COVID numbers sink in Davis, skyrocket in Ardmore

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Davis actually went down over the last seven days according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. An increase of 37 active cases in Sulphur, however drove up the Murray County total, just like three of the other four counties in the area.
Davis saw it’s active number fall from 60-66, while Sulphur rose from 112 to 149. Dougherty added three, from two to five active cases by Tuesday. In all, Murray County was up 35 from 1990 last week to 225 this week.
Similarly, Pontotoc County saw a moderate rise from 422 to 462 while Garvin and Johnston Counties remained roughly the same. Garvin County added one active case to 304 and Johnston dropped three to 119.
The big news in the area was Carter County. Likely driven by the outbreak at the Ardmore Veterans center which had over 80 active cases as of Jan. 2, the city of Ardmore saw it’s active number spike from 258 to 424 over the last seven days. With increases in at least five towns in the county, Carter County saw its number surge from 363 a week ago to 591 as of Tuesday. That’s a 63% increase in just seven days.
The biggest positive news in the area was to be found in Pauls Valley where the total active case county fell from 119 a week ago to just 85 this week. Other shrinking numbers were hard to find among any of the towns in the five-county area surrounding Davis.
Davis was one of the few schools in the are to go back to in-person education as it did on Tuesday. Both the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur and Sulphur Public Schools went virtual, like many others.
The state-wide numbers show the same general rise being seen on a county-by-county basis. Oklahoma saw just a 4% rise in active cases over the past week as the hospitalization rate was 5.6%, continuing the range it has remained in for the past several months.
There were also just five COVID deaths reported in the past week for all five counties in our area. That total number increased from 77 to 82 in the past week.
One new statistic added to the Daily Situation Update pertains to the vaccination effort. As of Tuesday, Oklahoma has received 174,900 vaccines with 50,330 having been given. Help is arriving, even as the overall numbers continue to rise.

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