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Pottawatomie County 12th in State COVID-19 Cases

Tecumseh Schools cancel in-person classes at the Early Childhood Center until further notice


August 20, 2020

Data Source: Oklahoma Health Department; Graphic: Countywide & Sun/Jennifer Pitts

By Jennifer Pitts

Aug. 25 – As Tecumseh, Asher and McLoud schools have reported cases of COVID-19, Pottawatomie County jumped into the top 12 this week for total COVID-19 cases, moving up from 15th last week, and the county's risk level was raised to orange on Friday, according to the Oklahoma Department of Health.

The county added 135 new positive cases from Aug. 19-25. However, despite an outbreak of more than 100 inmates at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, there were eight fewer new cases reported than from the previous week of 143 new cases from Aug. 12-18.

On Friday, Aug. 21, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections reported 115 inmates at Mabel Bassett had tested positive for the virus, with three listed as recovered and another 21 staff members reporting positive tests. Today, 196 inmates are now listed as COVID-19 positive with 5 recovered and 25 positive staff members. ODOC data for the McLoud correctional facility shows 204 inmates in isolation and one inmate hospitalized. As many as 672 more inmates are under a 14-day quarantine.

Superintendents across the county were in contact with state health officials as the COVID-19 risk level was raised to orange, which was attributed to the outbreak at Mabel Bassett. Most schools said they already had appropriate protocols in place and in consulting with health officials did not feel any changes were necessary at that time.

Since Friday morning, however, Tecumseh has shuttered the Early Childhood Center. The district announced Tuesday evening that two employees at the facility had tested positive and all pre-k and kindergarten students were being moved to virtual learning.

Asher announced a student had tested positive Friday afternoon and as a result the district planned to deep clean classrooms over the weekend and continue with other COVID-related safety procedures.

McLoud Public Schools announced on Wednesday, Aug. 19, that a high school student had been confirmed positive for the virus. A letter to parents stated the high school would be closed until Monday, Aug. 24, to allow for the facility to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Pottawatomie County now has a cumulative total of 766 positive cases, with 476 reported by OSDH as recovered and nine fatalities - leaving 281 active cases as of Aug. 25.

Shawnee's total is now 393 with 321 listed as recovered and eight fatalities - leaving 64 active cases. There have been 216 positives confirmed in the 74801 zip code and 170 in 74804, with 37 and 27 active cases, respectively.

Eighty-three new cases were added to McLoud's total count during the week of Aug. 19-25, for a new cumulative total of 255 positive cases. One fatality reported on Aug. 6, the county's ninth virus death, and 63 residents are currently listed as recovered, according to OSDH - leaving 83 active cases of the virus.

Tecumseh now has 63 total cases reported, 45 of which are listed as recovered for a total of 18 active cases.

Macomb added two more cases since last week for a new total of eight, six of which are now shown as recovered.

Data Source: Oklahoma Health Department; Graphic: Countywide & Sun/Jennifer Pitts

No new cases have been added this week for Earlsboro, Asher or Wanette, according to OSDH.

Earlsboro has had a total of 16 cases, 13 of which show recovered. Asher has 13 total cases, nine of which show recovered and Wanette has had nine total residents test positive, eight of which show recovered.

The only change in Maud this week was the number of recovered patients increased by one for a total of 16 out of 17 cumulative positive cases.


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