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Coronavirus Updates: Flights Decline, Candidate Filing, Nursing Home Deaths

Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City is seeing scheduled flights drop by half compared to last year.

According to The Oklahoman, the first two weeks of April saw an average of 278 flights per week at the airport while flights averaged 506 at the same time in 2019.

At the end of last month, WRWA had 454 average flights per week scheduled for April, but since the pandemic ramped up in the state, airlines dropped about 30 flights per week.

An airport spokesperson says the airlines are modifying their schedules on a weekly basis and some nonstop routes are starting to get suspended.

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Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, candidate filing begins today at the state capitol. Candidates can mail in or use a delivery service to provide the required documents, but the paperwork must arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

To maintain social distancing, election officials set up a drive-thru service in the south parking lot and a drop box inside the building.

25 state Senate seats and 101 state House seats are up for grabs, as well as all five U.S. House seats, one U.S. Senate seat and one Corporation Commission post.

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The death toll from COVID-19 at nursing homes and long-term care facilities has climbed to 16.

Grace Skilled Nursing Home and Therapy in Norman has the most deaths with eight of its 59 residents dying from the disease after testing positive. Other nursing homes in Norman, Broken Arrow, Mangum, Tulsa and Skiatook have also recorded deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The numbers jumped from five on Friday to 13 on Monday despite drastic restrictions put in place to keep the virus out of elder care facilities.

Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
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