Family & Community

County COVID ‘threat’ levels not so threatening

Counties with fewer than 14.5 cases per 100,000 population are placed in the yellow, or “low risk,” category, while those exceeding that rate are in the orange, or “moderate risk,” category.

Ray Carter
September 29, 2020
Family & Community

Lawmakers review challenges of open-meeting changes

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit Oklahoma last spring, state lawmakers responded by authorizing temporary changes to state open-meetings laws and allowed government bodies to meet entirely by video or teleconference.

Ray Carter
September 24, 2020
Family & Community

State reopening not harming citizen health

Oklahoma’s economy has been fully reopened for months and, although more Oklahomans have contracted COVID-19, the number of those being hospitalized for the virus has declined.

Ray Carter
September 17, 2020
Economy, Family & Community

Review of state’s pandemic response includes warnings

To better prepare for future pandemics, state lawmakers conducted a review this week of state and local government responses to COVID-19. Among the takeaways: Many challenges early in the pandemic were the result of the government itself.

Ray Carter
September 16, 2020
Education, Family & Community

Why don’t schools mandate masks? No COVID

Thirty-five percent of OK schools do not mandate mask-wearing. Why not? Because there is little or no COVID-19 in many of those communities, most are small districts able to socially distance students, and the absence of a mandate does not mean the absence of masks.

Ray Carter
August 31, 2020
Family & Community

Calls to reopen nursing homes mirror school debate

Parents and various public officials have urged that most Oklahoma schools be open for in-person instruction, saying COVID-19 infection represents less of a threat to children and staff than the many negative consequences of continued shutdown.

Ray Carter
August 26, 2020