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ODOC COVID-19 Response: State Corrections continues providing essential services during state of emergency

ODOC COVID-19 Response: State Corrections continues providing essential services during state of emergency

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections continues providing services essential to protecting staff, the public and inmates, despite the current state of emergency. 

While the work of every employee is essential to meeting ODOC’s legal and constitutional responsibilities to care for inmates 24 hours a day, the agency has identified staff who have the tools and technology necessary to perform their duties outside the office. 

ODOC Director Scott Crow has enacted a multi-phase telework plan. The first phase allows more than 600 staff to work from home. Within two to four weeks, more staff will begin teleworking as the agency acquires additional needed equipment, including laptop computers. Additional staff may be considered for telework status later.

While there is no set date to end the telework program, ODOC may call telework employees back to their work locations to fulfill their job duties, if necessary.

In the meantime, all facility staff, ranging from case managers and security staff to teachers, healthcare and administrative staff to maintenance crews, continue to report for work at their normal locations. These staff members not only provide security behind the wire, but also offer inmates constructive activities to mitigate anxiety from suspended visitation and volunteer access. Attorney visitation remains in effect.

ODOC continues to enhance sanitation and cleaning requirements inside all facilities and screens all staff daily for COVID-19 symptoms. Medical staff inside facilities are prioritizing care for any inmate presenting COVID-19 systems. Staff is working from the agency’s Pandemic Plan, which provides protocols based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 

For the public, ODOC has established an Update Line – 405-425-2556 – for information related to the pandemic, including updates on facility access, visitation, and other news. ODOC’s social media and website, doc.ok.gov, also feature updates on the agency’s response to this state of emergency.

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Main Location
3400 North Martin Luther King Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73111-4298

PO Box 11400
Oklahoma City, OK  73136-0400

Phone: (405) 425-2500
Fax: (405) 425-2578

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