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U.S. passes 67,000 deaths: How is the world handling the coronavirus pandemic?

U.S. passes 67,000 deaths: How is the world handling the coronavirus pandemic?

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“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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"It seems to me that no one is owning 'We have an emergency situation here.' We have a pandemic," said Amy Santee, Senior Program Officer for the George Kaiser Family Foundation, of the situation in an interview Monday. "For some in DOC, keeping them there could be a death sentence. We can't lose sight of the public health consequences of keeping people in a facility."

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In northeast Oklahoma, two of the deaths were reported in Tulsa County. Both were men older than 65. One patient who died in Cleveland County was a 36-to-49-year-old male. Four fatal cases were reported in Oklahoma County, one in Cleveland County, one in Adair County, one in Greer County, one in Kay County and one in Wagoner County; all were older than 65. 

Bynum said Tulsa does not exist in a bubble, and because of the state's rollback and other cities following it, it would be futile to offer other guidance. He said Oklahoma meets the 14-day benchmark for declining cases, but the Tulsa Health Department data shows Tulsa County has yet to meet the White House criteria.

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