David Deaton

David Deaton

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As of this advisory, there are 5,849 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

There are three additional deaths; one of them occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between May 17-May 20.

  • One in Oklahoma County, a female in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Tulsa County, a male in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in Texas County, a male in the 50-64 age group. 

There are 307 total deaths in the state.

COVID-19 testing sites are open in multiple cities in Oklahoma as a result of a cross-county, city and state health system partnership. Visit this page for updated dates and locations.

For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Confirmed Positive Cases                                                    5,849

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date                 146,022

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date              152,998

**Currently Hospitalized                                                      190

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations                                       926

Deaths in the Past 24 hours                                                 1

Total Cumulative Deaths                                                       307

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

**This number is a combination of hospitalized positive cases and hospitalized persons under investigation, as reported by hospitals at the time of the report. The data reflect a change in calculation and should not be compared to prior data. 

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-05-22 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

Friday, 22 May 2020 13:41

LeFlore County Fatal Accident

A fatality collision occurred about 3:10 PM May 21, 2020, on SH1 10 miles east of US 259 8 miles southeast of Page in LeFlore County. The accident was discovered at 7:10 AM May 22, 2020.

According to the OHP report, Joshua Lee Hewitt, 42, of McKinney, Texas, was riding a 2016 Harley Davidson eastbound on SH1. The motorcycle ran off the roadway in a curve and struck a tree.

Hewitt expired at the scene of multiple injuries. His body was transported by Dowden Funeral Home to their facility in Heavener, Oklahoma.

Investigated by OHP and assisted by Leflore County Sheriff’s Office.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement after HHS announced $4.9 billion in funding to help skilled nursing facilities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.

“We appreciate HHS sending this much-needed funding to skilled nursing facilities. Long term care providers are privileged to care for our country’s Greatest Generation. The Administration has given us the ability to care of them with the resources that they deserve. 

“We are working around the clock to protect the people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. That work makes this funding more important than ever. These resources are an important step toward ensuring residents in long term care facilities receive the vital support needed during this unprecedented public health crisis.

“Given the gravity of the situation we are facing with this deadly virus and its impact on our vulnerable residents, long term care facilities require additional support and funding from state and federal governments to reduce its spread. Notably, assisted living communities have yet to receive any direct aid, despite also serving vulnerable seniors. While building on support received from HHS, we are asking for additional consideration for all long term care facilities, whether it be in regard to additional testing, personal protective equipment, or funding.

“Long term care facilities appreciate the Administration’s support in prioritizing long term care residents. We need everyone around the country to rally around nursing homes and assisted living communities the same way they have around hospitals. We will continue to work with local, state and federal health officials to take every possible step to keep our nation’s long term care residents and staff safe.”

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.

A personal injury collision occurred May 22, 2020, at approximately 5:56 AM on SH-97 1.5 miles west of Tulsa in Osage County.

A 2005 Toyota Tacoma driven by Johnathan McClure, 26, of Sand Springs was southbound on SH-97. The OHP report states that he was traveling too fast to negotiate a turn in the rain and left the roadway to the left, over-corrected and crossed both lanes of traffic departing the roadway to the right striking a light pole. The vehicle then rolled one time and went through two fences. McClure was ejected 30 feet from the vehicle.

McClure was transported by EMSA to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa and admitted in good condition with leg and trunk internal injuries.

The cause of the collision was reported as “too fast for weather/road conditions.”

Investigated by OHP and assisted by Sand Springs Fire Department and EMSA.

June 5 is the deadline to register to vote (or update your registration) for the June 30 Oklahoma Primary.

Use the new VOTER REGISTRATION WIZARD (BETA) to complete your registration online. Then print, sign, and mail it to your county election board. okvoterportal.okelections.us/Home/RegWizard

Download/print a voter registration application here: ok.gov/elections/docu

Update your voter registration address online (same county) here: ok.gov/elections/OVP.

Learn more about voter registration in Oklahoma here: ok.gov/elections/Vote

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 22, 2020) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the passage of five bills this legislative session will have a positive and meaningful impact strengthening student supports and improving transparency in education. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed all five bills earlier this week.

“Taken together, these new laws will help push education forward and provide desperately needed supports,” Hofmeister saidIn the midst of the coronavirus crisis, our schools do not lack for challenges, but these measures will help ensure we maintain focus on all of Oklahoma’s more than 700,000 public school students.”

State lawmakers filed more than 2,300 bills for the 2020 legislative session. The following were among those passed into law.

House Bill 2804requires schools to screen kindergarten through third-grade students for dyslexia if they are not reading on grade level at the beginning of the school year. Dyslexia screening will begin in the 2022-23 school year. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will have until 2021 to develop the screening process. HB 2804 was authored by Rep. Mike Sanders and Sen. Stephanie Bice.

House Bill 2905, also known as the Virtual Charter School Reform and Transparency Act, was authored by Rep. Sheila Dills and Sen. Dewayne Pemberton. Changes to instructional activities, truancy and a required student orientation will go into effect next school year. The OSDE will work to implement changes to the virtual charter school transfer process by 2021-22.

Authored by Rep. Tammy West and Sen. Gary Stanislawski,House Bill 3466requires the State Textbook Committee to use a three-tiered rubric when reviewing materials to be approved for the state list. The committee will be required to provide comments and/or justification for the rating given to each item and to share the rubrics with districts. HB 3466goes into effect Nov. 1.

“By improving transparency and efficiency in the adoption process for new textbooks, Oklahoma can betterensure teachers have high-quality instructional materials for every child they serve, Hofmeister said

Senate Bill 212authored by Stanislawski and Rep. Rhonda Baker,requires the initial allocation of state aid for statewide virtual charter schools to be calculated like that of all other schools, rather than using a weight of 1.333 for all virtual students enrolled as of Aug. 1.

Senate Bill 1436creates a new micro-credential for special education teachers already certified in mild-moderate disabilities to become certified in severe-profound disabilities andallows the State Board of Education to issue a two-year provisional certificate as teachers work to complete the credential. SB 1436, which was authored by Stanislawski and Rep. Nicole Miller, also creates a new certification in the area of comprehensive special education.

Biota Biosciences is voluntarily recalling the following lots in the table below of Cannabidiol (CBD) Complex, Curcumin Complex, and Cannabidiol + Curcumin Injectables to the customer level. These injectable products are being recalled because they were marketed without FDA approval. The products claims on our website make these products unapproved new drugs. Further, the products are misbranded because the labeling fails to bear adequate directions for use.
 
Risk Statement: Unapproved new drugs injected into the bloodstream for which safety and efficacy have not been established could pose a serious risk of harm to users because they bypass many of the body’s natural defenses against toxic ingredients, toxins, or dangerous organisms that can lead to serious and life-threatening conditions such as septicemia or sepsis. Biota Biosciences has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
 
Cannabidiol (CBD) Complex was marketed to suppress pain and aid in the detoxification processes as a promising therapeutic for a wide array of disorders such as epilepsy, including many challenging neuropathy conditions. Curcumin Complex was marketed as a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. Cannabidiol + Curcumin was marketed as a more efficient therapeutic effect. The product was sold to certified practitioners who further administer to customers. The product is packaged in 10 mL sterile vials. Products were distributed Nationwide in the USA and one consignee in New Zealand.

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will host a wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 25, at 9 a.m. EDT to honor our men and women in uniform who have died while serving our nation.

The Secretary will be joined by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, and other senior government and defense officials.

The event will be live-streamed on Defense.gov.

Later in the day, Secretary Esper and Gen. Milley will join the President and other members of the administration for a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort McHenry, MD.

PRESS RELEASE

WASHINGTON— On Tuesday night, Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) held a telephone town hall where he gave an update on the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was joined by David Ostrowe, Oklahoma Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration, who answered questions about the issues the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) is facing in distributing unemployment payments.

Below are some highlights from the event:

Mullin on the HEROES Act:                                                     

“We have already spent trillions of dollars to try to help with this pandemic. We have pumped a lot of money into the economy and the dust hasn’t even settled yet. And to double down on that is a little premature, in my opinion. I think we need to see the taxpayer dollars being used appropriately before we start throwing more money at it.”

“The HEROES Act is far from being COVID-19 related. In fact, it has a tremendous amount of stuff that has nothing to do with COVID.”

Secretary Ostrowe on unemployment claims:

“Through yesterday [Monday] we have processed about $750 million in claims…Never in our lifetimes have we seen anything like that.”

“The work we are doing today based upon this crisis will make us stronger in the future and we will never have this issue again whatsoever.”

Secretary Ostrowe on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):

“We started taking applications for PUA before anybody else. We started taking those claims before we could process those claims…There’s probably a seven-day delay from when we got the process started to when we started processing payments. But according to the Department of Labor, we led the nation.”

You can listen to the full event here.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation allowing Oklahoma courts to grant guardians the power to consent to withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining procedures through a separate order was signed into law by the governor on Monday.

House Bill 2588 was authored by State Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, and was carried in the Senate by Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville. The legislation requires issuance of a separate court order that contains specific findings of fact and conclusions of law required under the Oklahoma Advance Directive Act to grant authority to a guardian to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment of a ward.

“House Bill 2588 gives an added level of protection for those who are on life support,” said Roberts, who chairs the House Public Health Committee. “Life is valuable and sacred, and this legislation will help ensure drastic measures are not taken hastily. I want to thank Governor Stitt for quickly signing this piece of legislation to uphold life.”

“This law protects our most vulnerable Oklahomans when possible end of life decisions are being made,” Daniels said. “By requiring a separate court hearing to determine if a guardian can move to withhold life-sustaining treatment from the ward, this measure ensures that guardians cannot substitute their own judgment for what may be in the best interests of the ward.”

The bill will become effective Nov. 1.

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