Kay County reports two more COVID -19 deaths; Tonkawa reports 5th death; Active count hits 364; Cowley County opts out of mask mandate

November 25, 2020 | Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The Oklahoma State Department of Health most current COVID-19 case count is 180,610 cases across the state, an increase of 3,732 since Tuesday.

The state death toll is 1,680, an increase of 16 since Tuesday. There are two more deaths in Kay County reported, both are women in the age 65 or older category. One is from Tonkawa and the other is from Blackwell. They are the 24th and 25th deaths reported in the county.

Tonkawa has now reported five deaths in 11 days.

  • Two in Caddo County, one female in the 65 or older age group, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Coal 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 Custer County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in McClain County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
  • Three in Oklahoma County, one female in the 65 or older age group, two males in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Payne County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Stephens County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • One in Texas County, one male in the 65 or older age group.
  • Two in Tulsa County, two females in the 65 or older age group.

Kay County is ranked 14th in the state in the number of deaths reported with 25 which includes 13 Ponca City residents, five Tonkawa residents, four 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 woman in the 65 or older age category. 

Osage County has 18 reported deaths.

Grant County has four 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, and a Medford woman in the 65 or older age 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. https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/sites/g/files/gmc786/f/oklahomawhitehousereport11152020.pdf

Kay County ranks 31st in the state in the number of cases reports with1,696 as 77 new cases are reported since Tuesday. Included in the count are: 195 cases, in Blackwell, 49 are active; Braman, five reported cases, three active case. Kaw City, 28 reported cases, three active. Newkirk, 151 reported cases, 32 active. Ponca City, 1,225 reported cases, an increase of 57 since Tuesday, 258 are active. Tonkawa, 121 cases, 19 active.

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 https://www.pcps.us/

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 21st in the state for the number of cases report with 1,902. That number includes 19 reported cases in Burbank, three active. Fairfax has reported 51 cases, three active, and Shidler, 22, 11 active.

Noble County’s case count continues to rise. After jumping from 382 to 446 on Monday, 472 on Tuesday and 488 today. Most of the increase is reported to be in the town of Billings where the case count doubled from 52 to 104 on Monday, climbed to 123, on Tuesday and today is 134. Of that number, 87 cases are listed as active. On Nov. 19, OSDH reported eight cases at the Billings Fairchild Center, three of those recovered. Marland, 20 cases, seven active; Morrison, 54 cases, 10 active; Perry, 167 reported cases, 35 active; Red Rock’s case count is 95, 16 active. 

There have been 200 reported cases in Grant County which includes nine cases in Deer Creek, two active. Lamont, 16 reported cases, three active. Medford 58 reported cases, 11 active. Nash 17 reported cases, three active. Pond Creek has 67 cases reported, nine active and 24 cases in Wakita, two active. Deer Creek has one reported death and Wakita has two.

In Cowley County 1,384 cases have been reported and 14 deaths as two more deaths were recently reported at an assisted living center in Ark City. 

Cowley County leaders have voted to opt out of Kansas’ statewide mask order.

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

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.

A Ponca City Man Was an Early ‘Face of COVID-19’ for Oklahomans. Here’s How He’s Doing

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/

Obituary: William Clemons, Ponca City


Obituary: Gareld ‘Gary’ Reed, Ponca City


Obituary Terald Lee Reed Sr., 


Obituary: Clara Wilkerson, Ponca City


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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary Jeff Lieb


Obituary: Danny Dale Ketts, Billings


Sam Crain, Arkansas City, Kan.


Obituary Catherine Edgington


Obituary Linda Hudson


Obituary Gary Martin, Ponca City

Obituary OHP Trooper Capt. Jeffrey W. Sewell

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

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