Chelsea Stanfield

Engagement Intern

Chelsea Stanfield started at KOSU as an Engagement Intern in January 2020. She currently attends Oklahoma State University, majoring in Agricultural Communications. Chelsea has two associate degrees from Feather River College in Quincy, California in Agricultural Science and Equine Science.

Raised in California, Chelsea grew up riding horses and enjoying her teenage years living in the Sierra Nevada. She moved to Oklahoma to follow a dream and now calls it home with her fiancé, Clint.

Chelsea enjoys donating to her local animal shelter by giving foster dogs a break from kennel life on weekends. She also loves sailing at Oologah Lake and going camping.

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KOSU is covering the coronavirus in Oklahoma and how it's affecting our lives. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

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This election season has already been different than any we've ever seen – especially in terms of the number of Americans who are turning to mailing in their ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In this voting guide, we will talk about the deadlines Oklahoma voters need to know, what’s on the ballot, the safety guidelines for voting in-person during the pandemic and more. It’s also important to note that Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency to include new absentee voting options that are valid through the November 3rd election. 

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Mask mandates continue to be top of mind for Oklahoma officials. As one city council voted to extend theirs, state officials maintained that containing the spread should rest on personal responsibility.

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Amid the pandemic, people are headed to national parks in record numbers. While Oklahoma doesn’t have a National Park, the state does host seven sites run by the National Park Service.

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Updated July 31, 2020 at 4:46 p.m.

As crazy as it seems, it’s hard to get good information about COVID testing in Oklahoma. We’ve had the same frustrating experiences.

So, here is a practical guide about COVID-19 testing in Oklahoma answering questions we’ve received from our community members. Keep checking back as this post will be continually updated with information we received from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, pharmacies, laboratories, Tribal governments and others.

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Oklahoma becomes the 37th state to expand Medicaid, Stephanie Bice and Terry Neese advance to Congressional District 5 Republican runoff, and more than half of Oklahoma legislative races are now decided.

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A growing demand for more locally-sourced food options has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on large meat processing hubs throughout the country. Oklahoma ranchers want to increase the state’s cattle processing and packing capacity to provide more local beef options for Oklahoma consumers. 

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A crowd of more than 300 people gathered in front of the Stillwater Police Department Wednesday morning to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd.

The protest was organized by two community members, with support from several black student associations at Oklahoma State University, and featured speeches by leaders with the Oklahoma City chapter of Black Lives Matter.

One speaker encouraged the crowd to go beyond just posting on social media and work to make race issues better. Another talked about how fed up he was about racial inequities in America.

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Both farmers and home gardeners may have trouble finding enough seeds to plant this spring, but while both are facing seed shortages, the causes are unrelated. 

More people are taking up gardening as orders to slow the spread of coronavirus are keeping them homebound. Companies that sell vegetable and other seeds to gardeners are reporting record demand. Meanwhile, farmers are facing a supply shortage of soybean and sorghum seeds. 

Low supply of some seeds

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Even though President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act last week to keep meat processing facilities open, the backlog of animals created by temporary shutdowns may affect the industry and the country’s food supply for months to come.

A study released in early April by Oklahoma State University estimates the U.S. beef cattle industry has lost $13.6 billion so far due to COVID-19.

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