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In The Know: Virus cases declining, as fatality rate increases | Prisons stopped virus testing | COVID-19 leave good for employees, communities

COVID-19: Dip in case count among good signs for Oklahoma while fatality average jumps 59%; Oklahoma prisons have stopped widespread COVID testing even as cases spike again across the state; Health care facility says Medicaid is working, no need for a change; [More...]

In The Know: Hospital admissions decreasing, but health care system still strained | State hires consultants for spending federal funds | More

Oklahoma hospitals aren’t feeling relief yet as COVID-19 admissions start to fall — for now; State hires consultants to help allocate $3.2B in COVID stimulus funds for Oklahoma; It’s Not Just Hospitals. COVID Is Straining Local Mental Health Providers; Tulsa lawmaker plans bill in response to physicians’ dismissal from Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board [More...]

In The Know: Board recommends commuting Julius Jones’ sentence | Mental health in jails, prisons | Business reaction to vaccine mandate

Board recommends Julius Jones be taken off death row; COVID-19 compounds backups on mental health therapy wait lists; Oklahoma lawmakers examine correlation of mental health services and law enforcement intervention; Federal vaccine mandate creates negative reaction within area business circles [More...]

In The Know: Mu virus variant detected in state | AG appeals school mask ban injunction | Interim study examines fines and fees

In The Know is your daily briefing on Oklahoma policy-related news. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. Some stories included here are behind paywall or require subscription. OK Policy encourages the support… Read more [More...]

In The Know: AG fights school mask mandate injunction | Nursing shortage | Responses to Biden’s planned vaccine mandate | More

Oklahoma attorney general now fighting temporary injunction in school mask mandate case; COVID-19 crushes state with convergence of low vaccination, nursing shortage; Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, Sen. James Lankford rebuke Biden's planned vaccine mandates; [More...]

In The Know: Hospitals shift to crisis care | Interim study addresses court funding | A glimmer of hope in the dark

Advocate, lawmakers want to review court fee structure in Oklahoma; Medical tents, trailer morgues and determinations on who gets a ventilator: Oklahoma hospitals shift toward crisis standards of care; Oklahoma schools can mandate masks, if parents are able to exempt children, with judge's order now in effect; [More...]

In The Know: OHCA board shakeup | Hospitals continue dealing with patient influx | Cherokee chief vows to protect sovereignty

Oklahoma governor removes only physicians from medical board; Stillwater hospital puts tents in parking lot, brings in Medical Reserve Corps to help with COVID influx; Covid overflow at Memorial calls for emergency shelter; [More...]

In The Know: Gov. removes two OHCA board members | Health care staff: Please get vaccinated | Women’s impact on pandemic recovery

State medical association concerned over governor's removal of OHCA board members; Overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, Oklahoma nurses plead for people to get vaccinated; Children with special needs face life-long pandemic impact. Their families feel left behind; [More...]

In The Know: Children make up 25% of new virus cases | Stillwater declares emergency | Medicaid expansion can help justice-involved

Children make up nearly 25% of new COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, data shows; What does COVID-19 have to do with water supply? Why cities are asking people to conserve; COVID-19 tests are in high demand; [More...]

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