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Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health

An Oklahoma County male aged 50-64 has died due to COVID-19, increasing the state's death toll to 16.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirmed Sunday that positive cases of the coronavirus in the state now stands at 429, an increase of 52 cases from Saturday. That's a nearly 14 percent increase in total cases.

Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET

The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States has sharply accelerated in recent days, now exceeding 2,000, marking a doubling of the fatality rate in the span of two days.

Criminal justice reform advocates are calling for the release of people from county jails and state prisons as the coronavirus spreads.

Their long list of requests includes wanting elderly prisoners, prisoners with immune deficiencies and people on the verge of release out of state prisons. They’re also calling for the Pardon and Parole Board to expedite releases for people who might already be eligible for shortened sentences.

Kris Steele, leader of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform says incarcerated people are at high risk of spreading the virus.

Animal shelters across the country have had to close their doors as part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Fearing the arrival of new litters and abandoned animals with no one to adopt them, they are racing to empty kennels before they are forced to resort to euthanasia.

Últimas noticias del Coronavirus en Oklahoma

Mar 28, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Actualizado el 29 de marzo a las 12:53 p.m. Esta publicación se actualizará a medida que obtengamos más información sobre COVID-19 en Oklahoma.

Un hombre del condado de Oklahoma de 50 a 64 años murió debido a COVID-19, lo que aumentó el número de muertes del estado a 16.

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Oklahoma confirmó el domingo que los casos positivos de coronavirus en el estado ahora se encuentran en 429, un aumento de 52 casos desde el sábado. Eso es un aumento de casi el 14 por ciento en el total de casos.

Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Seven more Oklahomans have died due to COVID-19, nearly doubling the state's death toll as it now stands at 15.

The deaths reported Saturday include:

Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, whose inflexible support of conservative policies placed him at the heart of many major congressional battles, has died at the age of 72. His former communications director, John Hart, confirmed that Coburn died Saturday morning "after a long battle with prostate cancer."

Coburn's former colleague, fellow Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, remembered the senator as a "friend and a leader."

People experiencing homelessness are already a vulnerable population, and even more so during a global pandemic.

Oklahoma City nonprofits are ramping up street outreach and coordinating teams to deliver food, supplies and COVID-19 education materials to people who are unsheltered. Kinsey Crocker, the communications director for The Homeless Alliance, says the outreach efforts are critical.

As school districts attempt to make a transition to distance learning, one resource they can turn to is Oklahoma’s Statewide Virtual Charter School Board.

The board has long helped smaller districts connect to vendors of virtual schooling through its Oklahoma Supplemental Online Course Program. Now that program will likely be kicked into overdrive.

State officials in Kentucky and Oklahoma are among a growing number of Republican officials who say abortion is a nonessential procedure that should be put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

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