By Congressman Markwayne Mullin
Coronavirus is impacting everyone and changing our everyday lives. This is a difficult time, but together we will get through this. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some resources for those who need them.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health has created a website full of information regarding what you should know about COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick. You can visit the website at www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov. There is also an Oklahoma COVID call center that is open 24/7 where people can get their questions about COVID-19 answered. The number is 877-215-8336. Patients that are uninsured should call 211.
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has many resources available for businesses and workers. From questions ranging from unemployment insurance to sick leave for employees, you can visit www.okcommerce.gov/covid-19 for guidance.
Small businesses are hurting during this public health crisis. The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. All 77 counties in Oklahoma are eligible and you can apply online at www.SBA.gov/disaster.
Many people have exemplified the Oklahoma Standard and have asked how they can help. Businesses looking to donate medical supplies or other necessary equipment can put in their request on FEMA’s website. Visit www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.
My office is available if you need assistance with a federal agency or if you have questions. You can email me on my website at www.mullin.house.gov or call my Oklahoma offices.
We are taking a whole-government approach to address this pandemic and all agencies are working together. As we move forward, it is critical that we all continue to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For all the latest updates, visit www.coronavirus.gov. We are in this together and we will get through it together.