Catherine Sweeney

Catherine Sweeney
Catherine covers health for StateImpact Oklahoma. She grew up in Muskogee and went to Oklahoma State University. She has covered politics and policy in Colorado's high plains, Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C. You can reach her at catherine@stateimpactoklahoma.org, @cathjsweeney on Twitter or 405-673-5226 on Signal.

Latest by Catherine Sweeney



White House COVID-19 response adviser talks COVID-19 boosters with StateImpact Oklahoma

The White House is advising seniors over 65 and those with compromised immunities to get a third Pfizer dose.
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Oklahoma medical groups expand free therapy program for doctors amid COVID-19 fallout

Financial struggles, family separation and other problems created even more risk factors for the state's physicians.
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Oklahoma hospitals announce full ICUs as health officials keep quiet on bed capacity

Four of the state's major hospital systems pledged to share their own ICU capacity data.
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Oklahoma adds basic dental coverage to Medicaid amid a dire lack of care

About every other person in Oklahoma can't get dental insurance. Nonprofits scramble to fill in the gaps, caring for people who come in with broken teeth, painful abscesses and worse.
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As a new school year starts, StateImpact is tracking COVID-19’s impact

StateImpact reporters discuss the start of school and the coronavirus' effect on children
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Internal documents reveal health officials’ bleak outlook on Oklahoma’s COVID hospitalizations

In a weekly briefing to other state agencies, Oklahoma State Department of Health designates state hospital system "unstable"
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“Unheard of:” Rare summer RSV surge fills Oklahoma children’s hospitals

With demand already high, a back-to-school spike in COVID-19 could create a strain on pediatric beds.
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A decade in the making, Medicaid expansion takes effect in Oklahoma

More than 100,000 Oklahomans have already enrolled in the program, which provides health coverage to low-income adults
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