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SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19

  • As of this advisory, there are 5,680 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 
  • There are five additional deaths; one of them occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between May 14-May 19.
    • Three in Oklahoma County, one female in the 65 and older age group, one male in the 65 and older age group and one male in the 50-64 age group.
    • One in Tulsa County, a male in the 65 and older age group.
    • One in Washington County, a female in the 65 and older age group. 
  • There are 304 total deaths in the state.
  • Through a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma and The Caring Foundation, OSDH is deploying Caring Vans providing free COVID-19 testing to underserved communities in Oklahoma City, increasing testing accessibility. A Caring Van will be at the Latino Community Development Agency (lcdaok.com) today (5/21) from 4 to 7 p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to everyone 16 and older; people do not need to exhibit symptoms to be tested. More information can be found here.
  • 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

5,680

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

142,599

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

149,447

**Currently Hospitalized 

201

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

917

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

1

Total Cumulative Deaths

304

*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 2020-05-21 at 7:00 a.m.

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

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WILBURTON, OK (May 20, 2020) – Despite the challenges they faced to complete their education during a global pandemic, 240 Eastern Oklahoma State College students have earned their associate degree this year.

Eastern’s 2020 graduates listed by county include:

OKLAHOMA

Adair County

Shelby Lankford, Watts - (A.S.) Pre-Veterinary Medicine

 

Atoka County

Cole Broughton, Atoka - (A.A.) General Studies

Takota Frank, Atoka - (A.A.) General Studies

Tyler C. Frank, Atoka - (A.S.) Physical Science

Andrew Hardin, Atoka - (A.A.S.) Meat Processing & Food Safety

Jacob E. Spradlin, Atoka - (A.S.) Life Science

Tregg A. Goodson, Lane - (A.A.) General Studies

Candy S. Hostetler, Lane - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Tyler Lee Hyatt, Lane - (A.S.) Forestry

 

Bryan County

Christian H. McGowan, Bokchito - (A.A.) General Studies

 

Canadian County

Daniel S. Quinton, Piedmont - (A.S.) Criminal Justice

 

Cleveland County

Avery G. Roberts, Norman - (A.A.) General Studies

Ryan Santos, Norman - (A.A.) General Studies

 

Comanche County

Alpha Diallo, Lawton - (A.S.) Computer Information Systems-Forensics

 

Haskell County

Jude Ebingha, Kinta - (A.S.) Business Administration

Priscilla G. Graham, McCurtain - (A.S.) Business Administration

Matthew O. Blaylock, Stigler - (A.A.S.) Ranch Management-Stocker Operations

Tana D. Bohanan, Stigler - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Ashlie J. Lovell, Stigler - (A.A.) General Studies

Hughes County

Tanner Wofford, Allen - (A.S.) Agriculture Economics

 

Latimer County

Deyton T. Ashby, Red Oak - (A.A.) General Studies

Hannah K. Cherry, Red Oak - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

William C. Martin, Red Oak - (A.S.) Environmental Science

Ashlynn P. Montgomery, Red Oak - (A.A.) General Studies

Travis L. Moody, Red Oak - (A.A.) General Studies

Grayson Nix, Red Oak - (A.S.) Business Administration

Alicia M. Piper, Red Oak - (A.S.) Horticulture

Caden A. Phillips, Tuskahoma - (A.S.) Computer Information Systems-Software Development

Kristen M. Scott, Tuskahoma - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Karley A. Anderson, Wilburton - (A.S.) Life Science

Jordan A. Bailey, Wilburton - (A.A.) General Studies

SahRena J. Boyett, Wilburton - (A.S.) Life Science

David Charles, Wilburton - (A.S.) Health, Physical Education & Recreation and (A.A.) General Studies

Devon J. Cox, Wilburton - (A.S.) Life Science

Andria E. Crouch, Wilburton - (A.S.) Business Administration

Kenzie Ezekiel, Wilburton - (A.A.) General Studies

Hannah L. Gockel, Wilburton - (A.A.) Music

Skyler Shyanne Hammons, Wilburton - (A.A.) Mass Communication

Douglas Eugene Ivey III, Wilburton - (A.A.) General Studies

Johnny W. James, Wilburton - (A.A.) General Studies

Ellen M. Jeffrey, Wilburton - (A.A.) General Studies

Christine A. Johnson-Watson, Wilburton - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Trina Lesperance, Wilburton - (A.A.) Enterprise Development-General Studies

Angela D. McAlister, Wilburton - (A.S.) Business Administration

Zachary R. Mote, Wilburton - (A.S.) Business Administration

Hannah R. Posey, Wilburton - (A.A.) Music

Lauryn N. Rader, Wilburton - (A.S.) Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Sheetal Bastola Rijal, Wilburton - (A.A.) General Studies

Forrest C. Romine, Wilburton - (A.S.) Criminal Justice

Charles E. Sorrell, Wilburton - (A.A.) Mass Communication

Dustin L. Stanton, Wilburton - (A.A.) General Studies

Brianna Nicole Stockton, Wilburton - (A.A.) Music

Savannah Taylor, Wilburton - (A.A.) General Studies

Marcus V. Tubbs, Wilburton - (A.S.) Criminal Justice

Nick G. Walls, Wilburton - (A.S.) History/Political Science

Lawrence L. Wood Jr, Wilburton - (A.A.) General Studies

Natassia R Zink, Wilburton - (A.A.S.) Nursing and (A.A.) General Studies

 

LeFlore County

Mariah D. Noah, Heavener - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Cortney K. Williams, Howe - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Noah S. Turner, Keota - (A.A.) General Studies

Trace A. Murdock, McCurtain - (A.S.) Business Administration

Summer D. Perkins, Pocola - (A.S.) Life Science

Abigail A. Davidson, Poteau - (A.A.) General Studies

Victoria A. Howell, Poteau - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Justyn S. Lynn, Poteau - (A.S.) Life Science

Taylor Simco, Poteau - (A.S.) Criminal Justice

Christina L. Sterling, Poteau - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Cassidy R. Floyd, Roland - (A.S.) Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Chloe Layne Rogers, Spiro - (A.S.) Agriculture Education

Angela M. Carlile, Talihina - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Stefanie M. Jones, Talihina - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Braeden L. Richardson, Talihina - (A.A.) Mass Communication

Sherry A. Wall, Talihina - (A.A.S.) Nursing

 

McCurtain County

Shasta S. Baggs, Antlers - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Rebeccah G. Barnes, Antlers - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Lindsey N. Jameson, Antlers - (A.A.) General Studies

Annie E. Renteria, Antlers - (A.A.) Child Development

Nathan Hardin, Bethel - (A.S.) Animal Science

Baylie Autumn Bray, Broken Bow - (A.A.) General Studies

Carlea Ann Burris, Broken Bow - (A.S.) Life Science and (A.A.) General Studies

Elizabeth Carrell, Broken Bow - (A.A.S.) Nursing and (A.S.) Life Science

April R. Leonard, Broken Bow - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Kelsie L. Pole, Broken Bow - (A.A.) Child Development

Taylor R. Sanders, Broken Bow - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Christin Smith, Broken Bow - (A.A.) General Studies

Maggie Dawn Smith, Broken Bow - (A.A.) General Studies

Myra Thomas, Broken Bow - (A.A.) General Studies

Heather D. Courtwright, Fort Towson - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Talynn Nicole Davis, Hugo - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Krystle R. Harris, Hugo - (A.A.) Enterprise Development-General Studies

Alexis D. Taylor, Hugo - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Brooklyn N. Allen, Idabel - (A.S.) Criminal Justice

Danielle Bray, Idabel - (A.A.S.) Nursing and (A.A.) General Studies

Shelly R. Stansbury, Idabel - (A.S.) Business Administration

Ashlie Clark, Valliant - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Allison B. Crow, Valliant - (A.A.) General Studies

Jessica N. Denison, Valliant - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Kendra S. Jackson, Valliant - (A.A.) Pre-Elementary Education

Dusty Songer, Valliant - (A.S.) Criminal Justice

Tamera R. Thompson, Valliant - (A.A.) Child Development

Aletha A. Morris, Wright City - (A.A.S.) Nursing

 

McIntosh County

Ty Weiher, Eufaula - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Muskogee County

Braylen E. Duncan, Muskogee - (A.A.) General Studies

Oklahoma County

Jamaal J. Smith, Edmond - (A.A.) General Studies

Yanene I. Meza, Moore - (A.A.) General Studies

Kendrie D. Escoe, Oklahoma City - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Pawnee County

Gracie Nicole Roe, Cleveland - (A.A.) General Studies

Payne County

Noah A. Rogers, Perkins - (A.A.S.) Meat Processing & Food Safety

 

Pittsburg County

Johnathan D. Brozovich, Blanco - (A.S.) Life Science and (A.S.) Animal Science

Skyler N. McClendon, Blanco - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Karissa N. Elliott, Canadian - (A.S.) Life Science

Kaitlyn D. Motley, Crowder - (A.A.) General Studies

Kimberly D. Motley, Crowder - (A.A.) General Studies

Phyllis K. Pulchny, Crowder - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Joseph C. Beshear, Haileyville - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Katelyn Elizabeth Blocks, Haileyville - (A.S.) Life Science

Monica J. Johnston, Haileyville - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology and (A.A.) General Studies

Quinten C. Laub, Haileyville - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Ashley Cloud, Hartshorne - (A.S.) Horticulture

Kiara R. Covey, Hartshorne - (A.A.) Child Development

Taylor R. Hackler, Hartshorne - (A.A.) General Studies

Blake Lindley, Hartshorne - (A.S.) Business Administration

Caitlyn B. Nelson, Hartshorne - (A.A.) Enterprise Development-General Studies

Christopher Schumacher, Hartshorne - (A.S.) Criminal Justice and (A.A.) General Studies

Katelynn M. Sims, Hartshorne - (A.A.) Child Development

Ashtyn Ragan, Indianola - (A.A.) Enterprise Development-General Studies

Regan Nicole Labor, Kiowa - (A.S.) Horticulture

Logan Christopher, Krebs - (A.S.) History/Political Science

Kendra L. Coffman, Krebs - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Bryson C. Hale, Krebs - (A.S.) Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Alfredo Mercado, Krebs - (A.A.) General Studies

Chandler Peckio, Krebs - (A.A.) General Studies

Madison O. Arterberry, McAlester - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Summer N. Bicknell, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Bridget S. Blue, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Hayli D. Boatner, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Caleb D. Brannon, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Elizabeth P. Breslin, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Briana F. Bueno, McAlester - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Monte A. Busby Jr, McAlester - (A.S.) Life Science

Jessica N. Cain, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Kolby G. Cato, McAlester - (A.S.) Agriculture Education

Lauren Elisabeth Coggin, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Michelle L. Cook, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Morgan Davis, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Hannah Davis (Snow), McAlester - (A.A.) Mass Communication

Daniel DeClerck, McAlester - (A.S.) History/Political Science

Kristen P. Dobbs, McAlester - (A.A.) History/Political Science

Carter M. Evans, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Ashley R. Featherston, McAlester - (A.S.) Criminal Justice

Shadoe R. Harshaw, McAlester - (A.S.) Criminal Justice

Brayden C. Hoffman, McAlester - (A.S.) Wildlife Ecology

Emily C. Hoffman, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Taryn Howard, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Melissa Renae Hunter, McAlester - (A.S.) Business Administration

Darla Danielle James-Hood, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Mylan Johnson, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Justin R. Jones, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Cierra Knight, McAlester - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Kaley D. Larson, McAlester - (A.S.) Business Administration

Addison Ryan Legg, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Madison G. Lyles, McAlester - (A.S.) Agriculture Education

Emerald Lynn, McAlester - (A.S.) History/Political Science

Lillith M. Martin, McAlester - (A.A.) Mass Communication

Lindsey Brianne Old, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Katelyn M. Oxford, McAlester - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Grace L. Palaroan, McAlester - (A.A.) Pre-Elementary Education

Joshua Palaroan, McAlester - (A.S.) Computer Information Systems-Forensics

Amber Jean Paterson, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Kristen M. Perry, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Patricia Salinas, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Child Development

Matthew C. Sanders, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Sydney A. Shelton, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Emerielle E. Sherman, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Deon W. Smith, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Tayen B. Smitherman, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Chandler G. Spence, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Rylee S. Stowers, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Shyla A. Surginer, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Abbygale D. Tighe, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Tiffany M. Torbati, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Aubrie R. Trammell, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Haley C. Vaughn, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Hailey Loren Verner, McAlester - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Nikki M. Walling, McAlester - (A.A.) Child Development

Stephanie L. Williams, McAlester - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Erica Nichole Wilson, McAlester - (A.A.) General Studies

Hannah M. Wingo, McAlester - (A.S.) Business Administration

Emily C. Worstell, McAlester - (A.S.) Life Science

Anna L. Benedict, Pittsburg - (A.S.) Agriculture Economics

Sayler C. Vanvekoven, Pittsburg - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Logan D. Ervin, Quinton - (A.A.) Mass Communication

Caitlin B. Glynn, Quinton - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Jessica L. Graham, Quinton - (A.A.) General Studies

Lacie R. Blankenship, Savanna - (A.A.) General Studies

Alyssa Osborn, Savanna - (A.A.) General Studies

Shalia L. Brown, Stuart - (A.S.) Business Administration

Randall D. Reeves, Stuart - (A.S.) Life Science

 

Ponotoc County

Jacob T. Savage, Ada - (A.A.) General Studies

Pottawatomie County

Katelyn G. Hoover, Shawnee - (A.A.) General Studies

Pushmataha County

Ashley D. Self, Antlers - (A.A.) Psychology/Sociology

Shelby L. Heflin, Clayton - (A.S.) Business Administration

Zane C. Jacobson, Clayton - (A.S.) Criminal Justice COP

Peyton N. Sisk, Clayton - (A.A.) General Studies and (A.S.) Life Science

Jayden Freeman, Nashoba - (A.S.) Criminal Justice COP

 

Tulsa County

Sierra J. Stamp, Broken Arrow - (A.S.) Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Sarah Heaton, Coweta - (A.A.) General Studies

Jace Pratt, Tulsa - (A.A.) General Studies

ARKANSAS

Tyler Johnson, Bella Vista - (A.A.) General Studies

Sydney Aliyah Green, Fort Smith - (A.S.) Life Science

Ryan Lumpkin, Sherwood - (A.S.) Mathematics

 

FLORIDA

Maudeline Vanessa Evan, Jacksonville - (A.A.) General Studies

GEORGIA

Emmalee L. Richardson, Covington - (A.S.) Animal Science

Garrett M. Dodd, Resaca - (A.S.) Animal Science and (A.A.S.) Meat Processing & Food Safety

 

OHIO

Nicholas Wimmers, Oregonia - (A.S.) Computer Information Systems-Software Development

PENNSYLVANIA

Daniel A. Krolikowski, Telford - (A.A.S.) Meat Processing & Food Safety

 

TEXAS

Bayleigh Smith, Alvin - (A.A.) General Studies

Kally E. Henson, Angleton - (A.A.) General Studies

Rosemary Cortez, Arlington - (A.S.) Life Science

Eric Reece, Austin - (A.S.) Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Tijanae' Simmons, Baytown - (A.A.) General Studies

Kaitlyn White, Clarksville - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Salma Lamic, Cleburne - (A.A.) General Studies

Jarrett Gable, Coffeyville - (A.A.) General Studies

Aterra R. Bolejack, De Kalb - (A.A.S.) Nursing

Brandi L. Gilbert, Powderly - (A.A.) General Studies

Taylor S. Blanscett, Sherman - (A.A.) General Studies and (A.S.) Life Science

 

INTERNATIONAL

Jaleah Taylor, Freeport, Bahamas - (A.A.) Mass Communication

Daniel Huerta Gonzalez, Gijon, Spain - (A.S.) Life Science

Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:25

Fishing Report for May 20, 2020

Central

Arcadia: May 19. Elevation normal, water 68 and stained. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ARCA.lakepage.html. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around points, riprap and rocks. Saugeye fair on jigs, minnows and worms around points and riprap. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver, dough bait and punch bait in coves and shallows. Report submitted by Dylan King, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Draper: May 18. Elevation below normal, water 70s and stained. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=07229445. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, riprap, shorelines and weed beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure, riprap, shorelines and weed beds. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad along flats, inlet, main lake and shorelines. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Hefner: May 17. Elevation normal, water 66 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07159550.

Channel catfish good on chicken liver, minnows and worms along channels, dam and main lake. Largemouth bass and white bass good on plastic baits, sassy shad and spinnerbaits in coves, along shorelines and weed beds. Crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, dam and main lake. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Overholser: May 19. Elevation normal, water 72 and stained. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?07240500. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits and flukes in the main lake. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs along the dam. Blue catfish good on cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Thunderbird: May 17. Elevation normal, water 69 and stained. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/THUN.lakepage.html. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver, hotdogs and worms below the dam, along channels and main lake. Crappie good on minnows around brush structure and docks. White bass good on crankbaits and minnows along channels and dam. Report submitted by Zach Paulk, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: May 19. Elevation normal, water 69 and muddy. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv/?site_no=07241588&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060. Largemouth bass slow on plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points and standing timber. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver, punch bait, shrimp and worms along riprap and shorelines. Crappie slow on jigs around brush structure, riprap and shallows. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

Northeast

Bell Cow: May 17. Elevation normal, water 67 and muddy. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, rocks, standing timber and weed beds. Crappie good on jigs, minnows and worms around brush structure, docks and rocks. White bass good on small lures in coves and weed beds. Report submitted by Jacob Harriet, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: May 17. Elevation above normal, water upper 60s to low 70s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/BIRC.lakepage.html. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits in coves, along rocks and shallows. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure, docks and standing timber. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: May 19. Elevation normal, water 70 and cloudy. Crappie fair on minnows, hair jigs, jigs, small lures and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits, jigs, sassy shad and spoons in the main lake and spillway. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms in the main lake, around points and shorelines. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: May 17. Elevation normal, water 69 and stained. Largemouth bass slow on plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure and weed beds. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, docks and rocks. Channel catfish fair on goldfish and sunfish along the dam. Report submitted by Jacob Harriet, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: May 16. Elevation above normal, water 60s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/CPLO2.current.html. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs below the dam, around brush structure and shorelines. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, crawfish, live bait, live shad and worms below the dam, around brush structure, riprap and shorelines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 60s and very murky due to recent rains. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?07191285. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, docks, flats, rocks, shorelines and in coves. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, shad and worms below the dam, along channels, docks and river channel. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Ft. Gibson: May 18. Elevation above normal, water 68 and less than 1 ft. of clarity. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FGIB.lakepage.html. The lake is experiencing extreme flooding. Many of the usual access points are closed due to high water. Boaters should use extreme caution; many dangerous obstacles exist due to high water and flooding. Only boaters with above average familiarity of the lake should operate during these conditions. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, shad and sunfish along channels, flats and shallows. White bass fair on jigs and sassy shad below the dam. Paddlefish good snagging below the dam. Report submitted by Ben Haff, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 60s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/PENS.lakepage.html. Floating debris is making its way into the lake via the Elk River. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, docks, riprap, shorelines, weed beds and in coves. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait and shad below the dam, along channels, creek channels, docks, river channel, river mouth, rocks and shorelines. Crappie good at the enclosed docks. Fish activity below Pensacola Dam has decreased dramatically due to high water. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: May 18. Elevation normal, water 68 and murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, creek channels, flats, shallows, shorelines, weed beds and in coves. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and spoons around brush structure and docks. Bluegill excellent on minnows and worms along shallows and shorelines. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: May 19. Elevation below normal, water 68 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/HUDS.lakepage.html. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait below the dam. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits around brush structure and in coves. Report submitted by Monte Reid, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: May 16. Elevation above normal, water 60s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/HULA.lakepage.html. White bass slow on in-line spinnerbaits, minnows and tube jigs in coves, along creek channels and river channel. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, live bait, live shad, shad and worms below the dam, along riprap and shorelines. Crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, tube jigs and worms below the dam, around brush structure, shorelines and tailwater. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: May 19. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. above normal, water 60s and muddy. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/KAWL.lakepage.html. White bass, striped bass and striped bass hybrids good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, hair jigs, jigs, live shad, minnows, sassy shad, spoons, topwater lures and tube jigs below the dam, around points, riprap and bridges. Crappie fair on crankbaits, jigs, live bait, minnows, small lures and tube jigs below the dam, around brush structure, creek channels, points, riprap, rocks, standing timber and in coves. Blue, channel and flathead catfish excellent on cut bait, goldfish, live bait, live shad, stinkbait, sunfish and worms below the dam, along flats, river channel, river mouth, shallows and standing timber. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: May 18. Elevation above normal, water 68. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/KEYS.lakepage.html. Crappie excellent jigs and minnows along shorelines. Largemouth bass good on jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures along shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait below the dam and along channels. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: May 15. Elevation rising, water 57 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=07198000. Rainbow trout fair on in-line spinnerbaits and PowerBait below the dam. Heavy rains will cause the lake and river levels to rise and continue to be higher for several days. Current flow is 5,600 CFS and rising. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Oologah: May 17. Elevation normal, water stained. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/OOLO2.current.html. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and worms around brush structure and creek channels. Blue catfish fair on live shad below the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8 ft. around standing timber. Report submitted by J.D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: May 16. Elevation normal, water 60s and dirty. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/skia.lakepage.html. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, riprap and standing timber. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, stinkbait and worms along creek channels. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in coves and along shorelines. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: May 17. Elevation normal, water 60s and murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and plastic baits in the main lake and discharge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along riprap. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and plastic baits around brush structure and weed beds. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: May 17. Elevation rising, water 60s and muddy. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?07191300. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits along shorelines and in coves. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad along creek channels and flats. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Tenkiller: May 17. Elevation rising, water mid-60s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/TENK.lakepage.html. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around docks, shallows and shorelines. Crappie good on minnows, jigs and small lures around brush structure, docks and shallows. Flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and sunfish along channels and river channel. Caution should be used while on the lake, the water is rising and debris is scattered throughout the lake. Fishing continues to be good with many anglers finding success throughout the lake. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: May 18. Elevation above normal, water 68 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/WFLO2.current.html. Blue and channel catfish excellent on cut bait, shad, shrimp, stinkbait and worms below the dam, along creek channels, flats, main lake, points and riprap. Flathead catfish good on live shad and sunfish below the dam, discharge and river channel. Paddlefish fair snagging below the dam. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Northwest

Canton: May 16. Elevation above normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/CANT.lakepage.html. White bass good on crankbaits and jigs in the main lake and river channel. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and shallows. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Foss: May 18. Elevation below normal with all gates closed, water 67 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FOSS.lakepage.html. Walleye good on worms along rocks at the dam. Striped bass hybrids fair on hard plastic baits and live bait in deep water. White bass fair on live bait in the river. Catfish good on trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair around fishing docks by main ramp. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Ft. Supply: May 18. Elevation normal, water 70 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FSUP.lakepage.html. Crappie, largemouth bass and white bass good on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait and dough bait below the dam, along channels and creek channels. Report submitted by Jason Badley, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Southeast

Arbuckle: May 18. Elevation 1 3/4 ft. above normal and rising, water stained. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ARBU.lakepage.html. White bass good on grubs and red eyed shad baits along flats and points. Bass good on crankbaits, shaky head lures and flukes. Crappie good around docks and being caught on jigs around brush piles; moving back to summer patterns. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 19. Elevation above normal, water 69 and muddy. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07332390. Rainbow trout slow on in-line spinnerbaits, PowerBait and spoons along creek channels, river channel and rocks. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, dough bait and punch bait along creek channels and river channel. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and topwater lures around brush structure, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 15. Elevation normal, water 77. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/BROK.lakepage.html. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points and shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 15. Elevation rising, water 65 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/EUFA.lakepage.html. Crappie excellent on jigs and minnows below the dam, around docks, rocks, shallows, shorelines and in coves. White bass excellent on live bait and minnows below the dam. Striped bass fair on cut bait, live bait, live shad, shad, small lures and topwater lures below the dam and along the dam. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 15. Elevation above normal, water 63 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/HUGO.lakepage.html. Blue, channel and flathead catfish excellent on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, punch bait, shad and sunfish below the dam, along channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel, river mouth and shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: May 18. Elevation normal, water 75 and stained. Largemouth bass slow on bill baits, buzz baits and plastic baits along the dam, inlet, main lake, points and rocks. Crappie slow on live bait, plastic baits and tube jigs around brush structure, channels and rocks. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait along channels and main lake. Report submitted by Matt Penwright, game warden stationed in Pontotoc County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 15. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07339000. Rainbow trout excellent on grubs, PowerBait, tube jigs and worms along creek channels, shallows and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: May 15. Elevation normal, water 72. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/MCGE.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes and jigs around brush structure, points and standing timber. Crappie and white bass good on minnows and jigs along channels, creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 19. Elevation above normal, water 75 and clear. Channel catfish slow on punch bait and worms along flats, points and sandbars. Crappie and white bass excellent on jigs in the main lake. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 15. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/PINE.lakepage.html. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits, topwater lures and worms in coves. Crappie excellent on grubs and jigs around brush structure and shallows. Channel catfish good on chicken and cut bait along shallows and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 15. Elevation normal, water murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/KERO2.current.html. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, jerk baits, small lures, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, shorelines, standing timber and in coves. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, shad and sunfish below the dam, along creek channels, main lake, river channel, river mouth and tailwater. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around docks, points, rocks, tailwater, weed beds and along the dam. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 14. Elevation above normal, water 71. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/SARD.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, jigs, lipless baits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, riprap, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along channels, flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 15. Elevation normal, water 63. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/DENI.lakepage.htmlStriped bass good on live shad, sassy shad and topwater lures along flats, main lake and points. The bite is on when it comes to striper on the main lake; focus on areas from Platter Flats to the islands. Striper are schooling on the surface in early mornings and on windblown points and banks. Anglers should use live shad for the most effective method, striper are also being caught on sassy shad and topwater lures. White bass good on cut bait, jigs, live bait and small lures along flats, main lake and points. A good number of white bass are being caught at the Fobb Bottom WMA on ghost minnows. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Crappie are still holding in about 10-12 ft. of water on brush structure, minnows and jigs are the best methods. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Marshall County.

Wister: May 15. Elevation above normal, water 73 and cloudy. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/WIST.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, points and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs, minnows and small lures below the dam, around brush structure, channels, standing timber and cedar brush. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Southwest

Altus-Lugert: May 18. Elevation below normal, water 65 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ALTU.lakepage.html. Crappie and white bass excellent on jigs and minnows around brush structure, docks, rocks and in coves. Channel catfish excellent on minnows, punch bait, stinkbait and worms below the dam, along flats and in coves. Walleye fair on bill baits, crankbaits, jigs, minnows and rogues along the dam, docks, riprap and rocks. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County.

Ellsworth: May 17. Elevation rising, water 66 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?07308990. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and rocks. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, punch bait and shad in the main lake and around points. All  floodgates are closed. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Ft. Cobb: May 17. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FCOB.lakepage.html. Saugeye fair on jigs around points. Report submitted by Brayden Hicks, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Lawtonka: May 17. Elevation rising, water 67 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/LTKO2.current.html. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, dough bait, punch bait and shad in the main lake, around points and shallows. Crappie slow on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Two floodgates are open. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: May 18. Elevation normal, water 66. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/TOMS.lakepage.html. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure and rocks. Saugeye, striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, jigs, minnows and trolling deep diving lures in the main lake and around points. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, punch bait and stinkbait along flats, points and rocks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: May 18. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water low 70s and cloudy. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/WAUR.lakepage.html. Crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and rocks. Reports of crappie fishing being better in deeper water are still consistent. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on cut bait and shad along channels, main lake and dam. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and live bait along channels and main lake. Report submitted by Matt Farris, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Osburn, R-Edmond, today gave the following statement regarding the status of House Bill 3094, which would modernize Oklahoma’s merit protection system for state employees for the first time in nearly 40 years:

“We owe it to the people of Oklahoma to craft a world-class human resources system,” Osburn said. “The full level of thoughtful, inclusive discussion and collaboration necessary for a heavy lift like civil service reform was not fully possible this year due to factors beyond our control with COVID-19, so I am not advancing this legislation at this time.

“Next session, we will make employment by the State of Oklahoma the gold standard for state employment across the nation. We can do right by the more than 36,000 workers this affects and the taxpayers we all work for by cutting red tape and creating better flexibility for hiring, advancing, promoting, rewarding and paying state employees. Helping agencies better manage their workforces produces better, more efficient government for the taxpayers, and that’s our ultimate goal.

“After working on this legislation for three years and being aware of the issue for more than 20 years, I want to see it done right. Forcing something through in the waning days of an unusual legislative session without time for adequate input and discourse is a mistake, so we are going to do it right next year. I look forward to continuing to work with the House, the Senate, the Governor’s Office, representatives of the agencies, state employees and other stakeholders to get the job done.”

House Bill 3094 would place all new hires into a newly-modernized civil service system called Human Capital Management Administration (HCMA). Existing classified employees would have the option to transfer to HCMA or remain in the existing classified service until they leave their job.

State agencies use the merit system as their human resources management structure. About two-thirds of the state’s more than 36,000 employees are classified within the merit system. The system’s last major reform occurred in 1982 under Gov. George Nigh.

The House and Senate each passed measures addressing civil service modernization prior to the legislative session being interrupted by COVID-19 in mid-March.

The cost of ongoing COVID testing of nursing home residents and staff is unsustainable without additional funding and support from federal and state governments. Even the CDC’s recent recommendation to test all nursing home staff weekly would cost more than $1 billion every month. 

“For months now, we have been advocating for expanded and priority testing in nursing homes to protect our residents and caregivers, but this is a significant undertaking and cost for nursing homes to shoulder on their own.  That’s why we have asked HHS to grant our request for a $10 billion emergency relief to help fund expedited testing and the additional staffing needed to respond to this unprecedented health crisis.” 

Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of American Health Care Association and National Center of Assisted Living
 

STATE BY STATE BREAKDOWN: COVID-19 TESTING FOR NURSING HOMES
Testing every U.S. nursing home resident and staff once would cost $440 million

Regular testing of nursing home residents and staff is unsustainable without federal/state funding
 

State

# of Nursing Facilities1

# of Nursing Home Residents1

# of Nursing Home Staff2

Total # of Tests2

Total Cost3

NATIONWIDE

15,429

1,327,678

1,603,800

1,343,107

$439,721,700

AK

19

682

N/A

N/A

N/A

AL

228

22,962

27,350

23,190

$7,546,800

AR

226

17,465

22,380

17,691

$5,976,750

AZ

146

11,965

16,180

12,111

$4,221,750

CA

1,193

103,480

139,060

104,673

$36,381,000

CO

227

16,796

20,330

17,023

$5,568,900

CT

215

22,156

32,550

22,371

$8,205,900

DC

18

2,319

2,720

2,337

$755,850

DE

46

4,175

4,760

4,221

$1,340,250

FL

701

73,312

95,390

74,013

$25,305,300

GA

358

33,387

33,720

33,745

$10,066,050

HI

44

3,647

4,550

3,691

$1,229,550

IA

434

23,170

28,440

23,604

$7,741,500

ID

82

4,178

5,260

4,260

$1,415,700

IL

722

66,081

76,860

66,803

$21,441,150

IN

534

39,004

47,770

39,538

$13,016,100

KS

331

17,021

17,890

17,352

$5,236,650

KY

285

22,902

27,290

23,187

$7,528,800

LA

278

26,137

26,880

26,415

$7,952,550

MA

376

37,577

49,860

37,953

$13,115,550

MD

226

23,861

29,010

24,087

$7,930,650

ME

93

5,856

8,410

5,949

$2,139,900

MI

442

38,099

44,100

38,541

$12,329,850

MN

368

24,065

42,260

24,433

$9,948,750

MO

522

38,202

44,400

38,724

$12,390,300

MS

204

15,915

18,010

16,119

$5,088,750

MT

71

3,955

5,270

4,026

$1,383,750

NC

428

36,630

44,840

37,058

$12,220,500

ND

80

5,341

9,570

5,421

$2,236,650

NE

201

11,029

14,500

11,230

$3,829,350

NH

74

6,476

6,590

6,550

$1,959,900

NJ

363

43,315

47,410

43,678

$13,608,750

NM

71

5,681

6,860

5,752

$1,881,150

NV

66

5,842

7,360

5,908

$1,980,300

NY

619

104,383

121,990

105,002

$33,955,950

OH

957

72,115

94,220

73,072

$24,950,250

OK

298

18,268

20,410

18,566

$5,801,700

OR

130

7,352

11,950

7,482

$2,895,300

PA

695

75,847

72,350

76,542

$22,229,550

RI

80

7,721

9,920

7,801

$2,646,150

SC

191

17,053

19,200

17,244

$5,437,950

SD

105

5,646

7,170

5,751

$1,922,400

TN

316

27,164

33,760

27,480

$9,138,600

TX

1,219

93,561

99,780

94,780

$29,001,150

UT

99

5,723

9,360

5,822

$2,262,450

VA

287

28,205

29,790

28,492

$8,699,250

VT

36

2,448

3,720

2,484

$925,200

WA

206

15,628

21,290

15,834

$5,537,700

WI

359

22,043

29,420

22,402

$7,719,450

WV

123

9,519

9,350

9,642

$2,830,350

WY

37

2,319

2,070

2,356

$658,350

           

1Census Data
2Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment - Nursing Facilities (May 2019)
3Estimated cost of $150 per test


* Note: Does not include cost of testing for assisted living or other long-term care facilities

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Jim Grego, R-Wilburton, today praised U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin for his recent announcement that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, must go.

Grego echoed Congressman Mullin’s assertion that through all of this COVID-19 crisis and all the billions of dollars flowing out of Washington, D.C., zero dollars have made their way to cattlemen’s pockets.

Grego, a cow/calf producer from Latimer County, states he too feels the pain.

“Most cattlemen rely on yearly cattle sales to make annual payments on their operations,” Grego said. “A fire last August in Kansas has thrown the live cattle prices into a tailspin. While meat prices in our grocery stores have risen astronomically, when you add to uncertainty from the COVID-19 crisis on top off the original fire the end result is disastrous.”

Grego said he recently sold a load of steers, receiving approximately 75% of what he traditionally received.

“When your income takes a hit like this, but your payments at the bank continue as always, you’re in a bind,” Grego said. “Many sale barns have been forced to limit occupancy with many special cow sales having to be canceled for fear of this pandemic. That hurts our cattlemen and ranchers in this state and others.” 

According to American Farmers and Ranchers, who track dollars returned to producers, 40 years ago the cattle producers’ share of retail dollars was approximately 50 cents of every retail dollar. This was returned to the producer. As of April of this year, that number was ten cents or less, Grego said.

“How can this be”? He asked.  

He said it also should be noted that last year 2.2 million live cattle crossed the nation’s borders to be integrated with U.S. production to add to the nation’s overburdened processing facilities. To date, approximately half of a million head of cattle have entered this year.

Grego said many producers are unwilling to take the current market prices and are choosing to hold their cattle hoping for a better day.

“This is great if you can stand the financial stain,” he said, “but as a lifelong conservationist, the results from pasture overgrazing will have long-term effects for years to come.

“I realize replacing Secretary Perdue may not fix all the problems associated with this crisis, but as we have learned from the sports world, when you have a prolonged losing streak you usually start replacing personnel at the top first.” 

Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:06

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19, May 21, 2020

As of this advisory, there are 5,532 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

There are five additional deaths; none of them occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between April 22-May 18.

Two in Oklahoma County, both females in the 65 and older age group.

Two in Tulsa County, one male in the 65 and older age group and one female in the 65 and older age group. 

One in Cleveland County, a female in the 65 and older age group. 

There are 299 total deaths in the state.

Through a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma and The Caring Foundation, OSDH is deploying Caring Vans providing free COVID-19 testing to underserved communities in Oklahoma City, increasing testing accessibility. A Caring Van will be at the Latino Community Development Agency (lcdaok.com) today (5/20) and tomorrow (5/21) from 4 to 7 p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to everyone 16 and older; people do not need to exhibit symptoms to be tested. More information can be found here.

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

5,532

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

138,458

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

145,218

**Currently Hospitalized 

209

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

905

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

299

*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 2020-05-20 at 7:00 a.m.

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

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in sending a letter to Congress, urging members to pass the Safeguarding America’s First Responders (SAFR) Act.

The Act would permit the families of first responders, who die or are permanently disabled as a result of COVID-19, to receive the same federal benefits extended to first responders, or their survivors, otherwise killed or injured in the line of duty. It recently passed the Senate and is now awaiting action by the House of Representatives.

Attorney General Hunter said lawmakers owe it to public safety officers and their family members to pass this meaningful legislation.

“Our law enforcement officers and others on the front lines of public safety took an oath to protect and defend us, no matter the circumstance,” Attorney General Hunter said. “They continue responding to calls, and assisting those in need despite the strong potential they will be exposed to the deadly Coronavirus. The SAFR Act would remove barriers and allow first responders and their family members to access benefits they deserve. I join my attorneys general colleagues in applauding the members of the U.S. Senate for quick action on this important legislation, and encouraging members of the U.S. House to do the same.”

The SAFR Act would establish a presumption for 2020 and 2021 that officers contracted COVID-19 while on duty if diagnosed within 45 days of their last shifts.

Currently, the federal Public Safety Officers Benefits Program provides death benefits to survivors of police officers and first responders who die in the line of duty or as the result of a work-related event. The program requires evidence linking deaths caused by an infectious disease to work-related activity. In many cases, the origin of an infection can be easily identified, but determining where and when someone contracts COVID-19 amid a global pandemic presents a unique challenge.

In addition to Attorney General Hunter, the letter was signed by 51 other state and territorial attorneys general.

To read the letter, click here: https://bit.ly/2Xc7vHO

Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:37

TeamRubicon Emergency Food Assistance

During this time of the COVID-19 crisis, many people are unable to access, and afford, their most basic needs, including food.  Team Rubicon and Patient Advocate Foundation have partnered to provide emergency food assistance to those who have cancer, Multiple Sclerosis or Rheumatoid Arthritis, and have been affected by COVID-19.

There are two ways this program may be able to assist you:

  1. Team Rubicon is mobilizing volunteers to provide food pick up and delivery assistance.
  2. Patient Advocate Foundation is providing a one-time $500 financial assistance grant to those in need of financial assistance to purchase food.

The COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Program is powered by the generous support of Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.

Please complete the following form to apply for food delivery assistance through Team Rubicon and financial assistance from Patient Advocate Foundation.

As the demand for this assistance is anticipated to be high, we are aiming to be in touch within 48-72 hours. Got questions? Head to our FAQs.

few notes on financial assistance:

  • Awards are limited to one per patient
  • Awards are based upon a first-come, first-served basis for as long as funding is available
  • Grants are to be used for Food/Nutrition expenses including
    • Groceries
    • Food Delivery/Pick up
    • Medically Tailored Meals

Eligibility for financial assistance support from this program is based on financial need and qualifying diagnosis.

The following link is an application for a one-time (per person) $500 grant for an Emergency Food Assistance Program for immunocompromised patients living with cancer, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis and their ability to access or afford food due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been affected. Recipients do not have be veterans or their family members. The food is delivered by veterans.

Here is the application:    https://teamrubiconusa.org/applynow After you click the link, scroll down to find the application.

Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:33

Jeanne Marie Robertson

Funeral Service for Jeanne Marie Robertson, 65 of Pocola, Oklahoma will be at 10:00 am on May 23, 2020 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.

She was born on February 4, 1955 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Martha Nell (Walker) Conley and Harold Jennings Hyde and passed away on May 19, 2020 in Pocola, Oklahoma.  She was married to Robert Robertson. Jeanne was preceded in death by her dad; Harold Hyde and mother; Martha Conley. She loved to sing and was a member of Unite Church.

Survivors include her husband; Robert Robertson, daughter; Lisa Marie Robertson and husband Ray Jones, son; David Robertson and wife Emma, granddaughters; Abigail Robertson, Madeleine Robertson, sister; Maryanne Madison and husband Darrell, brother; Tommy Hyde and wife Joyce, numerous other relatives and loved ones.

 Viewing will be Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm at the Funeral Home.

To sign Jeanne Marie Robertson's online guest book, please visit www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com.

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