COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma

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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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center for Health Statistics reported 80 additional deaths due to the coronavirus on Friday. No further details were provided.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about reports showing a nearly 2,500 COVID-19 death count discrepancy between the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Oklahoma, Governor Stitt joins other governors in complaints about President Biden's $1.7T Stimulus Package & lawmakers work to curb the governor's powers during an emergency.


Oklahoma health officials reported 85 additional deaths due to the coronavirus on Thursday. No further details were provided.

Oklahoma health officials announced on Wednesday that they're changing the way it reports COVID-19 deaths, in order to present "a more timely picture of the disease's impact in Oklahoma."

The state has been working to narrow a discrepancy between CDC and state data on deaths from COVID. CDC data recently has been reporting about 2,500 more deaths than Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will continue to play home games this season without fans in attendance. In an email to season ticket holders, the Thunder said they believe it's too soon to bring several thousand people back into the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The franchise also cited strict protocols affecting the quality of the fan experience as a reason for the decision.

17 of the NBA's 30 teams are either allowing reduced capacity at home games, or have plans to later this month.


Oklahoma health officials reported 56 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Tuesday, for a total of 4,534 deaths since last March.


"The Streets Are My Home: Evictions, Homelessness and COVID," the third episode of the Focus: Black Oklahoma's special presentation "Black Plague: COVID In North Tulsa" is available now.

Johnson & Johnson

As expected, the new Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine secured federal approval and is on its way to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma health officials reported 50 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Monday, for a total of 4,478 deaths since March 2020.