More Than 200 School Districts In Oklahoma Are Reporting COVID-19 Cases

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Nobody 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.

StateImpact has been tracking confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools. So far, more than 230 cases have been discovered in more than 200 public school districts, charter and private schools. There are likely more.

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

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New Additions - Updated: Monday, September 14:

  • On Sept. 11, Woodward Public Schools announced two people were out on quarantine because of positive tests for the coronavirus and 27 people were close contact quarantines.
  • On Sept. 11, The Lawton Constitution reported a student at Crosby Park Elementary School had tested positive for COVID-19 and "a number" of others were asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 11, Mustang Public Schools updated its COVID-19 dashboard to show 37 positive tests and 287 people currently in isolation across all sites.
  • On Sept. 11, Guymon Public Schools updated its COVID-19 dashboard to show 19 active positive test quarantines and 201 close contact quarantines.
  • On Sept. 9, Commerce Public Schools announced an employee had tested positive for COVID-19 and three other employees were in quarantine for close contacts. The district later announced it would transition to distance learning for the following week because of community spread in Ottawa County.
  • On Sept. 10, Davis Public Schools announced an elementary school student had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and quarantined.
  • On August 11, Ryal Public School in Henryetta announced an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Sept. 11, Eufaula Public Schools superintendent Jeanette Smith announced on a Facebook live video that one student had tested positive for COVID-19 and close contacts had quarantined.
  • On Sept. 10, Valliant Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for COVID-19. Those in close contact were notified and quarantined.
  • On Sept. 11, Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result 21 people were quarantined.
  • On Sept. 11, Anderson Public School in Sand Springs announced a teacher had tested positive for COVID-19 and seven close contacts were in quarantine. The school was already on distance learning so students were unaffected.
  • On Sept. 13, Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools announced eight new cases of COVID-19 across multiple sites. The district superintendent David Reid wrote to parents that the spike was likely due to Labor Day weekend.
  • On Sept. 13, El Reno Public Schools announced an employee at the Lincoln Learning Center had tested positive. Close contacts were asked to quarantine for two weeks.
  • On Sept. 13, Tahlequah Public Schools announced a person had tested positive for COVID-19 at Sequoyah Elementary School. As a result 16 students and two staffers were quarantined. The district also announced a student and employee had tested positive at the high school.
  • On Sept. 11, Muskogee Public Schools announced a student at Muskogee High School tested positive for COVID-19. Because the district was on distance learning there were limited broader quarantines.
  • On Sept. 11, Lawton Public Schools posted an updated dashboard of cases. It showed that there were 11 confirmed positives since school began and 30 people in quarantine as of the date it was posted.
  • On Sept. 14, Bixby Public Schools' dashboard showed there were currently seven people out of school after a positive test.
  • On Sept. 11, Newcastle Public Schools announced it had five known positive cases in the district and 32 people in quarantine because of potential exposures.
  • On Sept. 8, Claremore Public Schools posted that the district had 8 postive cases and 98 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:

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