should be treated as a resource only. 

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses/Employers/Employees

Planning Tools:

Resources and Guidelines:

Resources for Specific Fields and Professionals:

Educators:

Event and Meeting Planners:

For Faith-Based Leaders:

Food Industry Professionals:

Healthcare Professionals:

Human Resources Professionals:

Small Business Impacted by Exports or Trade Disruptions:

 

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