Columns/Opinions

Family members with coronavirus should be isolated at home

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STILLWATER, Okla. – As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise across the state, people must educate themselves about the symptoms and how to prevent the virus’ spread in their own homes, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Extension housing and consumer specialist.

Pandemic brings out scammers in full force

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STILLWATER, Okla. – Scammers never seem to miss an opportunity to take advantage of natural disasters and other major life disruptions. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, Oklahoma State University Extension Specialist Cindy Clampet said.

Best Prepared in the World

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Over the last several weeks, there have been numerous developments related to the coronavirus, including an uptick in confirmed U.S. cases and unsettling swings in the stock market. As we navigate each day, it’s important to remember that we are still in the early stages of combating a mysterious virus that we didn’t even know existed until earlier this year. Despite the unknowns, we should all rest a little easier knowing that our country’s preparation has been years in the making, and – from day one – our readiness tools have been deployed swiftly and decisively well to protect American lives.

Oklahoma Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities Suspend Medically Unnecessary Visitation

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Following new guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Oklahoma’s skilled nursing facilities and long-term care facilities are expected to suspend all medically unnecessary visits indefinitely while the state works to contain the COVID-19 virus. As a memo released late last week by CMS says, their new guidance “directs nursing homes to significantly restrict visitors and nonessential personnel, as well as restrict communal activities inside nursing homes. The new measures are CMS’s latest action to protect America’s seniors, who are at highest risk for complications from COVID-19. While visitor restrictions may be difficult for residents and families, it is an important temporary measure for their protection.”