COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma

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Missouri and Oklahoma are both trying to help reduce the supply chain problems in the meat industry seen during the coronavirus pandemic by directing federal grant dollars to meatpacking plants.

Coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants led to shortages and higher prices.

“During COVID-19, our food supply was tested from farm to fork. Farmers and ranchers saw tight livestock supplies on their farms, while consumers saw their choices of certain cuts of meat shrink or go away,” said Chris Chinn, Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Oklahoma health officials reported 13 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 536. They are as follows:

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Appeals Officer Shannon Edwards with the Code of Federal Regulations Court in Anadarko granted a preliminary injunction against the Kiowa Tribe, barring them from using any of their nearly $20 million CARES Act funds until a budget is passed and approved by the council.

Citing rising COVID-19 numbers, Oklahoma City Community College announced Wednesday it is moving all its classes this fall online. It's the first public college in Oklahoma to announce such a move.


On Tuesday evening, the City of Midwest City voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance that requires the use of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The ordinance went into effect immediately.

Councilman Pat Byrne emphasized the importance of passing the ordinance in order to avoid another shutdown.

Oklahoma health officials reported 14 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 523. They are as follows:

Ten residents at the Claremore Veterans Center have died since July 1 after testing positive for COVID-19.

However, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Joel Kintsel says they might not have died as a direct result of contracting the respiratory disease.

Since the first of the month, 62 residents tested positive with 18 having either moderate or severe symptoms and 34 listed as asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. In addition, 21 employees at the facility are in isolation at home after testing positive.

Oklahoma health officials reported 13 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 509. They are as follows:

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Brittney Matlock has had a lot of big changes in the past couple months. On top of having a baby and learning her husband was immunocompromised, she and her mother — who co-own a business in Oklahoma City — have had to decide how to operate their three locations during a global pandemic.

In her audio diary for KOSU, she talks about the hard costs of being open and the difficulties behind requiring a mask for all staff and visitors.