A day after closing Oklahoma stores, Hobby Lobby begins worker layoffs

Hobby Lobby employees told The Frontier that 32 employees in the company’s art and creative department were given notice on Friday that their jobs had been terminated.
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Pawnee County group home residents under quarantine following COVID-19 death of sheltered workshop employee

Four of six residents at one of the Faith Homes of Cleveland Opportunity Center group homes have since tested positive for the disease and are in the hospital, according to two sources who spoke to The Frontier on the condition on anonymity.
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Oklahoma stops most abortions amid coronavirus spread

Gov. Kevin Stitt has placed a moratorium on most abortions in the state, saying that hospital resources and personal protective gear need to be saved to fight COVID-19.
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Coronavirus investigated or confirmed in 8 Oklahoma care facilities, but officials won’t say where

Asked of the eight care facilities, how many were confirmed to have residents or workers infected with COVID-19, an Oklahoma Department of Health spokeswoman declined to say, citing privacy laws.
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Hobby Lobby shuts down stores across Oklahoma, many employees face pay cuts

On Wednesday, Oklahoma City employees were told the warehouse and corporate offices would be shut down for at least two weeks, according to employees.
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Despite pandemic, doctors urge child vaccinations to prevent another outbreak

Patrice Aston, a pediatrician who owns A to Z Pediatrics in Oklahoma City, said she has seen increased appointment cancelations from parents who fear bringing their child to a doctor's office and possibly being exposed to COVID-19. 
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Amended ‘essential business’ order expands number of businesses that can stay open during pandemic

On Wednesday afternoon, Stitt issued an amended executive memorandum that added more than 100 essential businesses in more than a dozen groups.
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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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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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