Oklahoma County Commissioners Allocate $15 Million In CARES Funds For Small Businesses

Nov 16, 2020
The Oklahoma County Budget Board meets on November 16, 2020.

The Oklahoma County Board of County Commissioners on Monday decided to give $15 million in coronavirus relief funds to a program designed to help businesses, nonprofits and other community organizations hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samples are prepared for coronavirus testing at IMMY lab in Norman on April 2.

Without congressional action, Oklahoma’s coronavirus testing could soon dwindle.

The Oklahoma County Jail.
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The Oklahoma County Jail Trust voted Monday to send back more than half of the $40 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds allocated to its budget earlier this year. The move comes after months of protests against the relief funds being transferred to the jail.

Tempers Flare After Oklahoma County Sends CARES Money To Jail

Sep 3, 2020
The Oklahoma County Board of County Commissioners has been heavily criticized for transferring $34 million in CARES Act funding to the Oklahoma County Jail.
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A woman raising her three grandchildren in Bethany was facing eviction after she lost her job to the COVID-19 pandemic. She called Dan Straughan for help but he wasn’t sure what he could do. Straughan is executive director of the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma County Jail.
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Protestors on Monday pushed the Oklahoma County Jail Trust to postpone a discussion and potential vote on how to use more than $36 million in coronavirus relief funding until it hears from the public.

The Oklahoma County Jail.
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Despite controversy and legal concerns, Oklahoma County will allot nearly all of its coronavirus relief funding to its jail.

Governor Stitt provides an update on the the State's COVID-19 Hospital Surge Plan
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As Congress and the White House quarrel over how to tackle a new stimulus package, Gov. Kevin Stitt said on Thursday he believes Oklahoma doesn’t need one.

Signs hang from the windows of an apartment in Washington, D.C., on May 20. Housing advocates and landlords alike say if Congress doesn't extend or replace federal unemployment payments, millions of Americans won't be able to afford to pay their rent.

The federal moratorium that has protected some tenants from eviction expires Friday, July 24. As a result, eviction filings in Oklahoma are expected to increase.