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In The Know: Hospitals ‘like a war zone’ | State employees sub in schools | Early bill filings | More

Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations outstrip delta variant wave's peak from summer; After Stitt executive order, over 100 Oklahoma state employees volunteer to substitute teach; Newly released records shed light on issues in the state’s public health laboratory; [More...]

In The Know: Gov. Stitt to let state workers sub for teachers | Omicron crippling hospital care | Proposal to aid DDS waiting list

Gov. Kevin Stitt announces program allowing Oklahoma state employees to substitute teach amid a rampant Omicron surge; Omicron wave hurting hospital care: Rural Oklahoma patient with kidney failure because of COVID dies while awaiting transfer; City legislators Kirt, Munson file proposals they say will increase transparency for disabled Oklahomans on DDS waiting list; [More...]

In The Know: Changes to Pardon and Parole Board | ‘Fierce urgency of now’ on MLK Day | Omicron’s overwhelming impact

Adam Luck resigns from Pardon and Parole Board, Stitt appoints Edward Konieczny; 'Fierce urgency of now': Tulsa MLK Jr. Parade entries draw on themes of hope and action; 'You shouldn’t take anything for granted': Family loses three to COVID in nine months; [More...]

In The Know: State tallies record day of COVID cases | Supreme Court blocks mandate | Unemployment claims increase | More

Oklahoma tallies a record 10,502 new COVID-19 cases in one day; Supreme Court rejects vaccine mandate for businesses; Oklahoma set to get $266.9 million from infrastructure bill to repair and replace bridges; [More...]

In The Know: Omicron ‘just everywhere’ | Schools statewide shift virtual | Oklahoma study underscores vaccine importance

'We've run out of shades of red': COVID-19 spread worse than ever in Tulsa County; Unvaccinated were over 3 times more likely to be hospitalized or die of COVID, Oklahoma study shows; Oklahoma schools see worst round of COVID-19 closures since 2020; [More...]

In The Know: ‘Just assume that they’re infected’ | State revenue above projections | Schools struggling to stay open

'Just assume that they're infected': Hospital leaders' worries grow as about 1 in 21 Oklahomans have COVID-19; Stitt's education secretary comes down on schools halting in-person instruction amid soaring COVID absences; State general revenue nearly 20% above projections half-way through fiscal year; [More...]

In The Know: COVID cases explode over weekend | Supreme Court says McGirt not retroactive | Federal utility assistance available

Record-high COVID-19 cases hit Oklahoma as omicron variant surges in state; Supreme Court lets ruling stand on 'McGirt v. Oklahoma' retroactivity; no decision yet on reconsideration; Dozens of Oklahoma schools pivot to distance learning as thousands of students, teachers catch the coronavirus; [More...]

OK Policy reflects on 2021’s biggest stories

As 2021 comes to an end, our OK Policy staff looked back at the largest issues from the past year. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom large in the lives of all Oklahomans, with outsized impacts for low-income Oklahomans and our communities of color. [More...]

OK Policy announces new hires in outreach, communication/operations

The Oklahoma Policy Institute is expanding its community outreach efforts across the state with three new staff members, and boosting its communications and operations teams through the hiring of a new fellow.  [More...]