Kaw City a COVID-free zone

by Jordan Green

Kaw City is the only Kay County city with no active cases of the coronavirus, state health officials reported Tuesday.

As of press time, data from the Oklahoma State Health Department showed that Kaw City has a total of 11 cases of the virus. Ten of the city’s COVID-19 patients have recovered from the virus, and one has died, state officials said.

Kay County has a total of 326 cases of the virus, up 38 from Aug. 25. Twelve people in the county have died from the virus, including one Blackwell resident, data from the state health department shows.

The department reports that 262 Kay County residents have recovered from the virus, leaving 52 active cases in the county.

Tonkawa has a total of 16 cases of the virus. fifteen of the city’s COVID-19 patients have recovered from the virus, and there have been no deaths, state officials said.

State officials report that there are 255 cases of the virus in Ponca City. Nine people there have died, and 201 have recovered. Blackwell has 34 cases, with 30 recoveries and one death. Newkirk has 14 cases, with ten recoveries and one death.

As of press time Tuesday, the State of Oklahoma had 59,399 cases of the virus. Of those cases, 8,601 are active. Statewide, 49,989 people have recovered from the virus, and 809 people have died from it.

The United States has over six million cases of the virus. More than 183,000 Americans have died from it, and more than two million have recovered from it.

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that originated in China, data from the Centers for Disease Control shows. Symptoms of the virus include fever, shortness of breath, and dry coughing. Symptoms appear 2 – 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus, which is transmitted by coughing and touching contaminated surfaces.