Local headlines for Friday, January 22, 2021:

Local headlines for Friday, January 22, 2021:

Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Gov. Kevin Stitt and top state officials held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the newly relocated Public Health Lab and new Oklahoma Pandemic Center for Innovation and Excellence (OPCIE) in Stillwater, Okla.

Officials announced in October they would be moving the Public Health Laboratory away from Oklahoma City’s biomedical hub to a more rural area for improved focus on rural and animal health.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's National Library and Archives received $100,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to document citizens' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Congress has assigned $13 billion in the new COVID-19 relief bill to help farmers who have been affected by the pandemic. Those dollars include $1 billion for contract poultry and livestock growers, and would cover up to 80% of losses.

Farmers could receive $20 per acre for commodity crops like corn that have fallen in price by at least five percent.

John Newton is the chief economist for the American Farm Bureau, and says for many, the money is a lifeline.


More people in the Cherokee Nation will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as the Tribal Nation begins Phase 2 of its vaccine distribution plan.

Cherokee Nation teachers, childcare workers and head start staff are now eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, along with tribal citizens 55 years and older. Also eligible are infrastructure support and food distribution staff.

Oklahoma health officials reported 55 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Thursday, for a total of 3,140 deaths since March. They are as follows:

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Prisons are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and the people confined inside them have little protection. Several federal prisoners in Oklahoma don't believe prison officials are consistently following guidelines to keep them safe from the virus.

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