COVID-19 keeps regulators’ headquarters closed to the public


While Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners debate whether to continue their order closing the agency’s headquarters building to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, numbers show at least seven employees have tested positive to the coronavirus since its outbreak.

As brought out in last week’s meeting of the commission, at least two weigh stations were shut down when workers tested positive. Recent figures show five employees have recovered with the earliest case reported in March 2020.

It is believed the earliest case in the agency involved an Administrative Law Judge. Two other employees in the agency’s Transportation Division remain in quarantine.

One employee who tested positive was in the Petroleum Storage Tank Division and two in July were in the Public Utilities Division.

The cases of all seven employees occurred in March, July and September.