Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
COVID-19 State of Emergency
With the evolving situation our area is experiencing with COVID-19, please see below information regarding the City of Jenks implemented modifications and updates to some of our services and guidelines.
COVID-19 is a new virus that currently lacks widely available testing at pharmacies and doctor’s offices which reduces the ability to effectively track community spread.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the Revised Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on March 15, 2020, recommending a number of factors be considered in postponing or canceling mass gatherings, including that larger gatherings of more than 50 people offer more opportunities for person-to-person contact and therefore pose greater risk of COVID-19 transmission and then ramped up that recommendation by asking to limit gatherings of 10 people or less for at least 15 days.
On March 16, 2020 the Mayor of Jenks issued an Emergency Proclamation consistent with CDC and State Department of Health guidelines, including canceling events held at City-owned facilities until at least April 6th. The President of the United States and Governor of the State of Oklahoma have also declared emergencies due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and comply with CDC and State of Oklahoma guidance.
On March 20, 2020 Jenks Mayor Robert Lee issued an Emergency Proclamation and Order Limiting and Closing Certain Commercial Businesses in Jenks. More information below.
On March 24, 2020 Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Issued an Executive Order with limitations and closures for non-essential businesses and at-risk population. More information below.
On March 29, 2020 Jenks City Council passes Ordinance 1511 which orders jenks citizens to shelter in their homes other than conducting essential activities or operating essential businesses. More information below.
On April 1, 2020 Governor Kevin Stitt announces new measures being taken to increase testing and stop spread of COVID-19. More information below.
On April 27, 2020 Jenks City Council passed Ordinance No. 1517 repealing Ordinance Nos. 1510, 1511 and 1513 to lift restrictions in Jenks imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic. This goes into effect as of 12:00 AM on May 1, 2020. This ordinance repeals the previous local restrictions on businesses and individuals, so that Jenks businesses, residents, and visitors will follow the Governor’s Three-Phase planning for reopening Oklahoma. Guidelines document link available below.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources (Oklahoma and Jenks Specific)
City of Jenks to follow Governor’s Three-Phase plan for reopening starting May 1, 2020
GOV. STITT Extends Shelter in place until may 6, 2020 for adults over the age of 65 and vulnerable individuals
Governor Kevin Stitt today held a press conference to provide an update on the State’s response to COVID-19, including an extension of the Safer at Home order and the scheduled resumption of elective surgeries.
“Our curve is flattening, and we are making great progress, but now is not the time to take our foot off the gas,” said Gov. Stitt. “What we do over the next two weeks will significantly impact what we can do after April 30, and we need to continue to practice physical distancing, washing our hands frequently and limiting trips to the grocery store and pharmacy.”
During the press conference, Gov. Stitt announced the Safer at Home order has been extended through May 6 for adults over the age of 65 and vulnerable individuals with serious underlying medical conditions and all elective surgeries are able resume starting April 24, 2020.
“We suspended elective surgeries to protect hospital beds in case of a surge and protect PPE for our health care workers who are working hard to treat COVID patients,” continued Gov. Stitt. “Our hospitals have been great partners with us, but many of them are struggling because our numbers are so low. Because we feel good about our hospital numbers and our PPE, I am announcing today that elective surgeries can resume in nine days on April 24.”
The governor also provided an update on the IHME model for Oklahoma. The model projects Oklahoma’s peak hospital demand will occur on April 30 and estimates the State will require 882 hospital beds, 218 ICU beds and 192 ventilators. Oklahoma hospitals currently have 5,887 total beds, 991 ICU beds and 1,111 total ventilators available for COVID-19 patients.
Additionally, the governor discussed the State’s intention to work with the Department of Health in order to develop a plan to safely and responsibly allow businesses across the state to re-open while also continuing to prioritize the health and safety of Oklahomans.
jenks city council approves ordinance no. 1513 which extends stay at home order until may 8, 2020
Ordinance No. 1513 was approved by City Council At a Special Meeting on April 16, 2020, which extends the existing Stay at Home Order (Ordinance 1511) to May 8, 2020. If data shows Council can lift this order sooner than May 8th, they will meet to amend the Ordinance.
The ordinance can be viewed here.
The live stream of the meeting is on our Facebook page and can be accessed by anyone who may have missed seeing it live. For all highlights of tonight’s meeting, please see the previous post.
The decision to extend the stay at home order was based off of several factors:
🔹Governor Kevin Stitt extended his statewide shelter in place Executive Order to April 30, 2020. Our date is May 8th to align with the Council Meetings but Council has the ability to change this date (to make order end sooner or extend it) at any time. If data shows they can lift this order sooner than May 8th, Council will meet to amend the Ordinance.
🔹Incoming data from the state and local health department shows the daily contagion rate to peak in our area the third week of April. This data can be viewed here.
We feel opening up Jenks before that time would be irresponsible and put lives at risk - not just our residents but our first responders and medical community.
The most updated news briefing from the Health Department and Mayor Bynum about Tulsa County it can be viewed here.
🔹Council is also making these decisions in alignment with other surrounding towns to make this a cohesive order for the region. To open one or two communities when most others are enforcing stay at home orders would defeat the purpose of minimizing exposure and spread of the virus.
Council and City Leadership understand the economic impact of extending the Stay at Home order. This decision was not made without discussing the hardship local businesses are experiencing. In the end, Council had to weigh the risk vs reward of opening the city before May. Loss of life and overwhelming our health systems outweighed everything else.
We appreciate the continued cooperation of our Jenks community, we know this is a long process and we hope this is the last time we have to extend this order.
Local businesses can contact the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, who is working with all businesses (members and non-members) during this time to provide resources and assistance. Please visit their Facebook page or website .
Please continue to practice social distancing when in public and consider wearing a simple face covering in public, as recommended by the CDC. Jenks trails and open spaces at all parks are still open for citizens to get essential exercise and fresh air. Please keep all animals on a leash in these areas.
GOV. STITT ANNOUNCES NEW MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO INCREASE TESTING AND STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
Governor Kevin Stitt today held a press conference to provide an update on the State’s response to COVID-19 and announce he has issued Seventh Amended Executive Order (EO) 2020-07.
“The best way to slow the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19 is through aggressive testing and tracing, as well as continuing to practice social distancing,” said Gov. Stitt. “I know how much these decisions affect people, but this is the right time to take these steps in order to protect our health care workers, our hospital systems and each other. These next few weeks are critical, and it will take all of us doing our part to stop the spread in Oklahoma.”
Seventh Amended EO 2020-07 extends all of the provisions in Executive Order 2020-07 to April 30th and applies to all 77 counties in Oklahoma.
The amended Executive Order provides for the following statewide measures:
Closes all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector, such as gyms, salons, massage parlors and movie theaters, where counties have community spread effective through April 30.
Requires restaurants in all 77 counties to provide take-out and delivery options only and closes all bars through April 30.
Postpones all elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures until April 30.
Issues a statewide “Safer at Home” order for adults over the age of 65 and vulnerable individuals with serious underlying medical conditions until April 30.
Prohibits visitations to nursing homes and long-term care facilities through April 30.
Limits gatherings to no more than 10 people through April 30.
During the press conference, the governor announced the State has lifted some of the restrictions on who can be tested for COVID-19. The state now has 13,000 COVID-19 test kits available, and Oklahoma State University has opened its lab to process a minimum of 2,300 tests per day.
“Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or those who have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed needs to be tested,” said Stitt. “One of the things that will help the modeling is more test results – that’s why it’s so important for our health care providers and our local health departments to test as many people as possible.”
The governor also announced that the state now has six drive-thru testing locations around Oklahoma, including ones that recently opened in Altus, Woodward and Lawton. A comprehensive list of testing sites can be found at coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
In addition, the governor provided an update on the modeling that state epidemiologists and experts from Oklahoma’s research universities are actively working to produce in order to provide accurate data to drive decisions regarding COVID-19.
The main model Governor Stitt talked about today comes from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). The IHME model has also been frequently referenced by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
The modeling underway with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and state research universities is still being finalized and the State will work with these institutes to help make them available once they have a final product.
To read Seventh Amended EO 2020-07, click here.
To watch the governor’s full press conference, click here.
Jenks City council passes ordinance 1511 (safer at home) for city of jenks
At an Emergency Meeting, on March 29, 2020, Jenks City Council passed Ordinance 1511 which orders Jenks citizens to shelter in their homes other than conducting essential activities or operating essential businesses.
Ordinance 1511 is similar to what surrounding areas are also putting in place. Safer at Home is our message to Jenks citizens.
Jenks has put several safety measures in place, asking citizens to minimize their time outside their homes except for essential work or leaving to buy essential items like groceries.
This ordinance applies to Jenks citizens of any age and no longer allows any public or private event or social gathering outside of a family unit. Ordinance 1511 also legally requires social distancing when in public - at least 6 feet between yourself and others (that do not live in your household).
The Jenks Police Department is enforcing the new ordinance but wants to convey they are here to first educate and confirm understanding. Citations may be issued with repeat offenders. There is a learning curve with all the changes implemented and the police department is here to help.
Jenks Police would like to confirm that essential workers and businesses do NOT need documentation, nor does anyone else needing to make essential trips to these businesses.
There are many questions surrounding Safer at Home orders. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions, which also provides links to essential and non-essential businesses as issued by the Governor.
Governor Kevin stitt issues executive order for nineteen counties in Oklahoma due to covid-19
The executive order goes into effect Wednesday, March 25, at 11:59 PM.
The summary of the executive order can be found here .
Several important points from the summary:
▪️Enforces “Safer at Home” order statewide, requesting elderly and individuals who are immunocompromised or have pre-existing condition to shelter in their homes, leaving only for essential needs like groceries or prescriptions, until April 30.
▪️Closes non-essential businesses that are in Oklahoma counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19:
▪️Businesses explicitly listed include: hair salons, gyms, theaters, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, museums, etc.
▪️Restaurants may remain open in these counties but must close their dine-in area, offering instead curbside pickup and delivery.
We have also put screenshots of the full executive order here until a link to the executive order is available.
jenks Mayor issues emergency proclamation and order limiting and closing certain commercial businesses
THE PROCLAMATION AND ORDER LIMITS AND CLOSES SPECIFIC BUSINESSES, INCLUDING RESTAURANTS, BARS AND GYMS (AMONG OTHERS). RESTAURANTS MUST CLOSE DINE-IN AREAS AND ONLY OFFER TAKE-OUT, DELIVERY, AND CURBGSIDE SERVICE. ALL BARS, GYMS/FITNESS CENTERS AND THEATERS MUST CLOSE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. FULL LIST OF INCLUDED AND EXCLUDED BUSINESSES CAN BE FOUND IN THE FULL LANGUAGE WITHIN THE PROCLAMATION.
• JENKS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS HELD AN EMERGENCY MEETING ON MARCH 19, 2020 AT 2:00 PM AND VOTED TO APPROVE ORDINANCE 1510 WHICH LIMITED BUSINESSES TO 10 PATRONS.
• JENKS MAYOR, WITH CITY COUNCIL'S INPUT, ISSUED PROCLAMATION AND ORDER LIMITING AND CLOSING CERTAIN COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES ON FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020. THIS DECISION WAS MADE AFTER RECEIVING UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT COMMUNITY SPREAD IN TULSA COUNTY.
• CITY OFFICIALS ARE FOLLOWING THE GUIDANCE OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND THE TULSA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.
• THE PROCLAMATION TAKES EFFECT SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020 AT 11:59 P.M.
CITY SERVICES AND FACILITIES
Fire and Police Departments
Both Fire Station 1 and Fire Station 2 are closed to the public until further notice. This includes car seat safety checks and events. Please do not come in person to either station with emergencies - call 911 so we can best protect our citizens and our first responders. With non-emergencies, please call 918-299-6311.
Jenks Police Station lobby remains open but we strongly discourage anyone coming in person to the station. This is to best protect our citizens and our police officers. If you have an emergency, please call 911 and it will be dispatched accordingly. Non-emergencies can be called into 918-299-6311.
Inspections and Permitting
Please see our updated modifications to our Building Inspections and Permits .
Jenks City Hall
Jenks City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. This includes the Community Room, as well as the Utility Billing window.
As of April 27, 2020
Jenks Skate Park - Opens May 1, 2020
BarkWest Dog Park- Opens May 1, 2020
Veterans Park Playground Equipment and Pavilions- Remains closed
Central Park Playground Equipment and Pavilion- Remains closed
We will not be taking any new pavilion reservations until further notice.
There are several options to pay your bill without having to visit City Hall:
1. Drop your payment in Dropbox in the West parking lot of City Hall. This is a drive up Dropbox- no need to even get out of your car.
2. Utilize our online payment option. The City of Jenks is temporarily waiving the fee to pay the bill online. This will either be removed at time of payment or credited back to your account if processed with the fee.
3. Our Utility Billing staff is happy to take your payment by phone or answer your questions. Please call 918-299-5363 and they will assist you.
Water and Sewer
Please see message from Veolia regarding specific guidelines to keep the wastewater facility plus resident and business pipes in working order during this time.