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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...

 

Tropical Storm Beta spurs hurricane worries for Texas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season was churning along Saturday as the Texas coast prepared for a tropical storm that could strengthen into a hurricane before breaching its shores in the week ahead. Both the city...

 

Oklahoma governor: No mandate masks despite recommendation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt reiterated Thursday that he will not issue a statewide mask mandate, despite a recommendation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. "I've been very clear from the beginning that I believe a...

 

White House task force says Oklahoma 5th in new virus cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma had the fifth-highest rate of newly reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. last week and the White House Coronavirus Task Force is again recommending a statewide mask mandate, according to a report released Wednesday b...

 

White House task force: Statewide mask mandate unnecessary

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The White House task force on the coronavirus is no longer recommending a statewide mask mandate in Oklahoma, according to the report released Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The report, dated Sunday,...

 

University of Oklahoma students: Virus response inadequate

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — More than a dozen students gathered outside the University of Oklahoma's administration building Thursday to protest what they say is an inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic. Students are violating the university...

 

Oklahoma governor 'not going to mandate' masks statewide

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A mandate to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus will not be imposed statewide in Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday, despite the White House coronavirus task force's recommendation for such a rule. "We...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 27, 2020

Oklahoma health department developing new virus alert plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health is working to revise the state's COVID-19 alert system, which some state health officials have said is not "helpful" for areas at high risk due to the coronavirus pandemic, health...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    August 26, 2020

Oklahoma hospital expands visitation for children, others

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Patients at the The Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City will each be allowed two visitors starting Wednesday, while some adults at University of Oklahoma hospitals in Oklahoma City and Edmond will be allowed one visitor each,...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 20, 2020

Oklahoma school superintendent gets the coronavirus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma public school superintendent has tested positive for the coronavirus. leading the district to temporarily close its only school for a deep cleaning, an official said Wednesday. The Coyle school district learned...

 

Long-running Oklahoma Black rodeo rides on despite COVID-19

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The oldest continuously held Black rodeo in the U.S. rode on in eastern Oklahoma despite months of uncertainty because of the coronavirus pandemic, though this year some cowboys wore face masks along with boots. The 65th...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 9, 2020

4 tribes sue over Oklahoma gambling compacts with 2 others

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four Oklahoma tribes are asking a federal court to void gambling compacts between the state of Oklahoma and two other tribes — agreements that the Oklahoma State Supreme Court recently invalidated. The Cherokee, Chickasaw,...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    August 7, 2020

Oklahoma announces up to $250M for local coronavirus costs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the first governor in the nation to test positive for the coronavirus, was infected when he hugged two friends from Tulsa, Stitt spokesperson Charlie Hannema said Thursday. "The governor...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 6, 2020

Oklahoma revenue collections up due to delayed tax deadline

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State Treasurer Randy McDaniel said Wednesday that revenue collections by the state rose by more than 27% in July due to a delay in the state income tax filing deadline because of the coronavirus pandemic, but not...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    August 5, 2020

Oklahoma mayor alleges threats by state lawmaker over masks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mayor of an Oklahoma City suburb alleges she was threatened by a state lawmaker because of a mandate she issued requiring bar and restaurant workers to wear masks in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Republic...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    August 5, 2020

Homecoming Canceled at OSU

HOMECOMING CANCELED The Oklahoma State University Alumni has canceled its plans for festivities surrounding OSU's Oct. 31 homecoming football game against Big 12 foe Texas Tech because of the coronavirus pandemic. "The Alumni Association understands...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    August 5, 2020

Coronavirus News

JAIL DEATH The Oklahoma County jail reports that an inmate being treated for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, has died. Clarence Steven Merrell, 65, died Tuesday at a hospital where he was taken in July, jail spokesman Mac Mullings...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    July 31, 2020

Oklahoma coronavirus cases rise by 1,117, deaths up by 13

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday said he is allocating $10 million dollars from federal funding the state received to address the coronavirus to provide personal protective equipment to schools as he encourages them to reo...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    July 29, 2020

Oklahoma governor returns to office after 2-week quarantine

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has returned to his office following two weeks of isolating himself at home after he tested positive for the coronavirus. "I'm glad to be back in the saddle," Stitt said in a video statement on his...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    July 29, 2020

Federal judge: Oklahoma tribal gaming accords renewed Jan. 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma's tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1, handing a victory to the tribes who sued Gov. Kevin Stitt to renew them. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy DeGiusti rejected...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    July 29, 2020

Oklahoma reports 14 more deaths, 848 new coronavirus cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of the coronavirus team at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center said Wednesday that he believes the coronavirus is being spread by a younger age group and likely leading to an increase in virus-related deaths of...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    July 24, 2020

Convictions, life sentences upheld in "Cathouse" slayings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An appeals court on Thursday affirmed the murder convictions and life sentences of two men in the 2009 slayings of four people in Oklahoma City, including a woman who was featured on the HBO series "Cathouse." The Oklahoma...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    July 24, 2020

More younger Oklahomans dying of COVID-19 raises concern

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of coronavirus response at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center said Friday that an increase in the number of younger Oklahoma residents dying as a result of the virus has become a worry. Although most of the 484...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    July 22, 2020

Stitt: No one he was in contact with has COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday that no one he was in contact with in the days before he tested positive for the coronavirus has come down with the virus. "We're not out of the woods yet, but it underscores the...

 

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