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Posted on: March 16, 2020

City of Midwest City Updates Regarding Corona Virus Mitigation Efforts

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The City of Midwest City is implementing additional efforts to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and declaring an emergency status that will allow the City to be eligible to apply for emergency funds to reimburse the expenses of mitigation activities.

The City Council met in an emergency session at 5:30 p.m. this evening and approved an emergency resolution declaring the City of Midwest City a “health and safety hazard area caused by significant events related to the spread of, and containment measures for, COVID-19.” The purpose of the declaration is to access county, state and federal funds.  

The AARP Tax Preparation program at the Senior Center has been discontinued for the remainder of the tax season. The VITA Tax Program at the Community Center will be closed tomorrow and will reopen Thursday by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 739-1239. VITA volunteers will be unable to assist those without an appointment.

The Welcome Center closed at 4 p.m. today and will remain closed until further notice. This follows the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s closure of the lobbies of all Oklahoma Tourism Information Centers earlier today.

The City will be working with residents who have experienced some type of virus-related hardship such as loss of work or quarantine. Residents and utility customers who have been impacted are encouraged to contact the appropriate City department.

Environmental court will be postponed until April, with no court dates in March.

Even though the Senior Center was closed last week, the Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition Program is providing five frozen meals on Mondays for seniors who contact the county and request the meals. The Midwest City seniors who currently participate in the program can contact 949-2709 to schedule their meals and pick up time.

“We want to remind our citizen customers of the ways in which they conduct City business and avoid the lines in the lobby,” said City Manager Tim Lyon. “We encourage use of online resources and other payment methods that are convenient for customers and help them limit their exposure to public areas.”

“These are some of the sensible actions that can help our residents address legitimate concerns but also help reduce the number of people who could be exposed to the virus,” Lyon said.

The Human Resources office encourages all job applicants to send their applications by email whenever possible.

Utility customers are encouraged to use the online new service application and bill pay options, the drop box for check payments, and the drive through for transactions.

Other than the March environmental court, the Municipal Court cases will be heard as scheduled. A rotation in and out of the court is being utilized to maintain social distancing guidelines. Fines can be paid online at paymidwestcity.com or by phone at 800-444-1187.

All trade and building permit applications for the Community Development office are available online, including storm shelter permits. Other documents and applications can be emailed or mailed by calling 739-1211 or 739-1210.

Residents are encouraged to visit the OKC County Health Department’s website at www.occhd.org for the latest COVID-19 updates or to call their hotline at 877-215-8336 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The hotline has Spanish interpretation available.

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