The positivity rate on Oklahomans’ coronavirus tests has fallen below 10%, data from Johns Hopkins University showed Wednesday, although state health officials have noted testing slowed during the past week because of a winter storm.
Voters in forty-nine (49) Oklahoma counties have elections tomorrow, February 9. Elections on the ballot include Board of Education primaries, Technology Center School District elections, as well as several Special Elections, including the race to fill a vacancy in State Senator District 22. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s reporting of new coronavirus cases in recent days is accurate, health commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said Thursday, a day after voicing concern that the count may have been under-reported this week.
The state school superintendent is among Oklahoma educators who oppose Gov. Kevin Stitt’s waiver of a mandatory quarantine for public school students, teachers and staff who have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Planned payments of $400 to some Oklahoma residents who lost wages amid the coronavirus pandemic are being put on hold due to the potential approval of additional federal unemployment payments, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission director Shelley Zumwalt said Wednesday.
Even as a much-anticipated vaccine for the coronavirus is being distributed to front-line workers across Oklahoma, officials say there is still much skepticism about the vaccine, including among health care workers.
Some Oklahomans who lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic will receive a one-time payment of $400 from the state starting next week, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Director Shelley Zumwalt said Thursday.
The Oklahoma health department has added paramedics, emergency medical technicians and CVS and Walgreen staff who will administer the COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care facilities to those who will receive the vaccine first.
Jenks Public Schools issued an apology after its football fans received widespread criticism for not wearing masks or following social distancing recommendations during a state championship game on Saturday.
The first shipment of a coronavirus vaccine is expected in Oklahoma in about 10 days with health care workers and long term care providers and residents receiving the first doses, state health commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said Thursday.
Efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Oklahoma are “too little, too late” and hospitalizations in the state are likely to continue rising, a University of Oklahoma medical center doctor said Friday.
Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday he planned to attend a college football game over the weekend and spend Thanksgiving with his parents, even as coronavirus cases in the state continued to surge this week and the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with Americans not to travel for the holidays.
The number of hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus surpassed 1,400 on Wednesday for a new daily record and the number of total cases increased by more than 3,000, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported.