Kay County active COVID-19 count reaches 317; Mayor Nicholson reviewing mask resolution; Ark City reports two more deaths

November 19, 2020 | Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The Oklahoma State Department of Health most current COVID-19 case count is 164, 340 cases across the state, an increase of 2,915.

Ponca City topped a 1,000 reported total COVID-19 cases today and currently has over 200 active cases.

Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson said city officials discuss masks everyday. “We talk about masks everyday and are discussing a resolution,” said Nicholson. “ We have people for a mask mandate and some against one. We can’t please everybody. I have been to other cities including Stillwater where I saw no one wearing a mask and then to Tulsa, where everyone I saw was wearing a mask.” Nicholson said city officials have made public service announcements asking everyone to wash hands, social distance and wear a mask.

The PSAs can be viewed on the City’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Ponca-City-OK-115761141785634

The state death toll is 1,588, an increase of 18.

• One in Bryan County, one male in the 50-64 age group.

• One in Choctaw County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

• One in Cleveland County, one female in the 65 or older age group.

• One in Comanche County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

• One in Lincoln County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

• One in McCurtain County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

• One in Okfuskee County, one female in the 65 or older age group.

• Four in Oklahoma County, three females in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group.

• One in Okmulgee County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

• One in Pontotoc County, one female in the 65 or older age group.

• One in Rogers County, one male in the 50-64 age group.

• One in Tillman County, one male in the 65 or older age group.

• Three in Tulsa County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 50-64 age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.

The current death toll across the state includes 21 deaths in Kay County, 13 Ponca City residents, two Tonkawa residents, three Blackwell residents and one each in Newkirk and Kaw City. No city was listed for the 17th death. The first Tonkawa death was a resident of the Willow Haven Nursing Home.

Noble County has reported four deaths, a Perry man in the 65 or older age category; a Perry woman in the 65 or older age category; a Billings resident and a Red Rock resident identified as female in the 65 or older age category. 

Osage County has 18 reported deaths.

Grant County  has three reported deaths, a female resident of Deer Creek in the 65 or older age category and two Wakita residents including a female in the 65 or older category.

The last report from the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, dated Nov. 15, states that Oklahoma is in the “Red Zone” indicating 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population with the 21st highest rate in the country. To read the full report click the link.

https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/sites/g/files/gmc786/f/oklahomawhitehousereport11152020.pdf

Kay County ranks 32nd in the state in the number of cases reports with1,434 as 90 new cases are reported. Included in the count are: 162 cases, in Blackwell an increase of 10 and 41 are active; Braman, three reported cases, one active case. Kaw City, 26 reported cases, five active. Newkirk, 129 reported cases, 33 active. Ponca City, 1,022 reported cases, an increase of 75, and 216 are active. Tonkawa, 106 cases, 21 active.

Blackwell Public Schools have started posting at COVID-19 updates.

https://www.blackwell.k12.ok.us/37313?articleID=64382

Newkirk public schools has postponed the National Honor Society Induction scheduled for Nov. 15.

https://www.newkirk.k12.ok.us

The Ponca City Schools Board is holding a special meeting at 1 p.m. today to discuss the latest information on COVID-19. The latest COVID-19 information from Ponca City Schools can be viewed at https://www.pcps.us/

Tonkawa Public School COVID-19 information can be found here.

https://www.tonkawa.k12.ok.us/292022_2

Some of the Ponca City cases have been reported on the Osage County side and other cases have been reported in rural Kay County. 

There have been 52 cases reported at Kay County Nursing homes since the beginning of the pandemic, 45 of those are considered recovered. As of Nov. 12, 14 cases have been reported at Ponca Nursing, 12 recovered. One case at Shawn Manor, recovered. Six cases at Via Christi Village, five recovered.  Two cases at Creekside Village, both recovered. One at Hillcrest Manor in Blackwell, listed as recovered and 26 at Willow Haven Nursing Home in Tonkawa, 22 recovered and one death.

Osage County ranks 20th in the state for the number of cases report with 1,749.

That number includes 14 reported cases in Burbank, three active. Fairfax has reported 49 cases, four active, and Shidler, 14, three active.

Noble County’s case count is 345. Billings, 46 reported cases, 22 active; Marland, 13 cases, six active; Morrison, 45 cases, four active; Perry, 140 reported cases, 33 active; Red Rock’s case count is 83, 16 active. 

There have been 180 reported cases in Grant County which includes seven cases in Deer Creek, two active. Lamont, 15 reported cases, three active. Medford 49 reported cases, 12 active. Nash 15 reported cases, one active. Pond Creek has 60 cases reported,14 active and 22 cases in Wakita, two active. Deer Creek has one reported death and Wakita has two.

In Cowley County 1,198 cases have been reported and 14 deaths as two more deaths have been reported at an assisted living center in Ark City.