Kay County reports 135 active COVID-19 cases; Two more deaths reported in Cowley County

September 24, 2020 | Headlines

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 81,244 COVID-19 cases across the state, an increase of 1,083 from Wednesday.

The state’s death toll climbed to 981.

The Kay County case total is now 557 as 13 more cases are reported. The total case count includes 46 cases in Blackwell, seven active; 13 cases in Kaw City, one active; 40 cases in Newkirk, seven active; 436 cases in Ponca City, 114 active, and 28 cases in Tonkawa, 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. 

There have been 15 cases reported at Kay County Nursing homes since the beginning of the pandemic.  As of Sept. 21, nine cases had been reported at Ponca Nursing, one at Shawn Manor Nursing Home; one at Via Christi Village and one at Creekside Village, all in Ponca City. One at Hillcrest Manor in Blackwell and two at Willow Haven Nursing Home in Tonkawa.  Thirteen of the cases are considered recovered.

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 33rd in the state in the number of cases reported. 

Osage County ranks 26th in the state in the number of cases reported with 811. Burbank has had seven reported cases, one active. Fairfax has reported 29 cases, two active and Shidler, six, two active.

Noble County’s case count is 149. Billings has 11 reported cases, three active. Marland, four cases. Perry, 61 reported cases, nine active; Red Rock’s case count is 39, three are active. 

OSDH reports 46 cases in Grant County which includes six reported case in Nash, three active; 11 cases in Pond Creek, five active; 16 cases in Medford, five active; seven reported cases in Lamont and three cases in Wakita.

In Cowley County 359 cases have been reported and five deaths. The fourth one was reported on Wednesday. http://www.newscow.net/2020/09/23/health-department-reports-4th-covid-death-case-linked-to-labor-day-weekend-gathering/

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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

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

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: 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

Gary Martin, Ponca City

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

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