Stillwater reports zero active COVID-19 cases

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Stillwater has zero active cases as of May 18, 2020

Stillwater is making strides in its fight against COVID-19.

According to data from the Oklahoma government website, Stillwater currently has zero active cases in its city limits. 

The city has had 22 total cases and zero total deaths since the first case was announced on March 29.

For city officials, this news is nice to hear, but the fight against the virus must still continue.

"It is good news," Stillwater mayor Will Joyce said. "I don't really think I took a whole lot of notice of it as any kind of milestone just because we're still concerned about the potential spread. We just had a new case in Payne County over the weekend. So it's nice, it's certainly a good place to be, it's definitely better than the alternative, but it doesn't really change too much about how we're approaching the continued safety of the community."

Joyce also noted that Stillwater Medical Center-- the city's largest hospital-- is well equipped at this time.

"They're doing fine," Joyce said. "They're in good shape. They've had a few people in and out with symptoms or what they call 'PUI's'-- people under investigations-- sort of being suspected or tested for the virus. I don't know, specifically, their positive counts, but it's been low regardless. So they've been in really good shape for the last few weeks and are geared up for if it does start again here in the summer or in the fall. We're in a much better position of having been able to keep them from going to crisis care during the major part of this in late March, early April. So they're doing well."

In addition to Stillwater's decreasing cases, Payne County is also improving its total numbers. After having 45 total cases, Payne County only has two active confirmed COVID-19 patients. 

State officials are still urging Oklahomans to frequently wash their hands and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth and to stay away from ill patients.

The most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can appear two to 14 days after exposure.