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Mask resistance softens in Kansas as coronavirus cases soar

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Resistance to masks appears to be weakening in Kansas as the coronavirus surges, straining the capacity of the state's hospitals. Gov. Laura Kelly's latest effort to require face coverings takes effect Wednesday, although Ka...

 

Church organization in Kansas, Oklahoma pays medical debts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Medical debts totaling more than $5.2 million owed by more than 3,200 families in Kansas and Oklahoma have been paid through a project of the United Church of Christ Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, church officials said Tuesday. "A...

 

Oklahoma virus hospitalizations top 1,500, 3,663 more cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Oklahoma with the coronavirus surpassed 1,500 on Saturday and the number of reported cases increased by 3,663, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The department reported...

 

Oklahoma reports 3,406 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of reported cases of the coronavirus increased by 3,406 and the number of deaths from the virus increased by 10, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Sunday. The department reported that 1,446 people...

 

Oklahoma City Council to consider extending mask mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday is to vote on whether to extend a city-wide mask mandate in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The council will consider extending the mandate that was first approved in July...

 

Rural hospitals are under siege from COVID-19 – here's what doctors are facing, in their own words

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Lauren Hughes, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Jennifer Bacani McKenney, University of Kansas (THE CONVERSATION)...

 

CDC pleads with Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel

NEW YORK (AP) — With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation's top public health agency pleaded with Americans on Thursday not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household. The Thanksgi...

 

Kansas aims to boost virus testing, but strategy unfinished

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly two months after Gov. Laura Kelly announced that Kansas would develop a "unified" strategy to ramp up coronavirus testing, the program is enough of a work in progress that even some of the state's contractors don't yet...

 

Midwest health system CEO says he had virus, won't wear mask

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest has told his employees that he has recovered from COVID-19 and is back in the office — without a mask. Sanford Health's president and chief executive, Kelby...

 

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...

 

'Tired to the bone': Hospitals overwhelmed with virus cases

Overwhelmed hospitals are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, even a parking garage into patient treatment areas. Staff members are desperately calling around to other medical centers in search of open beds. Fatigue and...

 

Kansas governor issues new mask mandate as COVID cases surge

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly issued a new mask mandate Wednesday in hopes of lessening the spread of the coronavirus in Kansas after the state again reported another record seven-day increase in new cases. State law still allows Kansas' 105...

 

Study: Mask mandates cut virus' spread in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mask mandates in St. Louis and St. Louis County slowed the spread of the coronavirus this summer when compared to neighboring counties that didn't require face masks, a Saint Louis University study found. The study compared...

 

Oklahoma sees record number of virus hospitalizations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Oklahoma surged to a new high on Tuesday, a day after Gov. Kevin Stitt announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants and required masks to be worn in state building...

 

Oklahoma sees record number of virus hospitalizations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Oklahoma surged to a new high on Tuesday, a day after Gov. Kevin Stitt announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants and required masks to be worn in state building...

 

Coronavirus hits Kansas hospitals harder, sidelines staff

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials on Tuesday urged communities to take stronger action as more hospital rooms are devoted to caring for coronavirus patients and hundreds of doctors, nurses and other workers are quarantined, leading some...

 

Oklahoma coronavirus cases surpass 150,000, deaths top 1,500

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma surpassed 150,000 on Saturday and the number of deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, now tops 1,500, according to the Oklahoma State Department of...

 

3,923 new cases as COVID-19 continues its Oklahoma rampage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The coronavirus continued its rampage through Oklahoma on Sunday with state health officials reporting an almost 10% increase in active cases. That brought the total cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 to 27,807 since the...

 

3,923 new cases as COVID-19 continues its Oklahoma rampage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The coronavirus continued its rampage through Oklahoma on Sunday with state health officials reporting an almost 10% increase in active cases. That brought the total cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 to 27,807 since the...

 

Oregon and New Mexico order lockdowns, other states resist

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The governors of Oregon and New Mexico ordered near-lockdowns Friday in the most aggressive response yet to the latest wave of coronavirus infections shattering records across the U.S., even as many of their counterparts in...

 

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...

 

Oklahoma hospitalizations due to coronavirus shatters record

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with confirmed and probable coronavirus in Oklahoma on Wednesday shattered the previous one-day record by nearly 200 and more than 2,100 new cases were reported, according to the Oklahoma...

 

Kansas sets COVID-19 records; counties struggle with tracing

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas set records again Wednesday for new coronavirus cases and COVID-19-related hospitalizations as some local officials reported having trouble getting people to cooperate in finding those who may have been exposed. Several...

 

Hospital ICUs filling up quickly across Missouri

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — As record numbers of patients with the coronavirus fill Missouri's hospitals, many are requiring specialized care in intensive care unit beds that are becoming increasingly scarce. Data released by the state on Wednesday...

 

The Latest: Oklahoma says case rise due in part to glitch

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma on Saturday more than doubled the previous one-day record, but the state Department of Health said a bureaucratic backlog and duplicate reporting partially account for the...

 

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