COVID-19 case counts continue to rise; Kay County’s active count, 355

November 22, 2020 | Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The Oklahoma State Department of Health most current COVID-19 case count is 174,330 cases across the state, an increase of 3,406 since Saturday.

The state death toll is 1,634, an increase of 10 since Saturday.

Kay County is tied for 13th in the state in the number of deaths reported with 22 which includes 13 Ponca City residents, three 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 here.

Kay County ranks 32nd in the state in the number of cases reports with1,566 as 53 new cases are reported since Saturday.

Included in the count are: 183 cases, in Blackwell, 42 are active; Braman, four reported cases, two active case. Kaw City, 28 reported cases, three active. Newkirk, 140 reported cases, 33 active. Ponca City, 1,125 reported cases, an increase of 42, and 259 are active. Tonkawa, 112 cases, 16 active.

On Thursday the Ponca City School Board voted to close schools and begin distance learning. Data provided to the board included COVID-19 information from Alliance Health. (see story)

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

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

The latest COVID-19 information from Ponca City Schools can be viewed at

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

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

As of Nov. 19 there have been 52 cases reported at Kay County Nursing homes since the beginning of the pandemic, 48 of those are considered recovered. Fourteen of the cases have been reported at Ponca Nursing, 13 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, 24 recovered and one death.

Osage County ranks 20th in the state for the number of cases report with 1,849.

That number includes 18 reported cases in Burbank, five active. Fairfax has reported 51 cases, six active, and Shidler, 18, seven active.

Noble County’s case count is 382.

Billings, 52 reported cases, 13 active; Marland, 16 cases, five active; Morrison, 51 cases, 10 active; Perry, 157 reported cases, 38 active; Red Rock’s case count is 89, 17 active. 

There have been 188 reported cases in Grant County which includes eight cases in Deer Creek, four active. Lamont, 15 reported cases, three active. Medford 53 reported cases, 12 active. Nash 15 reported cases, one active. Pond Creek has 66 cases reported,17 active and 23 cases in Wakita, one active. Deer Creek has one reported death and Wakita has two.

In Cowley County 1,267 cases have been reported and 14 deaths as two more deaths were recently reported at an assisted living center in Ark City. 

The Cowley County Health Department is also warning residents of a phone scam that warns of COVID-19 exposure