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A new executive order from Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday declares a health emergency in all 77 Oklahoma counties for the next 30 days.
If initial claims maintain the same filing pace this week, it means more initial claims have been filed in the past three weeks than all of 2019, when about 100,000 claims were filed.
After teaming up with a biotech company in mid-March, the University of Oklahoma has already identified potential “targets,” or weaknesses in the virus that a vaccine could exploit, said William Hildebrand, a researcher at the OU Health Sciences Center.
Gov. Kevin Stitt said officials now have the ability to notify first responders of residences where patients have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Department of Public Safety said Thursday that it will disengage from in-person public interactions until further notice in reaction to the continual spread of the coronavirus in Oklahoma.
Face-to-face instruction has been unavailable at the college since spring break, when the emergence of COVID-19 prompted colleges and universities across the state to begin moving classes online for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
The local and state education leaders addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2019-20 academic year in a Thursday morning teleconference hosted by the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
"The real issue we have is when organizations and large of people are having a big group event, whether they're an essential business or a non-essential business, which shouldn't be open anyway," Lt. Richard Meulenberg said. "The mayor has clearly outlined in his (executive) order what is and is not essential."
Rural Oklahoma may have come later to the shut-down stage, but health officials are working to keep their regions off the coronavirus map.
The Department of Public Safety said Thursday that it will disengage from in-person public interactions until further notice in reaction to the continual spread of the novel coronavirus in Oklahoma.
"The National Guard ... is gathering information from our hospitals, working with logistics and helping deliver medical supplies," Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday. "They're helping me plan for additional medical facilities."
The Exchange Center at the fairgrounds is being prepared to serve as a storage and distribution site for medical supplies, officials said.
The second-largest spike in reports came Thursday: 879 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus
The elaborate distance learning model revealed by the district Thursday features a unique instructional framework for each elementary school grade in addition to frameworks for middle school and high school. Students will resume the school year from home on Monday.
AAON, which makes large-scale heating and cooling units, is building 2,200 tons of HVAC apparatus for the Stony Brook (N.Y.) Temporary Hospital. More than 1,300 people have died from COVID-19 in New York City, which is struggling to find hospital space to care for the critically ill.
The next few weeks will be critical in the fight to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 cases as the state extends restrictions and ramps up testing, Gov. Kevin Stitt said at a news conference Wednesday.
As many as 18,400 Oklahomans could attempt suicide over the next 12 months under the burdens of stress and depression, according to a report from the Healthy Minds Policy Initiative, basing the prediction on suicide patterns that have followed previous disasters and recessions.
On Wednesday afternoon, to celebrate her 10th birthday, Vivianna’s family came up with a special way to make up for some of what she’s recently lost.
State statutes on filing and election dates make pushing back the three-day filing period difficult if not impossible, despite coronavirus-related restrictions on gatherings.
“We recognize that small business owners across the city have sacrificed tremendously to save lives in our community,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said.
In a video posted to the department's Facebook page Wednesday evening, Chief Wendell Franklin said he is asking the public to file reports online or over the phone when possible to reduce the chances of officers contracting and spreading the virus.
"At times the state lab has been down to the capacity of 50 tests," said Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences and Oklahoma's secretary of science and innovation. "Today we're at 600. OSU will have the capacity to do 16,000 tests with the supplies that they currently have."
Superintendent Rob Miller said the weekly instructional units are meant to be uncomplicated and family-oriented. They'll be distributed online but also can be mailed directly to homes for those without internet or a computer.
“OBI supplies blood to more than 90 percent of the hospitals in our state, including all of the children’s and veterans’ hospitals," said Sen. Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa. "Donating blood to address this critical shortage is one simple way Oklahomans can help our medical professionals during the COVID-19 public health crisis.”
City officials in Stillwater and Edmond adopted similar orders earlier this week. Muskogee officials issued stay-at-home recommendations last week. Broken Arrow's mayor also issued a shelter-in-place order Tuesday. The various orders come days after Tulsa and Oklahoma City issued shelter-in-place orders in response to the continuously unfolding pandemic.
Monica Rogers, THD’s information systems manager, cautioned there are caveats baked into the models. She emphasized the projections are only as good as the data inputs, which are hampered by limiting testing capacity for COVID-19.
Some business changes could turn out to be permanent, even after the epidemic subsides and the shutdown ends.
Dr. Chris Sudduth, a leading voice in public health for the Oklahoma State Medical Association, last week became the latest frontline health care worker in the state to test positive for the COVID-19 virus. "Our ability to do our job depends on (the public) staying at home," he warns.
The Tulsa World’s “Let’s Talk” virtual town hall will continue Friday with guests Gov. Kevin Stitt and Dr. Kayse Shrum. Shrum is Oklahoma’s secretary of science and innovation and is the president of OSU’s Center for Health Sciences.
"Lots and lots of smiles," said Jodi Simmons, Chief Nursing Officer at Hillcrest Medical Center. "Which is exactly what we need right now."
Banks should have guidance on the so-called Paycheck Protection Program — which was part of the CARES Act that President Donald Trump signed Friday — by close of business Friday and be able to take applications next week, two members of Oklahoma's congressional delegations said Tuesday.
Two of the deaths occurred in the northeastern Oklahoma region. One was in Muskogee County, and the other was in Wagoner County. Both were men older than 65 years old.
The move allows state officials to tap the state's Rainy Day Fund. Agency cuts and furloughs are not expected.
Saint Francis Health System also has moved all of its testing for the disease in-house.
Courthouses across Oklahoma were ordered closed Monday, but a new protocol has been established to allow Tulsa County couples to proceed with marriage amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The executive director of the Tulsa Health Department has led the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The latest deaths brought the state's total to 15.
A recent survey found a third of Tulsa Public Schools students had little or no online access at home. Now they’re facing the reluctant new world of remote education.
“One moment you are with these kids every single day and you become like a caretaker away from home, and then you’re just separated.”
The mayor’s shelter-in-place orders scuttled plans for a Sunday morning drive-in church service at Tulsa’s iconic Admiral Twin theater.
Saturday's order lifts statutory and rule-based training and certification requirements for regular and reserve law officers through the current emergency and for 30 days after its conclusion.
Confirmed cases of the disease in Tulsa County increased to 41.
As of 4 p.m. Friday, the Tulsa County Jail population had decreased roughly 15 percent within a 10-day period -- resulting in what's believed to be a new low of occupancy at the facility.
The situation illustrated common questions that surround executive orders, how they might be enforced and by which agencies.
Gov. Kevin Stitt and Secretary of Science and Innovation Kayse Shrum said during a video conference the state turned to a private company, Thermo Fisher Scientific, for the chemicals, called reagents, because the Federal Emergency Management Agency was not responding quickly enough to Oklahoma's requests.
Other Oklahoma House members back measure.
From new routines during vet visits to the need for foster parents, it's been a busy month for those caring for animals.
State health officials reported 74 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, totaling 322 for the state.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and Dr. Gerard Clancy answered reader questions in a Tulsa World “Let’s Talk” virtual forum, sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences.
Coronavirus mitigation efforts forced the delay of a court hearing set for this week in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office’s quest to get Epic Charter Schools’ for-profit operator to comply with the state’s investigative audit.
The forum, sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, featured Mayor G.T. Bynum and Dr. Gerard Clancy, professor of Community Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Tulsa.
More than vacant 50 American Airlines sit at Tulsa International Airport.
No makeup date for the Piedmontese triathlon was announced Friday, but organizers are exploring options and a new date will be announced soon, according to a Tulsa Regional Tourism news release.
Increased awareness combined with sudden financial instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic are responsible for the dramatic growth, which education officials expect to continue through April.
Gov. Kevin Stitt ordered additional restrictions, termed “safer at home,” on Tuesday for counties with any confirmed cases of the disease. There were 19 counties with confirmed cases then; there are 38 now.
A Muskogee police officer tested positive this week for COVID-19 after developing flu-like symptoms.
State and federal prosecutors announced Friday a partnership to laser-focus on con artists using the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud Oklahomans.
A similar move has drawn a lawsuit in Texas.
At least four of Oklahoma's five House members favor CARES Act.
Councilor asks city legal department if a Las Vegas-style drive-through show would be legal here.
The Georgia-Pacific plant in Muskogee is among area facilities trying to keep up the the coronavirus-fed demand.
First-time unemployment claims in Oklahoma jumped over 800% to record levels last week, direct evidence of the toll business closures and other restrictions have taken on the economy as officials try to minimize the spread of coronavirus.
Transit officials introduced the rules this week and indicated they will be effective from March 30. The new rules will be in effect until further notice.
Bethany Martin is a kindergarten teacher who is using her T-Rex costume to bring smiles to faces during the age of social distancing.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s board of director voted 13-0 on Thursday to shut down all state-sponsored activities through the remainder of the academic year.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The House and Senate will remain closed next week to the public as lawmakers and staff work remotely to reduce the threat of s…
For at least one weekend, the Admiral Twin Drive-in was one of the busiest movie theaters in the U.S., attracting many Tulsans who had never before visited.
Safer-at-home, part of a Tuesday amendment to the governor's executive order on the COVID-19 outbreak, requires vulnerable populations to stay home until April 30 except for essential travel like trips to the grocery store or pharmacy.
Researchers hope the drug — typically prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis — will reduce inflammation in the lungs. A similar drug showed promise in a small-scale study in China.
On a day in which much of Oklahoma came to an unprecedented sudden stop, religious leaders gathered for a prayer service broadcast statewide.
"What we do know is severe weather is not going to stop. The coverage is still going to be there. We just don’t know how distracted people are going to be. People can only take so much."
To allow more space for social distancing, downtown Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless will limit the number of people who can come inside the facility while sending some clients to other nearby shelters
Staying in Tulsa longer than many other foreign exchange students, a high school junior left Tuesday to fly back home to Taiwan, where he will…
The Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee nations will keep their casinos closed through mid-April, the tribes announced in separate news releases Thu…
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"People need to keep their distance from each other right now," Pastor Tom Dillingham said. "But that doesn't mean they have to be alone and isolated. We want people to be able to come together and share their faith and share their hope."
The state’s ongoing COVID-19 concerns didn’t prevent a fallen Oklahoma serviceman from receiving a stirring welcome home Wednesday.
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister acknowledged that a number of people across the state had asked “Can’t we wait a few weeks to decide?” but she said “The answer is `no.’ .... It isn’t possible for districts to flip a switch and shift into this type of delivery of education without advanced notice.”
Owners and employees of Tulsa-area businesses deemed nonessential rushed against the clock on Wednesday, serving customers with a smile while grappling with what their future might hold.
Mayor G.T. Bynum and Dr. Gerard Clancy will speak Friday at a Tulsa World “Let’s Talk” virtual forum, sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Fo…
Given the dearth of testing capacity, a key question with no clear answer is how many sent home or who haven't received results yet have or had contracted COVID-19 as the outbreak spreads.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides a list of 16 “critical infrastructure sectors” that includes emergency services, health care, transportation and government, but ultimately it’s up to local jurisdictions to determine what is essential.
The city used GoToMeeting to connect the nine city councilors and broadcast Wednesday's meetings live on GoToMeeting, TGOV and Facebook Live.
In an emergency meeting Wednesday evening broadcast on public access TV and streamed on Facebook, councilors heard reports from the Muskogee City-County Joint Task Force on COVID-19 and the task force’s recommendation for a stay-at-home directive.
Adrian King says his salon is an essential business, so he is willing to make a stand.
Occupancies dropping to 10% and lower.
State medical groups still contend that Gov. Kevin Stitt’s order designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 is "short-sighted."
Liquor stores, brewers, wineries, bars, restaurants, clubs, convenience stores and grocery stores can deliver alcoholic beverages, according to ABLE Commission.
In the counties with confirmed cases, including Tulsa County, all nonessential businesses are to close for 21 days beginning at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
Here are a few local sources to buy from, but check their websites and social media regularly, because some things may become scarce or unavailable over the next week or so.
Cases in Tulsa County likewise more than doubled, from 12 to 27 cases. Health officials also reported the state's first case in the juvenile age range, 5 to 17 years old.
The bill that evolved includes $400 billion more for hospitals, businesses, medical research and individuals than it did on Sunday.
Rep. Jason Lowe, D-OKC, is the second lawmaker to announce a positive test. Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, also is recovering after testing positive. One Senate staffer and two House staffers have also tested positive.
He said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon that he is issuing an order closing non-essential businesses in counties with positive COVID-19 cases, effecttive at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Those businesses that have close contact with customers would need to close for at least 21 days.
“The Guard is up for a lot of jobs, but rolling in and planting our flag and saying we’re in charge; that’s not one of ‘em," Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson said. "That’s not what we do.”
"It is not a supply problem," the Reasor's CEO said. Folks are simply buying too many items, and "there's a million people doing the same thing. They have sucked all the product out of the pipeline."
Tulsa County Parks director Vince Trinidad tells the Tulsa World that the LaFortune Park and South Lakes courses – and the LaFortune tennis courts – will remain open for business.
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Bars, restaurants and entertainment venues are closed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 threat.
So far, 106 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state. Three people have died from the disease.
While the price of oil and wholesale gasoline has plummeted amid market turmoil, retail price drops at the pump are still relatively lagging for two reasons, an analyst said.
An employee of a Tulsa nursing home tested positive Monday for COVID-19, but has been on leave since early March.
“We urgently request that you issue an executive order that will implement a shelter-in-place policy and close non-essential businesses until this pandemic is truly contained,” said the Monday letter that listed the Oklahoma Hospital Association and Oklahoma State Medical Association among its signers.
Tuesday, while state and local officials took measures to further restrict the movements of Oklahomans in the hope of containing the deadly COVID-19 virus, President Donald Trump and others suggested or said straight out that those tactics may be more dangerous than the disease.
Most of the pre-trial detainees who signed on to the lawsuit dated their signatures in December, well before the current COVID-19 geared policy was enacted.
City officials in Muskogee issued restrictive orders Monday night to businesses prone to crowding in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Local and state officials answer key questions related to COVID-19.
When Mayor G.T. Bynum decided to limit access to restaurants and bars and close entertainment venues last week in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, he didn’t just put the squeeze on local businesses.
Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax is encouraging those filing for state offices to do so via delivery service or mail in reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The downtown Tulsa congregation and virtually all other Tulsa churches canceled public worship services this weekend in response to Centers for Disease Control guidelines designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
With public schools shut down for at least two weeks due to COVID-19, Tulsa-area districts are prepared to start distributing meals this week in an effort to prevent student hunger.
Unemployment benefits are based off base pay, and with service industry workers like Rowland largely dependent on tips, the safety net won't cover his typical take-home pay, he said.
The amendment also allows nurses with expired licenses to more quickly be recertified and practice regardless of tax compliance status.
Oklahoma had more than 1,500 medical or surgical beds available, as well as more than 220 in intensive care units, according to data released late Friday afternoon by the Governor’s Office. More than 500 ventilators were available statewide.
Oklahoma recorded four more cases of COVID-19, increasing the state’s total to 53, health officials announced on Saturday.
Officials are keeping open spaces available for families and individuals who want to fill their social distances with the great outdoors.
“One of the things I struggle with more than anything else in sheltering people and keeping them safe is getting to the point of choosing who comes into the shelter and who doesn’t, if we have to go to that,” said Mack Haltom, executive director of the Tulsa Day Center.
TU will send student information on room and board refunds by April 6, officials said. And the school will decide by April 1 how to handle commencement.
Gov. Kevin Stitt told the Tulsa World that the partnership will add the capacity for 2,600 tests beyond the 300 sent already.
“It is not my intention at all to close down businesses across the state,” Stitt said. “Every mayor may be making some different decisions on their towns and their municipalities, but statewide, I have no intention of doing that.”
The announcement comes five days after the university's first positive test for COVID-19 was revealed Sunday.
In response to Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin’s announcement Friday that the federal income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15 to July 15, the Oklahoma Tax Commission is extending the 2019 Oklahoma income tax return due date from April 15 to July 15.
Tulsa Community Foundation and Tulsa Area United Way established the fund to help people who have lost income, lack medical care or have suffered other losses as a result of the pandemic.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol announced Friday that its training academy will be conducted remotely “out of an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic,” citing concerns about proximity and guidelines limiting large gatherings.
So far, about 16 service members from the Guard have been called to active duty from civilian life to assist at the Joint Operation Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma National Guard Lt. Col. Geoff Legler said.
With the exception of Broken Arrow and Collinsville, other area suburbs have yet to go as far as the city of Tulsa has when it decided earlier this week to close gyms, bars, theaters and prohibit indoor dining in restaurants — all as a means to combat the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
The senator notes the virus' danger and says: "By people not believing, by not taking precautions, they're making it more likely to spread."
Earlier this week, lawmakers reduced access to the building, limiting it to elected officials, press, staff and invited state employees.
When Sasha Ayala-Harris was released from the Tulsa County jail, the first thing she did was walk to the Subway near Fourth and Main streets to get lunch. But she took her lunch back to the jail parking lot to eat just in case her friend Kristi Flowers — who was arrested with her in Broken Arrow last month — managed to get out, too.
Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond, with the city council's unanimous support, ordered the closure of businesses and dine-in restaurants within city limits effective 11:59 p.m. Friday.
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"Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time," Secretary Betsy DeVos said. "Students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment."
COVID-19 is in the community and public lab testing cannot keep up.
With at least some children staying home with their parents, who are being allowed to work remotely, child care programs could see a decrease, which might create space for other kids.
State official says there is $1 billion available in fund to pay claims.
Inhofe's account manager sold stocks valued at $150,000-$350,000 on Jan. 13 and another $170,000-$400,000 worth on Jan. 27. The stock markets were near record highs at the time.
Since bars, restaurants and entertainment venues have closed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 threat, these businesses have been scrambling to make plans.
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State officials recorded a second confirmed case in a toddler as COVID-19 continues its outbreak in Oklahoma.
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The U.S. congresswoman representing Oklahoma's 5th District said her doctor told her to isolate herself, despite being asymptomatic, after she had recent contact with a Utah politician who tested positive for COVID-19.
Most are offering takeout, curbside, drive-through and-or delivery services.
The emergency order by city leaders to shutter all bars and close restaurants to dine-in patrons on Tuesday, with no fixed end in sight, has forced industry owners and worker bees alike to question their futures.
Vulnerable populations — including those who are food insecure — are more susceptible to the COVID-19 outbreak than others. Iron Gate and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma are taking precautionary measures and stepping up efforts to help some of those most in need during the global pandemic.
"I'm happy because I think people now have an option to get out of the house, to go to the movies, and I'm happy because it helps us to survive," said Blake Smith, owner of the Admiral Twin.
The courthouse will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but only those with urgent matters will be allowed to enter.
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Cleaning staffs offer a main line of defense against the coronavirus as janitors and housekeepers pay extra attention to disinfecting doorknobs, elevator buttons, desks and other work spaces.
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Oklahoma’s U.S. senators on Wednesday cast two of only eight votes against a bill to add emergency relief money to Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment and other programs. The bill would also ensure free testing for the coronavirus.
The state epidemiologist said that as of Wednesday morning, the Oklahoma State Department of Health had about 300 test kits but had received 200 specimens for testing.
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The move comes two days after the Cherokee and Creek tribes suspended gaming operations to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
Hamstrung by social distancing directives triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, local retailers are reaching out by any means possible, including offering curbside service and enhancing their social media presence.
The election emergency declaration will require county election boards to accept resolutions adopted by the governing bodies of school districts, municipalities, technology districts and counties to move their April 7 elections to another date.
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The Tulsa Police Department urged citizens Tuesday to report online those crimes that don't necessitate an emergency response. Those making 911 calls would be patched through to an officer taking a report by phone.
OWASSO — Several employees at both SMOKE Woodfire Grill and MAD Eats at SEVEN6MAIN in Owasso were laid off this week amid the COVID-19 coronavirus.
"We hear that a lot: Why has this become such a big deal in the United States when the total number of cases looks relatively low?" said Dr. Dale Bratzler, a senior physician at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
LIFE Senior Services, Meals on Wheels taking precautions but continuing their missions.
It would expire Nov. 15 or when Stitt lifts the state of emergency implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19.