New COVID-19 cases reported in Shidler, Ponca Nursing; Arkalalah postponed

September 15, 2020 | Featured|Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 71,314 COVID-19 cases across the state, an increase of 1,091 from Monday.

The state’s death toll has increased to 912.

The Kay County case total is now 451 as nine new cases are reported across the county, including two more in Newkirk.

Yesterday, there were 13 new cases reported in Newkirk.

Newkirk COVID-19 cases include any inmates at the county jail who test positive.

Last week Sheriff Steve Kelley confirmed there are inmates in quarantine. This week Kelley said there is one inmate who tested positive and is supposed to be released from quarantine today if the latest test is negative. Kelley said there is a protocol the jail follows before inmates are booked in that includes taking their temperature at least two times. The sheriff said a COVID-19 test is conducted on each inmate. “For some reason the first test comes back positive. So we wait five days and do it again and everyone of them comes back negative.” He said the inmates are quarantined for two weeks as a precaution.

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The total case count includes 41 cases in Blackwell, seven active; 12 cases in Kaw City, one active; 37 cases in Newkirk, 23 active; 343 cases in Ponca City, 77 active, and 21 cases in Tonkawa, four active.

There have been nine cases reported at Kay County Nursing homes since the beginning of the pandemic including six at Ponca Nursing and one Hillcrest Manor in Blackwell. Three of those at Ponca Nursing are considered recovered. 

In Noble County there has been one case reported at Billings Fairchild Center in Billings.

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

The death toll includes 13 deaths in Kay County, 10 in Ponca City, one in Newkirk, one in Kaw City and one in Blackwell. Noble County has reported two deaths, a Billings resident and a Red Rock resident identified as a female in the 65 or older age category. Osage County has 13 reported deaths.

Kay County is 32nd in the state in the number of cases reported. Osage County ranks 20th in the state in the number of cases reported with 744. Burbank has had seven reported cases, one active. Fairfax has reported 28 cases, one active and Shidler, five, three active.

Noble County’s case count is 136. Billings has seven reported cases.  Marland, four cases, one active. Perry, 56 reported cases, 12 active; Red Rock’s case count is 40, nine are active. 

OSDH reports 33 cases in Grant County which includes three reported case in Nash, one active; six cases in Pond Creek; 11 cases in Medford, one active; seven reported cases in Lamont and three cases in Wakita.

In Cowley County 302 cases have been reported and three deaths. It was announced today that Arkalalah has been postponed.