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 By Paul Monies    Regional    April 18, 2021

Oklahoma's hydroxychloroquine shipment took a detour to a Pryor pharmacy

It’s been a long, strange trip for Oklahoma’s $2.6 million shipment of hydroxychloroquine, bought a year ago as a once-promising treatment for COVID-19. The 1.2 million doses of the drug normally used to treat lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and...

 
 By Paul Monies    Regional    March 14, 2021

Vaccinations, drops in Covid-19 cases create optimism in Oklahoma

State public health officials are feeling optimistic about the pace of vaccinations and lower cases and hospitalizations from Covid-19, leading to changes this week in Oklahoma's nursing home... Full story

 
 By Paul Monies    Regional    March 5, 2021

Oklahoma health officials look to refine pandemic death reporting

The late-2020 surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths left many of the state’s tracking systems behind as providers responsible for updating reports concentrated on providing patient care ahead of filling out reports. It was...

 

Staff shortages at Oklahoma's relocated Public Health Lab cause testing delays

Staff shortages and equipment transition for the relocated Public Health Lab in Stillwater have caused state health officials to outsource certain tests to private labs, and in some cases to a public...

 

Active Covid-19 cases fall in Oklahoma, death reports remain high

Active coronavirus cases and Covid-19 hospitalizations remained high this week but began to decline even as the state’s death toll from the pandemic accelerated. By last Friday, Jan. 22, there were more than 32,000 active coronavirus cases...

 

Oklahoma on track for worst month of pandemic

By Friday, Jan. 15, the state had recorded more than 57,000 new cases of coronavirus in the first two weeks of 2021. There were 436 reported Covid-19 deaths so far in January, already higher than the... Full story

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    January 10, 2021

Hospitalization increase leads Integris to open its COVID-19 wings at Portland campus

A surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Oklahoma City has led Integris Baptist Medical Center to open its Portland Avenue campus to treat patients with the coronavirus. The hospital system s...

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    January 10, 2021

Virus spread continues as vaccine roll out gains pace in Oklahoma

On Friday, the state recorded its largest daily case increase, adding more than 5,200 cases to bring the total to more than 320,000 cases since the virus was first recorded in March. The death toll...

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    December 31, 2020

Oklahoma advises those infected with Covid-19 to do own contact tracing

As active coronavirus cases remain above 30,000 in Oklahoma, the state health department says its contact tracers are having to prioritize calls and will advise most people with confirmed cases to do their own contact tracing. In addition, the state... Full story

 

After 1,600 deaths and counting, mask mandate remains flashpoint in Oklahoma

A masked Gov. Kevin Stitt walked into a roomful of masked reporters at the Oklahoma Capitol, sat down at the head of a conference table and removed his mask. Flanked by his health commissioner and a... Full story

 

Coronavirus continues march across Oklahoma as hospitalizations set record

Coronavirus hotspots emerged across the state in the past week as hospitalizations reached a new record since the pandemic began. Active cases hit 24,091 on Friday, according to the latest tally from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. That...

 

As last resort, Oklahoma quarantine orders rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Everything old is new again when it comes to battling a novel coronavirus with no cure or vaccination. Public health officials point to face masks, social distancing and good hand hygiene as pillars...

 

As last resort, Oklahoma quarantine orders rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Everything old is new again when it comes to battling a novel coronavirus with no cure or vaccination. Public health officials point to face masks, social distancing and good hand hygiene as pillars of the response to the coronavirus, along with... Full story

 

Prison infections push rural towns into weekly coronavirus hotspots

Coronavirus infections at prisons in Vinita and McAlester pushed those areas into the top hotspots of the week in Oklahoma. Other large increases in active coronavirus cases came in Chickasha, Alva and several ZIP codes in the Oklahoma City area,...

 

Five Oklahoma takeaways from the White House 'red zone' COVID-19 report

An internal White House report about states in the so-called “red zone” for COVID-19 includes Oklahoma and recommends mandating masks and closing bars and gyms in localized areas where infections are spreading rapidly. The report, obtained by...

 
 By Paul Monies    Regional    July 16, 2020

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he tested positive for coronavirus

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Wednesday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, a day after the state reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases. Stitt made the announcement in a Zoom call with reporters along with his interim Health...

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    July 10, 2020

Hospitalization increase leads Integris to open its COVID-19 wings at Portland campus

A surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Oklahoma City has led Integris Baptist Medical Center to open its Portland Avenue campus to treat patients with the coronavirus. The hospital system s...

 
 By Paul Monies    Regional    July 8, 2020

Hospitalization increase leads Integris to open its COVID-19 wings at Portland campus

A surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Oklahoma City has led Integris Baptist Medical Center to open its Portland Avenue campus to treat patients with the coronavirus. The hospital system s... Full story

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    May 24, 2020

Why more women than men contract the coronavirus

Women account for about three-fourths of all COVID-19 infections among health-care workers and in nursing homes in Oklahoma, resulting in a higher proportion of women than men overall infected across...

 

What medical groups say about reopening Oklahoma's economy

In the wake of Gov. Kevin Stitt's decision to start reopening Oklahoma's economy, Oklahoma Watch reached out for reaction from top medical groups and checked the remarks from Oklahoma City and Tulsa...

 

After resisting, state decides to release number of COVID-19 cases, deaths for all cities

Weeks after mayors and other local officials asked the Oklahoma State Department of Health to release COVID-19 infections and deaths by city, the state began publishing some of that information this week. The catch? The city breakdown excluded...

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    April 12, 2020

Beds: Questions of supply for all patients

When a patient with COVID-19 is brought to a hospital, they are triaged, isolated and put in a negative pressure room (if it's available), where air blows in but can't escape. Depending on the...

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    April 10, 2020

Health workers: Risks of shortages and exposure

If a large COVID-19 surge comes, Oklahoma officials want to be sure there are enough doctors, nurses, aides and other health-care workers to treat the infected. That involves a lot more than... Full story

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    April 3, 2020

Oklahoma ranks 18th in nation in rate of coronavirus deaths

(March 30, 2020) – With a surge in COVID-19 deaths since last week, Oklahoma now ranks 18th highest in the nation in the rate of coronavirus deaths. Taking population into account, deaths were highe...

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    March 20, 2020

Coronavirus tests remain limited, raising questions about haves and have-nots

Call it test anxiety, but not the kind you might remember from school. With a shortage of COVID-19 testing kits available at Oklahoma's state lab, public health officials are prioritizing who can get...

 

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