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Oklahoma no longer accepting full federal vaccine allocation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials are no longer accepting the state's full allocation of coronavirus vaccines as demand has dropped, Deputy Commissioner of Health Keith Reed said Tuesday. "The allocation would exceed 200,000 a week...

 

Coronavirus variants surge, vaccines slow in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Vaccinations to protect the public from COVID-19 slowed last month in Kansas, even as more contagious variants of the coronavirus surged and hospitalizations from the disease rose in the state, according Kansas health...

 

Mask mandates ending in Oklahoma's two largest cities

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mask mandates intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus are ending in Oklahoma's two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The requirement ended Friday in Oklahoma City and comes to an end Saturday in Tulsa, although...

 

Oklahoma health department shuffles leadership positions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three agencies within the Oklahoma State Department of Health have new leaders, according to a statement from the department. Deputy state epidemiologist Jolianna Stone will become become state epidemiologist, Dr. Jared Taylor...

 

Kansas soon could have just 3 counties with mask orders

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Fewer than five of Kansas' 105 counties still require masks, and those still in place might not last much longer. Johnson County, which is the state's largest county with more than 600,000 residents, is set to consider...

 

Doctors: More parents refuse COVID tests for their sick kids

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Doctors are reporting that more parents are refusing to have their sick children tested for the coronavirus because they don't want to deal with the hassle if the result is positive. Pediatric Partners in the Kansas City...

 

Rolling average of coronavirus cases declines in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rolling average of new coronavirus cases in Oklahoma each day has declined by 59.3% during the past two weeks, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. The data showed the daily average decreased by...

 

Data: Oklahoma has 5th-fewest new COVID-19 cases per capita

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — University researchers say Oklahoma has the 5th fewest new COVID-19 cases per capita over the past two weeks, university researchers reported Sunday. According to Johns Hopkins University researchers, Oklahoma has had 3,745...

 

Oklahoma health officials resume Johnson & Johnson vaccines

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials announced Monday plans to resume distribution of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine following rare cases of blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine. The decision comes following a...

 

Data: Oklahoma has 5th-fewest new COVID-19 cases per capita

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — University researchers say Oklahoma has the 5th fewest new COVID-19 cases per capita over the past two weeks, university researchers reported Sunday. According to Johns Hopkins University researchers, Oklahoma has had 3,745...

 

At least one COVID death in Oklahoma after vaccination

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least one person in Oklahoma has died due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, after the person received the coronavirus vaccine, deputy state epidemiologist Jolianne Stone said Friday. "We are still doing an...

 

Kansas' largest county considers allowing mask order to end

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Elected officials in Kansas' largest county are considering whether to get rid of a mask mandate, as a growing number of communities have done in recent weeks, and health officials aren't opposing the move. The issue goes...

 

Smartphone-based tool helps detect irregular heartbeat in American Indians

A smartphone-based screening tool can accurately detect previously undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that puts people at high risk for stroke, according to new research that shows it could help uncover the condition in...

 

Most Kansas counties turn down vaccine over past month

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — About three-quarters of Kansas counties have turned down new shipments of the coronavirus vaccine at least once over the past month and several for four straight weeks, state date shows. "It is kind of stalling. Some people... Full story

 

Lawrence commission approves ban on conversion therapy

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence will no longer allow licensed providers to practice conversion therapy on minors in the city. The city commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban the practice, which is designed to change a person's sexual... Full story

 

Federal virus vaccination center in Tulsa to be open to all

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A coronavirus vaccination site in Tulsa operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with state and local officials and the Oklahoma National Guard will provide vaccinations for all eligible, from any state, a FEMA...

 

Variants increase in Kansas as parents challenge mask rules

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The number of coronavirus variants in Kansas has risen sharply, even as parents in some schools push to drop masking requirements and vaccine appointments go unfilled. In the past week, the state had a 32% increase in the...

 
 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...

 

Oklahoma coronavirus case number averages are declining

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rolling average of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is declining, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday, the rolling average of new cases had fallen by 27.4 during the past two weeks, from 321.4...

 

Oklahoma coronavirus case number averages are declining

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rolling average of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is declining, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday, the rolling average of new cases had fallen by 27.4 during the past two weeks, from 321.4...

 

Tulsa to drop mask mandate, cites declining hospital numbers

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa officials announced plans Thursday to drop the city's mask mandate at the end of the month, citing a rapid decline in the number of people being hospitalized for COVID-19. Mayor G.T. Bynum said more than 450 people were...

 

Some Kansas counties turn down COVID vaccine as demand slows

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas counties are rejecting new COVID-19 vaccine shipments or reducing their orders because of decreased demand for the drugs, worrying health officials who say mass vaccinations are the only path to a return to...

 

Oklahoma health officials pause distribution of J&J vaccine

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials announced plans Tuesday to halt distribution of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine following reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said the potential...

 

Kansas suspends Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials announced Tuesday that the state is suspending distribution of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccines as federal health officials investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. "Just as important...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 14, 2021

Indian Health Service pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Indian Health Service is pausing its use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine in Oklahoma and all other regions at the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration. "Out of an abundance of caution, IHS has paused...

 

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