CLAREMORE, Oklahoma – Health care workers are at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, and those living and working in Rogers County, Oklahoma, are pleading with people to take it seriously.

Ivy Tech Community College is delaying the continuation of current courses and the start of new eight-week courses until March 23, at which time the college will move to delivering all courses virtually.

Just Wednesday The Observer published a story about the cancellation of an awards banquet here because the guest of honor had interacted with someone who’d tested positive for the coronavirus in California. In it we wrote, “So far only a handful (of COVID-19 cases) have been diagnosed in Georgia, and none of them near Colquitt County.”

We are in the midst of a pandemic caused by a novel strain of coronavirus. This virus started in animals but jumped to humans in late 2019. Now seen worldwide, it is responsible for killing thousands of people and infecting many more.

To address parent concerns amid the coronavirus, The New York Times interviewed medical and public health experts and published their responses this week in an article titled “8 questions parents may have about coronavirus.”


The National Weather Service has cancelled Saturday’s planned Skywarn storm spotter training program in Rockwall due to fears of  the coronavirus/COVID-19.

In the past few days, cases of coronavirus have started to arise here in Iowa, just like we’ve seen in many other states across the country. At this point, there are over 1,000 cases in the United States, and that number is almost certain to grow.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging issued an order to state senior centers Wednesday to “immediately suspend all gathering activities,” including group meals and social activities, in response to the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19.

CUMBERLAND — Less than 24 hours after the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association announced that the high school boys and girls state basketball tournaments would be played behind closed doors, the MPSSAA announced Thursday afternoon that both tournaments would be postponed until further notice.