Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Gov. Kevin Stitt and top state officials held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the newly relocated Public Health Lab and new Oklahoma Pandemic Center for Innovation and Excellence (OPCIE) in Stillwater, Okla.

Officials announced in October they would be moving the Public Health Laboratory away from Oklahoma City’s biomedical hub to a more rural area for improved focus on rural and animal health.

This is No Cover, a production of KOSU and Oklahoma State University and hosted by Matthew Viriyapah. On this episode is Mike McClure.

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Contractors could soon manage the Oklahoma Public Health Laboratory, Interim Commissioner of Health Lance Frye told employees this week.

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Oklahoma is finally getting a new public health lab, but it won't be in Oklahoma City.

Six parents of Stillwater Public Schools students are suing their childrens’ district over its distance learning policies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suit alleges the district’s policies to deal with the pandemic — shifting to virtual instruction when there are more than 50 new covid cases per 100,000 people in Payne County — is over the top.

In the 1970s, the Red Dirt music scene took root in Stillwater and gave rise to artists like Garth Brooks, the Turnpike Troubadours and Stoney LaRue. The Oklahoma Public Media Exchange's Katelyn Howard spoke with author Josh Crutchmer about his new book that details the scene’s history and how it spread across the country.

UPDATED September 11: Stillwater Regional Airport announced today that American Airlines has reversed its decision to suspend air travel to and from Stillwater.


The City of Stillwater is enacting tighter restrictions on bars and clubs.

Mairead Todd / KOSU

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

Oklahoma State University

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.