COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma

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At least 33 prisoners in the Oklahoma County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 and the jail has quarantined over 500 prisoners as a precaution.

The increase in COVID-19 cases comes after the jail’s new administration increased testing.

Jail Administrator Greg Williams believes there was only one known COVID case when the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority took charge of the jail from the county Sheriff’s Office on July 1.

"That’s what the staff and the inmates are telling me is that we’re doing a lot more testing," Williams said.

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Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist announced at a special meeting Monday that she is recommending the city’s school board allow the district to operate in a distance learning environment on August 31. 

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On Monday evening, the City of Edmond passed a mask mandate by a vote of 3-2. But, it was one vote shy of passing as an emergency declaration, so it will not go into effect until August 26.

Epic Charter Schools has become the largest district in Oklahoma.

Uncertainty related to COVID-19 and what school could look like has families flocking to the statewide charter school that specializes in virtual instruction.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 1,401 on Monday. That's nearly a four and a half percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 32,686.

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The U.S. Census efforts have been interrupted by COVID-19, forcing the Bureau to push back deadlines and adjust to the pandemic. That's left rural community leaders struggling to adapt.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 1,204 on Sunday. That's a four percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 31,285.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 965 on Saturday, representing the state's fourth highest daily increase in COVID-19 infections. That's nearly a three and a half percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 30,081.

New cases of COVID-19 increased by 314 on Friday, representing a one percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 29,116. Oklahoma health officials say the backlog of cases from earlier this week has been resolved.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Updated July 31, 2020 at 4:46 p.m.

As crazy as it seems, it’s hard to get good information about COVID testing in Oklahoma. We’ve had the same frustrating experiences.

So, here is a practical guide about COVID-19 testing in Oklahoma answering questions we’ve received from our community members. Keep checking back as this post will be continually updated with information we received from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, pharmacies, laboratories, Tribal governments and others.

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