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    As of this advisory, there are 79,072 confirmed total positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
    There are fourteen additional deaths identified including two in Creek County. There are 962 total deaths in the state. There are 541 new recoveries for a total of 65,482.
    For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

PAYNE           2080           6                1686         388
CREEK          1,083         32                906          145
LINCOLN        398           10                329           59
LOGAN           422            1                 349           72
NOBLE           143            2                 119           22
PAWNEE         245            3                 222          20

STILLWATER  1738         4                 1395         339



The City of Stillwater’s September 2020 sales and use tax collection totaled $2,483,149. The collection is based off July transactions that were reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in August and apportioned to the City in September.

This is a decrease from September 2019 total collections by $43,238 (1.71 percent), which shows the effects of the current pandemic.

The City of Stillwater’s sales tax collections in September 2020 were $2,248,406, which is down $48,591 (2.12 percent) from September 2019.

The City of Stillwater’s use tax collections in September 2020 were $234,743, which is up $5,353 (2.33 percent) from September 2019.

Hotel/motel tax remitted to the City in September 2020 totaled $43,483, which is down from September 2019 collections by $13,849 (24.16 percent).

In Oklahoma, sales tax is the largest source of recurring revenue for municipalities. With large segments of the economy, including businesses that generate sales tax, shutting down in mid-March 2020 to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the City of Stillwater’s revenues were expected to decline sharply.

The future health of sales tax revenue is dependent on our community’s ability to reopen businesses, reemploy our citizens and reengage public activity and events. Sales tax collections will be monitored very closely in the coming months, and amendments to the City’s budget will be made as needed.

For more information about the budget and taxes, visit the City’s Financial Center at http://stillwater.org/budget.



Many residents have been asking: are the City’s annual events happening this year? Due to safety concerns around the current pandemic, the City has cancelled the following 2020 recreational events:

    Mummy and Son Dance
    Downtown Halloween Festival
    Breakfast with Santa

“We are extremely disappointed that we must cancel these events. This was a difficult decision, but it was made with the public’s safety in mind,” Community Resources Manager Barbara Bliss said. “Though the Halloween festival is outdoors, it typically draws crowds of over 3,000, making physical distancing difficult. Because the Mummy and Son Dance and Breakfast with Santa are both indoors, it would be a challenge to prevent close contact—especially because Santa stops in Stillwater to take pictures and eat breakfast with all the children.”

The City appreciates its residents patience and understanding as it works to mitigate community risk. Stillwater's community spread of the COVID-19 virus has warranted state health officials to consider Stillwater in the midst of an epidemic. Residents should take all precautions to limit the spread of the disease as identified by CDC Guidelines and regularly check for City, state, and federal updates to stay informed.

Read Stillwater’s current guidelines, case counts, plans for economic recovery and more relating to COVID-19 at stillwater.org/COVID-19.



I am working with the school district to help meet the needs of getting meals to kids that are at home doing virtual  or distance learning (if the need arises),  that have no way to picking up meals from the drop of sites.

The schools are not allowed to give out the information due to confidentiality requirements,  so we must rely on  getting information from those parents,  or other resources.

I need help in 2 ways.  I need to form a list of people I can reach out to that might be able to deliver meals to  homes (front porches) – you are not required to go into a home.   And I need people that might know of a family  that would have a need and be able to get their permission to pass along the information to us.

To still maintain federal requirements in order to get the meals from school,  I would need to know the school  registered name of each child we need a meal for.  This helps to keep school records clean and helps to keep our  funding coming to provide meals.

If you are able to help with delivery, or know of a family in need (now or at a later date), please let me know.

And feel free to pass this on to any other parties that might be of interest in helping (churches, civic organizations, etc)

Collett Campbell
Stillwater PTA Council President

ABC News

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