While most people who call OU Medicine seeking an appointment for a drive-through COVID-19 test have to wait a few days for the next opening, the hospital has reserved a few “VIP” slots for some to get a same-day test.
At least 13 hospitals in Oklahoma have closed or experienced added financial distress under the management of private companies. Some companies charged hefty management fees, promising to infuse millions of dollars that never materialized.
Epic Charter school has its critics, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, as teachers, students and parents worry about their districts’ ability to go virtual if the classroom environment isn’t safe, Epic is looking more and more like a palatable option to some.
Some hospital officials told The Frontier they were at or near capacity, and officials and health experts said the influx of patients has started to stretch the state’s hospital capacity, and the trends are not sustainable.
Thousands of Oklahoma companies that received federal assistance to retain workers during the COVID-19 pandemic reported retaining no jobs and others reported laying workers off even after receiving the assistance.
Already members of Stitt’s cabinet and staff are being tested for the coronavirus, and one restaurant in Tulsa shut down indefinitely after Stitt recently ate there and was photographed without a mask on.