COVID-19: Stitt declares health emergency, calls legislative special session

Gov. Kevin Stitt is calling Oklahoma legislators into special session to approve his declaration of a statewide health emergency.

In an executive order issued Thursday, Stitt declared a health emergency for all 77 counties due to the spread of COVID-19.

The declaration, if approved by Oklahoma’s Legislature, would give Stitt more power to respond to the current public health crisis. In mid-March, Stitt declared a state of emergency in Oklahoma.

In the order, Stitt called for the Legislature to convene at 8 a.m. Monday “for the sole purpose of concurring or terminating this declaration of health emergency.” Oklahoma’s governor has the power to call a special session only on extraordinary occasions.

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