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Oklahoma Human Services to Issue Emergency Relief Payments to Foster Families

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OKLAHOMA CITY (April 6, 2020) – The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will begin issuing emergency relief payments to foster parents in early April. These payments, which will be paid monthly, per child, are meant to support foster families as they navigate the impact of unexpected expenses of caring for children full-time due to school closures.

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City Council unanimously votes in favor of 'Shelter in Place'

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The Guthrie city council unanimously voted in favor of expanding their ordinance to 'Shelter in Place' effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight (April 6th). This is different than Gov. Kevin Stitt's 'Safer at Home" executive directive.

'Safer at Home' only applies to adults over 65 and individuals with serious underlying medical conditions. The 'Shelter in Place' makes the stay at home order universal to all age groups. Below are the differences between 'Shelter in Place' and 'Safer at Home': 

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Good News Friday: Cashion holds three-hour teacher parade

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Thirty-two Cashion teachers, paraprofessionals & administrators participated in an unprecedented 3-hour ”teacher parade“ on Friday, March 27. The line of cars and trucks was led by Cashion Police with Cashion Fire / Miller EMS sounding the horns for smiling families at the conclusion. 

With 325 PreK-5th grade students, Cashion Elementary schools encompass a large land area. To say hello and offer community support the teachers drove from neighborhood to neighborhood and through Cashion proper waving and holding signs and seeing students reciprocate. 

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COVID-19 diagnostic lab at OSU accelerating testing in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Diagnostic Laboratory has completed its validation and verification procedures and is now operational as an approved COVID-19 diagnostic lab, dramatically increasing Oklahoma’s testing capabilities. The lab does not test individuals for the virus, but rather analyzes samples sent by health care providers.

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Dr. Simpson's Monthly Column: "Our lives have been turned upside down by a pandemic.."

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I write this column from home as our routines were altered more than any of us could have imagined only three weeks ago when my last column was published.  Our lives have been turned upside down by a pandemic that we feared might come but nobody could have predicted the abrupt changes to our lives.  Many of our staff (including myself) have learned through trial and error how to organize a virtual meeting and also learned how to make those meetings productive.  We also have a new term that everyone is now familiar with…social distancing.  Sadly, the face to face interaction of o

USDA approves maximum monthly allotment for SNAP customers

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In accordance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by the president last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted approval to Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) to issue emergency allotments to SNAP customers. This action is to address temporary food needs due to pandemic-related economic conditions of the COVID-19 virus. SNAP households are eligible for this temporary emergency supplement because of the public health emergency declared by the U.S.