Ira Lee Boss, 100

Born December 28, 1919

Died April 6, 2020

Mary Kathryn Kirby, 66

Born December 9, 1953

Died April 6, 2020

Anthony Earl Patrick, 90

Born January 8, 1930

Died April 6, 2020

James Robert "Jim" McPherson, 82

Born August 20, 1937

Died April 3, 2020

Herbert Smith Jr., 74

Born April 26, 1945

Died April 3, 2020

Leland Patrick Smith, 69

Born October 5, 1950

Died April 2, 2020

Joyce Marie Springfield, 84

Born March 5, 1936

Died April 1, 2020

Laurel Ann Huggins Andrews, 83

Born December 2, 1936

Died March 30, 2020

Viola Sanders, 88

Born July 2, 1931

Died March 29, 2020

Melvin Dean Gloden Sr., 85

Born February 16, 1935

Died March 29, 2020


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Monday, March 23, 2020, 2:50 PM

A post copied from and pasted into a comment on Facebook erroneously implied that the first case of coronavirus in Muskogee County originated at My Place West restaurant.

The comment contained more than the story it was quoting; instead, the poster copied the MuskogeeNOW masthead and a text tag representing an ad at the top of the page before it captured the headline about the virus.

When images for advertisements on this site do not load, an “alt” tag displays the name of the business whose ad it is. In this case, it appears the commenter on Facebook copied that name in addition to the links and information at the top of the page before she copied the headline to the story, which was “Muskogee County has first confirmed coronavirus infection.”

The business, My Place West, has received numerous reports that people are assuming the business was the location of the infection because its name appeared above the headline in the copied text.

To be clear, no information about the first infection in the county has been released other than the fact that there was an infection, and it would be impossible for that infection to have been traced to a particular business.

In this time of near-panic over the virus and its effects, it’s imperative that everyone be as accurate as possible when sharing information about this story. Although MuskogeeNOW did not make this error, we felt it important to clarify what the Facebook commentator’s post made unclear.