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

For the second day in a row, no new deaths due to COVID-19 were reported on Monday. The state's death toll stays flat at 334.

Health officials confirmed that total positive cases of the coronavirus in the state now stand at 6,573, an increase of 67 cases from Sunday. That's a one percent increase in total reported cases.

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Hero pay, thank you pay, service pay - we are talking temporary pay bumps that some retailers and food companies have been giving their workers during the pandemic. Many are going away this month at a time when some workers feel their risks are only increasing. NPR's Alina Selyukh reports.

ALINA SELYUKH, BYLINE: It's hard to say that extra $3 an hour for working in a pandemic made a dramatic difference in Sammy Conde's budget.

More than one month into Governor Kevin Stitt's reopening plan, Oklahoma is moving into Phase 3 on Monday.

Under Phase 3, summer camps can open, hospital visitation restrictions are loosened and businesses that have been operating by appointment only can now allow walk-in visits. Staffing restrictions at businesses will also be lifted, with CDC protocols of social distancing and increased cleaning and disinfecting practices recommended.

No new deaths due to COVID-19 were reported on Sunday, as the state's death toll stays flat at 334.

Health officials confirmed that total positive cases of the coronavirus in the state now stand at 6,506, an increase of 87 cases from Saturday. That's more than a one percent increase in total reported cases.

Earlier in this pandemic, the shortage of tests for the coronavirus was a major problem in fighting the spread of COVID-19. The shortage was such that many hospitals and clinics would test only someone who had traveled to a country with an outbreak, had a known exposure to a positive case or showed symptoms of the disease.

But access to tests has improved significantly, and in some places, people can now get tested without having to show any symptoms at all. So if you can get tested, should you?

Five more Oklahomans have died due to COVID-19, increasing the state's death toll to 334. The deaths occurred between May 23 and May 28. The deaths reported Saturday include:

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Although headlines have been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that there is an election coming. On June 30, Oklahoma will hold primary elections for state legislators, Congressional seats and whether or not to expand Medicaid.

We're gathering information right now - but we need to know what questions you have about voting in June. Let us know any other questions you have by texting 'VOTE' to 844-777-7719. 

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COVID-19 cuts to colleges have led to a state appropriation that’s lower than it was in 2000. 

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved an allocation Friday worth $770 million. Before the turn of the 21st century, during the 1999-2000 fiscal year, the system got $739 million from the state. And by 2001, two decades ago, its $814 million budget outpaces where the system is today.

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Three more Oklahomans have died due to COVID-19, increasing the state's death toll to 329. Two of the deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while the other happened on May 23. The deaths reported Friday include:

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