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Gun Sales Spike Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Mar 25, 2020
H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City.
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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. 

 

Until Coronavirus Surfaces, Mandates Are Scarce In Rural Communities

Mar 23, 2020

Many rural communities across the state have been hesitant to implement restrictions or closures because the fast-spreading coronavirus has not yet reached their edges. Meanwhile, some local health facilities are running short of masks, gloves and gowns.

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As the first person at the State Capitol tests positive for COVID-19, state officials and agencies change their workflow to keep government open. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss a momentous week at the Capitol.

Whether they’re in a classroom or at home, Oklahoma students won’t take assessment tests this school year.

The state is pursuing a federal waiver to suspend all statewide student assessments in the midst of a statewide school closure due to COVID-19.

Daniela De Rosa, a 43-year-old veterinarian in Italy's southwest Campania region, made a video message over the weekend as she was hospitalized with COVID-19. Her video plea has gathered much attention in Italy, which has just surpassed China in the number of reported deaths from the new coronavirus.

"I've been in isolation in a hospital room for so many days I've lost count," she says. "I have no contact with anyone other than doctors twice a day."

Children in a class for 2-year-olds at a Norman daycare center raise their hands during a song in July 2018.
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As cities move to shut down public spaces, bars, restaurants and workplaces in response to COVID-19, and schools have been shuttered for at least three weeks, daycare centers are one of the few businesses to receive the opposite message: Please stay open.

Updated at 4:18 p.m. ET

President Trump ordered the border with Canada partly closed on Wednesday and the Pentagon said it would join the coronavirus pandemic response with hospital ships, field treatment centers and medical supplies.

By now, you've heard the advice that to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., we need to practice social distancing. But if you're confused as to what that looks like in practice, we've got some answers.

On Monday, the White House announced new guidelines for the next two weeks, urging Americans to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people; to avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, or social visits; and not to go out to restaurants or bars.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel at a January press conference
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Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel was granted emergency powers as the district forms a plan to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Updated at 8:53 p.m. ET

West Virginia is no longer coronavirus-free.

It was the final state without any reports of infection by the highly contagious coronavirus, but on Tuesday evening Gov. Jim Justice announced officials have confirmed the state's first case.

"We knew it was coming," Justice said at a news conference.

"We've prepared for this and we shouldn't panic. We should be cautious. We should be concerned, but we shouldn't panic. We ought to be West Virginia mountaineer strong always," he added.

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As the 2020 session heads toward a Spring Break-shortened week, concerns are rising about the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Kevin Stitt announced the state of Oklahoma's initial approach and House and Senate leaders are considering contingency plans. eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley discusses this rapidly-moving story with KGOU's Dick Pryor.

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This is the Manager’s Minute.

The novel coronavirus outbreak is quickly forcing changes in our day-to-day lives. Media organizations have an obligation to provide necessary news and information, while not becoming sensational.

So, in following this public health emergency, we’re trying to strike a balance, with calm, factual coverage that properly informs while not unduly promoting fear and panic.  

Oklahoma Officials Say School Districts Should Be Prepared To Close For Coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020

Even though there are just three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, state leaders are suggesting that school districts stay vigilant and be prepped for a potential closure.

As News Of Coronavirus Spreads, Worried Oklahomans Stock Up, Change Behavior

Mar 6, 2020
Bare shelves in a CVS pharmacy store in Edmond testify to the run on hand sanitizer products in retail stores across the state, spurred by news of the coronavirus in other states.
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Hygiene is top of mind throughout Oklahoma as residents await the arrival of the coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Schools, businesses and churches are altering routines while shoppers are emptying shelves of hand sanitizer and masks.

Updated on March 16 at 1:56 p.m. ET

Kids, this comic is for you.

It's based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.

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