Catherine Sweeney

Health Reporter

Catherine Sweeney joined StateImpact Oklahoma in July 2020, focusing on health reporting.

She grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University. Catherine has covered local, state and federal government for outlets in Oklahoma, Colorado and Washington, D.C.

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KOSU is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in Oklahoma. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

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Oklahoma is continuing to allot its $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, but education leaders worry that might not be enough.

Governor Kevin Stitt announced last week Oklahoma schools would get $10 million dollars in funding for personal protective equipment. That should cover two reusable masks for every student and teacher, as well as 42,000 face shields. He said cleaning supplies would not be included in this round of funding.


Congress is currently hashing out a second coronavirus relief package and President Donald Trump said that if the fight drags on, he’s considering bypassing Congress to authorize support programs through executive order.

But, during a coronavirus update on Thursday, Governor Kevin Stitt said he believes Oklahoma doesn't need one.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, Oklahoma health officials are urging parents to remember routine vaccinations as well.

Routine vaccines can prevent a host of infections, including measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis and polio. However, amid the pandemic, local officials are seeing fewer children get those vaccines.

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People who think they have recovered from COVID-19 have seen positive test results and worried that they’re infected a second time. But local medical researchers say that's unlikely, at least in the short term.

Oklahoma City-County health officials are casting doubt on the state's coronavirus data.

The city-county health department held a special meeting about virus response Monday. The department’s board members talked about delays they’re seeing in state-reported figures. Daily case counts, hospitalizations and death numbers all have a lag.

COVID-19's novelty has meant all hands on deck.

In Oklahoma, some of the top research facilities have joined a national consortium of academic, medical and business leaders. The coalition aims to use its expertise to advise government officials.

Dr. Judith James, the vice president of clinical affairs at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, spoke to business leaders on Monday about how OMRF and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have joined the effort.

Mairead Todd / KOSU

As Oklahoma’s coronavirus case counts continue to break records, some of the state’s top medical experts are ringing alarm bells about hospital capacity.

StateImpact Oklahoma, a collaboration of NPR member stations in Oklahoma, has added a new reporter to their team.

Catherine Sweeney joined StateImpact in July and will be focusing on health issues.

A native of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Catherine graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2015. She has covered local, state and federal government for outlets in Oklahoma, Colorado and Washington, D.C.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming Catherine to the StateImpact Oklahoma team.