CONVINCED HE DID NOT GET THE PLACEBO BUT RATHER THE REAL THING. HE TALKED ABOUT IT WITH NEWSCENTER 5’S DAVID BIENICK. IT’S NOW BEEN TWO MONTHS 21-YEAR-OLD JACK MORNINGSTAR SAYS SINCE HE VOLUNTEERED TO PART OF THE FINAL PHASE OF A STUDY BY MODERNA TO TEST IF ITS CORONAVIRUS VACCINE IS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. >> I DID HAVE SOME FRIENDS WHO WERE LOOKING AT ME — >> MORNINGSTAR, WHO’S FROM CARIBOU, MAINE AND CURRENTLY A JUNIOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL, SAYS HE GOT ONE SHOT AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND THEN A BOOSTER A MONTH LATER. >> THE SECOND BOOSTER SHOT, I HAD A HIGHER FEVER, BUT IT WASN’T ANYTHING TOO INTENSE. >> AND BECAUSE OF THAT REACTION, MORNINGSTAR SAYS HE’S CONVINCED HE’S PART OF THE TEST GROUP THAT GOT THE REAL VACCINE, NOT A PLACEBO. HE SAYS AT THE TIME, THE VIRUS WAS RAGING THROUGH HIS CAMPUS COMMUNITY SO HE FIGURED HE’D LIKELY BE EXPOSED SOONER OR LATER. >> I DIDN’T SEE ANY DOWNSIDE. IT PAID FOR MY GROCERIES FOR THE WEEK. >> HE SAYS HE RECEIVED $50 FOR EACH SHOT, THEN A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS. EACH TIME HE FILLS OUT A DIARY OR SPEAKS BY PHONE WITH A TRIAL REPRESENTATIVE. BUT HE SAYS HIS MAIN MOTIVE WILL BE KNOWING HE MIGHT HAVE PLAYED A PART IN STOPPING THE PANDEMIC. >> IT WILL BE INTERESTING LOOKING BACK WHEN I AM AN OLD DUDE SAYING I PARTICIPATED IN THAT. IT IS A LITTLE SALT AND PEPPER IN MY LIFE. >> IF THE VACCINE IS APPROVED, THEY WILL CONTACT HIM AGAIN. IF

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COVID-19 maps of Oklahoma: Latest coronavirus cases by county

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to climb, we’re tracking the number of cases here in Oklahoma.The coronavirus outbreak first started in Wuhan, China and has since spread across the globe, impacting Italy, Canada and the United States to name a few countries. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The number of cases in the United States began to spike late February and by late March, the number of cases in the country eclipsed 150,000.What’s New: Week of Nov. 16, 2020More than 11 million people in the country have been infected with the virus and more than 246,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, a second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide.With winter right around the corner and coronavirus cases spiking in many areas across the country, mental health is a great concern for both the young and old. Here is a breakdown of the number of cases in Oklahoma. The data is from the Oklahoma Department of Health and will be updated when we learn of new information.Mobile app users, click here to view the map.More on COVID-19 in OklahomaLatest coronavirus information, helpful resources

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to climb, we’re tracking the number of cases here in Oklahoma.

The coronavirus outbreak first started in Wuhan, China and has since spread across the globe, impacting Italy, Canada and the United States to name a few countries. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The number of cases in the United States began to spike late February and by late March, the number of cases in the country eclipsed 150,000.

What’s New: Week of Nov. 16, 2020

  • More than 11 million people in the country have been infected with the virus and more than 246,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, a second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide.
  • With winter right around the corner and coronavirus cases spiking in many areas across the country, mental health is a great concern for both the young and old.

Here is a breakdown of the number of cases in Oklahoma. The data is from the Oklahoma Department of Health and will be updated when we learn of new information.


Mobile app users, click here to view the map.

More on COVID-19 in Oklahoma

Latest coronavirus information, helpful resources

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