COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma State University’s annual homecoming celebration is yet another casualty of the coronavirus.

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As the first day of school draws nearer, Oklahoma school districts are rolling out their plans to educate amid a global pandemic. An increasing number of schools are deciding to start off online as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 377 on Monday. That's less than a one percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 38,602.

One new death was reported, bringing the state's death toll to 551. The death was a male in the 65 or older age group in Pottawatomie County.

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Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 494 on Sunday. That's a one percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 38,225.

One new death was reported, bringing the state's death toll to 550. Further details were not released.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 1,244 on Saturday, representing the state's second highest daily increase in COVID-19 infections to date. That's nearly a three and a half percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 37,731.

Oklahoma health officials reported five new deaths on Friday, bringing the state's total to 541. They are as follows:

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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.

The Chickasaw Nation's Head Start program and preschool will have distance learning and virtual instruction for the first nine weeks of the school year.

The nation cited health safety concerns and will affect all four centers in Ada, Ardmore, Sulphur and Tishomingo.

Virtual instruction will begin on August 17. In-person instruction will begin when the community spread of COVID-19 is low enough to ensure the safety of the children.

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With cases of the coronavirus continuing to climb and Oklahoma schools slated to begin next month, Governor Kevin Stitt says he wants kids back in the classroom.

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