OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt lifted the state's COVID-19 emergency declaration, effective Tuesday, citing data that shows declining new cases and hospitalizations.

Stitt noted that Oklahoma's 7-day average of new cases is down 94% from its peak and that hospitalizations also are down 90% and have stabilized over the last two weeks.

"My promise has been to make decisions based on the data in our state, not what's happening anywhere else," Stitt said.

The emergency declaration eased some licensing restrictions for medical professionals and gave state agencies more flexibility to shift funding and employees to respond to the pandemic.

The ending of the emergency will also require governmental bodies to begin meeting in person within 30 days.

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