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Wearing a surgical or dust mask in public has been more common in east Asian countries, mainly due to concerns about air pollution according to Oklahoma State University professor Marten Brienen, but it might soon become a familiar sight in the U.S. amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Like hospitals across the state, Stillwater Medical Center is following government direction to prepare for an increase in patients as COVID-19 infection rates reach their expected peak in late April.

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Tahlequah Fire Chief Ray Hammons said his department is responding to every call it receives, and the firefighters were prepared for the COVID-19 outbreak.

While the symptoms of the coronavirus are well known, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, the mental symptoms are not easily as recognizable, said Lauren Rich, a Muskogee licensed clinical social worker.

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When Stillwater Medical Center put out the call for people with sewing skills to donate cloth masks, Oklahoma State University student Abbi Nicholas was one of those who answered, putting her sewing skills and the stockpile of fabric her mom bought decades ago at the Cottontail Originals warehouse liquidation to good use.

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Friday was a day off at Thayer Upholstery, a reset of sorts for a business that’s shifted gears recently to join in the fight against coronavirus.

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Cherokee County recorded its first death from COVID-19 on Friday, April 3, and Tahlequah Mayor Sue Catron fears the city's medical facilities won't have enough personal protective equipment to deal with the inevitable uptick in numbers.

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The distinction may be a fine one, but for those laser-focused on maintaining civil liberties during this pandemic, it's an important one. And it has to do with subtleties in the law.

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Mobile Meals of Chickasha has catered to the community for over 30 years. Amid struggles protecting their clients and volunteers during the global pandemic, members of the community stepped forward to serve. 

A digital revolution for some schools, graduation day, at least for now, is going to be the real deal for Oklahoma State University's Stillwater campus students. 

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State Rep. Matt Meredith, D-Tahlequah, sat down with representatives of Bank of Cherokee County Thursday, April 2, for a Facebook Live video to discuss ways small businesses can survive the COVID-19 outbreak.

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It’s tempting to view this as a temporary situation, that will pass as the virus passes. But, that is a comfortable lie. The grocery clerk, the trash truck driver, the nurse, delivery driver and factory worker — these always have been essential to our society, our economy and our way of life.

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We must fight the urge to become complacent. This is not a time to ignore our faith. This is a time to be more deliberate than ever, and to step out in prayer when we cannot step out in body.

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Melony Carey was elated when she found out that the Founders' Place Historic District in Muskogee will be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As a president and resident of Founders' Place, Carey had twice as many reasons to smile.

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A local stage backdrop manufacturer has retooled operations and started making face shields for hospitals and Norman Regional Health System is currently evaluating them.

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A local car dealership says it has been the sole target of Norman’s new restrictions and fine schedule after the general manager said he received two citations while competitors have remained open.

Thursday morning Chamber President and CEO Chris Deal was joined by Councilwoman and United Way Chairperson Patty Wininger along with United Way Executive Director Helen Stewart for the daily virtual chamber hour to discuss opportunities for those needing assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Practicing simple acts of kindness everyday” is a good motto to live by. One company is doing just that as they flooded the school district with food deliveries from their local supply chain.

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EDMOND, Okla. — The threat COVID-19 poses to all sectors of humanity appears to be decreasing Edmond’s crime rates, according to Edmond Police.

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With many non-essential businesses closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Americans with the greatest strain on their wallets might be college students, who normally work part-time jobs to help pay for tuition and make loan payments.

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With Tahlequah having two hospitals, it is home to many health care workers - and many are putting their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lindsey Johnson, 33, is a full-time registered nurse who works nights in the Northeastern Health System emergency room. 

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Some readers have asked for a reprieve from some of the "bad news" inherent to the COVID-19 pandemic. They want something positive to read. And while finding a silver lining in this cloud is difficult, it's not impossible – especially with the help of others in the community.

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Presidential primary elections and caucuses have evolved over time in the U.S. to become the way in which candidates compete for the nomination to become president, and if you consider that primary elections didn’t even come into general usage until the 20th century, we are really looking at a relatively recent system that has undergone various rule changes by the parties.

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Joy Marie Nichols went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 31 2020. She is preceded in death by her husband Albert Nichols Jr. And her parents Ambrose and Mandy Lee. She is survived by her daughter Donna Killingsworth of Claremore Ok; son Joe Nichols and wife LaDonna of Owasso Ok; Grandc…

Pansy Kathaleen Garner, 53, passed away on Tuesday, March 30th, surrounded by her family. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Billie Kay Rigotti and Bill Garner. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a devoted grandmother to her five gra…

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