Public Safety

MAY 13, 2020

Governor Stitt announced this week the state would be moving to Phase II. We all need to do our part and continue protective measures to keep the trend downward. Wear masks when you have to go out and adhere to Physical Distancing guidelines of six feet between you and others.

For the City of Choctaw, the following businesses/facilities can reopen and must adhere to sanitization and physical distancing protocols and CDC-recommended guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce:

  • Bars
  • Wedding and funerals may be held with physical distancing and other preventative measures in place
  • Children’s nursery areas in places of worship
  • Park pavilion rentals
  • Restrooms at City-owned park facilities
  • City-owned sports fields and facilities
  • Organized sports/camps
  • Garage Sales can be permitted

Individual Guidance:  

  • Continue following safer-at-home for those over 65 or part of a vulnerable health population
  • Continue to maintain physical distancing from others when in public
  • Avoid socializing in groups or facilities that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing

Employer Guidance: 

  • Close common areas or enforce physical distancing protocols
  • Honor requests of personnel who are members of a vulnerable population for special accommodations
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited  

If all goes well we will be moving to Phase III on June 1st.  Stay connected to the City on Facebook and our website for up-to-date COVID-related information from the County and State Health Department. 

From the OKC-County Health Department, General Business Guidelines - click to see PDF

april 30, 2020

After a Special City Council meeting on April 29, 2020, the Choctaw City Council passed Resolution 20-13, amending the State of Emergency Declaration for Choctaw with phases and guidelines.  Please see the Resolution for more details.  

april 27, 2020

Governor Stitt released a Fourth amended Executive Order 2020-13.  All new or updated information is highlighted in yellow.

APRIL 21, 2020

SPECIAL NOTE: We are calling on Congress to immediately restore funding for the CARES Act small business loan and grant programs.  Independent Contractors click for a Guide to CARES Act Relief.

APRIL 17, 2020

From the White House, the latest on guidelines for a phased opening of America...

APRIL 14, 2020

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF)

Uplifting good news, updated daily...CLICK HERE

Thank you Choctaw!  The Oklahoma numbers show our “Stay at Home” effort is working.  Don’t let up.  Let’s hang in there and keep the downward trend!  

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april 8, 2020

City Council amended the State of Emergency Declaration for the City of Choctaw, see Resolution 20-09, which extends the resolution to April 30, 2020, and includes some additional restrictions.  

APRIL 6, 2020

Fact or Fiction blog:  A facemask cannot prevent me from catching COVID-19, but I can help reduce the spread by wearing one.  

Properly using cloth face coverings and DIY instructions (PDF)

Legislature stabilizes budget, affirms governor’s emergency response power...continue reading here

APRIL 3, 2020

Fact or Fiction:  Breaking the Chain of Transmission
We can work together to reach a best case scenario, and this means breaking the transmission chain.  To do this, we need to wholeheartedly focus on staying at home.

APRIL 2, 2020

Gov. Stitt issues Executive Order ensuring public school support staff can be paid during COVID-19 pandemic

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT SEVENTH AMENDED EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-07 (PDF)

APRIL 1, 2020

Help, My Kids Have So Many Questions!  (Oklahoma State Department of Health)

OSDH Commissioner Urges Private Labs to Report All COVID-19 Test Results Daily to State

MARCH 31, 2020

Some reminders:  

1.  City Council will be meeting April 7, 2020.  

2.  Effective 12:01 AM on 03/19/2020, the City Council passed the following Emergency Declaration that exists until 04/12/2020:  

Resolution 20-08 (PDF)

Currently the City of Choctaw has closed playgrounds and the golf course; the parks remain open while citizens continue to follow social distancing guidelines.  

3.  Governor Stitt’s Executive Order and Amendment calling for "Safer At Home" includes the City of Choctaw because we are in Oklahoma County, one of the affected counties.  This also effectively closed many non-critical businesses and required essential organizations to remain staffed and operational.  

4.  City authority to enforce the Governor’s Executive Orders.  The Mayor and City Council asks that the citizens of Choctaw abide by the current Emergency Orders in place and comply with the current CDC guidance:  Wash your hands often; If you feel sick, stay home; and If you don’t feel sick, practice social distancing if you go out.  

5.  If you need assistance, call 2-1-1.  211-Oklahoma offers information and referrals, including rental assistance, food pantries, affordable housing, health resources, child care, after-school programs, caregiver support, financial programs, and more.  

If you know anyone who doesn’t use Facebook, please refer them to this same information and all the links, plus more, which can be found on the City’s website, mychoctaw.org/157/Public-Safety.  What we post on Facebook is posted on the City’s website, plus more.  Please help spread the information for those that may not have internet at home or that are visibly anxious.  We are in this together!

MARCH 30, 2020

From Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, read more about the new state guidance to help protect Oklahoma’s officers from COVID-19, here: https://bit.ly/3bDv9CK.

March 28, 2020

The Choctaw Creek Golf Course is now closed until April 16th.

March 26, 2020

As of last night, the Governor signed an amended Executive Order, exempting private and public golf courses. With this new guidance, the Choctaw Creek Golf Course remains open for business, however, we have taken steps to ensure customers adhere to the social distancing requirements recommended by the CDC. Also, extra precautions for sanitizing areas of the club house, golf course, and golf carts. Please heed staff instructions for continued use of the Golf Course.  

"CDC:  Clean & Disinfect"

"CDC:  Manage Anxiety & Stress"

WASH, WASH, WASH!

Did you know the Journal Environmental Health reported that only 5% of people wash their hands correctly? If you’re feeling a little grossed out by that, we’d like to help by offering some pro tips to get those hands clean, and keep germs away.  Five Easy Steps!

march 24, 2020

Fourth Amended Executive Order regarding COVID-19 signed by Governor Stitt

don’t believe the rumors

"Do your part to stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along, and go to trusted sources of information to the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response."  Coronavirus Rumor Control

How covid-19 spreads

Check out the CDC webpage for answers to questions about how the virus spreads and what you can do to avoid being a part of community spread.  While there is still more data coming every day, we know how other viruses work and urge everyone to follow the guidelines put forth.  Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others.  It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  

19 mAR 2020:

Effective 12:01 AM on 03/19/2020 and through 04/12/2020, the City Council passed the following Emergency Declaration:  

Resolution 20-08 (PDF)

DO I NEED A TEST?  DOES EVERYONE NEED A TEST?  

Our “need to know” is overriding our common sense– which tells us that regardless of the results, whether it be the common cold, COVID-19, or the flu, for the majority of us, a doctor will tell us to stay home, rest, get plenty of fluids, and avoid contact with friends and family until we are fever free and without symptoms, or about 14 days to be cautious.   Read more...

share-facts-about-COVID19 (PDF)


The City of Choctaw is committed to providing critical core services while protecting the health and well-being of our most vital resource, our employees and citizens.  We advise everyone to listen to our state and national health officials who are working tirelessly on the situation. They are the experts and we have the utmost faith in them.  To that end, City Staff will provide links on the City website to the OK County Health Department, OK State Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The City of Choctaw will adhere to the current CDC Guidance and State Guidance for Municipal facilities and property.  The Senior Center is CLOSED until further notice.  This facility is actually run by Oklahoma County.  City Hall remains open for service.  The City will not be issuing Utility Cut-Off notices for the next 30 days, however we encourage customers to adhere to late billing notices.  Admin Staff will be disinfecting the lobby 3 times daily.  Hand sanitizer is available upon request at the customer service entrance of the facility.  City Council remains on schedule.  The Pre-Council Meeting will be held in Council Chambers, not the Conference room.  Court remains on schedule.  Furthermore, for the next 2 weeks, we will take no Choctaw Creek Pavilion reservations for parties of 50 or more.  The parks remain open.  The Golf Course remains open with some amenities impacted—no water jugs for public drinking on the course.  All Bouse Park Tournaments and Leagues are cancelled for the next two weeks, at which time the City will reassess the situation.  Spring Break Camps are still on as participants are less than 15 per camp.  As per the CDC Guidance, we encourage citizens to adhere to Social Distancing and be aware of your health before leaving your house.  If you feel sick, stay home or call your Primary Care Physician.  Wash your hands regularly.  These are all common sense approaches to mitigating the spread of all viruses.


16 Mar 2020: COVID-19

Stay updated with the Oklahoma State Health Department.

Get the latest information from the Oklahoma County Health Department.  

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27 Jan 2020:  coronaviruspublic health oklahoma

Update on the 2019-nCoV Outbreak - Situation Report (PDF)




Cohesive Response

The City of Choctaw takes pride in the efforts of our Police and Fire Departments as well as the support of the Animal Control Officer and Code Enforcement Officer to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of our community. Together these departments provide a cohesive response to any emergency situation and work with the members of our community to keep Choctaw a safe and secure place to live.

Emergencies

For Emergency Situations please call 911.

Safe City

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