Person Involved In State Senate Tests Positive For Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tuesday, March 17th 2020, 8:14 am
By: News On 6

A person involved in the state Senate has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to an internal Senate memo. 

Due to an abundance of caution, health professionals will swab Senate members and personnel. 

All state senators and Senate personnel are asked to remain in their offices and await a visit from a health professional to conduct a test.

Senate offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday. Employees are prepared to work from home. It is unclear when the Senate will reconvene on the floor. 

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat released the following statement:

“The Oklahoma Senate today learned that someone in the Senate has tested positive for COVID-19. While the risk to a majority of Senate personnel and senators remains low, per the recommendation and under the guidance of health officials, we are taking appropriate measures.

“In addition, beginning Wednesday, March 18, and through Friday, March 20, Senate offices will be closed and employees will work remotely during that time. The Senate will continue to operate and serve the citizens of the state of Oklahoma. We will continue working with other state officials, health care professionals, and agencies as state government addresses this public health crisis.”

The state House of Representatives is caucusing to discuss to a bill.