Kay County surges past 1,600 cases as COVID-19 climbs in OK

by Jordan Green

Kay County has more than 1,600 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, state health officials reported Tuesday.

As of press time, data from the Oklahoma State Health Department showed that Kay County had 1,605 cases of the virus, 360 of which are active. Officials said 1,223 Kay County residents have recovered from the virus, and 22 have died from it.

State officials report that there are 1,156 cases of the virus in Ponca City. Thirteen people there have died, and 869 have recovered. Blackwell has 187 cases, with 139 recoveries and three deaths. Newkirk has 144 cases, with 110 recoveries and one death. Tonkawa has 114 cases, with 93 recoveries and three deaths. Kaw City has 28 cases, with 24 recoveries and one death. Braman has four cases, with two recoveries and no deaths.

No new coronavirus case numbers are available for the Blackwell Public Schools district this week because students are out of school for Thanksgiving break.

The state health department does not provide data on coronavirus cases in some of the state’s smallest towns, including Nardin in Kay County.

As of press time, the State of Oklahoma had 177,874 cases of the virus. Of those cases, 33,844 are active. Statewide, 142,381 people have recovered from the virus, and 1,649 people have died from it.

The United States has more than 12 million cases of the virus. More than 257,000 Americans have died from it, and more than 4.6 million have recovered from it.

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