If you are able to donate to the essential supply of blood, you can schedule time to do so in your community by checking with the Oklahoma Blood Institute: obi.org.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty, one thing is certain when it comes to Americans. We always come together in times of crisis. When faced with unimaginable difficulty and loss, you can count on Americans to step up and pitch in to help.

Consequently, our doctors, hospital administrators, the governor and state health department have been busy developing multiple levels of contingency plans.

Spurred to action by fear of a potential surging tsunami of Oklahoma COVID-19 cases, doctors and administrators at Oklahoma hospitals have been scrambling to develop contingency plans they hope they never have to use.

2020 Census

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

Social Distancing

The natural disaster caused by COVID-19 is unlike any other our nation has encountered in modern history.

Washing hands

Unlike the traditional enemies our nation has faced throughout history, CO- VID-19 is one that can dangerously hide in plain sight and threaten the health and wellbeing of any American community.

Elgin junior Shawn Hilliary completed a week of service as a page for the State Senate, Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika, announced at the Capitol. Shawn is the Elgin FFA chapter reporter, a class officer and a member of student council. He hopes to one day teach agriculture to students in Oklahoma.He is the son of Michael and Cheryl Hilliary. Pages serve vital functions during busy legislative sessions, attending a variety of Senate committee meetings and daily sessions of the full Senate.

With more than a month of work behind us, we’ll pass another deadline this Thursday. We have more than 200 more Senate bills to get out of our chamber before returning to our committees to begin work on House bills next week.

ep. Toni Hasenbeck, a Republican, represents District 65 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady and Stephens Counties.

Oklahoma’s first public library was created in Guthrie, the first capital of our state, 11 years after the Oklahoma Territory was established. Since then, public libraries have continued to support our communities, and especially in rural areas.