KLAW 101 is keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news and information on the Coronavirus.
TSA Mandatory Mask Directive Starts Tomorrow
Starting tomorrow (01-02-21) at 12:00am the new TSA (Transportation Security Administration) will require all persons using public transportation to wear a face mask. This will include: aircraft, bus, train, boat as well as any other type of public transportation. You'll have to wear a mask both in the terminal and while being a passenger. The mandatory face mask mandate will be in effect from 02-02-21 until 05-11-21 and may be extended depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic is going.
Oklahoma Could Make Masks Mandatory Statewide!
Oklahoma Democratic State Rep. Jason Lowe has just introduced a new bill. HB 2192 which is being called the "COVID-19 Save Lives Response Act" would make face masks mandatory throughout the state in every county and every town. It would also limit the number of people to 10 total at all nonessential gatherings. There's also a $1,000.00 fine associated with non-compliance to certain mandates listed within the new bill. This is all in response to the state's increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Lawton Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Local Business Survey
If you're a local or area business the Lawton, Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you. They're asking that you take a quick survey online about how COVID-19 has impacted your business or organization. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and all information obtained will remain confidential. This will help the city determine the best possible response to assist local and area businesses going forward.
Oklahoma Amends COVID-19 Quarantine Policies For Schools
Yesterday (01-12-21) Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced a change to the state's official COVID-19 quarantine policy for schools. He was joined by the Secretary of Education Ryan Walters and the Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye at the press conference to announce and discuss the new and updated policies.
Oklahoma’s COVID Vaccination Protocol Should Be the National Standard
Last week the Comanche County Health Department held it's first COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Great Plains Coliseum in Lawton and at the Community Center in Altus. Both locations provided vaccinations to those 65 years of age or older for Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout in the state and the Nation. Another vaccination clinic will be scheduled as soon as more vaccine becomes available.
Oklahoma COVID Vaccination Portal Now Open
The OSDH (Oklahoma State Department of Health) has launched their new COVID-19 vaccination portal. It will be used as a scheduling tool to help Oklahomans determine when they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and help them schedule an appointment when it is their turn. This will be the fastest and easiest way to get in line and request a vaccination and stay up to date with the various phases.
Free COVID-19 Testing in Lawton
If you're needing to be tested for COVID-19 you can stop by the Great Plains Coliseum 920 S.W. Sheridan Road or go to the Comanche County Health Department 1010 S.W. Sheridan Road. Both locations will have FREE drive thru COVID-19 testing today (01-05-21) and on (01-07-21) from 10:00am until 5:00pm.
COVID Vaccines for Persons 65 and Older Happening in Lawton
This week the Comanche County Health Department announced that persons who are 65 years of age or older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. The health department will be performing vaccinations in both Lawton and in Altus. In Lawton they'll be set up at the Great Plains Coliseum and in Altus at the Community Center.
Lawton, Fort Sill COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Details
The City of Lawton held another virtual Town Hall meeting yesterday (12-10-20) on the city's official Facebook page. The event featured a panel of health experts and community leaders to discuss the current COVID-19 situation in Lawton, Fort Sill. There was also a Q&A session with community leaders and healthcare professionals. If you missed it, we have the all the details and the video for you.
Lawton Plans COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on Facebook
The City of Lawton is planning another virtual Town Hall meeting for this Thursday, December 10th (12-10-20) on the city's official Facebook page. The event will feature a panel of health experts and community leaders to discuss the current COVID-19 situation in Lawton, Fort Sill.
City of Lawton Temporarily Closes Facilities Due to COVID-19
The City of Lawton has announced that it will be temporarily closing all facilities to the general public until further notice due to COVID-19. By doing so they hope to help slow or stop the spread of Coronavirus. All of S.W. Oklahoma, Comanche County included, has seen a significant increase in positive cases and hospitalizations.
ABC News and GMA Report Live From Lawton on COVID-19 Cases
Yesterday evening (11-17-20) ABC News was in Lawton, Fort Sill reporting live from local hospitals about the recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. November has seen the biggest spike since the beginning of the pandemic and so far there are over 2 million new cases of the virus just this month and we still have 2 more weeks to go. The dreaded second wave has started and it's overwhelming our hospitals.