OKLAHOMA CITY — As influenza rates tick upward, medical professionals are urging Oklahomans to get a flu vaccination as soon as possible.

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Parking lots usually full of early-bird shoppers were abandoned this year because most, if not all, stores were closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Since the toy drive’s inauguration in 1989, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church’s Santa’s Helpers has grown to help bring Christmas to around 175 to 200 families, or 400 to 500 kids in Walker County each year. 

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Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, more and more people are seeking COVID-19 tests in Walker County as some states require travelers to provide negative results and college students return home.

FOYIL – The establishment of a police department in Foyil could bring in more business revenue into this rural Rogers County community.

Thanksgiving is typically a time for families to gather around the dinner table, sharing drinks, food and love. For many, it’s a reunion, bringing together scattered individuals just once a year, however, like many events in 2020, this year’s celebrations are sure to be different.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — About two dozen parents and students gathered at the Capitol Monday to protest the decision by school districts to shift from in-person to virtual learning as the state’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to worsen.

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When the trucks roll into Texas with the first batches of COVID-19 vaccine doses – perhaps as soon as mid-December – the state will need to overcome many logistical hurdles to bring the vaccines to pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospitals, schools, fire halls and eventually the arms of patients.

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As of the Monday, Nov. 23, Oklahoma State Department of Health advisory, there have been 177,874 reported cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. Of these, 142,381 have recovered and 33,844 are active. A total of 1,649 deaths have been recorded in the state.

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In response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout the state of Oklahoma, Pafford EMS is now offering rapid COVID testing to the citizens of Claremore and its surrounding communities.

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The Rogers County Health Department is updating the drive-thru COVID-19 testing times, according to a media release. The new times will be 3-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, beginning Nov. 30.

‘Still crazy after all these years,’ is an old song from the 70’s by Paul Simon. I don’t know what it really meant to him, but to me, it is the way of my life,” BJ Shotwell said.