Oklahoma City, OK – 4 more deaths attributed to swine flu
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say four more people have died from complications of the swine flu.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported the deaths Thursday. The latest deaths occurred through last Saturday and bring to 37 the number of swine flu deaths reported in the state since tracking began Sept. 1.
Meanwhile, health officials say survey results show declining flu activity since a peak in mid-October.
Tulsa, OK – When it comes to recovering, Tulsa is among the fastest cities in the nation.
That is according to a survey out from Forbes Magazine. The survey ranks Tulsa as number 12 in the nation, behind the likes of Omaha, Austin and Little Rock. Oklahoma City was ranked 13th in the nation.
The survey ranked cities based on unemployment, home prices, foreclosure rates and gross product production.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Health officials were pleased with the turnout at yesterday's H1N1 clinic. The Health Department's Melanie Christian said over 3,800 people were vaccinated at the Fair Grounds on Tuesday.
"We had a very successful clinic this evening and were able to vaccinate 3,819 individuals in our community. Although we have seen a decline in the number of H1N1 hospitalizations over the last few weeks, Oklahoma continues to have widespread flu activity which indicates the virus continues to circulate in our community", Christian said.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Kathy Taylor announced today that her family has issued a challenge to Tulsans to feed hungry families this holiday season. "My family and I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. But we want to be sure other families have access to nutritious meals this holiday season," Mayor Taylor said. "No child should go to bed hungry. If we work together, we can make an impact on hunger."
Oklahoma City, OK – Regulators to take up wind farm plan
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is considering final approval of the University of Oklahoma's plan to power its Norman campus entirely by wind.
The plan has been agreed to by officials at OU, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., the attorney general's office and other groups. The three-member commission is scheduled to consider a final order on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City, OK – Swine flu seen as declining in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say the swine flu appears to be declining in the state.
But officials also warn that pandemics come in waves.
State Health Department spokesman Larry Weatherford says the number of people hospitalized has fallen significantly each of the past three weeks. He says the decline gives people a chance to get vaccinated in the event another wave of swine flu comes through the state.