COVID-19 case counts continue to rise

July 11, 2020 | Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 19,779 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Oklahoma since the beginning of the pandemic, an increase of 687 from Friday. 

The Kay County case total is now 124 as another case is reported in Ponca City bringing the total to 113 since the beginning of the pandemic. Eight of the Ponca City cases have been on the Osage County side which is why the Kay County total is not 132.

Newkirk has had five reported cases including one reported yesterday. Tonkawa and Blackwell have had six reported cases. Kaw City has had one reported case, which resulted in a death and another case was reported in a rural area of Kay County.

OSDH reports 93 of those infected in Kay County are considered recovered, 23, of the cases are current. There are 11 ventilators in Kay County. Seven are available.

Kay County ranks 25th in the state in the number of cases reported.

The death toll across the state is now 421 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 this week, a male between the ages of 50-64.

Noble County’s count is 52.  Red Rock’s case count is 22. Perry has 18 reported cases,  Morrison three cases reported and Marland has one reported case.  Osage County’s count continues to climb and is now at 214 while Grant County remains at two cases.

Other COVID-19 case counts are: Oklahoma City, 3,633; Tulsa, 3,445; Edmond, 737; Stillwater 408, Bartlesville, 367; Owasso, 168; Skiatook, 118; Enid, 98; Sand Springs, 95; El Reno, 82; Guthrie, 54; Weatherford, 45; Cleveland, 39; Hominey, 30; Catoosa, 26; Nowata, 22; Pawnee, 18; Pawhuska, 14; Barnsdall and Ramona, 12; Fairfax and Alva, nine; Stroud, six; North Miami and Ringling five; Ringwood, four; Orlando, four; Lahoma, and Mulhall, Agra, three; Garber, two; Medford, Jet, and Lamont, one.

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.  City manager Criag Stephenson said the former employee was had worked at the three pools while employed and that other lifeguards came in close contact with the subject. They were placed in quarantine resulting in a shortage of lifeguards. The pools are closed until July 14.

The pastor of NewPoint Church posted a video Tuesday on the church’s Facebook page announcing some 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.  

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.

Cowley County’s case count is 79. 

The 49th Walnut Festival postponed until September 2021.

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. 

Ponca City resident Vicki Wasson

Newkirk resident Shineesta Emily Bushyhead Adams. (Adams died in April)

Lamont resident Jimmy Blaser

William Clemons, Ponca City

Otoe Tribal member Myra L. Pickering

Morris Hearde, Kaw City, obituary.!/Obituary

Sheryl Jo Littlecrow, Ponca City, obituary

Stan Ketcher, Ponca City, obituary

Grace Ann Chism, Ponca City, obituary

Everett Stumbaugh, Ponca City, obituary

Shirley Stumbaugh, Ponca City, obituary,

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