Last week Oklahoma saw a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases with the seven-day average of new cases ending at 685 on Saturday.
On Friday, Oklahoma saw 1,077 new cases and six new deaths, and on Saturday the state reported 10 new deaths raising the death toll to 725.
Edmond now ranks fifth in total cases among cities in Oklahoma with 1,690. The city also has reported 20 COVID-19 related deaths, only one of which was in the past week.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said he recommends additional measures for counties in orange and red risk colored areas.
“My administration issued a Public Health Advisory to strongly recommend statewide face coverings for high-risk individuals and communal living facilities as well as additional measures for counties included in the orange and red risk level categories in the color-coded COVID-19 Alert System,” Stitt said.
Edmond is a part of Oklahoma County which is currently in the orange color-coded area. The city’s mask mandate goes into effect later this week on Aug. 26.
Edmond Public Schools had two teachers at Cross Timbers Elementary School test positive for COVID-19 last week. The teachers are now self isolating for 10 days, the district said in a statement.
“Upon the discovery of a positive case of COVID-19 at the school, custodians quickly and thoroughly disinfected the school building using electrostatic spraying machines that disinfect all surfaces, nooks and crannies,” the district said in a statement. “Additionally, district staff treated the air in the affected rooms using an ozone machine.”
The schools are currently on a group based schedule, meaning Group A goes to school on the days Group B does not.