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In this July 9, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Stitt, the first governor in the nation to test positive for the coronavirus, says he has donated plasma to help other virus patients recover.
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Oklahoma’s coronavirus trends continue to climb in the national rankings. StateImpact’s Catherine Sweeney reports what this week’s White House Coronavirus Task Force document has to say about the state.

Tulsa Police Release Video From Fatal Shooting Of Officer

Sep 15, 2020
Body camera video from TPD Sgt. Craig Johnson, who was shot and killed by David Ware on June 29, 2020. The video also shows the shooting of officer Aurash Zarkeshan, who survived.
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Tulsa police released a video on Monday of David Ware shooting two police officers during a June traffic stop. A district court judge has previously sealed video of the shooting, but reversed that decision after Ware’s attorney contested police and prosecutors' retelling of the event.

Norman Mayor Breea Clark listens during a city council meeting Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in Norman, Okla.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The City of Norman announced Monday the effort to recall Mayor Breea Clark has fallen short. Norman is one of a handful of cities across the U.S. already making efforts to reallocate police funding following calls for reform, which prompted the recall attempt. The group Unite Norman did, however, gather enough valid signatures to begin recall proceedings for Ward 3 Councilmember Alison Petrone.

Gov. Stitt Nominates Former Teacher As New Education Secretary

Sep 10, 2020

Governor Kevin Stitt nominated a new secretary of education Thursday.

Another Oklahoma Prisoner Infected With COVID-19 Dies

Sep 10, 2020
The Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.
Ben Fenwick / Oklahoma Watch

Another state prisoner diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. The man, incarcerated at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, was taken to a hospital where he died.

Eddie Warrior Correctional Center
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An Oklahoma prisoner who tested positive for COVID-19 died in a hospital on Saturday. The woman was admitted to the hospital with COVID symptoms.

A woman waves from a prison window at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in 2019.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

An Oklahoma prisoner who tested positive for COVID-19 died in a hospital on Saturday. The woman was admitted to the hospital with COVID symptoms.

Oklahoma plans to make a number of changes to how they report coronavirus data and expect to see an increase in the number of confirmed positive cases as a result, health officials said Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

State officials announced several changes to Oklahoma’s coronavirus data policies on Friday morning. The state is updating which data it will report, how it will collect that data, and how it will be displayed.

Oklahoma's Two Largest Universities Try To Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

Sep 3, 2020

As colleges start their semesters, they’re dealing with increasing numbers of  COVID-19 cases. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports on the efforts of Oklahoma’s two largest universities to mitigate the spread.

University of Oklahoma Seed Sower Statue With Coronavirus Mask
Richard Bassett / KGOU

The White House Coronavirus Task Force released its most recent report on Oklahoma this week. StateImpact’s Catherine Sweeney reports that the document offers new advice to officials in university towns.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Gov. Kevin Stitt provide COVID-19 update on 9/1/2020
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Mask mandates continue to be top of mind for Oklahoma officials. StateImpact’s Catherine Sweeney reports that as one city council voted to extend theirs, other officials maintained that containing the spread should rest on personal responsibility.

COVID-19 Cases Increase In State Prisons

Aug 31, 2020
Eddie Warrior Correctional Center
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There were at least 504 COVID-19 cases inside just one state prison on Friday. StateImpact’s Quinton Chandler reports nearly 900 prisoners are infected with the disease across the state and hundreds of test results are still pending.

Guards make their rounds on the eighth floor of the Oklahoma County Jail in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

A criminal justice advisory group in Oklahoma County reported that last year the county jail’s prisoner population reached its lowest levels in more than a decade. StateImpact’s Quinton Chandler reports. 

Oklahoma House Democrats are criticizing Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt for his response to the coronavirus and calling for the creation of a bipartisan task force.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s  administration has taken a step forward with COVID-19 transparency, but as StateImpact’s Catherine Sweeney reports, other officials continue to raise concerns.

More Than 90% Of Oklahoma School Districts Are Doing Some Kind Of In Person Schooling

Aug 27, 2020
Pre-K teacher Elvia Walters heads out the door with a bag with school supplies and an iPad for one of her students Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at Eugene Field Elementary School, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

More than 90% of Oklahoma school districts are doing some kind of in person schooling. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports on the effects of in person instruction and how the state is fighting the coronavirus pandemic as it spreads into educational institutions.

Oklahoma’s State Board Of Education To Discuss Schools’ COVID-19 Protocols

Aug 26, 2020
A display of typical school supplies and electronic devices being distributed to Oklahoma City Public School students is pictured at Eugene Field Elementary School, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education will meet Thursday to talk about schools’ COVID-19 protocols. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports the board will discuss how reopening has gone across the state during the first few weeks of classes. 

City of Norman

All four “Go Norman 2020” bond propositions, which consisted of city projects with a combined cost of about $120 million, failed to pass in Tuesday’s county election. 

Gov. Kevin Stitt, center, and White House Coronavirus Task Force response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, right, at a private roundtable in Tulsa on Aug. 16
Office of Gov. Kevin Stitt

The White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended Oklahoma close all of its bars and implement a statewide mask mandate. That recommendation came in a report that the White House has not released to the public, and that state officials have not released to city and public health leaders.

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In less than five minutes two of Oklahoma County’s three county commissioners voted to transfer more than $34 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to the county jail trust. The board of county commissioners ignored days of protests against the move from local residents and one of their fellow commissioners.

The Oklahoma County Jail.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Protestors on Monday pushed the Oklahoma County Jail Trust to postpone a discussion and potential vote on how to use more than $36 million in coronavirus relief funding until it hears from the public.

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