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The COVID-19 mortality rate continues to be higher in rural parts of the state than urban areas, according to analysis of state data by the Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health. Rural areas make up 34% of Oklahoma’s population but account for 36% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state since April.

As of Sept. 11, the cumulative mortality is about 24 per 100,000 people in rural areas. This is slightly higher than urban areas.

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As colleges start their semesters, they’re dealing with increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases. Oklahoma’s two largest universities are trying mitigate the spread.

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Mask mandates continue to be top of mind for Oklahoma officials. As one city council voted to extend theirs, state officials maintained that containing the spread should rest on personal responsibility.

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As colleges across Oklahoma kickoff their fall semesters, risky behavior among students has already caused some concern.

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On Saturday, Oklahoma State University announced nearly two dozen COVID-19 infections at an off-campus sorority house.

The release said the 23 positive COVID cases were determined though rapid antigen testing at an off-campus health care facility.

The sorority is currently quarantined and members are prohibited from leaving the house. One of the infected members does not live in the chapter house, but will also be quarantined.


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

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Few people have had a bigger impact on Oklahoma than early governor and framer of the state’s constitution "Alfalfa Bill" Murray. But his racist beliefs are now sparking conversations to change the way Oklahomans remember him today.


Seven states have seen animals infected with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), which causes blister-like lesions in and around the mouth of horses and other livestock. 

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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Foreign students attending American colleges who take classes entirely online this fall semester cannot remain in the country to do so, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday.

But, Oklahoma's two largest universities are standing behind their international students, and are working to make sure they can stay in the country.