As news and unprecedented challenges continue to spread through communities due to COVID-19, stay alert and up-to-date with information and resources. Follow updates on the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Oklahoma State Department of Health and Oklahoma State University. Listed below are articles and recommendations related to coronavirus.
- May 22, 2020 | OSU Extension enters Phase 2 for economy recovery
Oklahoma State University Extension is moving through the next phase of reopening county offices to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.
“In conjunction with the Gov. Kevin Stitt’s guidance, we have entered Phase 2 of reviving the economy while maintaining our emphasis on the safety and health of the community,” Associate Vice President for OSU Extension Damona Doye said. “This coronavirus remains a real threat to the health our employees, families and clients. It is our collective responsibility to remain vigilant.”
Extension offices across the state have been directed to limit potential infection vectors with careful cleaning procedures, maintaining social distance standards and wearing facial coverings when interacting with the public. Teleconference meetings, emails and telephone calls are still preferred modes of interpersonal communication, and offices will only be opened by appointment.
Although the governor’s Phase-2 does not mean that operations have returned to normal, Extension educators, specialists and other staff are doing everything they can to provide the services their communities depend on.
To that end, the coronavirus resource page on the Extension website has been updated with timely information. Extension provides a wealth of educational content designed especially for Oklahomans, such as guidance on crops and livestock, gardening and insects, health and nutrition, and 4-H and family. The site also has more than 1,000 fact sheets tailored to state residents. “We are proud of the efforts of Extension staff through this ordeal and look forward to the day when we can relax and enjoy each other’s company again,” Doye said.
MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Brus | Agricultural Communications Services | (405) 744-6792 | BBrus@okstate.edu
- April 23, 2020 | Extension FAQs
Is OSU Extension closed?
Oklahoma State University Extension remains open and our county, district and state staff continue to meet the needs of Oklahomans and carry out the mission of OSU Extension. All county OSU Extension offices currently are closed to the public to help ensure the health and safety of everyone. However, county educators, along with district specialists and state faculty/staff, remain committed and available to answer questions using research-based information and providing educational programming through distance learning.
How can I access my county educator?
Although county OSU Extension offices are closed to the public at this time, all of our county educators and district specialists are available to answer your questions. Should you need to contact your local county educator, check out this map for contact information for all 77 county offices.
Can I order a soil sample test?
Yes, the Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory in Stillwater continues to provide all testing services. As usual, samples should be submitted through your county Extension office. However, each county may have different procedures in accepting samples in order to practice social distancing. Please call the OSU Extension office in your county for instructions before dropping off your samples.
If I already paid for a face-to-face Extension class, what should I do to either get my money back or get the class online?
People can check the status of events and workshops on the Trumba calendar. Many of the OSU Extension events, including field days and workshops, have been moved to an online or virtual format. Check the Trumba calendar for login information for those workshops, field days and other activities that have moved to a digital format. Individuals who want a refund on a class will need to contact the county educator in the county hosting the event. Contact information for all 77 counties is available on the county office page.
What will happen with 4-H Roundup?
State 4-H Roundup is going virtual in July 2020. Oklahoma State University recently made the difficult decision to cancel all campus-held summer camps and conferences for summer 2020. Unfortunately, this includes the 99th State 4-H Roundup slated July 22-24. However, the safety and health of everyone involved, including club members and county/district/state staff, is our top priority. Some initial planning has begun toward moving forward with a virtual State 4-H Roundup this summer. Check with your local 4-H educators to get the latest updates.
- March 28, 2020 | OSU Extension services and programs continue through pandemic
More than 100 years of science-based, community service by Oklahoma State University Extension will continue unabated through the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Associate Vice President for OSU Extension Damona Doye said.
“It is very important that we all remain safe, productive and healthy during this pandemic,” Doye said. “We face an evolving situation, which is forcing all of us to adapt and innovate. Extension resources will be available to help.”
OSU Extension is a state agency administered by the university’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and is a key component of OSU’s mandate to promote wellness, leadership and economic development for all Oklahomans.
Many Extension offices, which can be found in all 77 of the state’s counties, have been directed by state and local authorities to close their doors and cancel face-to-face meetings to protect the health of Extension personnel and the public. However, true to their spirit of commitment, those workers are making themselves available electronically via social media, teleconferences, phone calls and texting.
Doye said a growing number of Extension efforts have moved online – for example, new virtual alternatives for 4-H programs. Federally required Dicamba herbicide-handling training sessions are being held via teleconferences, and Extension experts are finding ways to deliver other consultations. Mission-critical services to support agriculture such as soil and forage testing continue using new drop-off alternatives.
The Extension website at https://extension.okstate.edu provides a wealth of educational content designed especially for Oklahomans, such as guidance on crops and livestock, gardening and insects, health and nutrition, and 4-H and family. The site also has more than 1,000 fact sheets tailored to state residents.
Oklahoma Gardening and SUNUP television shows have adapted production as well. Thousands of videos are available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/OklahomaGardening and https://www.youtube.com/SUNUPTV.
“Given the suddenness of our need to ramp up online education, many of our Extension educators are thinking creatively about how to respond,” Doye said. “I am proud of their dedication to their communities.”
- March 19, 2020 | COVID-19 case reported for OSU Extension County Office
OSU Extension Community,
Today we were informed that one of our colleagues tested positive for COVID-19. Please join me in keeping them in our thoughts on their journey toward a full recovery.
As a result of the positive case associated with OSU Extension and following the recommendations of local health department officials, we have notified all employees of the Cleveland County OSU Extension office. The office will be temporarily closed beginning today until further notice. During the temporary closure, OSU Extension will follow CDC guidelines to deep clean and disinfect the affected areas.
Your adaptability during this time of rapid change is appreciated, as well as your concern for our OSU Extension family.
Associate Vice President