Interactive map shows number of cases and deaths in each state in the United States.

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It’s tempting to view this as a temporary situation, that will pass as the virus passes. But, that is a comfortable lie. The grocery clerk, the trash truck driver, the nurse, delivery driver and factory worker — these always have been essential to our society, our economy and our way of life.

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On a day when the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma neared 1,000, Garfield County Health Department hosted a drive-through testing clinic Friday at Chisholm Trail Expo Center, conducting 98 tests, a Health Department official said.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — While urging Oklahomans to stay home, take "personal responsibility" and practice social distancing, Gov. Kevin Stitt still continues to promote personal and family outings he's taking around state.

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In the 1930s, a Farm Services Administrator worker assisted migrant workers in California’s agricultural valleys. Nightly she recorded her observations for a planned Dust Bowl novel. Without her permission, her boss showed her notes to his friend John Steinbeck. The story of what happened next may surprise you.

State Rep. Matt Meredith, D-Tahlequah, sat down with representatives of Bank of Cherokee County Thursday, April 2, for a Facebook Live video to discuss ways small businesses can survive the COVID-19 outbreak.

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It’s tempting to view this as a temporary situation, that will pass as the virus passes. But, that is a comfortable lie. The grocery clerk, the trash truck driver, the nurse, delivery driver and factory worker — these always have been essential to our society, our economy and our way of life.

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We must fight the urge to become complacent. This is not a time to ignore our faith. This is a time to be more deliberate than ever, and to step out in prayer when we cannot step out in body.

Melony Carey was elated when she found out that the Founders' Place Historic District in Muskogee will be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As a president and resident of Founders' Place, Carey had twice as many reasons to smile.

A local stage backdrop manufacturer has retooled operations and started making face shields for hospitals and Norman Regional Health System is currently evaluating them.

Thursday morning Chamber President and CEO Chris Deal was joined by Councilwoman and United Way Chairperson Patty Wininger along with United Way Executive Director Helen Stewart for the daily virtual chamber hour to discuss opportunities for those needing assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Practicing simple acts of kindness everyday” is a good motto to live by. One company is doing just that as they flooded the school district with food deliveries from their local supply chain.

With many non-essential businesses closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Americans with the greatest strain on their wallets might be college students, who normally work part-time jobs to help pay for tuition and make loan payments.

With Tahlequah having two hospitals, it is home to many health care workers - and many are putting their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lindsey Johnson, 33, is a full-time registered nurse who works nights in the Northeastern Health System emergency room. 

Some readers have asked for a reprieve from some of the "bad news" inherent to the COVID-19 pandemic. They want something positive to read. And while finding a silver lining in this cloud is difficult, it's not impossible – especially with the help of others in the community.

Presidential primary elections and caucuses have evolved over time in the U.S. to become the way in which candidates compete for the nomination to become president, and if you consider that primary elections didn’t even come into general usage until the 20th century, we are really looking at a relatively recent system that has undergone various rule changes by the parties.

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Members of the Sanchez family — from left, Sara Sánchez, Lara Sánchez, father Andy Sánchez, Alyssa Sánchez and Nicolas Sánchez — performed together in a 2019 production of "Nanyehi" at Catoosa's Hard Rock Casino. They also play music together.

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We need to recognize the sacrifices so many are making to get us through this, and that can mean putting aside — at least when it comes to a battle in which we should all be united — political differences and needless sniping.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 multiply every day, with the U.S. to date logging more than 185,000 cases and 3,600 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the identities of the victims may not be known unless they choose to come forward.

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Chris Rankin compares what's happening these days at pawn and gun shops with the coronavirus pandemic to what happened during the h1n1 virus outbreak in 2009.

An April 21 trial scheduled in federal court was canceled after the city settled disability-based discrimination and retaliation claims alleged in a lawsuit filed by a fitness coordinator who works at the Muskogee Swim & Fitness Center. 

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ENID - The services celebrating and honoring the life of Joan M. Elwood, 67, of Enid are pending under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made online at WWW.Brown-Cummings.com