DEATHS

Jimmie Dale Barnes, 72

Born January 15, 1948

Died July 8, 2020

S. T. Gist, 84

Born August 11, 1935

Died July 8, 2020

William Thomas Duncan, 78

Born June 5, 1942

Died July 7, 2020

Harold Gene McBride, 68

Born August 11, 1951

Died July 7, 2020

Donald Lou Tillman, 80

Born June 23, 1940

Died July 6, 2020

Rene V. "STONEY" Schoats, 75

Born November 21, 1944

Died July 5, 2020

Nona Louise Chastain, 77

Born August 12, 1942

Died July 5, 2020

Lanette Elaine Wofford, 63

Born August 7, 1956

Died July 5, 2020

Vicoria Lynn "Vicki" Killingsworth, 60

Born September 13, 1959

Died July 4, 2020

William Glass, 71

Born November 15, 1948

Died July 4, 2020

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 7:44 AM

House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, issued the following statement in response to recent reports regarding the Oklahoma State Department of Health retaining former Interim Commissioner of Health Gary Cox in a six-week advisory role, and also the governor’s decision to stop releasing COVID-19 data.

“The governor is thumbing his nose at the Legislature instead of working with us to generate better outcomes for Oklahomans,” Virgin said. “The Senate ... took the rare step to not approve one of the governor’s appointees. Instead of taking the loss, the governor created a position where the appointee will be paid more than $22,000 for a month and a half of work advising the new commissioner of health how to do the job - a job that the state Senate said Cox wasn’t qualified to do. It is petty, bizarre, and a complete misuse of taxpayer money.

“This information, paired with the announcement that OSDH is no longer going to release some COVID-19 data, starts to draw into question what exactly is going on at the department of health? Why is the governor adamant that this person stays in the loop, and why are we decreasing public health transparency during a pandemic? None of this increases our constituent’s confidence in state government.”

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