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OU Expert Estimates Current Testing Leaves COVID-19 Cases Undercounted

Oklahoma has surpassed 500 reported cases of COVID-19, but there’s general consensus there are many more people infected with the coronavirus. OU Medicine Chief of Infectious Diseases Dr. Douglas Drevets estimates the actual number of cases may be around 5,000. "There are studies from China suggesting that they only identified 15% of all the cases of infection in China, and that was using much more widespread testing than we have here in Oklahoma. So, I am guessing that we’re identifying one...

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Tulsa Transit

Tulsa Transit Makes Fixed-Route Buses, Lift Service Free in April to Limit Contact with Drivers

Tulsa Transit’s fixed-route buses and Lift service will not collect fares during the month of April. The intent is to minimize the contact drivers have with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. "This isn’t lowering fares to try to get more people to take the bus. This is lowering — getting rid of fares to limit contact and limit spread or risk of spread of the virus," said Tulsa Transit Board member Adam Doverspike. General Manager Ted Rieck said not collecting fares will mean less risk...

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Economy On Lockdown: Jobless Rate Could Be Highest Since WWII

With millions of American workers suddenly idled in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the United States appears poised to go from the lowest unemployment rate in half a century to the highest since World War II. Forecasters at Oxford Economics project some 20 million people will lose their jobs in the coming weeks, as the unemployment rate climbs to 12%. Goldman Sachs is even gloomier, predicting a jobless rate of 15% — although forecasters say the headline number could be...

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On this special COVID-19 edition of StudioTulsa Medical Monday, host John Schumann speaks with Bellevue Hospital attending physician and writer Dr.

(Note: This program originally aired back in the fall.) Our guest is Dr. Sarah E. Hill, a professor at TCU in Ft. Worth, Texas. She's seen as an authority on evolutionary approaches to psychology and health, and her new book, which she tells us about, is "This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences." As was noted of this work by Dr.

Our guest is Katharine Holstein, an American-Canadian writer and human rights advocate. She's also the co-author of a new book, which she tells us about: "Shadow on the Mountain: A Yazidi Memoir of Terror, Resistance, and Hope." As was noted of this work by The New York Journal of Books: "A spellbinding tale woven with gorgeous phrasing, compelling you to finish its journey at a breakneck pace along with Shaker Jeffrey, a hero of Promethean proportions....

It's well-known that Oklahoma has the highest rate of female incarceration in the US. On this edition of StudioTulsa, we profile Poetic Justice, an important nonprofit that, per its website, aims to "reveal the individuality and experiences of the women who inhabit [our] state's prisons.

On this edition of ST, we learn about Tulsa Remote, the talent-recruitment initiative of George Kaiser Family Foundation that's now in its second year -- and that has received, since it began, more than 10,000 applications from all over the globe (and all over the nation). Our guest is Tulsa native Aaron Bolzle, the executive director of this increasingly popular program.

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Updated March 31, 8:25 p.m. ET

A few months ago, it may have seemed silly to wear a face mask during a trip to the grocery store. And in fact, the mainline public health message in the U.S. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been that most people don't need to wear masks.

But as cases of the coronavirus have skyrocketed, there's new thinking about the benefits that masks could offer in slowing the spread. The CDC says it is now reviewing its policy and may be considering a recommendation to encourage broader use.

The Central Asian country of Turkmenistan claims it has no coronavirus cases.

Could it really be true that hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19-like symptoms actually dropped 20 percent last week in Washington, according to state numbers reported last night by the Seattle Times?

With tests scarce, epidemiologists are looking at hospitalizations as an indicator of how the novel coronavirus is spreading. But in some of the areas of the country worst-hit by COVID-19, states and counties aren't releasing that data.

The result is an incomplete picture of where the pandemic is surging, even in hotspots such as Washington and California.

In New York City, emergency hospital beds are multiplying — inside tents set up in Central Park, on a hospital ship docked on Manhattan's West Side and in the Javits Convention Center, which now houses about 1,000 beds.

The seaside town of Llandudno in northern Wales has gone quiet during the coronavirus crisis, like so many other communities around the globe. The streets are mostly deserted, except for one daring crew who are wandering around the shuttered storefronts.

Wallace Roney, a trumpeter and composer who embodied the pugnacious, harmonically restive side of post-bop throughout an illustrious four-decade career, died this morning at St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. He was 59.

The cause was complications from COVID-19, according to his fiancée, Dawn Felice Jones. She said Roney had been admitted to the hospital last Wednesday.