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  EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Deborah Birx talks school reopening

STATE UPDATE: State cases cross 45,000

  Lawton City Council decides to table mask mandate repeal until October

Antibody testing available in Duncan

STATE UPDATE: Jackson Co. reports two new COVID-19 related deaths

  Medwatch: CCMH supports moms during World Breastfeeding Week and beyond

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STATE UPDATE: Stephens County reports third death

  Medwatch: Healthcare professional reminds parents to keep shots up to date

LPD discusses mask compliance checks

Oklahoma announces up to $250M for local coronavirus costs

STATE UPDATE: Total cases cross over 41,000

Duncan Schools mandate masks

STATE UPDATE: SWOK adds three COVID deaths

Statewide 17 new deaths were reported on Wednesday but only one happened in the last 24 hours. The total now stands at 583.

Duncan Board of Education approves mask mandate for schools

The Duncan Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to mandate masks for schools in the district.

Lawton police plan mask ordinance compliance checks

Lawton police plan to make sure businesses and people are obeying the city's Mask Mandate.

STATE UPDATE: Jackson Co. reports new COVID-related death

Jackson County had the only new Southwest Oklahoma death, a man between the ages of 50-64.

  Lawton housing market remains steady despite COVID’s economic impact

STATE UPDATE: State adds 377 cases on Monday

Coronavirus stalls Lawton Propel project

Teachers fearful and worried about safety as schools reopen

Online school: an alternative option for the fall

  Steady increase in positive Coronavirus cases

  OK State Superintendent speaks to 7 News about upcoming school year

People all across Oklahoma are wondering what schools will be like when they reopen for the fall.

  City of Altus purchases industrial-grade sanitizer machine

The City of Altus made a recent purchase to slow the spread of coronavirus by more easily cleaning public areas.

Band practice begins amid COVID-19

The new school year is coming fast but students here at Duncan are already preparing for a year like no other. This will be the first year where band rehearsal requires a mask.

Altus: the new coronavirus hot spot

The city of Altus is the new hotspot for coronavirus in Oklahoma. Cases in Altus have spiked from 57 cases eleven days ago to over 300 Friday. City officials have been requiring temperature checks at certain locations and made a mandatory mask mandate to slow the spread of the virus.

Oklahoma high school fall sports planned to start on time

Jackson said in a worst-case scenario, all sports would be played in the spring and extend into late June.

  Local business owners said they aren’t noticing surge in support for black-owned businesses

Support for black-owned business is up almost 7-thousand percent since the end of May, according to Forbes

  Parent, teacher share thoughts on LPS return to learn plan

LPS mom, teacher prepare for the return of school

  BAR-S, local health officials confirm coronavirus outbreak at Altus facility

Officials said there has been no discussion or concern with food contamination

  Lawton Public Schools’ plan for return features three options to choose from

Parents can choose between traditional, blended or virtual

Fort Sill implementing mask mandate

Fort Sill will be implementing a mask mandate effective immediately.

Inmate at Wichita County Jail Annex tests positive for COVID-19

The announcement came on Monday.

  Medwatch: New rehab gym opens inside CCMH

The Healthy Heart Center at Comanche County Memorial Hospital opened a new rehab gym inside the hospital for heart patients to safely exercise in.

UPDATE: More details on mask ordinance in the City of Lawton

After much debate, and the addition of several amendments, council voted 6-1 to approve an ordinance requiring face masks in most public situations.

  Oklahoma Blood Institute urging recovered COVID patients to donate plasma

The need for convalescent plasma in our area has increased over 700% in the recent weeks, with demand now regularly greater than collections.

Lawton City Council to vote on ordinance requiring masks in most public areas

The document states every person in the City of Lawton shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building, structure or space open to the public, public transit, or when in an outdoor public space where social distancing cannot be maintained.

  Education-based resources available for families moving to Ft. Sill

The plan for the upcoming school year is still unclear

  Medwatch: Local doctor live-streams life-saving procedure

A doctor at Comanche County Memorial Hospital recently live-streamed a life-saving procedure to medical professionals across the globe on how to safely perform it.

Gov. Kevin Stitt announces positive COVID-19 test

Stitt made the announcement during a Zoom press conference while in quarantine at his home.

  No mask mandate for Lawton but further discussion is expected Friday

Lawton City Council wasn't able to take any action related to masks

Altus issues proclamation ordering masks be worn, places restrictions on bars and restaurants

The City of Altus has issued an emergency proclamation saying residents are now required to wear masks in public places.

City of Lawton to require masks inside city owned property

Officials say the requirement will begin on Wednesday, July 15

  Medwatch: Six students graduate from CCMH’s Med Tech Program

The graduates are now going to work at the hospital’s lab where they got hands-on experience while going through the program.

UPDATE: Fort Sill says teen COVID death connected to service member

Health Department confirms one new death Sunday

Health Department aware of COVID-19 claims from BAR-S Foods

100 plus cases from BAR-S in Altus disputed by health officials

  Lawton church gives out 4,500 gallons of free milk

People were able to drive up and get as many boxes of half gallon milk jugs as their car could fit

  Medwatch: Routines are important for kids during pandemic

The coronavirus started summer break for kids and parents a few months early, and it's still unknown when kids will return to the classroom.

State Fair of Texas canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The State Fair of Texas has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

  SQ 802 supporters talk on election night after narrow victory

SQ802 supporter talks about narrow victory on election night.

  Health officials asking COVID patients to stay inside

As positive Coronavirus cases increase in Southwest Oklahoma, the State Department of Health is dealing with a new issue.

Kiowa Casino closes until Wednesday after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Kiowa Casino & Hotel has temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

  Medwatch: Woman retires after helping moms for 41 years

A woman that has dedicated the past 41 years to helping moms-to-be and new moms has retired.

  Local church provides free COVID-19 tests

Rose Hill Church of Christ joined forced with the Comanche Co. Health Department to offer free testing,

  LPS student tests positive for COVID-19

Lawton Public Schools officials were notified Friday night

  Okla. grant program for small businesses set to begin taking applications

Oklahoma is rolling out a $100-million grant program to help small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Lawton nursing home staff member tests positive for COVID

Officials say the staff member will be quarantined for 14 days and won’t be at the facility again until they have tested negative.

Oklahoma State Fair canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The Oklahoma State Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Comanche Co. Detention Center inmates return, now considered clean facility

The Oklahoma State epidemiologist now considers the county jail clean, with all inmates either recovered from COVID, or testing negative

  ELECTION COVERAGE: SQ 802 to decide on Medicaid expansion

The only statewide decisions to be voted on in the upcoming primary election, will be State Question 802, which would expand Medicaid in Oklahoma.

  MILITARY MONDAYS: PREPARING FOR THE ACFT

We are back with our Military Monday health and wellness series on Fort Sill. This week, 7News reporter, Hunter McEachern, tried out three of the Army Combat Fitness Test events: the sprint-drag-carry, the standing power throw and the leg tuck.

Oklahoma health department urges virus testing after events

The department did not specify any event in its news release sent late Sunday.

  Medwatch: Local doctor says skipping appointments can be deadly for some

The coronavirus is still around, so should you go to the doctor or skip your appointment.

  OBN investigates fake Oxycodone pills related to 6 Oklahoma deaths since May

OBN said their concern is how lethal Fentanyl laced Oxycodone pills can be

  MILITARY MONDAYS: Preparing for the ACFT, learning how to improve performance with attention quadrants

For this week’s Military Monday, 7News reporter, Hunter McEachern, got a few tips from a fitness instructor on Fort Sill to help improve her technique for the ACFT events. Hunter also met with master resilience trainer and performance expert to learn how to improve her performance by using attention

  COVID-19 cases rise in Comanche County

Coronavirus cases are spiking in our area and have been for the past two weeks.

  Local veteran allowed to donate blood for first time in 13 years

For the first time in 13 years Navy veteran Clayton Pickard was allowed to donate blood Monday.

  Medwatch: Lawton girl donates chore money to hospital

A little girl in Lawton recently donated money she got from doing chores and getting donations to Comanche County Memorial Hospital's Nursing Education Research Scholarship Endowment (NERSE) fund.

Nursing home visits can resume in Oklahoma, with precautions

People may resume visiting patients at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Oklahoma starting next week, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday.

STATE UPDATE: New death reported in Comanche County, over 200 new cases reported statewide

Officials say the victim was a man 65 years of age or older.

Okla. says over $1 billion in unemployment claims filed in April/May

Oklahoma unemployment claims reached over $1 billion between April and May, more than the years of 2018 and 2019 combined.

  Medwatch: Memorial wall for hospice veteran patients created at CCMH

Comanche County Memorial Hospital’s Hospice is part of a program called “We Honor Veterans.” It’s designed to acknowledge veterans who are in the last stages of life.

  Department of Corrections extends contract with Comanche Co. Detention Center

The contract is extended one week, until June 17th

COVID-19 outbreak inside Lawton nursing and rehab center

The facility originally reported four cases Friday.

  COVID-19 at the Comanche Co. Detention Center and the available data explained

Combs said for a normal COVID-19 recovery, the state is looking for specific criteria, but it's different than the definition for CCDC

  MILITARY MONDAYS: Mental and physical strength

We are continuing our Military Mondays series with 7News reporter Hunter McEachern. Today on Post, Hunter learned that not only does it take physical strength to be a solider in the Army, but mental strength as well.

  Local businesses shutting their doors due to pandemic

We're over two months in, and now we're seeing some businesses shutting their doors for good.

  Health officials continue to emphasize testing, contact tracing as state opens up

Combs said testing is readily available

City of Lawton to recieve CARES Act funding

Grant worth four million dollars, will benefit city transit

2 more Oklahoma St football players positive for COVID-19

Senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday that of the 150 staff, administrators and athletes tested, three athletes had asymptomatic positives.