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This is the Manager’s Minute. 


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and work in many ways. At KGOU, that includes the way we interact with staff and students.  

This is the Manager’s Minute. The COVID-19 Pandemic has all of adapting to a new reality.

At KGOU, we’re working remotely and have a staggered work schedule so that any employee who has to be in the station to keep us operating does so when no one else is there. All students and student employees are tele-commuting, too.

We’ve set up a coronavirus resource page at If your community or organization is gathering and distributing food, medical supplies or other emergency items share that information in our online community events calendar.

Testing: Are Long Waits For Tests And Results Over?

Apr 6, 2020
Nurses place a sample taken from a man who is being tested for the coronavirus into a protective tube at a drive-through testing site in Shawnee on April 2.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Fourteen days. That’s how long Heather Campbell, of Davis, waited for an answer on whether her persistent fever, cough and shortness of breath were due to coronavirus.

Beds: Questions Of Supply For All Patients

Apr 6, 2020
Tents are set up outside of the emergency room at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City as the hospital prepares for coronavirus patients.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

When a patient with COVID-19 is brought to a hospital, they are triaged, isolated and put in a negative pressure room (if it’s available), where air blows in but can’t escape.

Depending on the severity of the infection and patient’s age, they may end up in a succession of  beds.

As the State of Oklahoma works to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Kevin Stitt calls lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session to consider emergency procedures and the state's budget problems. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss the extraordinary measures facing state leaders.

With schools shuttered due to COVID-19, many Oklahoma school districts are pivoting to the internet for instruction.

A woman is seen bringing food into the Grace Skilled Nursing and Therapy in Norman on March 26.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Five of the 34 Oklahomans who have died from the COVID-19 disease resided in long-term care or nursing home facilities, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Thursday.

Members of the Washita-Custer County Treatment Court during a community service event in 2019.
Courtesy of the Washita-Custer County Treatment Court

Sarah Morrow misses the routine and structure drug court provided.

“It’s just something to look forward to everyday,” Morrow said.

Morrow has asthma which means she could have a harder time recovering if she catches Covid-19 – the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Customers wait for “Back to the Future” to start after the sun sets at the Chief Drive-In in Ninnekah. Gov. Stitt expanded non-essential business closures to all 77 Oklahoma counties, which will affect drive-in theatres.
Conner Caughlin / Gaylord News

As the COVID-19 outbreak worsens in the United States, some Oklahoma drive-in theatres were trying to keep their doors open to cure cabin fever.

Drive-ins across Oklahoma were open until Gov. Kevin Stitt expanded his “safer-at-home” policy to all 77 Oklahoma counties on Wednesday. As a result, all non-essential businesses, including drive-in theaters, have been closed until April 30.

Oklahoma Businesses Will Require SBA Funding

Apr 1, 2020
A worker mops the floor at a nearly empty food court at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, as airlines limit flights due to the virus outbreak.
(AP photo/Sue Ogrocki)

In light of economic downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oklahoma state officials say many businesses will turn to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest loans. Unemployment claims in the state are also at a high as workers are laid off. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses the specifics of SBA loans and the state's unemployment trust fund. 

During Spanish Flu Pandemic Oklahoma City’s Teachers Were ‘True Heroes’

Apr 1, 2020
An image inside University Hospital in Oklahoma City circa 1926, several years after the Spanish influenza rocked the city. Actual photos from 1918 during the influenza crisis are rare.
Metropolitan Library System Special Collections

In a vote to close Oklahoma’s schools earlier this month, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister called the decision “historic.”

And it was an unprecedented action. In order to find a time of mass school closures statewide, you’d have to go back more than 100 years.

The acting secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office resigned earlier this month, after just nine months in the job.

A nurse waits at the emergency room entrance at OU Medical Center, where patients are being evaluated before entering the building.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

With a surge in COVID-19 deaths since last week, Oklahoma now ranks 18th highest in the nation in the rate of coronavirus deaths.

Oklahoma State Superintendent Says COVID-19 Reinforces Need For Digital Access

Mar 30, 2020
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister leads the Oklahoma State Board of Education meeting last week to vote on closing schools for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester. The closures were necessitated to combat COVID-19.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Joy Hofmeister wants the internet in the home of every Oklahoma student.

In an interview Monday, she said the COVID-19 closures have exposed an equity gap between students who have home internet access and those who don’t.

Governor Kevin Stitt has again amended the list of businesses in Oklahoma that are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, state agencies and the legislature are continuing to work outside their offices and practicing social distancing. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss the recent developments at the state Capitol.

Oklahoma Positioned To Ramp Up Coronavirus Testing

Mar 27, 2020
Gov. Kevin Stitt tours a testing facility to be used to test for COVID-19 at Oklahoma State University.
Courtesy Gov. Kevin Stitt's Office

Oklahoma now has the capacity to perform 10,000 tests for COVID-19. Oklahoma State University obtained the testing kits.

Staff members are seen entering Grace Skilled Nursing and Therapy in Norman on March 26. Two residents at the facility tested positive for coronavirus and both died in recent days. One woman was in her 60s and the other in her 90s.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Health inspectors cited Oklahoma City’s Windsor Hills Nursing Center last November after a certified nursing assistant was seen not washing her hands before, during or after treating five residents with incontinence one morning.

How The University Of Oklahoma Moved Its Classes Online

Mar 27, 2020
The University of Oklahoma campus. The Norman campus is empty because students have moved all their in-person classes to the web.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

As the COVID-19 pandemic has halted businesses, public events and K-12 schools, Oklahoma’s higher education institutions have turned to virtual schooling for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Trevor Brown / Oklahoma Watch

Gov. Kevin Stitt says there are probably five times as many COVID-19 cases as what the state has confirmed thus far.

Gun Sales Spike Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Mar 25, 2020
H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City.
(Photo by Mark Hancock)

As the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, gun sales in Oklahoma have risen. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses what gun shop owners are saying about the phenomenon, as well as the psychological reasons for this spike in firearms sales.