July 31: Pott County Sees Record Number Of New Cases Reported
July 30, 2020
July 31, 2020 – As the state ends July with new records for the number of deaths and new COVID-19 cases reported in one week, Pottawatomie County also picked up a record number of new cases - adding 100 more positive residents to the list in the past week, and 255 this month, according to records from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).
From July 24-30, 59 COVID-19 related fatalities were reported by the state – toping the previous record from April 17-23 when 48 Oklahoma deaths were reported, according to corresponding OSDH Weekly Epidemiology Reports. This week's reported number of deaths increased by 51.3 percent more than last week.
Also from July 24-30, OSDH reported a total of 7,771 new Oklahoma residents testing positive for COVID-19, a 1-week increase of 71.6 percent.
Pottawatomie County ended July with 105 active cases, which incidentally was the same number of cumulative cases reported on July 1. As of today, the county now has a cumulative total of 359 residents who have tested positive for the virus, including six fatalities.
Of the county's 100 new cases reported by OSDH in the past week, the majority were Shawnee residents with 41 residing in the 74801 zip code and 31 in the 74804 area. OSDH lists 170 as recovered, leaving 78 known cases considered active in Shawnee.
Maud's* case numbers appeared to soar this month. The town only had one reported cases on July 1, but finished the month with a cumulative total of 17 confirmed cases. Of the 17, nine were added in the past week leaving 11 residents considered to be active carriers of the virus, according OSDH records showing six recovered.
Tecumseh picked up nine this week for a new cumulative total of 32. Eight are considered active.
The Dale/McLoud* area (zip code 74851) picked up eight new cases reported in the past week, for a cumulative total of 40. Six are considered active.
Wanette* doubled the town's number of confirmed virus cases this week after holding at a total of three cases since June 4. This week, four new cases were reported by OSDH for a new cumulative total of seven cases. The four new cases are the only ones considered active by OSDH.
This week Asher picked up the town's first positive test since April when the state began reporting cases by zip codes. The town has now had four total cases.
Earlsboro and Macomb only picked up one new case this week for a cumulative total of 11 cases and 4 cases, respectively.
In the far southeast corner of the county, Konawa* tripled in cases this month, with three added this week, for a new cumulative total of 13 cases, including one fatality listed in Seminole County. Four are considered active.
To the north, Meeker* picked up seven cases this week for a new cumulative total of 17. All but four were reported during July and seven are considered active as of today.
Prague*, which barely dips into Pottawatomie County's panhandle, has now quadrupled its number of cases this month for a new cumulative total of 28 cases confirmed after also doubling in cases just this past week. With the additional 14 added this week and OSDH currently listing 17 as recovered, that leaves 11 known cases considered active.
St. Louis remains the only Pottawatomie County town with no cases reported to date.
*Indicates multi-county towns