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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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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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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‘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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After initial defiance, some cities and towns issue proclamations to temporarily close businesses to stop spread of virus

On Thursday, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Sand Springs and others issued mayoral proclamations that required some businesses to close to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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Osage Nation to ‘revamp’ COVID-19 protocols it sent out inadvertently

The official Osage Nation “Pandemic Prevention and Recovery Process Protocols” stated it would only declare a state of emergency when 50 percent of its employees were absent from work.
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As pandemic spreads, ‘life continues as normal’ in many rural communities

As the spread of coronavirus has major cities across the country taking significant measures to reduce crowds of even a few people, Newkirk residents lined up out the door Tuesday for the new restaurant serving sandwiches with mobster-themed names. 
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Oklahoma senators make up 25 percent of no votes on ‘phase two’ coronavirus aid package

Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford both voted no on the bill, saying they felt there was a better way to help small businesses.
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COVID-19 is spreading in Oklahoma. But testing is still limited.

Doctors and health officials in the state acknowledged the number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma was higher than the recorded numbers reflected.
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In Monday phone call with mayors, Stitt reiterates ‘business as usual’ stance

Despite his call to keep supporting restaurants, the option for Oklahomans to eat out may be out of Stitt’s hands. Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa on Tuesday announced a closure of bars and restaurants, allowing for takeout only. More cities are expected to make similar proclamations.
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