With the Oklahoma State Department of Health now testing patients in Oklahoma City for coronavirus amid a global outbreak, more cases can be expected to be reported across the state.

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Face-to-face instruction has been unavailable at the college since spring break, when the emergence of COVID-19 prompted colleges and universities across the state to begin moving classes online for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. 

“OBI supplies blood to more than 90 percent of the hospitals in our state, including all of the children’s and veterans’ hospitals," said Sen. Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa. "Donating blood to address this critical shortage is one simple way Oklahomans can help our medical professionals during the COVID-19 public health crisis.”

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister acknowledged that a number of people across the state had asked “Can’t we wait a few weeks to decide?” but she said “The answer is `no.’ .... It isn’t possible for districts to flip a switch and shift into this type of delivery of education without advanced notice.”

DOCUMENT: Read the order approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Education on March 25, 2020.

State regulators announced Tuesday that purveyors of beer, wine and liquor can deliver alcohol to customers 21 and older through April 17.

“We urgently request that you issue an executive order that will implement a shelter-in-place policy and close non-essential businesses until this pandemic is truly contained,” said the Monday letter that listed the Oklahoma Hospital Association and Oklahoma State Medical Association among its signers.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol announced Friday its training academy will be conducted remotely “out of an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic,” citing concerns about proximity and guidelines limiting large gatherings.