COVID cases continue to plummet

by Jordan Green

Kay County’s active coronavirus case numbers have continued to drop alongside statewide case numbers, continuing a weekslong trend.

Data from the Oklahoma State Health Department on Tuesday showed that Kay County had 5,134 cases of the virus, 138 of which are active. Officials said 4,913 Kay County residents have recovered from the virus, and 83 have died from it.

State officials report that there are 3,753 cases of the virus in Ponca City. Forty-seven people there have died, and 3,609 have recovered. Blackwell has 658 cases, with 613 recoveries and 19 deaths. Newkirk has 430 cases, with 412 recoveries and three deaths. Tonkawa has 358 cases, with 338 recoveries and 15 deaths.

Kaw City has 62 cases, with 61 recoveries and one death. That leaves the town with no active cases. Braman has 22 cases, with 20 recoveries and one death.

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 432,793 cases of the virus. Of those cases, 11,865 are active. Statewide, 416,227 people have recovered from the virus, and 4,701 people have died from it.

The state health department has administered more than 1.1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, officials said Tuesday.

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