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Judge: Autistic man must stay in Missouri welfare custody

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A young man with severe autism must stay in the custody of Missouri's child welfare agency, despite soon turning 21, a judge ruled Friday. Jackson County Judge Kea Bird-Riley also ordered that he remain in his current placem...

 

Health officials say genome sequencing will help ID variants

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Genome sequencing will be up and running this week at the state health lab to help identify variants of the COVID-19 virus, Oklahoma health officials said Thursday. Officials with the Oklahoma Pandemic Center for Innovation...

 

Oklahoma passes 1 million vaccine doses administered

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Oklahoma, state health officials announced on Friday. Deputy Health Commissioner Keith Reed said the milestone was reached after data was obtained...

 

Newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma declining

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma continued a recent decline Tuesday with the state Department of Health reporting 359 new cases in addition to 24 more deaths due to the illness caused by the virus.... Full story

 

White House promises vaccine help as states rush to catch up

HOUSTON (AP) — A giant vaccination center is opening in Houston to administer 126,000 coronavirus doses in the next three weeks. Nevada health officials are working overtime to distribute delayed shots. And Rhode Island is rescheduling...

 

Coronavirus positive test rate fall below 10% in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The positivity rate on Oklahomans' coronavirus tests has fallen below 10%, data from Johns Hopkins University showed Wednesday, although state health officials have noted testing slowed during the past week because of a winter...

 

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...

 

Oklahoma expanding vaccine access to teachers, school staff

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma opened its second phase of coronavirus vaccinations on Monday, providing inoculations to public school teachers and staff and to adults of any age with illnesses that make them susceptible to the virus. "Our goal is...

 

Rolling average of new Oklahoma virus cases cut in half

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rolling average of new coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has been more than cut in half, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Friday. The seven-day rolling average of new cases in the state during the past two wee...

 

Kansas governor presents fix for vaccine data reporting woes

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has announced plans to fix issues that have led Kansas to underreport the number of people vaccinated for COVID-19. The state's vaccination rate consistently ranks among the lowest in the country, and Kelly...

 

Weather delays shipments of coronavirus vaccine to Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shipments of the coronavirus vaccine to Oklahoma are being delayed "multiple days" because of wintry weather that dumped snow and ice across much of the U.S, Deputy State Health Commissioner Keith Reed said Wednesday. "While...

 

Kansas to focus on COVID-19 shots for teachers, school staff

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will put a priority on vaccinating teachers and other school staff against COVID-19 so that K-12 students across the state can resume in-person classes as quickly as possible, Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday. The Democrat...

 

Oklahoma COVID deaths top 4,100; virus cases above 416,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of deaths in Oklahoma due to the illness caused by the coronavirus surpassed 4,100 on Thursday and the number of reported cases is now above 416,000, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There were... Full story

 

Kansas struggles to fix vaccine reporting issues

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is working to fix its troubled system for sending vaccine data to the federal government, saying glitches caused about 100,000 doses that were given to not be registered as being administered. The state's vaccination...

 

Feds to double the number of vaccines it sends to Kansas

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is anticipating getting 90,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week, double what the state was receiving just two weeks ago, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday. As of Friday, 9.4% of the state's population had been...

 

Wintry weather closes coronavirus vaccine sites in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wintry weather across Oklahoma that has left roads slick and hazardous statewide on Wednesday has led to the closings of some coronavirus vaccination sites, including the state's two largest. Both the Oklahoma City-County...

 

Coronavirus hospitalizations fall below 1,000 in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Plans to open federal pods to provide coronavirus vaccinations in Oklahoma are on hold after state health officials learned the government will not be providing vaccine for the pods, deputy state health commissioner Keith Reed...

 

Reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma surpasses 400,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma surpassed 400,000 on Saturday with 2,053 new cases reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There have been a total of 401,780 cases, and an additional 51 deaths...

 

Oklahoma reports 2,174 new COVID-19 case, 52 more deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials say there have been more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases and 52 more deaths linked to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 2,174 new, confirmed...

 

Oklahoma COVID deaths drop dramatically after deadly weekend

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials reported a dramatic decline in the number of COVID-19 deaths on Monday after a deadly weekend in which more than 100 deaths were reported. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported four new...

 

Oklahoma confirms first known case of Brazilian variant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Oklahoma in a woman with a history of out-of-state travel, state health officials said Friday. State epidemiologist Jared Taylor says the Brazil P.1 variant was...

 

Kansas to give COVID-19 shots to inmates despite GOP protest

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration plans to begin giving COVID-19 vaccinations to Kansas prison inmates next week, ignoring a call from the Republican-controlled Legislature to postpone their inoculations so that other...

 

The Latest: Oklahoma pharmacies to get 11,500 vaccine doses

OKLAHOMA CITY -- About 11,500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be shipped to pharmacies across Oklahoma next week, state health officials said Tuesday. Deputy state health commissioner Keith Reed said the shipment is part of a plan by President...

 

Oklahoma Senate panel approves 4 abortion bills, rejects 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate panel approved four anti-abortion bills on Wednesday but defeated one far-reaching abortion measure that would give a fetus equal protection under the law. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee appro...

 

Kansas tightens oversight of troubled foster care provider

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top child welfare official in Kansas said Wednesday her agency has tightened financial oversight of one of the state's largest foster care management providers, saying she wants to fully understand the depth of its financial...

 

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