COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 699 on Friday, representing nearly a three percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 24,140.

Seven new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll to 445. They are as follows:

The University of Oklahoma has been testing football players and staff members for the coronavirus weekly since returning for voluntary workouts on July 1.

98 players and 30 staff members were tested on Wednesday, returning no positive test results.

OU has released weekly updates on testing results since players returned to campus. There were initially 14 players and two staff members who tested positive. Wednesday's report says those 14 have since recovered from the virus.

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On Thursday, the Oklahoma Education Association and a smattering of public school advocates brought forth a list of demands for the state to deliver schools before reopening in the fall.

OEA's demands include requiring masks in schools, providing schools with cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment and finding ways to address the number of students in buildings to allow social distancing.

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Starting immediately, face masks must be worn in the City of Tulsa.

On Wednesday evening, Tulsa City Council voted 7-2 to adopt an ordinance that requires the use of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. It's similar to one passed by Stillwater City Council last week.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 628 on Thursday, representing nearly a three percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 23,441.

Six new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll to 438. They are as follows:

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. governor known to have been infected during the COVID-19 crisis.

Stitt, a Republican, disclosed his illness during a press conference Wednesday over Zoom. He said that he had been tested the day before and that he has been getting tested periodically.

"I feel fine. I felt a little bit achy yesterday, didn't have a fever but just a little bit achy," the governor said. "So just did my regular testing, and it came back positive."

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 1,075 on Wednesday, representing the state's largest single-day increase in new case. That's nearly a five percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 22,813.

Four new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll to 432. They are as follows:

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced in a Wednesday press conference that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

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A state lawmaker who recovered from COVID-19 is calling on Governor Kevin Stitt to issue a mask mandate.

Representative Jason Lowe says seeing the rapid rise in cases is alarming, and Oklahomans must still do what we can to protect ourselves and our communities.

The Oklahoma City Democrat urges Stitt to follow his fellow governors to put the health and safety of citizens first by mandating masks in public spaces and private businesses.

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As COVID-19 isolates many children and families in their homes, many youth mentorship programs like 4-H have been forced to online formats.

More than 40 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to House leadership, advocating for more than $260 million in grant funding to support mentorship programs.

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