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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: What you need to know

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 12:09:38-04

Coronavirus cases in Oklahoma are being monitored by state and local health officials.

To view the OSDH dashboard, click here.

To file for unemployment, click here and create an account to get started.

Oklahoma Coronavirus Facts to Know:
New Cases: 41
Total Positive Cases: 6,270
Total Recovered: 5,236
New Deaths Reported: 4
Death Toll: 326

Here's the latest information regarding COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, in Oklahoma:

May 28, 2020

Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now 6,270 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.

There are four additional deaths, OSDH says. A total of 5,236 Oklahomas have recovered from the virus.

  • One in Oklahoma County, a male in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Choctaw County, a female in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Jackson County, a female in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in McClain County, a male in the 65 and older age group.

May 27, 2020

Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now 6,229 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.

There are four additional deaths, OSDH says.

  • Two in Tulsa County, one male in the 65 and older age group and one female in the 65 and older age group.
  • Two in Washington County, both females in the 65 and older age group.

May 27, 2020

ORU announced they will be holding in-person classes starting August for the fall semester. Classes will begin on August 13, as scheduled, but will end on November 24. To make this work, ORU officials rearranged the Fall Semester to include only three days off: Labor Day on Sept. 7, Columbus Day on Oct. 12 and Election day on Nov. 3. There will be no fall break. “While it is unusual to think about a fall semester without a fall break, we believe these three ‘one day off’ moments will be valuable,” said ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson. “Our goal is to keep our students safe by preventing travel and ultimately decreasing possible exposure to COVID-19.”

May 26, 2020

Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now 6,137 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, with a total of 4,823 Oklahomans that have recovered from the virus.

There are five additional virus-related deaths, says OSDH.

May 25, 2020

Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now 6,090 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, with a total of 4,714 Oklahomans that have recovered from the virus.

There are two additional virus-related deaths, says OSDH.

May 22, 2020

Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now 5,849 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state. A total of 4,533 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus.

There are three additional deaths and one of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, OSDH says.

  • One in Oklahoma County, a female in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, a male in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Texas County, a male in the 50-64 age group.

May 21, 2020
1:56 p.m.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos announces a reopening date of June 1st for River Spirit Casino Resort and eight regional casinos.

Our first priority is, and will remain, the health and well-being of 2,200 employees and the thousands of guests that visit our properties. We have methodically studied the regional data and prepared a plan encompassing best practices in the industry. The Gaming Operations Authority Board, the Nation’s Health Department and the Nation’s Office of Public Gaming have now approved the first phase of our comprehensive reopening plan.
Principal Chief David Hill

The casino will open at 10 a.m. on June 1.

Phase 1 of the reopening follows the CDC guidelines for safety and sanitation.

Phase 1 consists of seven sections:

  • employee training on COVID-19 procedures
  • employee and guest health
  • cleaning products and protocols
  • locations for distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • social distancing
  • the guest journey from entrance to exit
  • Public entry screening protocols

May 21, 2020
11 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Deparment of Health says there are 5,680 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

There are five additional deaths; one of them occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between May 14-May 19.

  • Three in Oklahoma County, one female in the 65 and older age group, one male in the 65 and older age group and one male in the 50-64 age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, a male in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Washington County, a female in the 65 and older age group.

10:30 a.m.

River Spirit Casino announces a reopening date of June 1st.

In a Facebook post officials wrote:

"Please rest assured our primary focus is the health and safety of our team members and patrons. Several new processes have been put in place for the safety of our workplace. We continue to monitor health services guidelines, as well as state, local, tribal, and federal guidelines. We look forward to seeing all of our guests."

May 20, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are 5,532 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, with 5 additional deaths.

A total of 4,266 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus.

May 19,2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are 5,489 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, with 6 additional deaths.

A total of 4,135 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus.

May 18, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now a total of 5,398 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, with no additional deaths reported.

May 15, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now a total of 5,086 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, with 1 additional death.

A total of 3,801 Oklahomans recovered from the virus.

May 14, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now a total of 4,962 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, with 6 additional deaths.

May 13, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now a total of 4,852 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, with no additional deaths.

A total of 3,559 Oklahomans recovered from the virus, that's an increase of 136 cases since Tuesday.

May 12, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now a total of 4,732 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, with five additional virus-related deaths.

OSDH said there would have been a total number of 279 deaths reported, however there was a person in Washington County initially reported to have passed away on April 14, but that information has since been corrected, because that person didn't die.

May 11, 2020

OSDH says the total number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma climbed to 4,613, with an additional two virus-related deaths.

May 8, 2020

OSDH says there are a total of 4,424 confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma, including an additional 6 deaths.

May 7, 2020

The River Spirit Casino Resort is staying closed until the end of May.

The Muskogee (Creek) Nation announced all 11 of their casinos will stay closed until May 31. Principal Chief David Hill said their first priority is the health and well-being of 2,200 employees and the thousands of guests that visit their properties.

They will continue paying their casino and resort employees through the temporary closures.

May 7, 2020
12:44 p.m.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the number of unemployment claims spiked in Oklahoma. Oklahoma unemployment claims totaled 68,237 for the week ending May 2.

“The jump in initial unemployment claims show the impact the energy crisis and coronavirus are having on our state’s economy and the need for Oklahomans to safely return to their livelihoods,” said Secretary for Digital Transformation David Ostrowe. “The record claims numbers include individuals who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits but don’t completely account for the spike that occurred last week.”

To file for unemployment, click here and create an account to get started.

May 7, 2020
11:11 a.m.

OSDH's website says there are a total of 4,330 confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma, including an additional 7 deaths.

May 6, 2020
9:32 a.m.

Oklahoma State Department of Health announced their COVID-19 dashboard has been upgraded. Oklahomans will now be able to see that historical numbers of active and recovered coronavirus cases by county and the number of coronavirus deaths by county.

May 6, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now a total of 4,201 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, with 6 additional virus-related deaths.

May 6, 2020
10:24 a.m.

Tulsa Community College announced in-person classes will resume at all four main campuses, two community campuses and one Education Outreach Center for Fall 2020.

“As TCC makes plans for the Fall semester, we are faced with a new reality,” said Dr. Leigh Goodson, TCC president and CEO. “In developing our schedule, we acknowledge that the new ‘norm’ looks different than past years. Offering small high-quality classes, TCC provides you one of the most affordable tuition rates in the state as well as flexibility.”

TCC altered 80 percent of their class sections to provide such options for the Fall 2020 course schedules as online, online live, blended and face-to-face classes, says officials.

The changes to schedules, to reflect the four options below, will be finalized by May 18, officials say.

  • Online: Content is delivered through the internet with no scheduled class times.
  • Online Live: Online “web-conference style” courses meet at designated times and students are required to be present online, live at that time.
  • Blended: Part online, part scheduled face-to-face following physical space guidelines on campus.
  • Face-to-Face: Held at specific times following physical space guidelines on campus.

TCC says that all rooms are also being evaluated to determine how many students would be allowed in them, for distancing and sanitizing protocols, based on square footage.

May 5, 2020
2:38 p.m.

The Executive Director of Gathering Place Tony Moore announced furloughs due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Moore says during the 'Shelter in Place' order, Gathering Place paid their employees without any interruptions, however, they are unable to do so any longer.

According to a press release, Gathering Place temporarily suspended all of their large public events and cultural festivals. Therefore, most of the Gathering Place's programming and entertainment staff has been furloughed, along with some support staff.

Moore adds that 90% of their part-time employees have been furloughed as well as the majority of the "Vista at The Boathoue" restaurant staff, due to its closing.

May 5, 2020
1:59 p.m.

Governor Kevin Stitt announced another portion of his request for disaster assistance is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The approved portion is a part of the State of Oklahoma's Major Disaster Declaration due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This funding helps support mental health initiatives for individuals affected by COVID-19, through crisis counseling. Prior to this approval, Gov. Stitt's request for public assistance funding, for state agencies, municipalities and all 77 Oklahoma county tribal nations, was approved by FEMA

May 5, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now a total of 4,127 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, with nine additional deaths. Two of the nine additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours.

OSDH say a total of 2,830 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus, that's an increase of 148 recovered cases since Monday.

May 4, 2020
1:51 p.m.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) issued an update on the unemployment claims by Oklahomans. “We paid more claims in the first three weeks of the pandemic than OESC did during all 12 months of 2019, and the agency has paid out over $432 million in the past six weeks,” said Secretary of Digital Transformation David Ostrowe. “With that volume there are bound to be individuals who try to game the system, but this is not impeding our ability to pay legitimate claims as quickly as possible.”

OESC is working with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and the FBI to identify possible fraud and suspicious claims. “I want to be clear, claims are being paid at an unheard of pace and our first priority is paying citizens who are due unemployment benefits," Ostrowe elaborated. "It is extremely disheartening that during this period when we should all be pulling together to help one another, that some officials want to play partisan politics and take the focus away from the job we are here to do, which is help our fellow Oklahomans.”

May 4, 2020

The Oklahoma Stated Department of Health says that there are now a total of 4,044 confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma, with zero additional deaths.

May 1, 2020
1:17 p.m.

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce announced they are in partnership with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber (OKC) and Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance (OMA) to create a directory to help prepare Oklahoma Businesses with PPE and medical supplies as they re-open. ODC, OKC and OMA are working to gather information on which manufacturers produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies.
To search the PPE Directory, click here.

May 1, 2020

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there are 3,748 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 8 additional virus-related deaths.

Officials say one of the eight additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, while the others happened between April 21 and April 29.

April 30, 2020
11:10 a.m.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has climbed to 3,618, with 8 additional deaths, says OSDH. Officials say five of the eight additional deaths occurred within the past 24 hours while the others happened between April 23 and April 28.

April 29, 2020
5:17 p.m.

Attorney General Mike Hunter announced his office is launching a new resource to help process unemployment fraud claims. Individuals or businesses can fill out the new form and submit it to the Attorney General’s Office, then the claim can be investigated by law enforcement, according to a statement released by officials.

The email address to submit the form is unemploymentcomplaint@oag.ok.gov. Oklahomans can stop false claims made in their name by contacting the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission at 405-962-4602 or fraud@oesc.state.ok.us.

For more information on false claims and other resources related to unemployment, click here.

April 29, 2020
10:59 a.m.

OSDH says there are now a total of 3, 473 positive coronavirus cases in the state of Oklahoma, with seven additional deaths. Three of the seven additional deaths occurred within the past 24 hours, with the others happening between April 16 and April 26.

April 29, 2020
9:11 a.m.

The Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma announced they formed a joint task force with the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to explore the procedures and timeline of the public Mass in the state of Oklahoma.

Officials say they will announce their timeline of offering public Mass and a detailed list of precautions and procedures for parishes on May 6.

April 28, 2020
11:09 am.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has climbed to 3,410, with 10 additional deaths, says OSDH. None of these deaths occurred within the past 24 hours, they all happened between April 22 and April 26

April 27, 2020
11:56 a.m.

Oklahoma State Department of Health breaks down the latest information on the coronavirus by zip codes. To view updated information on total cases, total deaths and total recovered by Zip Code in Oklahoma, click here.

April 27, 2020
11:28 a.m.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health's website there are now a total of 3,280 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state with two additional deaths.

April 25, 2020
7:25 a.m.

Governor Kevin Stitt sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to declare the COVID-19 pandemic an "Act of God" to provide aid to our oil and gas industry and to protect the environment.

April 24, 2020
2:41 p.m.

On Friday, the University of Oklahoma announced plans for students to return to in-person classes across all three campuses starting this fall.

OU's Interim President Joseph Harroz, Jr. wrote a letter to the OU community outlining the school's plan to reopen for students and teachers. "We are prepared to adapt instructional and housing models as appropriate to protect our community and still offer the life-changing in-person OU experience," Harroz said in the letter. "Flexibility will be a guiding principle as we navigate the coming months, and we will ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are presented with appropriate options to return to our campuses, keeping their safety top of mind."

Harroz said the university will implement safety precautions, including:

  • Adapting class schedules
  • Utilizing larger classrooms for the practice of greater social distancing
  • Enabling the widespread use of masks and other PPE
  • Increasing on-campus testing
  • Providing enhanced cleaning throughout all of our campuses

To learn more about the university's efforts regarding the coronavirus, click here.

April 24, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now a total of 3,121 coronavirus cases in the state, with 9 additional deaths.

April 24, 2020
5:02 p.m.

The City of Sand Springs announced its mayoral proclamation for residents, effective Thursday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. Mayor James O. Spoon signed the proclamation as an effort to follow the Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan issued by Oklahoma Governor Stitt, according to city officials. For more information on the governor’s plan, click here.

In the mayoral proclamation, the City of Sand Springs outlined information regarding businesses that can reopen just before midnight.

The following businesses can reopen on Friday, April 23:

  • Personal care businesses, such as hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, and pet groomers can reopen for appointments only, must adhere to sanitation protocols, and follow guidelines posted on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website regarding social distancing between customers and visitors at personal care businesses.
  • Grocery stores should continue to maintain hours for vulnerable populations

The following Sand Springs businesses can reopen on Friday, May 1:

  • Gyms can reopen if they adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Places of worship can reopen for in-person meetings or worship if they leave every other row or pew open and adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols, plus the recommended guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
  • Bars should remain closed.
  • Tattoo Parlors can reopen for appointments only and must adhere to sanitation protocols and social distancing protocols for distancing between customers and visitors.

For more information about the City of Sand Springs, click here.

April 23, 2020
1:59 p.m.

Tulsa Transit announced they are urging riders to wear a face mask while using their system as a means to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“We are now asking all riders to do their part and wear a mask of some kind while riding. This will not only help protect the safety of our drivers but fellow passengers as well,” said Ted Rieck, Tulsa Transit General Manager.

Officials say if a traditional face mask is not attainable, riders can opt to wear handkerchiefs, scarves, or cloth coverings over their face.

April 23, 2020
12:02 p.m.

Officials with the City of Broken Arrow say they plan to implement Gov. Stitt's Bounce Back Plan for reopening the economy. Broken Arrow is canceling their emergency shelter-in-place order, beginning April 23 at 11:59 p.m., says Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond.

Mayor Thurmond says they will continue with Gov. Stitt's Safer at Home order through May 6 for the vulnerable populations. “The City Council discussed the local proclamations in place in connection with the pandemic for BA at its meeting last Tuesday night. My fellow City Councilors and myself, as well as our City Manager and his staff feel the governor’s plan is sensible and Broken Arrow will follow a plan consistent with the Governor’s,” Thurmond said.

April 23, 2020

OSDH says the number of coronavirus cases in the state of Oklahoma has climbed to 3,017, with nine additional deaths. Officials say sixe of the nine new virus-related deaths occurred within the past 24 hours, while the others happened between April 18 and April 21.

April 22, 2020

OSDH says the number of coronavirus cases in the state of Oklahoma has climbed to 2,894, with six additional deaths. Officials say two ot the six additional deaths occurred within the past 24 hours, while the others occurred between April 5 and April 20.

April 21, 2020
2:01 p.m.

Beginning April 20, Tulsa Transit will partner with Meals on Wheels to deliver food to clients during the coronavirus pandemic, officials say.

Tulsa Transit's First Transit will take multiple paratransit vehicles and transition them as a Meals on Wheels delivery service. Deliveries will run Monday through Friday for four-hour shifts. “First Transit is excited to partner with Meals on Wheels and assist with the amazing service they provide each day,” said Scott Marr, First Transit General Manager.

April 21, 2020
11:09 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now a total of 2,807 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, with an additional 21 deaths. Officials say out of the 21 additional deaths, five occurred in the past 24 hours, with the others happening between April 14 and April 19. This brings the state's total virus-related deaths to 164.

April 20, 2020
11:11 a.m.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health's website, there are now a total of 2,680 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state of Oklahoma. Officials say there are also a total of 143 deaths virus-related deaths.

April 17, 2020
6:15 p.m.

Governor Kevin Stitt announced two new COVID-19 testing sites will open in Tulsa. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is opening up drive-thru testing at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center on Monday. Stitt says this partnership will increase the state's testing capacity and provide more data on the virus. "Those sites will be open to anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to anyone who tested," Stitt said.

Testing will be done by appointment only. You can call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment.

April 17, 2020
12:20 p.m.

Mayor G.T. Bynum announced the city is implementing furloughs for positions funded by the City's "general fund."

This does not include police, fire, 911 and utilities, like water, trash and sewer, according to a City of Tulsa press release.

The furloughs will begin the week of May 3, 2020, and will last through the week of December 26, 2020. According to a City of Tulsa press release, " Furloughs will begin the week of May 3, 2020, and last through the week of December 26, 2020. Furlough days will be taken every Friday afternoon in half-day increments (four hours)...Mayor Bynum and the Mayor’s Office staff will take 10 percent reductions in pay.

Furloughs will be re-evaluated in December 2020."

April 17, 2020
11:58 a.m.

The Salvation Army plans to open one of its area clubs to provide daycare to children of essential employees. Mabee Red Shield, located at 1231 N. Harvard Avenue in Tulsa, will begin online enrollment today for ages 5 to 12. The facility is two star certified with the state’s Department of Human Services, so it meets the criteria to provide daycare to those who continue to work on the frontlines during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The Salvation Army plans to open one of its area clubs to provide daycare to children of essential employees. The Salvation Army will adhere to CDC guidelines at the club by providing masks for children and staff, conducting wellness checks upon arrival, and cleaning every hour. In addition, there will be a small group ratio, meals and snacks provided and access to computers for online learning. Doors will open next week. The regular schedule will be Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm. The cost will be $20 per week per child.

To learn more about this new daycare option for children of essential employees, click here.

April 17, 2020
11:31 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says that there are now 2,465 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Oklahoma. Officials say there are an additional five deaths, with two of those occurring within the last 24 hours and the others happening between April 9 and April 15. One of those deaths took place in Tulsa County and was a man in the 65 and older age group. Two were in Delaware County, both being women in the 65 and older age group. One in Creek County and one in Greer County, both being women in the 65 and older age group.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says that there are now 2,465 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Oklahoma. Officials say there are an additional five deaths, with two of those occurring within the last 24 hours and the others happening between April 9 and April 15. One of those deaths took place in Tulsa County and was a man in the 65 and older age group. Two were in Delaware County, both being women in the 65 and older age group. One in Creek County and one in Greer County, both being women in the 65 and older age group.

April 16, 2020
3:33 p.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced it is launching the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker in a partnership with Google and Looker. “I’m thrilled to offer this resource to the citizens of Oklahoma as we enter into the predicted peak of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commissioner of Health Gary Cox. “Getting testing information into the hands of people who are symptomatic is crucial to flattening the curve and the public dashboard that is populated with data from OSDH will give anyone the ability to see data drilled down to their city and zip code.”

Residents can register their symptoms with OSDH via online or by calling 211, according to OSHD officials. The tracker can be used to provide symptom updates, test scheduling and customized advice. Officials say anyone can enter their city and zip code to review data on positive cases, deaths and even the number of people with symptoms in their area.

April 16, 2020
11:22 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are a total of 2,357 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state. Officials say there are an additional 8 deaths, three being in the past 24 hours, while the others occurred between April 9 and April 14. This brings the total deaths to 131 in the state of Oklahoma.

April 16, 2020
10:55 a.m.

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the number of unemployment claims in Oklahoma have decreased slightly from the previous week. Officials say the unadjusted initial claims in Oklahoma totaled 48,977 for the week ending April 11, which is a decrease of 11,557 from the previous "record-setting" week.

“Our numbers for last week are still extraordinarily high as additional employers cut staff and implemented layoffs to adjust to this dramatic downturn in the economy,” said OESC Executive Director Robin Roberson. “As an agency responsible for connecting displaced workers with unemployment benefits, we continue to make tremendous strides is disbursing funds to provide relief.”

To file an unemployment claim, click here.

April 16, 2020
9:10 a.m.

Broken Arrow officials announced the formation of "BA Rising: Economic Recovery Taskforce" today. The City of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation (EDC) formed this task force as a means to "transition from disaster response to economic recovery."

“Working with our business community, the BA Rising Economic Recovery Taskforce will help facilitate the re-opening of our businesses and help find ways to get our economic engine going again” said Michael Spurgeon, City Manager.

April 15, 2020
11:50 a.m.

Officials with the Tulsa Housing Authority announced they will be waiving rent payments for residents of its public housing and Project-Based Rental Assistance properties for the month of May 2020 as a response to the coronavirus.

THA officials say rent for the month of April has already been waived as well as the late fees for the month of March 2020. “Our residents include some of Tulsa’s most vulnerable, and as is often the case, they are disproportionately impacted by challenging times like the ones we’re facing,” said Aaron Darden, THA president & CEO. “Our hope is that through waiving rent for the months of April and May our residents are able to funnel their financial resources to other pressing needs.”

Rent payments for the month of May apply for residents of the following: Apache Manor, Comanche Park, East Central Village, Hewgley Terrace, Inhofe Plaza, LaFortune Tower, The Meadows, Mohawk Manor, Murdock Villa, Parkview Terrace, Pioneer Plaza, Riverview Park, Sandy Park, Seminole Hills/Whitlow, South Haven Manor, Scattered Sites and Towne Square. For more information, click here.

April 15, 2020
11:05 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says that there are now 2,263 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state. Officials say there are 15 additional deaths, bringing the state's total to 123. Four of the additional 15 deaths occurred within the past 24 hours, officials say, while the rest occurred between April 3 and April 13. There are a total of 362 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County with 21 deaths, according to the OSDH website.

April 14, 2020
5:03 p.m.

Bixby Mayor Brian Guthrie announced Tuesday that the shelter in place order for the city of Bixby has been extended through April 30. The Bixby City Council will discuss the order again at a meeting on April 27, according to a statement released by city officials.

April 14, 2020
11:11 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now 2,184 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state. Officials say there are also an additional nine deaths, bringing the state's death total to 108. The nine deaths consist of one in Tulsa County (woman in the 65 and older age range), One in Major County (woman in the 18-35 age range), on ein Mayes County (man in the 65 and older age range), one in Pittsburg County (man in the 65 and older age range), one in Pontotoc County (man in the 65 and older age range), one in Rogers County (man in the 65 and older age range), one in Wagoner County (woman in the 65 and older age range), one in Washington County ((woman in the 65 and older age range), and one in Osage County (woman in the 65 and older age range). In Tulsa County there are currently 358 positive coronavirus cases and 19 deaths, according to the OSDH website.

April 14, 2020
9:43 a.m.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced they are suspending field operations until June 2020. Officials say the phone, online and mailed self-responses will continue during the census process. For more information on this change, click here.

April 13, 2020
11:20 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are now 2,069 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state. Officials say there are also an addition three deaths, bringing the state's total death count to 99. Officials say the addition three deaths include two from Canadian County (a man and woman, both over the age of 65) and one from Kay County (a man older than 65). Tulsa County has 337 confirmed coronavirus cases with 18 total deaths.

For more information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, click here.

April 13, 2020
10:15 a.m.

Officials with Tulsa Public Schools announced starting April 13, the district will begin to provide educational programming to support distance learning for pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students.

The programming will be televised on the districts's TPS20 Cox channel and RSU-TV. The programs, which range from English and Math lessons to STEM education and fine arts, can be seen Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on channel 20.1 until May 15. The RSU-TV programming will be every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on channel 35.1 until May 15. “We are working with community partners and our own classroom teachers to create programs to help keep students engaged and learning,” said Superintendent Deborah A. Gist. “It has been exciting to see our Tulsa-area companies and partners stepping in to support families, and I am confident our students and their families are going to benefit from this new way of learning.”

For more information, click here.

April 13, 2020
10:04 a.m.

Officials with Tulsa County announced this morning that limited access to the Tulsa County Courthouse will continue until May 4.
Officials say no one is allowed to go into the Tulsa County Courthouse who:
Officials say no one is allowed to go into the Tulsa County Courthouse who:

  • Officials say no one is allowed to go into the Tulsa County Courthouse who:
  • Has apparent symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath
  • Has been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, board of health, or other medical provider or health agency, or who resides with anyone who has been asked to self-quarantine
  • Has travelled outside Oklahoma within the past 30 days to one or more locations that have a high rate of COVID-19 cases, including those within the United States

April 10, 2020
3:57 a.m.

Governor Kevin Stitt announced he approved more than 450 offenders for commutations to decrease prison overcrowding during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve been working diligently with the Pardon and Parole Board to safely reduce the prison population amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Stitt. “In these unprecedented times, we must take action while safeguarding our Department of Corrections staff, inmate population and the public.” Inmates are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days if they’re coming from a facility with a known case, according to government officials. The Department of Health is also working with the Department of Corrections to provide COVID-19 tests. Individuals will be released on April 16 once the paperwork is processed by the Department of Corrections, officials said.

April 10, 2020
11:09 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says that there are now 1,794 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state. Officials say there are an additional 8 deaths in the state. This includes two in Oklahoma County, two in Osage County, one in Creek County, one in Garfield County, one in Pawnee County, and one in Pottawatomie County. There are currently 20,370 cumulative negative test results, officials say.

April 9, 2020
3:50 p.m.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation and River Spirit Casino Resort announced Thursday the extended temporary closure of all nine Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos until April 30.

This includes casinos in Beggs, Holdenville, Eufaula, Bristow, Checotah, Okemah, Muskogee and River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, officials said. It also includes the travel plaza casinos in Muskogee and Okmulgee, but officials say the Okmulgee convenience store will remain open.

April 9, 2020
11:45 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says that there are now a total of 1,684 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the State. Officials say that there is one additional death in Sequoyah County, a man older than 65, bringing the State's total deaths to 80.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says that there are now a total of 1,684 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the State. Officials say that there is one additional death in Sequoyah County, a man older than 65, bringing the State's total deaths to 80.

April 8, 2020
11:16 a.m.

Governor Kevin Stitt announced he issued an Executive Order to protect first responders. Officials say that first responders, such as law enforcement, correctional officers, and fire personnel who are working for state agencies are guaranteed paid time off if they contract coronavirus. “Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect their fellow Oklahomans,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “There’s no opportunity to work from home in these jobs, so they need our support. I also encourage cities and counties across the state to provide the same benefits to their first responders.” “I commend Governor Stitt’s quick action in addressing the needs of our first responders,” said Secretary of Public Safety Chip Keating. “Our first responders personify the Oklahoma Standard through their courage and compassion during this unprecedented crisis.”

This Executive Order will also allow barriers to be removed for more medical professionals to be on the front lines, it encourages student and recent graduates, who aren't fully licensed, to be able to practice, allows closed health care facilities to re-open, creating bed space for more patients, and it will allow stretcher vans to assist with emergencies throughout the state. “It is very important to me to break down the geographic silos that limit stretcher vans from operating anywhere in the state,” said Gov. Stitt. “Right now, ambulances and stretcher vans are limited by arbitrary geographic and population-based limits that do nothing but limit the services people in rural Oklahoma can receive. Now is not the time for burdensome regulations.”

April 8, 2020

Oklahoma State Department of Health say there are now 1,524 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the State. Officials say there are also an additional 12 deaths, with two being in Tulsa County (two men older than 65). According to the OSDH website, four deaths were in Oklahoma County (two men and two women, all older than 65), two deaths in Cleveland County (one man in the 36-49 age group, and one man older than 65), one in Adair County (a woman older than 65), one in Greer County (a woman older than 65), on in Katy County (one man older than 65), and one death in Wagoner County (a man older than 65). There are currently 293 confirmed cases in Tulsa County with 16 deaths, according to the OSDH website.

April 8, 2020
9:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) provide recommendations on how to take shelter during severe weather during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials say that social distancing during the pandemic brings complications to taking shelter during severe storms, but both federal and state officials say the main priority "should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado."

2 Works for You received the below information for an OEM official press release: "Officials recommend sheltering from tornadoes inside your home when possible. If you don’t have a below-ground storm shelter, well-constructed homes and buildings provide life-saving protection from 98 percent of Oklahoma’s tornadoes. Take shelter in a closet, bathroom, interior hallway or other interior room with no windows on the lowest level of the house or building. If your family typically takes refuge in a public storm shelter in your community, first check with your community shelter managers to ensure the shelter will still be open and if there are any special considerations to plan for due to COVID-19. Now is the time to explore the best options to keep you safer from severe weather as well as limit your exposure to the virus. Don’t wait until a tornado warning is issued to make a plan.

Wherever you choose to shelter from a tornado, take as many precautions as possible to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 as best as you can, including Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations to wear a cloth face covering and maintain social distancing. The best way to prepare for severe weather during a pandemic is to stay informed of the latest weather forecast from the NWS and local media as well as the latest recommendations regarding COVID-19 from the CDC, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and local authorities."

April 7, 2020
6:05 a.m.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that an inmate at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, five staff members tested positive for the virus from various facilities in the state, according to ODOC officials. Over the weekend, the Oklahoma State Department of Health provided masks for all inmates and staff, officials said. ODOC also ordered all prisons to secure inmates in their cells as a safety measure. As an effort to limit social gatherings and practice social distancing, officials say staff will deliver food, medicine and other necessities to inmates. They will also plan schedules for phone calls and showers. For more information about ODOC's efforts regarding the pandemic, click here.

April 7, 2020
11:48 a.m.

Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are a total of 1,472 confirmed coronavirus cases in the State with an additional 16 deaths. Officials say there are six deaths in Tulsa County ( one man in the 18-35 age group, one woman in the 50-64 group, and three women and a man in the older than 65 age group), one in Adair County, one in Cherokee County, one in Cleveland County, one in Creek County, one in Kay County, one in Mayes County, two in Osage County, one in Wagoner County and one in Washington County. According to the OSDH website, Tulsa County currently has 273 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 14 deaths.

April 7, 2020
11:12 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Education announced their preliminary approval of Olahoma waivers that would allow public school districts to have more flexibility in the spending of "existing federal funds." “We are grateful to USDE for its swift response to our waiver request loosening restrictions on when and how our school districts may spend down their federal funds,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “This is a critical step in giving school leaders much-needed latitude as they face the economic uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

April 7, 2020
7:25 a.m.

Spirit AeroSystems announced they are extending their suspension of work on Boeing commercial programs, according to a Facebook post. Officials say the suspension will take place at their Tulsa, Witchita, McAlester and San Antonio sites. This announcement comes after Boeing's announcement of its plans to extend suspension at its sites in Washington state indefinitely. Officials say the employees that are home due to the Boeing production suspension will now not return to work on April 8. Temporary workforce furloughs will be implemented at these locations, Spirit officials say.

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