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 By Paul Monies    Regional    January 17, 2021 

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...

 

Oklahoma reports 1,800 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials reported more and 1,800 new cases of COVID-19 Monday along with seven more deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The number of people in Oklahoma who have died from the coronavirus...

 

Judge awards $1M to veteran in Kansas VA hospital abuse case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has awarded more than $1 million in damages to another veteran who says he was sexually abused by a former physician assistant at a VA hospital in Kansas. It's the third time since November that U.S....

 

Virus vaccine shipment change frustrates Oklahoma official

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's deputy health commissioner said Friday that a change in the shipment of the coronavirus vaccines came unexpectedly and has left him frustrated in how to manage distribution of the vaccines, one from Pfizer and one...

 

Inmates, corrections staff express reluctance to take the Covid-19 vaccine

Oklahoma inmates are experiencing their own version of pandemic fatigue. The corrections department has limited inmate movement and enforced a mask mandate for staff and prisoners since April. A syste...

 

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations keep soaring in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people infected and hospitalized with the coronavirus in recent days continued to climb Monday to near-record levels in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 3,885 new coronavirus infections...

 

As pandemic worsens, most US states resist restrictions

PHOENIX (AP) — As the U.S. goes through the most lethal phase of the coronavirus outbreak yet, governors and local officials in hard-hit parts of the country are showing little willingness to impose any new restrictions on businesses to stop the...

 

Kansas town embraced polio vaccine, but skeptical this time

PROTECTION, Kan. (AP) — Sixty-four years ago, residents of this tiny town in southwestern Kansas set a public health example. They made their town the first in the nation to be fully inoculated against polio. It's a different story today. People...

 

Kansas lawmakers review state's lagging vaccine distribution

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Legislators are reviewing Kansas' distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, though U.S. government data showed Monday that the state's inoculation rate no longer lagged behind most other states. Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Le...

 

Prisoners among those to get vaccine next, prompting concern

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prisons ravaged by COVID-19 are set to be prioritized for vaccinations next — frustrating news for some lawmakers but welcome by inmates' families and activists. The state prison system — housing about 8,600 inmates...

 

OSDH vaccine scheduler portal available for pre-registration

OKLAHOMA CITY — Earlier this week, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced the launch of an online Covid-19 Vaccine Scheduler Portal on Thursday, Jan. 7, to notify Oklahomans when they’re eligible to receive the vaccine and provide...

 

Oklahoma House rejects proposed coronavirus safety measures

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican-led Oklahoma House on Tuesday rejected an attempt by Democrats to require members to wear masks on the House floor and take other steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. The House and Senate each convene...

 

Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations near record high

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases, as hospitalizations from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus remained near their all-time high in the state. Oklahoma recorded 1,083 new confirmed cases of the v...

 

Kansas paramedic dies of COVID-19 complications

EDWARDSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — A Kanas paramedic died of complications related to COVID-19 on New Year's Day, the fire department said Saturday. Edwardsville Fire Chief Tim Whitham said he was saddened by the death of Jason Taylor who had worked for...

 

Oklahoma moves to vaccine's Phase 2, plans to release app

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans age 65 and older will begin receiving their vaccinations this week, and health officials announced Monday they plan to release a mobile phone application as early as Thursday that will allow residents to schedule an...

 

Alva Covid-19 vaccination day set for ages 65 and over

The Woods County Health Department has announced a Covid-19 Vaccination Event to be held in Alva Tuesday, Jan. 5. Only those age 65 and over are eligible for vaccinations on this date. Appointments...

 

Kansas surpasses 1 million COVID-19 tests during pandemic

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents have had more than 1 million COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the pandemic. The state Department of Health and Environment reported Wednesday that Kansas had reached the milestone. More than 15,000 tests...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 1, 2021

CDC ranks Kansas last in COVID-19 shots; reporting lag cited

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas ranks last among states in its reported COVID-19 vaccination rate, according to U.S. government data, and state officials attribute it to a lag in reporting by providers of the shots. The federal Centers for Disease...

 

COVID-19 could prompt big changes for Kansas health agencies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Nick Robbins didn't necessarily have designs on running a public health department before the COVID-19 pandemic. His background, rather, was in leading Franklin County's emergency medical services operations, as well as its disp...

 

Kansas to use genetic testing to find new coronavirus strain

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will rely on genetic tests to identify cases of a new and apparently more contagious coronavirus strain that was first seen in England, the director of the state Department of Health and Environment said this week. No...

 

Kansas City area sees worst month ever for COVID-19 deaths

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — December was the deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic in the Kansas City area, where an average of 11 people died each day from COVID-19. The Kansas City metropolitan area recorded 342 COVID-19 deaths through Dec. 30,...

 

Coronavirus vaccination sites planned across Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health has announced plans for coronavirus vaccine distribution locations in the state as it moves into phase 2 of vaccinations that will begin with first responders and health care workers who...

 

Kansas governor gets COVID-19 shot; GOP officials to wait

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday received the first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots while some top Republican officials passed, for now, because not all health care workers and nursing home residents have received theirs....

 

Kansas counties drop mask rules; arena hosts COVID-19 shots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two northeastern Kansas counties are backing off mask mandates they imposed last month as coronavirus cases surged, and officials set up a clinic in an arena in the state's city to vaccine thousands of health care workers....

 

1st reported US case of COVID-19 variant found in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — The first reported U.S. case of the COVID-19 variant that's been seen in the United Kingdom has been discovered in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis announced Tuesday. The variant was found in a man in his 20s who is in isolation southeast...

 

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