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President Joe Biden’s mandate that all healthcare workers take the COVID-19 vaccine should “level the playing field,” a Comanche County Memorial Hospital executive said.

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LAWTON — The Comanche County Republican Party has canceled its September meeting, citing a rise in COVID-19 cases.

CCRP Chairman Daremy Gleaves said the recent rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Comanche County has made finding a meeting place for groups difficult.

A tent used as an overflow waiting area is shown in front of the emergency room entrance at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton Tuesday.

LAWTON — COVID-19 cases have increased more than 3000% at Comanche County Memorial Hospital since the end of July, prompting state and local officials to erect a large tent to be used as an additional emergency room waiting area for the foreseeable future.