On Sunday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 363 active cases in Payne County with 257 coming from Stillwater. No additional deaths were reported from yesterday.
These new numbers represent a spike in active cases from last week. In Payne County, the reported active cases have more than doubled since Oct. 29th and on Nov. 5th, there was a death reported in the 50-64 age range.
At the state level, the dashboard reported an increase in active cases to a new total of 19,790 with an additional 9 deaths from yesterday. This brings the death count over the course of the pandemic to 1,438 in Oklahoma.
The University Dashboard reported 217 cases as of Wednesday, Nov. 4th. That number is just short of triple the number of reported active cases the previous Wednesday. Also, UHS testing on campus reported an increase to a 12% positivity rate this week, compared to last week’s 4%.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and promote public health, the CDC website recommends frequent handwashing, social distancing of at least six feet, and the use of masks. According to the CDC website, COVID-19 can spread even before symptoms show up, so caution is always advised.