Information, Health and Food Help During COVID-19 Outbreak in Oklahoma

Posted on 04/07/20 by Joy McGill

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, AARP Oklahoma is providing information and resources to help older Oklahomans and those caring for them protect themselves from the virus and help prevent the spread to others.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has issued a statewide order called “Safer at Home” to further try to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Safer at Home order continues to apply through the end of May 2020 for Oklahomans 65 and older or who are part of a vulnerable population. Recommended protocols include staying at home, not having visitors and practicing social distancing.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, call your health care provider or local public health department to figure out if you could — and should — get tested. Signs of the virus are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.


AARP RESOURCES
AARP's dedicated webpage for resource information and guidance related to coronavirus – CLICK HERE
- Read more about the virus, caregiving tips, how to stay safe, as well as a variety of educational sources

AARP Community Connections – CLICK HERE
- AARP website that offers steps to find help – or give it – during the coronavirus pandemic

AARP Fraud Watch Network – CLICK HERE
- Receive important information on frauds and scams; you can also call our free Fraud Watch Network helpline at 877-908-3360 if you or a loved one suspects a scam


STATE AND LOCAL HEALTH INFORMATION
State guidance and information from Gov. Stitt – CLICK HERE
- Includes information on health updates, social services, business services, consumer protection resources, election resources and general state services updates

Oklahoma State Health Department – CLICK HERE
- Offers updates on those infected, tips for prevention, public resources including locations for testing and contact information

County Health Departments – CLICK HERE
- Provides contact information for 68 county health departments and two independent city-county health departments serving the 77 counties in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Area Agencies on Aging – CLICK HERE
- Offers free services and information for individuals age 60 and older


SOCIAL SERVICES ASSISTANCE
2-1-1 – CLICK HERE
- Includes statewide information for assistance with food, rent, utilities and more


FOOD RESOURCES
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – CLICK HERE

Hunger Free Oklahoma – CLICK HERE
- Statewide information on food resources, changes to nutritional programs, and opportunities to help

Additionally, many grocery stores statewide are offering shopping hours for senior citizens. We encourage you to call your preferred grocer to find out what special services may be available to you.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, JOB AND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Oklahoma Employment Commission – CLICK HERE
- Provides information on unemployment, claims and more

Small Business Administration – CLICK HERE
- Provides business support and disaster loan application

Internal Revenue Service – CLICK HERE
- Provides information on the status of stimulus checks

LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Legal Aid of Oklahoma – CLICK HERE
- Provides resources on unemployment, evictions or foreclosures, unpaid debts and bill collectors, illness and no insurance or under-insurance, domestic violence support and more

This story is provided by AARP Oklahoma. Visit the AARP Oklahoma page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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You can find CDC’s latest coronavirus information at cdc.gov/coronavirus; AARP information and resources are at aarp.org/coronavirus. En español, visite aarp.org/elcoronavirus.

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