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Oklahoma health officials reported 35 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Sunday, for a total of 2,987 deaths since March. No futher details were released.

3,314 new infections were also reported. for a total of 354,979 positive cases since March.

*Note: weekend reporting of cases and deaths is typically very low compared to weekdays.

The Chickasaw Nation and Cherokee Nation said Thursday the challenges presented by their expanded criminal boundaries post-McGirt v. Oklahoma are so great they are advocating for the state of Oklahoma to retain jurisdiction over some of those felony of cases.

Oklahoma health officials reported 27 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Saturday, for a total of 2,952 deaths since March. No futher details were released.

3,612 new infections were also reported. for a total of 351,665 positive cases since March.

National Guard troops are joining state and federal law enforcement to protect the state Capitol in case violent protesters target the building this weekend. The precautions are a reaction to last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and threats of more violence leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

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As recently as Wednesday, Oklahoma health officials were hopeful that the state’s weekly vaccine supply would double. But that hope disappeared Friday, when news broke that the federal stockpile fueling that supply surge is gone.

Oklahoma health officials reported 43 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Friday, for a total of 2,925 deaths since March. They are as follows:

Local headlines for Friday, January 15, 2021:

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about a new policy from Governor Stitt allowing students exposed to COVID-19 to not be quarantined if they were wearing a mask and social distancing, officials at the State Capitol stepping up security ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration and some Tulsa black leaders asking for Senator James Lankford to be removed from the 1921 Race Massacre Commission.

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Like many annual holidays and celebrations across the world this year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will look a little different than usual. 

For this year’s celebration, the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition has planned for a virtual event to commemorate one of the most influential civil rights leaders in the history of the United States. 

Thanks to a new policy, low-income Oklahomans will soon have better access to in-patient mental health and addiction services.

Federal guidelines don't allow Medicaid members to receive inpatient services at free-standing psychiatric hospitals, and they cap crisis stabilization beds at 16 statewide. But, that just changed for Oklahoma.

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