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How Tribes And Other Partners In Southeast Oklahoma Are Preparing For The Next Big Drought

Southeastern Oklahoma averages at least 40 inches of rain per year, so its agricultural industry focuses primarily on livestock and timber. But an extended drought in 2011 and 2012 cost Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers more than $2 billion in losses statewide .

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Oklahoma Country Musician Joe Diffie Dead At 61 From COVID-19

Joe Diffie, the blue collar country musician who landed five number one hits in the 1990s, died Sunday following complications after contracting COVID-19. He had announced just two days before that he was undergoing treatment. He was 61.

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Researchers believe the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in Oklahoma will hit around April 17th.

Based on current death rates, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation expects the daily death toll in the state to peak at about 31 with about 900 Oklahomans losing their lives.

Oklahoma isn't expected to record zero COVID-19 deaths for the day until June 25.

The IHME predicts Oklahoma will need 234 ventilators, 434 ICU beds, and 2,873 total beds when the pandemics hits its peak.

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Southeastern Oklahoma averages at least 40 inches of rain per year, so its agricultural industry focuses primarily on livestock and timber. But an extended drought in 2011 and 2012 cost Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers more than $2 billion in losses statewide

Lawmakers are staying away from the Oklahoma Capitol for another week. House and Senate leaders are working from home to craft a budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1st, as well as any legislative priorities.

Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat says the budget will almost certainly include a revenue shortfall with the drop in oil prices and the COVID-19 economic impact.

The legislature is constitutionally required to end its work by the last Friday on May at 5 p.m.

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Normally, the Oklahoma Music Minute gives a rundown of where you can see live music in the state, but the coronavirus pandemic has halted live music in Oklahoma for the time being. And just because you're practicing social distancing doesn't mean you can't find your new favorite band.

President Trump is repeating his claim that the United States is doing more testing for the coronavirus than any other country.

"We have more cases because we're doing far more testing than anybody in the world," the president said in a White House briefing on Sunday.

The U.S has ramped up testing, but still lags other countries like Italy and South Korea, when it comes to testing on a per capita basis.

Joe Diffie, the blue collar country musician who landed five number one hits in the 1990s, died Sunday following complications after contracting COVID-19. He had announced just two days before that he was undergoing treatment. He was 61.

In an audio statement released Sunday night, Governor Kevin Stitt announced he was amending an executive order that requires anyone entering the state from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana and Washington to self-quarantine for 14 days to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Stitt said this updated executive order was to limit transmission from known hotspots in the country in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

An Oklahoma State University student has tested positive for the Coronavirus, according to a statement.

OSU says CDC guidelines were followed, and health officials have notified individuals who may have been in direct contact with the person and provided instructions for self-quarantine.

The student is said to have followed "strict self-quarantine protocol at their residence after the COVID-19 test was performed 10 days ago" and is now nearing a full recovery.

Updated 8:13 p.m. ET

President Trump said on Sunday that federal guidelines urging Americans to social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus will remain in place for another month and could last until June.

Under the recommendations, the Trump administration is imploring people to avoid restaurants, bars and other situations involving more than 10 people and restrict traveling to trips deemed essential.

The nation's leading expert on infectious diseases and member of the White House's coronavirus task force says the pandemic could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans and infect millions.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said based on modeling of the current pace of the coronavirus' spread in the U.S., "between 100,000 and 200,000" people may die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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