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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After a grueling year, the promised beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic has come. But getting back to normal through vaccines means hard-to-reach or resistant communities need shots, too.


Oklahoma opened coronavirus vaccine eligibility to all adults on Monday, and Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt took advantage. He got the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine on camera.

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Two of the state’s top health companies are having a falling out, which by June could mean thousands of Oklahomans looking for a new doctor. Although disputes between health insurance companies and medical providers aren’t new, the one between Blue Cross Blue Shield and OU Physicians could cause significant issues.

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About four months after Oklahoma administered its first coronavirus vaccines, it will end its phased vaccination program and open eligibility to all Oklahomans over the age of 16 beginning Monday, March 29.

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Oklahoma’s Public Health Laboratory is in a state of flux. Officials are in the process of moving the lab to Stillwater, a plan that proved controversial throughout the fall and winter.


On the one-year anniversary of the canceled NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz that marked the pandemic's arrival in the United States, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced an end to the state’s already limited coronavirus safeguards.

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Oklahoma opened its coronavirus vaccine eligibility to Phase 3 beginning Tuesday, March 9. The move makes most Oklahomans eligible to get vaccinated.

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A trade group for health insurance companies is trying to weigh in on the lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s managed Medicaid plan.

Northeast Oklahoma has been hazy lately and now, state environmental officials have issued an air quality advisory.

About a dozen counties in northeast Oklahoma are under the advisory, with a warning to active children and adults, as well as those with asthma and other respiratory conditions to limit their exertion.

Osage and Pawnee counties draw the western border. The risk area runs from the Kansas line down to Muskogee County.