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OKLAHOMA CITY — The average number of COVID-19 cases in the state is continuing to decline, health officials said Friday.

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During a special meeting of the Duncan School Board of Education on Monday night, the board discussed practices and policies for face coverings in the district’s schools throughout the year.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the first governor in the nation to test positive for the coronavirus, said Tuesday that he has donated plasma to help other virus patients recover. 

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As of this advisory, there are 43,963 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. So far, there have been 605 deaths and 36,378 recoveries, leaving 6,980 active cases of COVID-19 in the state.

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The rival sides in bumpy congressional negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief package exchanged public broadsides rather than constructive concessions Thursday as they stumbled toward a self-imposed deadline for an agreement they appear increasingly likely to miss.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify the second motion that appeared before the board, which was approved.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Educators, school districts and students are struggling to find cleaning supplies as in-person classes prepare to resume later this month, the state’s largest teacher’s union said.

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Oklahoma State Treasurer Randy McDaniel said Wednesday that revenue collections by the state rose by more than 27% in July due to a delay in the state income tax filing deadline because of the coronavirus pandemic, but not enough to offset previous shortfalls. 

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Ever since social media became a mainstream phenomenon on the internet, there have been concerns about individuals' privacy, considering all the data that gets put out daily.

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Oklahoma’s governor plans to allow school teachers and staff to opt out of his highly touted monthly COVID-19 testing plan when educators begin to return for in-person instruction.

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Several months have passed since kids heard the chimes of bells in a school building and with less than a week away from the first day of school, Duncan Public Schools looks forward to a safe return.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced today a one-month extension for long-term care facilities and nursing homes to apply for a CARES Act grant from the State to mitigate the presence of COVID-19 in facilities.

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A key Senate Republican said Tuesday that he supports an increase in the food stamp benefit as part of a huge coronavirus relief bill, adding that an agreement on that issue could lead to further overall progress on the legislation, which remains stalled despite days of Capitol negotiations.

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As of this advisory, there are 39,463 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

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Slow, grinding negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill are set to resume Monday afternoon, but the path forward promises to be challenging and time is already growing short.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt and Human Services Secretary Justin Brown announced approximately $9.6 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) will be awarded to more than 2,200 childcare centers across Oklahoma to support the industry’s efforts to deliver safe, essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

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Stephens County saw a little growth from Friday to Saturday in the recent Situation Report from the State Department of Health.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The state’s largest virtual public charter school is seeing hundreds of new students from across the state enrolling each day.

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The White House appears keen to endorse a temporary extension of a $600 per week supplemental unemployment benefit as the popular boost to both the economy and family budgets is about to expire. The idea is a prominent feature of top-level Washington talks on a major election-season COVID-19 response measure.

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This week, there are 17 additional counties in the “orange” risk zone. OSDH continues to monitor closely the statewide hospitalization trends for COVID-19.

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Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday's brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

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Duncan Regional Hospital’s president, flanked by two doctors, approached Duncan City Council Tuesday evening to discuss the importance of mask usage in the community and the risk reduction it provides in the wake of COVID-19.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands to include aid for cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package and lashed out at Republicans, saying they should "go back to school" if they reject money for a new FBI building in downtown Washington, D.C.

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As of this advisory, there are 34,623 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) announced the State Extended Benefits (SEB) program, which provides up to 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants. 

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The Situation Report from the Oklahoma State Department of Health came out for Tuesday and confirmed the second COVID-19 related death in Stephens County.

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Saturday's State Department of Health report for COVID-19 shows Stephens County to be at 21 active cases. 

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Questions raised concerns during the Stephens County Commissioners meeting on Monday morning as to whether or not wearing masks should be mandated in the courthouse.

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The backlog of 820 positive cases of COVID-19 addressed by Commissioner Frye on Tuesday has been resolved.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A deeply divided state school board refused Thursday to mandate statewide safety requirements for districts when they reopen next month.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Dentists and hygienists across Oklahoma say business has been booming in the months since they reopened their offices and resumed routine procedures.

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