COVID-19 Updates

CITY OF PONCA CITY COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE

MARCH 27, 2020

Due to Governor Stitt’s Fourth Amended Executive Order 2020-07, the City of Ponca City is also taking these steps to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • The Marland Mansion & Estate, Marland’s Grand Home, Library, Utility Billing Office, Senior Center, and RecPlex will remain closed through Thursday, April 16.
  • In addition, Mayor Nicholson has signed a proclamation that member fees for individual members of the Ponca City RecPlex will be canceled for the month of April, as the RecPlex is currently closed due to the state of emergency.

 To view the Governor’s Executive Order go to: www.sos.ok.gov/documents/executive/1919.pdf


CITY OF PONCA CITY COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE

MARCH 23, 2020

Due to the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, the City of Ponca City is also taking these steps to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • The Ponca City Recycling Drop Off Center will be closed starting Tuesday, March 24 until further notice, and the Curbside Recyclables Pick Up Service last pick up date will be Wednesday, March 25 until further notice. Both of these services are currently operated by Supported Community Lifestyles.

  • The Marland Estate is now providing the educational and entertaining Emmy nominated film High Stakes: The Life and Times of E.W. Marland for a movie night opportunity at home. The video is posted under the Living and Visiting section of www.poncacityok.gov.

For updates and information visit www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov and please direct your questions to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center, 877-215-8336 OR 2-1-1.

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CITY OF PONCA CITY COVID-19 RESPONSE

MARCH 20, 2020
Due to the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, the City of Ponca City is also taking these steps to slow the spread of COVID-19:

• The Ponca City RecPlex will be closed through Tuesday, March 31. Although the RecPlex is closed, RecPlex virtual fitness program information or questions can be answered by calling 580.767.0430, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

• The Ponca City Utility Billing Office will be closed through Tuesday, March 31. A drive-thru utility payment drop box is located on the east side of City Hall, and on-line payments are available at www.poncacityok.gov. Although the Billing Office is closed, the Billing Office can be reached for billing inquiries by calling 580.767.0311, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

• As the Ponca City Library remains closed through Tuesday, March 31, much of the library’s resources and collections are available in downloadable digital and audio format that can be accessed from home at www.poncacityok.gov. The library is a member of the Oklahoma Virtual Library Consortium that offers over 50 thousand titles in both readable and audio formats. Bestsellers, old favorites, and emerging authors are available in both fiction and non-fiction for all ages of readers. You can have up to 6 titles at any time, and place holds on titles that are checked out but look interesting. This service is provided at no charge, and accessing the collections is easy to learn. Other online content includes RBDIgital, auto repair manuals, homework resources, Rosetta Stone, and much more. If you already have a card, the library barcode is the card number and the PIN is the last 4 digits of the card number. For an e-card, the easiest way is to email: library@poncacityok.gov or vancudt@poncacityok.gov and then the library will set you up with an e-card that allows you to have access to online selections. Although the Library is closed to the public, the Library can be reached by calling 580.767.0345, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

• And, now is a great time to do spring cleaning around the house. The City of Ponca City’s Annual Spring Cleanup will be held March 28 thru April 4 for Ponca City residents. Solid Waste crews will pick up most trash and haul it away, or residents can haul it to the landfill themselves and get rid of it for free. For more information, please contact Solid Waste at 580.767.0411, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For updates and information visit www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov and please direct your questions to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center, 877-215-8336 OR 2-1-1.

 CITY OF PONCA CITY COVID-19 RESPONSE

March 19, 2020:

Due to the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, the City of Ponca City is also taking these steps to slow the spread of COVID-19:

• The Ponca City Library will be closed through Tuesday, March 31.

• The RecPlex is offering virtual fitness programs and the Ponca City Library is offering a virtual Story Time reading programs via Facebook Live.

• The City of Ponca City encourages citizens to use online features available at www.poncacityok.gov, such as on-line payments for utility services and municipal court fines; employment opportunities and online applications; current bid and contract opportunities available to consultants, service providers, contractors, vendors, or suppliers; and news flashes/press releases.

• And, the Ponca City Police Department requests citizens to use the non-emergency phone number 580.767.0370, rather than coming to the Police Department in person. If it is an emergency, DIAL 911.

As the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state, 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. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus: 

• Practice social distancing. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

• Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

• Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pick up, or delivery options.

• And, practice good hygiene:

wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface

avoid touching your face

sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow

and disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

For updates and information visit www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov and please direct your questions to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center, 877-215-8336 OR 2-1-1.

 

CITY OF PONCA CITY COVID-19 RESPONSE

March 18, 2020:

OKLAHOMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CORONAVIRUS CALL CENTER INFORMATION:

Information on Coronavirus is changing rapidly. For updates and information visit www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov and please direct your questions to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center, 877-215-8336.

 

KEEPING UP YOUR RESISTANCE 

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of it promptly. If no tissue is available, cough into your sleeve rather than your hand.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Wash your hands frequently with soap, and for at least 20 seconds each time. Alcohol-based hand cleaners can also be used.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs spread through these sensitive mucus membranes. 

• In general, a healthy lifestyle will reduce your chances of contracting the flu and all other communicable diseases. For example, get plenty of sleep in order to keep your resistance up. And, drink water. Flu is easier to catch when you are dehydrated.

 

CITY OF PONCA CITY COVID-19 RESPONSE

March 17, 2020:

Due to the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, the City of Ponca City is also taking these steps to slow the spread of COVID-19:

• The City-Wide Garage Sale scheduled for Saturday, March 28 is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. 

• The Great Day of Service scheduled for Sunday, March 29 is cancelled.

• The Marland Mansion & Estate and the Marland’s Grand Home will be closed through Tuesday, March 31.

• The RecPlex Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday, April 4 is cancelled. 

To view the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America go to www.CORONAVIRUS.GOV

 

CITY OF PONCA CITY COVID-19 RESPONSE

MARCH 16, 2020:

The Ponca City Municipal Court and Courtroom will be closed through Friday, April 17. Therefore anyone with a court case, scheduled between March 16 and April 17, should contact the Municipal Court Clerk’s office at 580-767-0382 to obtain their new scheduled court date.

In addition, the Ponca City RecPlex will not be scheduling birthday parties through Friday, March 27

 

CITY OF PONCA CITY COVID-19 RESPONSE

March 15, 2020: 

Mayor Nicholson acted under the power vested in Mayor under Ordinance 6-7-2 of the Ponca City code, and declared Ponca City to be a disaster area entitled to aid, relief, and assistance. And, he is directed the implementation of the City Emergency Operations Plan and invoked the Emergency Powers of the Mayor per Section 6-7-2 of the Ponca City Code.

City Manager Craig Stephenson announced the Senior Center is closed. In addition, Library programming and Parks and Recreation programming are temporarily suspended through Friday, March 27, including adult sports and fitness classes. However, the RecPlex and Library currently remain open under normal operating hours.


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