12 March 2020 – State agencies directed to take necessary steps to protect vulnerable populations

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Health, Civil Defence
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Special populations; Planning and strategy
Level of Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
Lead People/Agency: Governor of Oklahoma, J. Kevin Stitt declared the executive order, which states that all agency directors are charged with implementation of the order.

Overview: The intervention was an executive order directing state agencies to take necessary steps to protect vulnerable populations, make necessary purchases to fully prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the state, and continue to follow guidance from the Oklahoma Department of Health for interaction with the public. Target audience is Oklahoma state agencies and their directors. Intended effect is to ready Oklahoma for the threat of COVID-19.
Full details here: https://www.sos.ok.gov/documents/executive/1912.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Evidence/Justification: The executive order cites the CDC, saying that the CDC “has identified the potential public health threat of COVID-19 as ‘high’ both globally and in the United States.” Also cites that a case of COVID-19 was first confirmed in the state earlier in the month, followed by two subsequent, additional cases.