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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Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:55 PM

Muskogee County has registered its first case of coronavirus infection, according to County Commissioner Ken Doke.

No other details are yet available while the State Health Department investigates.

The case brings the state’s count up to 50. Three hundred state tests have been sent to Diagnostic Labs of Oklahoma in Dallas for completion. There are 374 total tests awaiting completion.

UPDATE 1:40 PM: Doke just sent this:

After being notified by the Health Department that the first positive case in Muskogee County was confirmed, further investigation revealed that this person is not currently living in Muskogee County. Current policy for case reporting is to report confirmed cases to the county where the person resides. If this case does end up being reported as a case in Muskogee County, please know that it would only be a technicality because this person is not currently living here. The case is still under investigation. If there is any other relevant information that becomes available, we will let you know.

UPDATE 1:47 PM: The Muskogee Phoenix is reporting that Doke retracted his statement. Doke, however says that he did not speak to the Phoenix and has not retracted his statement. Doke is not the only official source on this story; city officials have all been notified through official channels as well.