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Oklahoma wheat farmers are about eight weeks away from their main harvest season, which takes place in June and early July. 

 

Dr. Kim Anderson, cooperative extension crop marketing specialist with Oklahoma State University, said the price of wheat is rising. But he said farmers could face challenges getting wheat harvested, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

An Oklahoma State University student has tested positive for the Coronavirus, according to a statement.

OSU says CDC guidelines were followed, and health officials have notified individuals who may have been in direct contact with the person and provided instructions for self-quarantine.

The student is said to have followed "strict self-quarantine protocol at their residence after the COVID-19 test was performed 10 days ago" and is now nearing a full recovery.

Gov. Kevin Stitt's office

Oklahoma now has the capacity to perform 10,000 tests for COVID-19. Oklahoma State University obtained the testing kits.

Oklahoma has supply of personal protective equipment to last for 9.3 days. Governor Kevin Stitt and Secretary of Health and Human Services Jerome Loughridge made the announcement in a press conference Sunday evening.

Also announced was increased testing capacity. Dr. Kayse Shrum, Oklahoma's Secretary of Science and Innovation announced that in a new collaboration with the labs at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University that by the end of the week the state will be testing as many as 10,000 people.

As Oklahoma tries to ramp up its response to the Coronavirus, Gov. Kevin Stitt is amending an executive order.

The amendment allows labs at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University to perform tests for the virus, allows nurses with inactive licenses to quickly get recertified, allows nurses to practive regardless of tax compliant status and limits prescriptions of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to ensure the supply is adequate for patients who need it the most.

Three of Oklahoma's largest universities announced they are moving online for the rest of the spring 2020 semester.

Students at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma will complete the remainder of their courses digitally. The move is to fight the spread of COVID-19 as the number of cases in Oklahoma has steadily grown. Employees of the universities are encouraged to work remotely when possible.

Oklahoma State University is moving its classes online for the rest of the spring semester to fight COVID-19.

OSU President Burns Hargis announced the move in a letter to students, faculty and staff, Wednesday afternoon. He wrote that some students could remain on campus, but the university is encouraging them to move away if possible.

An Oklahoma State professor is urging Oklahoma business owners not to panic, admist the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Per Bylund says this a time for employers to protect their company by preparing for potential impacts within the organization regarding employees. The Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship says this could be an opportunity to reexamine policies on remote working from home.

The University of Oklahoma has closed its Norman campus through March 20 after a member of that campus community tested positive for COVID-19. 

In a statement issued to staff and faculty, Interim President Joseph Harroz Jr. told non-essential employees not to report to work. 

During the closure, the campus will employ a contractor who specials in critical cleaning functions to deep clean the impacted areas of campus using disinfectants that kill the virus. 

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