Board permanently closes school sites, patchwork of distance learning programs to begin

"It's going to look different for all schools and we have to accept that," said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister at Wednesday's board meeting.
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As COVID-19 cases surge, state issues sweeping order closing many nonessential businesses

Saying he expects Oklahoma’s cases of the novel coronavirus “to get into the thousands,” Gov. Kevin Stitt ordered Tuesday the closure of nonessential businesses in 19 counties and issuing a statewide order that vulnerable Oklahomans stay home.
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To our readers: A thank you and a promise

The reason we turned our newsroom's entire focus to the COVID-19 issue is simple — journalists are watchdogs, and the coronavirus story is one of accountability. Perhaps the most important accountability story in the state’s recent history.
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Despite efforts to boost testing, Oklahoma still dependent on scarce supplies from outside sources

“The State is well positioned to increase access to COVID-19 testing and delivery of tests results as long as national manufacturers and our federal partners can continue to assist with replenishing COVID-19 testing supplies,” stated the Oklahoma State Department of Health, in an emailed statement on Monday.
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Hobby Lobby CEO urges employees to ‘pray for our health,’ won’t shut down stores

Memos obtained by The Frontier also show that Hobby Lobby CEO David Green did not begin asking its employees at Hobby Lobby's executive office to begin “social distancing” until last Thursday, days after the city had shut down dine-in-only restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues to stop the virus's spread.
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State superintendent will recommend school buildings remain closed

The state board has a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday when they will consider further action after originally closing schools until April 6 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Oklahoma expected to ramp up COVID-19 testing over the next week

With the addition of four mobile sites and two university labs going online for testing, Oklahoma is expected to dramatically ramp up its COVID-19 testing capabilities over the next week.
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Medication, meals and therapy; closed schools cut off lifeline for students

While the state has already received permission to skip end of the year tests and district leaders have been told not to worry about this year’s school report card, the other important functions of a school are not as easy to dismiss. 
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‘It’s terrible’: Health care providers struggle to secure protective equipment

As coronavirus cases spread across the U.S. and in Oklahoma, health care workers are facing a critical shortage of masks, surgical gowns and other protective gear to protect them from COVID-19.
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Oklahoma prison system stops accepting newly sentenced prisoners amid pandemic

In a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Oklahoma prison system has locked its doors to newly sentenced prisoners from county jails from around the state. 
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