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Oklahoma death toll reaches 311 as virus outbreak continues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four more people have died in Oklahoma after contracting the coronavirus, bringing the state's death toll to 311, state health officials reported on Saturday. Another 111 Oklahomans have tested positive for the virus as the...

 
 By KELLI KENNEDY    Regional    May 24, 2020 

Heading back to the gym? Doctors explain how to stay safe

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Are some workouts, like yoga or spinning classes, less safe than others? Should I wear a mask? Do I need more than six-feet apart in cardio classes where there's panting and heavy breathing? There are many legitimate...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    May 22, 2020

Oklahoma prisons take non-virus infected inmates from county

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is taking custody of healthy inmates from one county jail that reported it was ill-equipped to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. Inmates at the Comanche County Detention...

 

Arkansas hits new peak of active coronavirus cases

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas hit a new peak of active coronavirus cases on Friday as businesses that had shuttered because of the pandemic continued to reopen. Health officials said at least 5,612 people in the state have tested positive for...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    May 22, 2020

Oklahoma governor names interim state health commissioner

Oklahoma City (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has named Oklahoma Air National Guard surgeon Col. Lance Frye of Tulsa as interim commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health as the state continues to reopen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemi...

 

Oklahoma coronavirus cases near 5,500, deaths approach 300

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is nearing 5,500 and there are now nearly 300 deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Tuesday. There are 5,489...

 

Oklahoma death toll reaches 288 as virus outbreak continues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three more people have died in Oklahoma after contracting the coronavirus, bringing the state's death toll to 288, state health officials reported on Saturday. Another 151 Oklahomans have tested positive for the virus as the to...

 

Oklahoma death toll reaches 288 as virus outbreak continues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three more people have died in Oklahoma after contracting the coronavirus, bringing the state's death toll to 288, state health officials reported on Saturday. Another 151 Oklahomans have tested positive for the virus as the to...

 

Health officials report 88 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials reported no new deaths and 88 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, most of them connected to a hog processing plant in Guymon. The Department of Health said 64% of its new positive cases were in...

 

Coronavirus cases surpass 4,900 in Oklahoma, six more deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is nearing 5,000 with six more deaths reported, state officials said Thursday. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 4,962 cases and 284 deaths due to COVID-19,...

 
 By KATIE BERNARD    Regional    May 15, 2020

Lansing prison guard dies from coronavirus

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Susan Robare learned on April 24 that her husband, a corrections officer at the prison in Lansing, had tested positive for the new coronavirus she had a gut feeling that he wouldn't survive. "I think because his body's...

 

Kelly: Downward-headed virus data now flattening in Kansas

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Data on COVID-19 infections that had been trending downward, leading Kansas to begin reopening its economy, is beginning to fluctuate and flatten, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday. "It demonstrates that the disease is...

 

Residents worry if nursing homes OK to open to public again

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Linda MowBray admits she's uneasy as communities ease restrictions meant to stop the coronavirus spread, luring people back to restaurants, businesses and normal life. She gets it that the economy needs to be up and...

 

Wife: Prison guard who survived leukemia dies of COVID-19

LANSING, Kan. (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people at the largest prison in Kansas has claimed the life of an employee — the first staff member at the facility to be killed by the virus, the state Corrections...

 

Coronavirus cases in Oklahoma rise by 120, no new deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has risen by 120, but no new deaths were Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There are 4,852 confirmed cases and at least 278 deaths due to COVID-19, the...

 

Oklahoma COVID-19 deaths increase by 4, for total of 270

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four more people have died in Oklahoma from the coronavirus, bringing the total of deaths to 270, health officials said Saturday. The number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma increased by 66, for a total of...

 

Confirmed virus cases in Oklahoma surpass 4,500, 272 deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma has surpassed 4.500 and with two more deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Sunday. There are 4,589...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 10, 2020

State, local coronavirus orders face challenges in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State and local orders still in place for checking the spread of the novel coronavirus in Kansas are facing legal challenges from the state's attorney general and business owners. Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt said...

 

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Regional and political fractures are emerging in many countries over how fast to lift the lid on coronavirus-imposed lockdowns, as worries about economic devastation collide with fears of a second wave of deaths. French mayors are resisting the gover...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 8, 2020

Oklahoma's COVID-19 death toll climbs; more testing planned

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials announced plans on Friday to test 90,000 people for the coronavirus by the end of the month, roughly the same number of tests that have been administered since the start of the outbreak in March. State...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 8, 2020

Kansas official pushes sterilization of N95 masks for reuse

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official on Friday encouraged medical personnel to sterilize N95 masks for reuse to preserve their supplies as the state prepared to update the public less often about the virus' spread. Dr. Lee...

 

COVID-19 kindles festering problems in Kansas prisons

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lansing inmate Michael Yardley's sense of taste and smell has faded, a tell-tale sign of the coronavirus that's infected 551 of his fellow prisoners and killed three. "I feel like I'm in a tomb," the 42-year-old said during a...

 

Health officials worry not enough contact tracers in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Stay-at-home orders are beginning to lift in the Kansas City metro, and people will begin coming into closer contact. But the coronavirus pandemic is not over. That means conversations about how to stay safe will involve...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    May 7, 2020

Oklahoma coronavirus cases top 4,200, deaths surpass 250

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma remains on pace to continue reopening business amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Wednesday. Stitt said the rates of new virus infections, deaths and hospitalizations is declining and, in accordance...

 

Kansas still mulling inmate releases despite prison outbreak

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday that she's still considering releasing some Kansas inmates early because of the coronavirus pandemic even though an outbreak of hundreds of cases has one prison under quarantine. Kelly confirmed...

 

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