PCPS and NOC release updated COVID-19 numbers

September 4, 2020 | Headlines

PONCA CITY  — Ponca City Public Schools posted the updated COVID-19 numbers today and as of 2 p.m. they show a total of 10 cases have been identified in the school district including four cases at Ponca City High School; one case at Liberty Elementary; Three cases at Lincoln Elementary; one case at Roosevelt, and one case at Washington Pre-K.

All of the cases are identified as students.

Superintendent Shelly Arrott said three of those cases were identified before the start of school and that those students never entered a classroom.

The first two cases were identified on Aug. 27 at Liberty Elementary. (see story)

The next day a case was identified at Ponca City High School. (see story)

Arrott said on Monday of this week, two cases were confirmed at Lincoln Elementary and two classrooms closed. On Tuesday, a case was identified at Roosevelt and a classroom closed and another case was identified at Po-Hi.

“We don’t close the classrooms at the high school because the students change classes,” said Arrott. “We haven’t had anymore positives identified since Tuesday but the health department notified us of two close contacts on Wednesday and Thursday. We are working hard to stop the spread and taking a firm stance.” Arrott said she plans to do weekly updates on the COVID-19 situation instead of daily unless a situation warrants. The contact tracing chart located at https://www.pcps.us/ is updated daily.

Northern Oklahoma College’s latest numbers show a total of 35 cases across the the three campuses, 18 of those are considered recovered. NOC updates are posted at http://www.noc.edu/pandemic-updates

The Oklahoma State Department of Health released their weekly map and update today.

On Sept. 8 OSDH will begin a transition in the data collection and reporting system that includes combining “confirmed” and “probable” cases. This will advance OSHD’s mission to deliver public data that best represents the current, active presence of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

  • During this holiday weekend, OSDH does not recommend hosting or attending a gathering while the virus is widespread in the community. OSDH encourages Oklahomans who choose to participate in large gatherings or settings where people are in close contact to take precautions such as wearing a mask, practice social distancing and frequently wash hands. Those who have attended a large indoor or outdoor gathering or event should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after the event and seek testing after 5 – 7 days of potential exposure while continuing to monitor symptoms.
  • On Aug. 13, Commissioner Lance Frye issued an advisory  (see it here) with the support of Governor Kevin Stitt asking Oklahomans to participate in the following recommendations for the next four weeks to continue to drive down positive cases and help schools open safely:
    • Orange and Red counties: Individuals age 11 and older wear face coverings in public settings, with exemptions including while eating at a restaurant, in a private office space, or at a religious ceremony where physical distancing can be achieved.
    • Orange and Red counties: Restaurant staff wear face coverings and tables should maintain six feet of distance or more.
    • Statewide: Individuals age 11 and older wear face coverings when visiting nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, medical facilities, prisons, or other communal living facilities.
    • Statewide: With the “Safer in Oklahoma” policy, individuals entering the State of Oklahoma from an area with substantial community spread, will wear a face covering in all public spaces and limit participating indoor gatherings for 10-14 days in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • This week, the number of “orange” risk counties remains the same as the previous week. OSDH continues to monitor closely the statewide hospitalization trends for COVID-19.
  • As OSDH continues to meet with stakeholders across the state, the COVID-19 Alert Map is subject to further revisions as science and public health guidance advances with the ongoing pandemic.
  • As of this advisory, there are 62,040 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma and 11 additional deaths identified to report. Two deaths were identified in the past 24 hours.  
    • One in Canadian County, one male in the 65 or older age group. 
    • One in Cleveland County, one male in the 65 or older age group. 
    • Two in Garfield County, one female in the 50 – 64 age group and one female in the 65 or older age group. 
    • One in Le Flore County, one male in the 65 or older age group. 
    • One in McCurtain County, one female in the 65 or older age group.   
    • Four in Oklahoma County, one male in the 18 – 35 age group and three females in the 65 or older age group. 
    • One in Tulsa County, one female in the 65 or older age group. 
  • There are 846 total deaths in the state.
  • For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
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