Commissioner attributes rise in county cases to young adults

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The Payne County Commissioners learned Monday that COVID-19 cases in the county are on the rise.

District 2 Commissioner Chris Reding said according to Oklahoma State Health Department officials, the county had about 60 active cases as of Monday, and that number was expected to rise as more testing is done.

“They talked about the dramatic rise of cases in the last two weeks,” he said. “I think it’s mostly young people (in their 20s). They seem to be all clustered into a community group of people that goes to parties and bars. OSU is doing a pretty good job of identifying and encouraging them to be quarantined. We anticipate some more (positive results) to come.”

According to the Oklahoma Department of Health, as of Tuesday, June 16, there were 88 active cases of COVID-19 in Stillwater.

The Commissioners also approved a series of annual contracts between the county and B&L Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.; Advantage Plumbing, Heating and Cooling; Falco Alarm Company of Stillwater; A&B Eco Safe Pest Control; Hammond Fire Systems, Inc.; a contractual agreement with TJ Campbell Construction for Country Club/Lakeview overlay project.

The Commissioners approved several detention services contracts between the county and Community Works, LLC., for the purposed of detaining juveniles at the Cleveland County Juvenile Detention Center, and detaining juveniles at the Pottawatomie County Juvenile Detention Center.

In a special Budget Board meeting, county officers began discussing their proposed budgets for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

“We are all looking if it continues looking at getting bad or worse up to the October time frame, we have in mind additional cuts we could make if we needed to,” Reding said. “Right now, we don’t have a good feel for what the actual sales tax will be going forward.”