The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reported Stillwater’s fifth fatality due to COVID-19.
According to the OSDH, it was a man in the 65-older age group. Three men and two women in Stillwater have died from COVID-19, according to state data. Four of those were in the 65-older range, and one woman was in the 50-64 range.
Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce published a letter from social media Tuesday evening, asking residents to remain committed to stopping the spread.
"Today, we learned of the death of another neighbor, and we are seeing a dramatic rise in local hospitalizations at Stillwater Medical Center," he wrote. "The count of new confirmed cases has been improving over the last two weeks, but serious cases have risen over 400% in just the last six days.
"I am tired of writing these updates. I am tired of arguing with people who don't admit to the seriousness of this pandemic. But I'm not as tired as the nurses, doctors, technicians, and staff at SMC who are fighting a new disease and keeping other services available for non-COVID patients. I'm not as tired as the teachers working to educate students in new and creative ways every day. I'm not as tired as the parents and guardians who don't have the resources and flexibility I have to keep our kids on track and engaged.
Stillwater is a caring and compassionate community. We take care of each other. Right now, the Oklahoma Standard means doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID. Wear your mask, wash your hands, watch your distance. Get tested if you have any reason to believe you might have the virus. Testing and contact tracing keep the virus from spreading, and they protect our community.
I know you are tired. I am too. But the fight is not over, and we can only win this battle together."
OSDH reported 10 additional deaths Tuesday. There were two in Rogers County, two in Tulsa County and one in each in Beckham, Creek, Grant, Okfuskee, Oklahoma and Texas counties. There are now 1,018 cumulative deaths in Oklahoma due to COVID-19.
Though Stillwater has had a recent spike in hospitalizations, it has also gone through a downward trend in new and active cases over the last few weeks. There were 11 new cases from Stillwater reported Tuesday, and the city is currently listing 284 active cases.