More than 150 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death were reported in Rogers County in a four day period.
Thursday, July 23, Oklahoma State Department of Health reported a total of 488 cases, 11 deaths, and 350 recovered cases.
When the latest data was released Monday, July 27, the numbers had jumped to 654 cases, 12 deaths, and 426 recovered cases.
"We are continuing to monitor the information available from the state of Oklahoma. The city has made several operational changes to increase the protection of our work force and the public in general. Social distancing and the use of face coverings are the easiest methods to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the community," said Claremore Emergency Management Director Sean Douglas."There does appear to be an increased focus on both methods locally over the last week or so. There is normally a week or so lag between implementation of a public intervention and an impact in the testing results, so we will need to wait a week or so to see if an impact has been made."
"Yes, the number of positives COVID cases have increased in Rogers County (and many of our counties in the NE). We have seen a drastic increase in the amount of testing at Rogers County at the daily curbside testing we provide over the past few weeks since the 4th of July holiday as people have been getting out more and more," said Oklahoma State Department of Health regional director for northeast Oklahoma Maria Alexander. "Sadly, we are also seeing an uptick in the number of positive cases in our long term care facilities as well, though we continue to provide testing there and these facilities are monitoring their residents and staff very carefully. Concurrently, we have been working with our local schools as they are preparing to begin their school year and many are preparing their COVID plan on what to do "when" not "if" a positive case occurs. These are unprecedented times."
Businesses require masks
This week marks increased mask requirements and enforcement for many major retailers.
In Rogers County, Walmart, Lowe's, and Reasors are among those requiring customers who wear a mask.
As of Monday's advisory, there are 32,686 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma and 496 total COVID-related deaths.
Counties neighboring Rogers County have seen increases, too. Mayes County has seen a total of 247 cases, five deaths, and 151 recovered cases. Adair County has reported a total of 246 cases, five deaths and 163 recovered cases. Muskogee County has seen a total of 359 cases, 16 deaths, and 219 recovered cases. Craig County has seen a total of 52 cases and 38 recovered cases.