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Three more Deaths reported In The Past Two Days


November 5, 2020

Nov. 11, 2020 – Another COVID-19 death in Pottawatomie was confirmed Tuesday and two more today as new COVID-19 cases have continued to increase while available ICU and hospital beds have declined across the county and state this week.

A Pottawatomie male, age 65 or older, was among seven new COVID-19 fatalities reported in the state Tuesday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Additional information about the two deaths reflected in today's data has yet to be reported by the agency. Of the 21 total deaths now listed, 18 have been Shawnee residents. There has also been one death from Tecumseh and another listed from Macomb.

In multi-county towns, 11 Meeker residents have died, and Konawa, McLoud and Prague each show one death reported by OSDH.

Of the 482 Oklahoma cities listed, Shawnee reflects the 14th highest number of total cases, according to today's OSDH data. Pottawatomie County has held at the 10th highest for several weeks with a total of 2,583 cumulative cases, including 16 new cases added today. Of those, 2,257 are considered as recovered by OSDH, leaving 326 known active cases. OSDH defines recovered as "currently not hospitalized or deceased and 14 days after onset/report."

In the most recent epidemiology report, released on Nov. 5, four nursing homes in Shawnee show active cases, with data also reflecting three deaths.

Shawnee Colonial Estates Nursing Home shows 46 total cases, with 27 recovered and three deaths, leaving 16 known active cases. A cumulative total of 41 cases, with 39 recovered, are listed for The Golden Rule Home; and Primrose Retirement Community lists 10 cases, 9 of which show recovered. Data for Avonlea Cottage reflects nine total cases, eight of which are listed as recovered.

An institutional outbreak of 100 or more cases was confirmed by OSDH last week to be the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. However, as of this report, the total number of positive cases has not been provided. PCPSC Director Breonna Thompson provided information stating one pod has been designated for quarantine and each week all new intakes are tested. One inmate tested positive during the week of Oct. 23, and as of Tuesday morning no positive test results had been received since. She also said that all inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been asymptomatic.

Among area hospitals, Tuesday's data showed no available ICU beds in Pottawatomie County, as well as no open ICU beds in neighboring Lincoln, Seminole or Cleveland counties.

Statewide, hospital data showed 62 available ICU beds (7%) with 20 of those in Tulsa County and 19 in Oklahoma County, leaving 23 ICU beds available throughout the rest of the state's 75 counties.

As the flu season closes in, there have been no flu hospitalizations in Pottawatomie County, according OSDH data for Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. Statewide, there have been 32 flu hospitalizations, with five reported the last week of October. No flu deaths in Oklahoma have been reported to date.

Other numbers in the County (listed in order by total cases, deaths, recovered and active):

Asher – 38, 0, 31, 7

Earlsboro – 66, 0, 54, 12

Konawa* - 106, 1, 77, 28

Macomb – 53, 1, 46, 6

Maud* - 38, 0, 34, 4

McLoud* - 469,1, 420, 48

Meeker* - 179, 11, 151, 17

Pink – 1, 0, 1, 0

Prague* - 201, 1, 158, 42

Shawnee (74801) – 734, 6, 638, 90

Shawnee (74804) – 789, 11, 694, 84

Tecumseh – 365, 1, 317, 47

Wanette – 36, 0, 30, 6


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