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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s top health official said Wednesday the state is struggling to get access to monoclonal antibody and anti-viral treatments that are considered the most effective at preventing COVID-19 hospitalization and death against the raging omicron variant.

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Desperate and pleading for help, administrators of the four main health systems in the Oklahoma City metro urged Oklahomans Tuesday to practice mitigation efforts against COVID-19 as their hospitals are “at a breaking point.”

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Empire Public Schools has made the decision to go virtual for the final day of the week as  COVID-19 and flu cases continue to spread.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.

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Following a recent announcement from Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan, Duncan Public Schools (DPS) will close for Thursday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 14.

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The recent surge in COVID-19 cases contributed to unprecedented numbers at Chickasaw Nation testing sites. Preliminary reports indicate approximately 2,000 test swabs were collected Monday, Jan. 10, from various testing sites across the Chickasaw Nation.

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Velma-Alma Public Schools Superintendent Raymond Rice announced that Jan. 13 will be a virtual learning day due to increasing cases of staff members and students testing positive or close contact quarantine.

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County Commissioners met Monday, Jan. 10, for a routine business meeting during which they decided to continue the burn ban for Stephens County and once again tabled the county’s COVID-19 policy.

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Following a recent announcement from Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan, Duncan Public Schools (DPS) released its newest Flu and COVID-19 update recommending anyone with symptoms to stay home if sick.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Health officials warned Tuesday that Oklahoma is in the midst of a spike of COVID-19 cases that is straining the state’s health care system and has led to a shortage of monoclonal antibody treatments.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt and Pentagon officials each dug in Tuesday as their battle over COVID-19 vaccine requirements for the Oklahoma National Guard intensified ahead of Thursday’s vaccination deadline for thousands of men and women in the Air National Guard.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Republican lawmakers want to require employers to pay at least $1 million in punitive damages if they mandate vaccinations and an employee believes they became ill or suffered an injury as a result.

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Recent Covid-19 surges have booster shots on the minds of many Oklahomans. But who should get one?

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Duncan Public Schools Board of Education hosted a special meeting this past Monday in regards to masks which had seven community members speak their feelings about a potential mandate for the district.

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Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said Sunday, Sept. 12, he won’t enforce vaccine mandates inside the Stephens County Jail or for his employees.

 

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The Education Department on Monday opened civil rights investigations into five Republican-led states that have banned or limited mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Oklahoma remained above 1,600 for a second straight day Friday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, amid a surge in cases that health officials say is due to the highly contagious delta variant.

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The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in Oklahoma on Wednesday topped 1,500 for the first time since January, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as the highly contagious delta variant spreads in the state.

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The Biden administration on Friday announced that federal student loan payments will remain suspended through January 2022, extending a pause that began at the start of the pandemic and was scheduled to expire next month. The Education Department said this will be the final extension. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY — With the school year nearing, lawmakers, educators and health experts are tussling over mask mandates in the classroom and the best strategies to keep children safe as COVID-19 continues to spread and hundreds of thousands of children remain ineligible for the vaccine.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health figures.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The federal government could alleviate logistical COVID-19 vaccine challenges in Oklahoma’s rural areas by reducing the number of doses included in the shot vials, a top state health official said.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — As COVID-19 numbers pushed up again, federal and state health officials say vaccination campaigns in Oklahoma and other southern states are complicated by a partisan divide and differing local philosophies.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) reported a continued decline in initial unemployment claims, while also reporting an increase in continued claims and the continued claims’ four-week moving average.

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COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall.

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The superintendent for the Duncan school district announced Monday afternoon face coverings and their use in the district will become optional.

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Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face, and regular hand-washing.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt lifted the state's COVID-19 emergency declaration, effective Tuesday, citing data that shows declining new cases and hospitalizations.

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Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face, and regular hand-washing.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials announced Monday plans to resume distribution of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine following rare cases of blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine.

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A U.S. health panel says it’s time to resume use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, despite a very rare risk of blood clots. Out of nearly 8 million people vaccinated before the U.S. suspended J&J’s shot, health officials uncovered 15 cases of a highly unusual kind of blood clo…

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Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face, and regular hand-washing.

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DRH Health President and CEO Jay Johnson, accompanied by a host of nurses, doctors and medical professionals, announced Tuesday afternoon the local hospital has zero COVID-19 patients admitted for the first time since Sept. 15, 2020.

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The U.S. on Tuesday recommended a "pause" in using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, a development that could jeopardize the rollout of vaccines around the world.

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An announcement from Velma-Alma Public Schools superintendent Raymond Rice this week signals students will head back to traditional classroom settings by Monday.

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Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face, and regular hand-washing.

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