COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City-County health officials are casting doubt on the state's coronavirus data.

The city-county health department held a special meeting about virus response Monday. The department’s board members talked about delays they’re seeing in state-reported figures. Daily case counts, hospitalizations and death numbers all have a lag.

Weekend reporting of cases and deaths is typically very low compared to weekdays, but health officials say that due to technical data entry issues, case counts for Sunday and Monday are lower than normal and do not reflect real-time data.

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Citing the high number of coronavirus cases in Pottawatomie County, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation will require face masks and social distancing measures for people at businesses within the tribe's jurisdiction beginning today, Monday July 20.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 209 on Sunday. That's nearly a one percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 25,265.

No new deaths were reported, as the state's death toll remains flat at 451.

*Note: weekend reporting of cases and deaths is typically very low compared to weekdays.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 916 on Saturday, representing the state's third highest daily increase in COVID-19 infections. That's nearly a four percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 25,056.

Six new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll to 451. Further details were not released.

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Starting immediately, face masks must be worn in Oklahoma City.

On Friday evening, Oklahoma City Council voted 6-3 to adopt an ordinance that requires the use of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. 

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Oklahoma schools could have a mask mandate when they come back into session in a few weeks.

In a conference call with school district leaders across Oklahoma, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said the state’s board of education will weigh a mask mandate at their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, July 23. What exactly that mandate will look like is up in the air.

"We want to make it so that it reflects the context of where you live and the path of the coronavirus in your local districts and communities," Hofmeister said.

COVID-19's novelty has meant all hands on deck.

In Oklahoma, some of the top research facilities have joined a national consortium of academic, medical and business leaders. The coalition aims to use its expertise to advise government officials.

Dr. Judith James, the vice president of clinical affairs at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, spoke to business leaders on Monday about how OMRF and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have joined the effort.

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