Coronavirus climb finally hits Murray County

Murray County is now experiencing the surge of COVID-19 cases it has managed to avoid since the virus first entered Oklahoma seven months ago. In the past three weeks, the number of active cases of the virus has nearly quadrupled, from 17 active cases on Sept. 17, to 66 as of Tuesday.
It is important to remember this number, taken from the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Daily Situation Update, typically lags behind the diagnosis of new case for up to six days. This means that the actual situation on the ground today could have improved, or, based on the trend, is actually even worse.
Over the past week, Sulphur saw its number of current cases rise again, from 36 to 44. Davis doubled its case count, going from nine to 18 in the last seven days.
While these numbers are concerning, it is significant to note that just 230 out of about 14,000 Murray County residents have been infected so far, according to OSDH. That represents just 1.6 percent of the population. Of those infected, less than one percent have died from the virus.
Murray County is not alone. Four of the five counties that The Davis News has been tracking over the past our months have seen cases tick up consistently the past few weeks. As of Tuesday, Pontotoc County has the most active cases of Coronavirus, with 119. Garvin and Carter are very similar, with 115 and 112, respectively. Murray County’s 66 cases surpassed Johnston, which was the only county in the area to decrease, from 61 to 49.
Over the past week, Murray County’s total active case number increased by 43 percent compared to a six percent increase statewide. Carter County’s rise was also significant, up 27 percent from 88 to 112 active cases. Most concerning though is Garvin County, going from 67 to 115, a rise of a whopping, 71 percent.
In Garvin County, Pauls Valley, Wynnewood, Lindsay, Maysville and Stratford all saw substantial increases this week.
Dodging the hot spots is a task that is growing more difficult each week as schools and businesses continue to mitigate risk and manage quarantines. Meanwhile citizens are urged to continue social distancing when possible and wear masks in public places.

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