Kay County reports 73rd COVID-19 death

February 21, 2021 | Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The Oklahoma State Department of Health most current COVID-19 total case count is 419,354 across the state.

The state’s death toll is 4,181 an increase of 26. That number includes the 73rd reported death in Kay County, a Ponca City resident.

Kay County is tied for 11th in the state in the number of deaths reported with 73 which includes 41 Ponca City residents, two of those on the Osage County side. 

Blackwell, reports 17 deaths, 14 Tonkawa residents, three Newkirk residents and one Kaw City resident. No city is listed for one of the deaths. Three of the Tonkawa deaths are contributed to Willow Haven Nursing Home. Ponca City is ranked 14th in the state among cities in the number of deaths reported with 41.

Osage County is tied for 23rd in the state with 44 reported deaths, including three Ponca City residents, a male in the 65 or older age category and a female in the 65 or older category.

Noble County has 10 reported deaths which includes, five deaths in Perry, including two males in the 65 or older age category; a female in the 65 or older age category; a Billings resident a female resident of Morrison a female in the 65 or older age category, two Red Rock women both in the 65 or older age category and a Marland man in the 65 or older age category.

Grant County has seven reported deaths which includes a female resident of Deer Creek in the 65 or older age category, three Wakita residents including two females in the 65 or older category, a Medford woman in the 65 or older age category and a Lamont resident.

Kay County ranks 18th in the state in the number of cases reports with 5,048. Included in the count are: 640 cases in Blackwell, 34, active; Braman, 22 reported cases, one active. Kaw City, 62 reported cases, two active. Newkirk, 425 reported cases, 20 active. Ponca City, 3,690 reported cases, 107 are active. Tonkawa, 351 cases, six active.

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 Feb. 18 OSDH reports that there have been 201 cases reported at Kay County Nursing homes since the beginning of the pandemic, 177 of those are considered recovered and 18 have ended in death. 

Sixty-seven of the cases have been reported at Ponca Nursing, 60 recovered and five deaths. Two cases at Shawn Manor, both recovered; 75 cases at Via Christi Village, 70 recovered, three deaths. Creekside Village reports 13 cases, all recovered. Six at Hillcrest Manor in Blackwell, two recovered and four deaths, and 31 at Willow Haven Nursing Home in Tonkawa, 23 recovered and six deaths.

On Dec. 31, Via Christi Village’s email update showed six deaths have been recorded at the facility.

Osage County ranks 23rd in the state for the number of cases report with 4,419. That number includes 43 reported cases in Burbank, three active. Fairfax has reported 171 cases, eight active, and Shidler, 58, one active.

Fairfax Manor Nursing Home reports 12 cases, all recovered.  Fairfax reported its first COVID-19 death on Dec. 11, a female in the 50-64 age group.

Noble County’s case count is 1,335 which includes 202 cases in Billings with four active.

The latest report from OSDH released on Feb. 18 shows that 130 of the cases have been reported at the Billings Fairchild Center, 128 of those are considered recovered. Marland has 52 reported cases, one active; Morrison, 174 cases, four active; Perry, 672 reported cases, 47 active; Red Rock’s case count is 170, 13 active. 

There are 531 reported cases in Grant County which includes 38 total cases in Deer Creek, one active. Lamont, 70 reported cases, two active. Medford 166 reported cases, all recovered. Nash 62 reported cases, two active. Pond Creek has 138 cases reported, four active and 47 reported cases in Wakita, three active. Deer Creek and Lamont have one reported death and Wakita has three.

In Cowley County 3,764 cases have been reported and 59 deaths. 

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/

Lamont resident Jimmy Blaser https://kfor.com/news/local/59-year-old-lamont-man-recovers-from-covid-19-after-3-weeks-in-the-icu/

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

Obituary Cheryl Bennett https://www.gracememorialchapel.net/obituary/Cheryl-Bennett

Obituary Frances Davis 

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Frances-Davis?obId=19116664#/celebrationWall

Obituary Joanne I Cary

https://www.rindt-erdman.com/obituaries/Joanne-I-Cary?obId=19199381#/celebrationWall

Obituary: William Clemons, Ponca City https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/William-Clemons?obId=12472139#/celebrationWall


Obituary: Gareld ‘Gary’ Reed, Ponca City https://www.newsbreak.com/oklahoma/ponca-city/news/1600685908445/gareld-gary-reed

Obituary Terald Lee Reed Sr.,  https://www.salina.com/obituaries/20200815/terald-reed-sr


Obituary: Clara Wilkerson, Ponca City https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Clara-Wilkerson?obId=17647838#/celebrationWall


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, Ponca City

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Jeff–Lieb?obId=18466940#/celebrationWall

Obituary: Ronald Sweigart, Ponca City  https://www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/ok/ponca-city/ronald-sweigart-11918379

Obituary: Danny Dale Ketts, Billings 

https://www.brown-duggerfuneralhome.com/obituary/Danny-Ketts

Sam Crain, Arkansas City, Kan.

https://www.rindt-erdman.com/obituaries/Sam-Owen-Crain?obId=12661942

Obituary Catherine Edgington

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Catherine-Edgington?obId=18993741

Obituary Linda Hudson https://www.gracememorialchapel.net/obituary/Linda-Hudson

Obituary Donna Wirtz 

https://www.robertsandsonfh.com/obituary/donna-wirtz

Obituary Peggy Yeater, Blackwell https://www.robertsandsonfh.com/obituary/peggy-yeater

Obituary Vee Valentine, Blackwell

https://www.robertsandsonfh.com/obituary/vee-valentine

Obituary Buddy McKee, Blackwell

https://www.robertsandsonfh.com/obituary/buddy-mckee

Obituary Danny Lee Farrington, Blackwell

https://www.robertsandsonfh.com/obituary/danny-farrington

Obituary Julia Ann Tah

https://www.gracememorialchapel.net/obituary/Julia-Tah

Obituary Phyllis Johnson Ponca City

https://www.gracememorialchapel.net/obituary/Phyllis-Johnson

Obituary Theodore Eugene Johnson

https://www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com/obituary/Theodore-Johnson

Obituary Carter Buller, Ponca City

https://www.newsbreak.com/oklahoma/ponca-city/news/2135701028492/carter-fay-buller

Obituary, Ardetha Christensen, Ponca City

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Ardetha-Christensen?obId=19493780#/celebrationWall

Obituary. Robert A. Innis, Ponca City

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Robert-A-Innis?obId=19506802#/celebrationWall

Obituary, Phyllis Ruth McKay, Ponca City https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Phyllis-Ruth-McKay?obId=19512751#/celebrationWall

Obituary, William Charles Ward, Ponca City https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/William-Charles-Ward?obId=19530009#/celebrationWall

Obituary, Dean Hall, Blackwell https://www.robertsandsonfh.com/obituary/dean-hall

Obituary, Allison Jones, Ponca City https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Allison-Jones?obId=19541915#/celebrationWall

Obituary, Kelly S. Gammon, Ponca City

https://www.gracememorialchapel.net/obituary/Kelly-Gammon

Obituary, Michael Don Logan, Ponca City

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Michael–Don-Logan?obId=19590986#/celebrationWall

Obituary, Wanda Sue Behara, Ponca City

https://www.gracememorialchapel.net/obituary/Wanda-Behara

Obituary, Bernard Keith Behara, Ponca City.

https://www.gracememorialchapel.net/obituary/Bernard-Behara

Obituary, Billy Hawk, Ponca City

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Billy-Hawk?obId=19506673#/celebrationWall

Obituary, Doris Lee James-Harris, Blackwell

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tucson-az/doris-harris-9989463

Obituary, Alvin Henry Harris Jr.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tucson-az/alvin-harris-9989453

Obituary, Lloyd Lansdowne, Ponca City.

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Lloyd-Lansdowne?obId=19696333#/celebrationWall

Obituary Phyllis Lansdowne, Ponca City.

https://www.troutfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Phyllis-Lansdowne?obId=19696321#/celebrationWall

Obituary, Randall Alan Cranford, Ponca City.

https://www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com/obituary/Randall-Cranford

Obituary, Allen Michael Bechtel

https://www.gracememorialchapel.net/obituary/Allan-Bechtel

Obituary Vincent James iraggi

https://www.newsbreak.com/oklahoma/ponca-city/news/2156145787401/vincent-james-iraggi-iii

Obituary, Marcia Lee Marshall Jones

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/tulsaworld/name/marcia-marshall-obituary?pid=197576610

Obituary, Joyce Lee urban, Blackwell

https://www.robertsandsonfh.com/obituary/joyce-urban

Obituary Gary Martin, Ponca City

Obituary David Kinkaid, Ponca City

Obituary Charles Wylie, Ponca City