Collinsville, Oklahoma
March / April 2020
Deadly Worldwide Health Crisis
Schools and Businesses Closed Due To COVID-19
(Coronavirus Pandemic)
Hey all,

I wanted to share something pretty amazing!
A day in our life currently...
Love feeding our community—-such a cool snap shot into what’s going on behind the scenes ;0)

Michell Janah -- 4/11/2020

Collinsville students have not seen the inside of a classroom since Friday March 13th (24 calendar days ago) as they officially begin six weeks of "Distance Learning" today (April 6, 2020) at their homes. Students, parents and teachers have adapted daily to a rapidly changing world that is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with the primary tool being isolation. The coronavirus is spreading from country-to-country and state-to-state and community-to-community and household-to-household at varying rates with varying impacts ranging from mild symptoms to death. Everyone is making sacrfices and many are risking their own health as they serve others. Please continue to do your part and try to obtain the best outcome possible during and after this historic event. -- Ted Wright -- April 6, 2020 -- (Tweet)

Senate Review by Senator J.J. Dossett

To say that the COVID-19 situation has changed daily is a vast understatement. At times it seems the information about the disease and responses from local, state and federal officials is changing almost hourly.

The passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) provides an estimated $2 trillion stimulus package that will help individuals, families, businesses and state and local governments.

The package includes direct payments to lower and middle-income Americans. In the amount of $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples, with an additional $500 per child younger than age 17. Checks are expected to be mailed out later this month.

The package also expands unemployment insurance from three to four months, and provides temporary unemployment compensation of $600 per week, which is in addition to and the same time as regular state and federal unemployment benefits. Part-time, self-employed and gig economy workers now have access to unemployment benefits. Because so many Oklahomans have been impacted by the pandemic, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has been inundated with tens of thousands of phone calls and online applications. Please be patient as they work to better respond to these applications and get them processed. For more information or to file for unemployment, go to

There’s also a $500 billion lending fund for businesses, cities and states. For more information about help for businesses, please go to

As Oklahoma’s schools have moved to distance learning for the remainder of the semester, some additional announcements were made this past week of great importance. The governor signed an executive order ensuring support staff of Oklahoma public schools can be paid for the remainder of their current contract despite school buildings being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the United States Department of Agriculture approved Oklahoma’s waiver to enabling Oklahoma students statewide to access two free meals a day.

The governor’s call to loosen restrictions that kept many Oklahomans from being tested is welcome news, as well as his expansion of “Safer at Home” orders, the temporary closures of nonessential businesses, and other provisions which now will remain in place through April 30th and now apply to all 77 counties. However, I believe we still need a statewide shelter in place order to further curtail the spread of COVID-19. Oklahoma has been identified as one of the emerging hot-spots in the country—clearly, we need to be doing more than we are. Lives literally hang in the balance.

On Thursday the governor declared a health emergency which will give him broader powers to respond to the pandemic. The Legislature was called into special session on Monday, April 6 to vote on this action.

I’ll keep you posted.

I welcome your comments on state government and the issues before us. Please feel free to contact me by writing to Senator J.J. Dossett at the State Capitol, Room 521-A, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105; call me at (405) 521-5566.

Dear Chamber Members,

Small businesses and sole proprietorships will be able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) starting today, a provision of the CARES Act that provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities, and small businesses looking to receive them can apply through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating.

I have reached out to several of our local banks to see who is participating in the PPP. Please note that the information is still being released, and updated. It is advised to have as much supporting documentation as possible when applying. Each bank may require different information, the standard looks to be 941 Forms, 2019 taxes, payroll/health premiums/retirement payments for 2019, and EIN. While you may apply at a bank other than your own business banking institute, the paperwork required may be less if you apply with your business bank.

American Bank of Oklahoma-Will be participating, they are still working on details

RCB Bank-Application is online, click HERE

Vast Bank-Application is online, click HERE

TTCU-Will be participating, they are still working on details, click HERE for contact details

Oklahoma Central Credit Union-participating and working on detail, click HERE for contact details.

If you have questions about applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance (EIDL), which is the $10,000 bridge loan, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at 918-371-4703.


Ashley Snyder
Collinsville Chamber of Commerce

There will be an emergency meeting of the Collinsville City Commission 4pm Friday April 3rd, to discuss more COVID-19 actions. Seating will be limited to 10 but will be viewable on the city's Facebook. -- 4/2/2020 Nothing is official until the school board approves, but Superintendent Lance West suggested several dates (including May 15th as the last day of "school") in a video to staff Thursday April 2nd. And even more unofficial, pending many more events & conditions, a graduation ceremony is still being considered, perhaps in June? Embrace 74021 3/25/2020 by City & Chamber --
3/19/2020 First Tulsa County COVID-19 Death -- ORU Ground Maint. worker
Civil Emergency
3/17/2020 City Proclamation (Page 1) (Page 2) --
City of Collinsville Bans Gatherings of 50 or more people on City Property
Oklahoma Schools Closed Until at Least April 6th -- 3/16/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a worldwide pandemic March 11th, 2020, and historic measures are being announced at a frantic pace. I will make no attempt to document those here, but wanted to mark in the timeline of local event. Collinsville school administration is closely monitoring the situation and recommends checking the CDC for updates. Today, Friday March 13, is the final day of school before a week out for spring break (March 16-20). Obviously all city, school & sports events are subject to change. Stay tuned. -- Ted -- 3/13/2020
-- Historically: Collinsville school were closed during the deadly influenza epidemic in 1918 and have been closed periodically during the last hundred years for smaller local flu outbreaks.
Collijsville Schools on normal Spring Break (March16-20)
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-- Historically: Collinsville school were closed during the deadly influenza epidemic in 1918 and have been closed periodically during the last hundred years for smaller local flu outbreaks.

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