State Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement on Monday on her decision to work remotely to better protect a family member following reports of further spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
“Senate is in session today, but I will not be present. I wanted to take a moment to explain why my absence is leading by example.
“The severity of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow and community spread has been confirmed in Oklahoma. Trusted experts have advised social distancing. My family and I are following the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus.
“I, like many of my constituents in Senate District 40, am caring for a loved one who cannot fight infection and has a compromised immune system. The safest way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community is to stay home if possible. I will be working remotely until further notice to do my part. I believe it is important to encourage others and lead by example. I am calling on employers, community members and others to do your part to stop this global pandemic. Remain calm, follow the guidance of experts, and stay home.”
For more information, email Carri.Hicks@oksenate.gov.