New COVID-19 cases reported in Ponca City, Blackwell and Tonkawa; Three PC pools still closed; Blackwell Baseball cancels season

July 9, 2020 | Featured|Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 18,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Oklahoma since the beginning of the pandemic, an increase of 603 from Wednesday. 

The Kay County case total is now 120 as five new cases have been reported across the county. New cases are reported in Blackwell and Tonkawa bringing case number in both cities up to six.

Three new cases are reported in Ponca City bringing the total to 110 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Newkirk remains at four reported cases and Kaw City one case. Another case was reported in a rural area of Kay County. Nine of the Ponca City cases have been in the Osage County area which is why the Kay County total is not 128.  OSDH reports 88 of those infected in Kay County have recovered, 24, of the cases are current. There are 11 ventilators in Kay County. Kay County ranks 26th in the state in the number of cases reported. 

On July 2 the City of Ponca City  announced that Ambuc Pool, Wentz Pool, and the Rec Place pool were closed because a former life guard tested positive for COVID-19.  Today, Criag Stephenson said the former employee was had worked at the three pools while employed. Stephenson said other lifeguards who came in close contact with the subject were placed in quarantine resulting in a shortage of lifeguards. The pools are closed until July 14. Stevenson said the city has not had any other COVID-19 issues to date. “We are hyper sensitive about the situation,” he said. “If someone says I do not feel well we say go home and encourage them to call their doctor.”

The pastor of NewPoint Church posted a video Tuesday on the church’s Facebook page announcing members of the church have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Ponca City Public School District learned that an employee exposed to COVID-19 tested negative. Since there is a rise in positive cases in the area, PCPS Summer Activities remain outside through Tuesday, July 14.  “Safety is our number one priority, so please do not participate in PCPS Summer Activities if a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms are present,” said Superintendent Shelley Arrott. “Please be aware of and pay attention to social distancing guidelines for everyone’s safety. We are looking forward to our Wildcats returning, but we urge everyone to practice all safety protocol regarding COVID-19.”

In Blackwell, The Blackwell Baseball Association has canceled the rest of the season. Brian Muret said that at least two of the kids and possibly a parent were exposed to COVID-19. “It is not worth losing a life or getting someone sick,” said Murat. “It wasn’t an easy choice and I wanted to err on the side of caution.”

Janet Smith, Blackwell City Manager, said the city is stepping up protocol. “We are monitoring temperatures and making sure the pool is at half capacity,” said Smith. “Our emergency management director is on contact with the health department daily and if he comes to me one day and says this is escalating we would probably implement another emergency proclamation.” Smith said city employees who have been out of state have to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work.

The death toll across the state is now 410 which includes eight Kay County deaths. Six in Ponca City and one each in Newkirk and Kaw City. Eight people in Osage County have died and one Red Rock resident in Noble County. The eighth death in Kay County was reported yesterday, a male between the ages of 50-64.

Today’s reported deaths includes a female resident of Pawnee County over the age of 65. 

Noble County’s count is 50.  Red Rock’s case count is 22. Perry has 16 reported cases,  Morrison three cases reported and Marland has one reported case. The Osage County’s count is 194 and Grant County remains at two cases.

Cowley County’s case count is now 77. 

A Winfield city employee has tested positive for COVID-19. http://www.newscow.net/2020/07/07/city-of-winfield-employee-among-latest-virus-cases/

To read stories and obituaries of those in and around the Kay County area who have battled the virus click the following links.

One of the first people diagnosed in Ponca City was Geoffrey Cowan. KFOR-TV aired an update on his battle with COVID-19. https://kfor.com/health/coronavirus/i-remember-being-carried-through-the-er-doors-and-that-was-it-ponca-city-covid-19-survivor-recalls-months-of-fighting-for-his-life/

Ponca Nursing reported their second case of COVID-19 on May 18. 

https://oklahoman.com/article/5658030/coronavirus-in-oklahoma-former-ponca-city-nursing-home-resident-tests-positive-for-covid-19?

Ponca City resident Vicki Wasson http://kaynewscow.com/2020/04/21/ponca-city-resident-shares-her-battle-with-covid-19/

Newkirk resident Shineesta Emily Bushyhead Adams. (Adams died in April) https://www.indianz.com/News/2020/04/16/family-holds-onto-hope-while-mother-figh.asp

Lamont resident Jimmy Blaser https://kfor.com/news/local/59-year-old-lamont-man-recovers-from-covid-19-after-3-weeks-in-the-icu/

William Clemons, Ponca City

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/William-Clemons?obId=12472139#/celebrationWall

Otoe Tribal member Myra L. Pickering https://www.omtribe.org/who-we-are-media-news&a=view&article_id=113

Morris Hearde, Kaw City, obituary. https://www.crawfordfuneralservice.com/obituaries/Morris-Herde/#!/Obituary

Sheryl Jo Littlecrow, Ponca City, obituary https://www.gracememorialchapel.net/obituary/Sheryl-Littlecrow

Stan Ketcher, Ponca City, obituary https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Stan-Ketcher?obId=12685947#/celebrationWall

Grace Ann Chism, Ponca City, obituary https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Grace-Ann-Chism?obId=12656734#/celebrationWall

Everett Stumbaugh, Ponca City, obituary https://www.everhere.com/us/obituaries/ok/ponca-city/everett-stumbaugh-10710791

Shirley Stumbaugh, Ponca City, obituary, https://www.everhere.com/us/obituaries/ok/ponca-city/shirley-stumbaugh-10791860

For more information visit https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/