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Oklahoma coronavirus deaths top 3,000; US toll hits 400,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma surpassed 3,000 deaths due to COVID-19 Tuesday as the national death toll topped 400,000, and the rollout of coronavirus vaccines continued at a steady pace. The health department reported an increase of 43 deaths in t...

 

Virus vaccine shipment change frustrates Oklahoma official

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's deputy health commissioner said Friday that a change in the shipment of the coronavirus vaccines came unexpectedly and has left him frustrated in how to manage distribution of the vaccines, one from Pfizer and one...

 

Oklahoma governor pushes for return to in-person schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced a new policy that he said will allow more in-person classroom teaching at state schools that implement mask wearing requirements, despite the rising number of coronavirus cases in...

 

Heavy snow expected in Texas; storm could spawn tornadoes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A winter storm moving across southwestern Texas on Wednesday could dump more than a foot (0.30 meters) of snow before moving eastward and possibly spawning tornadoes in parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on New Year's Ev...

 

Oklahoma City firefighter dies of COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City firefighter, whose nephew became the first department employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, died of the virus after being infected while responding to a call, the fire chief said. Fire Chief Richard Kelley,...

 

Oklahoma puts hold on planned $400 lost wages payments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Planned payments of $400 to some Oklahoma residents who lost wages amid the coronavirus pandemic are being put on hold due to the potential approval of additional federal unemployment payments, Oklahoma Employment Security...

 

ER nurse is 1st recipient of coronavirus vaccine in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City emergency room nurse on Monday became the first person in the state to receive Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. Hannah White, 31, laughed before the vaccination and again afterward as she hugged the person who inj...

 

Some Oklahomans to get $400 for losing wages due to pandemic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some Oklahomans who lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic will receive a one-time payment of $400 from the state starting next week, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Director Shelley Zumwalt said Thursday. The OESC...

 

Oklahoma revises vaccine plan with more doses expected

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma health department has added paramedics, emergency medical technicians and CVS and Walgreens staff who will administer the COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care facilities to those who will receive the vaccine first....

 

Oklahoma governor declares day of prayer as virus surges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the coronavirus surges in Oklahoma, nearing 200,000 total cases on Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt declared Thursday a day of prayer and fasting in the state. "I believe we must continue to ask God to heal those who are sick,...

 

Oklahoma schools may offer in-school quarantine of students

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday that public schools will be allowed to offer in-school quarantines for students exposed to the virus. Schools in Mustang became the first in the state to adopt the...

 

Oklahoma virus hospitalizations top 1,400, spread unyielding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus surpassed 1,400 on Wednesday for a new daily record, and a surge in cases is linked to Halloween events, according to a report by the White House Coronavirus...

 

2 Oklahoma lawmakers confirm positive tests for coronavirus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives confirmed Friday they have tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol in which many lawmakers and their families weren't...

 

Tulsa's ICUs at capacity as coronavirus surges in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa's hospitals reached capacity for intensive care patients for a time Tuesday, then eased, according to the head of a Tulsa hospital system, while state officials reported a one-day record high in hospitalizations...

 

Experts express alarm by record Oklahoma coronavirus cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations in Oklahoma have surged to record highs in the past week, while the rate of positive tests rise and the number of total tests have declined, medical officials said Friday. Ther...

 

Jerry Jeff Walker, Texas singer and songwriter, dies at 78

Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song "Mr. Bojangles," has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of cancer; family spokesman John T. Davis told The Associated Press. "He had battled throat cancer for many...

 

Another body found in search for Tulsa race massacre victims

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The search for remains of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre victims on Thursday revealed another body in an unmarked mass grave at a Tulsa cemetery before coming to an end, Oklahoma's state archaeologist said. "We are now able to...

 

Human remains found in search for Tulsa massacre victims

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One set of human remains, and perhaps a second, have been found in a Tulsa cemetery where investigators are searching for victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Oklahoma state archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck said Tuesday. "We...

 

Tulsa digs again for victims of 1921 race massacre

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A second excavation begins Monday at a cemetery in an effort to find and identify victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and shed light on violence that left hundreds dead and decimated an area that was once a cultural and...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    October 9, 2020

Oklahoma governor disputes White House virus task force

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday took issue with a comment that he labeled as "editorial" in the latest report and recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, which says the state has had "many preventable...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    October 8, 2020

Oklahoma hospitalizations due to COVID surge above 700

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the illness caused by the coronavirus surged above 700 on Wednesday to a new record one-day high. The number of people hospitalized, either confirmed with COVID-19 or under...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    October 7, 2020

Oklahoma universities delay spring classes due to virus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's two largest universities on Tuesday announced that they were delaying the start of the spring semester by a week and were canceling spring break because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spring classes will begin Jan. 19...

 

Task force: Oklahoma 3rd in US in coronavirus positivity

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma remains third in the United States for the number of positive coronavirus tests per 100,000 people and is among the worst affected states for the number of new reported cases, according to a report released this week...

 

Official: At least 4 more Oklahoma inmates die from COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Tuesday reported two more inmates have died due to COVID-19, and seven other deaths are possibly the result of the disease caused by the coronavirus. Of the department's nearly 25,000 i...

 

Norman City Council requires masks at indoor house parties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Norman City Council voted to require that masks be worn indoors at house parties if more than 25 people are present to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the college town — a step that angry residents said would...

 

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