More Than Half Of Oklahoma’s School Districts Have Reported COVID-19 Cases

No one knows how many cases of the coronavirus are present in Oklahoma schools. But, we do know there are hundreds of cases in every part of the state.

Hear our radio story from September 10, 2020.

StateImpact has been tracking confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools. So far, more than 400 public announcements have been discovered from more than 265 public school districts, charter and private schools. That’s half the number of school districts in the state. There are likely more.

We’ll continue tracking confirmed cases and outbreaks at schools in this post.

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New Additions – Updated: Thursday, September 24:

On Sept. 23, Muskogee Public Schools announced 2 students had tested positive for COVID-19, 1 at Rougher Alternative Academy and 1 at Irving Elementary. Close contacts were quarantined. On Sept. 23, McAlester Public Schools announced 1 person at Will Rogers Elementary School had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were asked to quarantine. The district currently has 47 people in quarantine, but only 2 because of a positive test. On Sept. 22, Waukomis Public Schools announced someone in the district had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were quarantined. On Sept. 18, Welch Public Schools announced that 1 student who had been in attendance at school the previous day. The district didn’t believe there were any close contacts that needed to be quarantined. On Sept. 21, Friend Public Schools announced that 1 student had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine. On Sept. 18, Alex Public Schools announced that 5 students and 6 faculty members had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were asked to quarantine. On Sept. 20, Rush Springs Public Schools announced 1 staff member had tested positive. The district said there were no close contacts who needed to quarantine. On Sept. 24, Tuttle Public Schools’ dashboard showed that 2 students had tested positive for COVID-19 and 68 people were in quarantine. On Sept. 23, Erick Public Schools announced that 1 student had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, 23 people were quarantined. On Sept. 18, Sayre Public Schools announced 1 person had tested positive for COVID-19 and had since recovered. As of that date, 11 students were quarantining. On Sept. 18, Elk City Public Schools announced 7 students and 6 staff members were quarantining after testing positive. Additionally, 196 people were quarantining after a close contact. On Sept. 23, Frederick Public Schools announced that 4 high school students had tested positive for COVID-19. The district had 51 people in quarantine.

Find out if your school has had a publicly reported case of COVID-19 by searching our database below:

The state’s health department isn’t monitoring cases in schools or reporting that publicly. StateImpact plans to continue monitoring and compiling cases.

An Oklahoma State Department of Education spokeswoman said that agency is currently working on a mechanism for school districts to report cases. It’s unclear, though, if the data collected will be publicly available and what form it might take.

In the meantime, please send us any cases of the coronavirus you know of or think we should check out by filling out this form:

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This COVID-19/education reporting is made possible through a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.


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