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Two New Deaths, 774 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 19 at 11:14 a.m.

Oklahoma health officials reported two new deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state's total to 1,173. They are as follows:

  • One in Tillman County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

There were also 774 new cases of the virus reported. The state has seen a total of 108,073 positive cases since March.

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

Oklahoma has reported 7,888 new cases and 69 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,127 cases and 10 deaths per day.

Three New Deaths, 796 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 18 at 7:28 p.m.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 796 on Sunday. The state has seen a total of 107,299 positive cases since March.

Three new deaths were reported, as the state's death toll rose to 1,171. No further details were released.

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

Oklahoma has reported 7,911 new cases and 73 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,130 cases and 10 deaths per day.

14 New Deaths, 1,195 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 17 at 4:46 p.m.

Oklahoma health officials report deaths due to the virus increased by 14 on Saturday, bringing the state's death toll to 1,168. Further details were not released.

There were also 1,195 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 106,503 positive cases since March.

Oklahoma has reported 7,881 new cases and 73 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,126 cases and 10 deaths per day.

792 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized as either confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or under investigation for the virus, while 301 COVID patients are in ICUs.

11 New Deaths, 1,472 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 16 at 8:32 p.m.

Oklahoma health officials reported 11 new deaths on Friday, bringing the state's total to 1,154. They are as follows:

  • Four in Oklahoma County, one female and three males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Beckham County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Comanche County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Custer County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Grady County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McClain County, one male in the 50 - 64 age group.
  • One in Muskogee County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, one female in the 65 or older age group.

There were also 1,472 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 105,308 positive cases since March.

Oklahoma has reported 8,219 new cases and 63 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,174 cases and nine deaths per day.

COVID Cases Continue To Surge In Rural Oklahoma

Updated October 16 at 5:00 a.m.

Cases of COVID-19 are surging in rural counties of Oklahoma, reaching a record high. Since Oct. 1 cases have increased 24%, according to data from the Oklahoma State University for Rural Health.

About 16% of all active COVID-19 cases are in rural counties with small populations.

The cumulative mortality rate remains higher than in cities, with 34 deaths per 100,000. Rural Oklahoma makes up 34% of the state’s population, but 37% of COVID-19 related deaths.

The state has seen a total of 103,836 positive cases since March.

11 New Deaths, 1,221 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 15 at 9:45 p.m.

After a two hour delay, Oklahoma health officials reported 11 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 1,143. No further details were provided.

There were also 1,221 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 103,836 positive cases since March.

Oklahoma has reported 8,271 new cases and 58 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,182 cases and eight deaths per day.

88,780 people — more than 85 percent of the total cases — have since been classified as having recovered from the virus.

There are 13,913 active cases in the state.

13 New Deaths, 1,121 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 14 at 11:35 a.m.

Oklahoma health officials reported 13 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 1,132. They are as follows:

  • Six in Oklahoma County, one male in the 18 - 35 age group and three females and two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Tulsa County, one female in the 50 - 64 age group and one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Cleveland County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Creek County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Haskell County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McCurtain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pushmataha County, one female in the 65 or older age group.

There were also 1,121 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 102,614 positive cases since March.

749 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized as either confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or under investigation for the virus, while a record number of 289 COVID patients are in ICUs.

Oklahoma has reported 8,135 new cases and 57 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,162 cases and eight deaths per day.

Cherokee Nation Pushes For Statewide Mask Mandate

Updated October 14 at 11:26 a.m.

Oklahoma has had more than 102,000 cases of coronavirus and it's trying to keep pace with a record number of hospitalizations.

That's why Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. is pushing for a statewide mask mandate.

Cherokee Nation started opening their offices and businesses in late May and enacted a mask mandate to keep employees safe and allow people to come back to work.

Hoskin Jr. said it's an abdication of responsibility to not require masks for all Oklahomans.

"I've become frustrated over time that some of our leaders in the country and certainly Governor Stitt seem to ignore this very basic piece of advice from public health experts," Hoskin Jr. said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mask wearing and social distancing are the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.

COVID Hospitalizations Peak Again, As Oklahoma Adds 15 Deaths And 1,309 Cases

Updated October 13 at 11:19 a.m.

Oklahoma health officials reported 15 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 1,119. They are as follows:

  • Two in Comanche County, one male in the 50 - 64 age group and one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Tulsa County, two females in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Adair County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Caddo County, one female in the 36 - 49 age group.
  • One in Garfield County, one male in the 50 - 64 age group.
  • One in Jackson County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McClain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McCurtain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Muskogee County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pontotoc County, one female in the 50 - 64 age group.
  • One in Roger Mills County, one female in the 50 - 64 age group.
  • One in Sequoyah County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Stephens County, one female in the 50 - 64 age group.

There were also 1,309 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 101,493 positive cases since March.

A record of 760 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized as either confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or under investigation for the virus.

Oklahoma has reported 8,020 new cases and 53 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,146 cases and eight deaths per day.

86,502 people — more than 85 percent of the total cases — have since been classified as having recovered from the virus.

There are 13,872 active cases in the state.

More Than 100,000 Oklahomans Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

Updated October 12 at 11:33 a.m.

Oklahoma health officials reported six new deaths on Monday, bringing the state's death toll to 1,104. They are as follows:

  • Two in Tulsa County, one male in the 36 - 49 age group and one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Cleveland County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Custer County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Garvin County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Oklahoma County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

There were 797 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 100,184 positive cases since March.

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

Oklahoma has reported 8,075 new cases and 49 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,154 cases and seven deaths per day.

After Another Chaotic Year, Some Say It's Time To Change The Beef Industry

Updated October 12 at 5:00 a.m.

The coronavirus pandemic has drained the bottom lines of many people who raise cattle. Congress sunk billions in aid to farmers, with another wave of payments on the way. But as Harvest Public Media’s Christina Stella reports, some ranchers and lawmakers hope COVID-19 is a tipping point for the beef industry.

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Three New Deaths, 766 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 11 at 8:58 p.m.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 766 on Sunday. The state has seen a total of 99,387 positive cases since March.

Three new deaths were reported, as the state's death toll rose to 1,098. No further details were released.

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

Oklahoma has reported 7,943 new cases and 46 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,135 cases and seven deaths per day.

Hospitalizations Spike Again, As Oklahoma Sees Another Record-Breaking Increase Of COVID-19 Cases

Updated October 10 at 6:22 p.m.

For the second day in a row, Oklahoma health officials reported the largest single-day increase of cases of COVID-19 on Friday with 1,533. That is excluding the July 21st report, which included a backlog of cases. The state has seen a total of 98,621 positive cases since March.

There were also four new deaths reported, bringing the state's total to 1,095. Further details were not released.

For the second day in a row and third time in the past week, a record number of Oklahomans were hospitalized in Oklahoma. 758 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized as either confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or under investigation for the virus.

Oklahoma has reported 7,746 new cases and 44 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,107 cases and six deaths per day.

Hospitalizations Spike, As Oklahoma Sees Largest Single-Day Increase Of COVID-19 Cases

Updated October 9 at 12:03 p.m

Oklahoma health officials reported the largest single-day increase of cases of COVID-19 on Friday with 1,524. That is excluding the July 21st report, which included a backlog of cases. The state has seen a total of 97,088 positive cases since March.

There were also six new deaths reported, bringing the state's total to 1,091. They are as follows:

  • One in Canadian County, one male in the 50 - 64 age group.
  • One in Grady County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Muskogee County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Ottawa County, one female in the 50 - 64 age group.
  • One in Payne County, one male in the 36 - 49 age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

A record of 749 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized as either confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or under investigation for the virus. That breaks another record that was set earlier this week.

Oklahoma has reported 7,402 new cases and 47 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,057 cases and seven deaths per day.

82,482 people — more than 84 percent of the total cases — have since been classified as having recovered from the virus.

There are 13,515 active cases in the state.

10 New Deaths, 1,085 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 8 at 2:19 p.m.

After a three hour delay, Oklahoma health officials reported 10 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 1,085. Further details were not released.

There were also 1,085 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 95,564 positive cases since March.

Oklahoma has reported 7,068 new cases and 50 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,010 cases and seven deaths per day.

81,289 people — more than 85 percent of the total cases — have since been classified as having recovered from the virus. 697 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized as either confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or under investigation for the virus.

There are 13,190 active cases in the state.

Entire Police Department In Oklahoma Town In Quarantine After Positive COVID Cases

Updated October 7 at 1:15 p.m.

All five police officers in the small northeastern Oklahoma town of Chelsea are in quarantine after the agency discovered an officer and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The department will continue to take 911 calls but police will not have face to face contact with the public.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office have agreed to respond when calls require an officer on scene. That agreement to step in if COVID-19 hampered an agency’s ability to police its area was struck between multiple agencies in the northeastern part of the state back in March.

Acting Assistant Chief Brad Bump says his officers would rather be doing their jobs in person, but to secure every citizen's safety they're going to obey CDC guidelines.

"We'll be back and we'll get through this," Bump said.

Nine New Deaths, 1,006 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 7 at 12:21 p.m.

Oklahoma health officials reported nine new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 1,075. They are as follows:

  • Three in Oklahoma County, one female and two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Beckham County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Custer County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Murray County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pawnee County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Pottawatomie County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

There were also 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 94,352 positive cases since March.

Oklahoma has reported 7,153 new cases and 44 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,022 cases and six deaths per day.

80,211 people — more than 85 percent of the total cases — have since been classified as having recovered from the virus.

A record-high 738 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized as either confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or under investigation for the virus.

There are 13,066 active cases in the state.

OU And OSU Cancel Spring Break, Postpone Start Of Spring Semester Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated October 6 at 4:35 p.m.

The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University both announced changes on Tuesday to their academic calendars in an effort to avoid another possible surge in COVID-19 cases due to student travel.

The start date for the spring 2021 semester has been pushed back one week for OSU and the OU Norman campus, including Norman campus programs in Tulsa. Both schools have also cancelled spring break for next year.

In addition, the OU Norman campus is moving classes entirely online after Thanksgiving break through the end of the fall 2020 semester. Norman campus programs offered at OU-Tulsa are also included in this schedule change. All university facilities—including housing and library services as well as research operations—will stay open.

OU President Joseph Harroz said this is an effort to reduce the COVID-19 infection risk associated with travel and possibly bringing it back to campus. He also said this change aims to protect the greater Norman area from issues that could be exacerbated by the flu season.

OSU and the OU Norman campus expect to still finish the spring 2021 semester on schedule.

As of now, the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters are continuing as planned for OU Health Sciences Center programs in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Oklahoma City, Tulsa School Districts Lay Out Their Plans For Coming Back In Person

Updated October 6 at 1:52 p.m.

The youngest kids will come back first.

In separate plans laid out to their respective school boards Monday night, superintendents for Oklahoma City Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools announced plans to bring students back for in person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Oklahoma City Superintendent Sean McDaniel had previously announced plans to start October 19 with the youngest students.

Tulsa Superintendent Deborah Gist told the district’s school board a similar strategy in that city could start in what is the first plan for the district that involves in person learning.

Case growth in communities or outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools could alter what each intends to do.

But if current trends continue, Oklahoma City will bring back its pre-k and kindergarten students on October 19 on a rotating basis and Tulsa will bring back those students in a similar manner on November 9. Both will phase in older students until everyone is in school on a rotating basis.

Conditions could lead to scale back, though. If cases increase in Oklahoma County, McDaniel said there’s a plan to push back to November 9 to start the in-person school phase-in. In Tulsa, Gist said that if conditions worsen, distance learning will probably continue.

Schools across the state have moved forward with plans to provide at least some in person instruction, with less than 10% of schools starting the year virtually, according to the State Department of Education.

The virus has exploded in Oklahoma’s school age population. According to Oklahoma Watch, since September the state has reported at least 100 cases of COVID-19 in kids ages 5-17.

There will likely be cases of COVID-19 in Tulsa and Oklahoma City Public Schools. Extracurricular activities in both have already been temporarily halted by COVID-19’s spread and the virus has touched more than half of Oklahoma’s school districts since the year began with many in person classes in August.

11 New Deaths, 1,364 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 6 at 11:31 a.m.

Oklahoma health officials reported 11 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 1,066. They are as follows:

  • Three in Cleveland County, three males in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Tulsa County, one female and one male in the 50 - 64 age group.
  • One in Beckham County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Creek County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Kay County, one female in the 50 - 64 age group.
  • One in Le Flore County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McCurtain County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McIntosh County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

There were also 1,364 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 93,346 positive cases since March.

Oklahoma has reported 7,127 new cases and 48 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,018 cases and seven deaths per day.

79,219 people — more than 84 percent of the total cases — have since been classified as having recovered from the virus.

A record-high 699 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized as either confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or under investigation for the virus.

There are 13,061 active cases in the state.

Three New Deaths, 665 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 5 at 11:39 a.m.

Oklahoma health officials reported three new deaths on Monday. They are as follows:

  • One in Beckham County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Muskogee County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

There were 665 new cases of COVID-19 reported. The state has seen a total of 91,982 positive cases since March.

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

Oklahoma has reported 6,788 new cases and 48 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 970 cases and seven deaths per day.

One New Death, 569 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 4 at 1:07 p.m.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 569 on Sunday. The state has seen a total of 91,317 positive cases since March.

One new death was reported, as the state's death toll rose to 1,052. No further details were released.

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

Oklahoma has reported 6,984 new cases and 46 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 998 cases and seven deaths per day.

Seven New Deaths, 1,189 New COVID-19 Cases In Oklahoma

Updated October 3 at 5:08 p.m.

Oklahoma health officials report deaths due to the virus increased by seven on Saturday, bringing the state's death toll to 1,051. Further details were not released.

There were also 1,189 new cases of COVID-19 reported, the third straight day with more than 1,100 new cases. The state has seen a total of 90,748 positive cases since March.

Oklahoma has reported 7,238 new cases and 47 deaths due to the coronavirus in the past seven days, an average of 1,034 cases and seven deaths per day.

655 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized as either confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or under investigation for the virus.

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