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Six more county cases

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:16
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Six more Kay County residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to figures released on Thursday from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Kay County currently has 205 cases and 155 recoveries.

Ponca City has 177 of those cases with 133 recoveries.

Thirteen additional deaths were reported overnight including one in Caddo County, two in Cleveland County, one in Mayes County, two in McCurtain County, two in Oklahoma County, one in Okmulgee County and four in Tulsa County. All of the deaths were reported in the age 65 or over category.

The state currently has 536 total deaths, 10 of those in Kay County.

As of Thursday, 35,740 Oklahomans have tested positive for the virus, an increase of 1,117 cases from Wednesday.

There are currently 647 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 with 3,104 total cumulative hospitalizations.

Another 579,276 Oklahomans have tested negative for the virus.

The head of a congressional coronavirus oversight panel on Wednesday demanded Tennessee’s Gov. Bill Lee and three other Republican governors provide documents showing how their states are combating the pandemic.

“I am writing to request information about the private guidance the Administration has provided to Tennessee and whether you plan to implement those recommendations and take other critical actions to slow the spread of the coronavirus across the state,” wrote South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, a Democrat and chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee.

Similar letters were sent to governors Brian Kemp of Georgia, Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, according to the subcommittee’s spokeswoman.

Oklahoma’s Republican governor disputed the state had any “red zones” — a classification determined by the White House task force — because they had created their own COVID-19 risk alert map that included the White House’s “initial methodology.”

“(The state) has not identified a ‘red risk’ county based on its four gating criteria for how COVID-19 is impacting Oklahoma’s healthcare system,” Stitt said. “This is the right approach, and the State will continue to deploy transparent data, tracing and testing support, PPE, and additional resources to inform and mitigate areas of concern.”

According to the letter sent to Stitt, Oklahoma is not following five recommendations from the White House task force.