By Pamela Thompson
With the worry of different strains of COVID-19 appearing, it was rumored there are fifty active COVID-19 cases in Okemah.
On the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s (OSDH) COVID-19 website, the OSDH’s Disease Investigation Summary reports COVID-19 statistics by county and city along with many other categories. Since tracking began in early 2020, Okfuskee County has had 1,800 cases (32 deaths and 1,766 recovered) leaving a total of two active cases. Checking by city, Okemah reports 777 cases, which includes 16 deaths and 759 recovered cases, leaving a total of two cases, meaning no active cases in the county outside of Okemah.
The City of Okemah receives COVID-19 reports from the Oklahoma Emergency Management and the Oklahoma State Department of Health on a daily basis. City Manager Jayne Hughes stated, “I didn’t know someone thought our numbers were up. Oklahoma is one of about six states as a whole that is seeing a slight increase, but for Okfuskee County, we have only had one new case in a week and no new deaths.”
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