The panhandle community of Guymon, the seat of Texas County, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman file

GUYMON — Over the sound of pop music, under a wide-screen TV featuring sports pundits debating when games will return, and behind a bar where she served appetizers and drinks last week, Kristal Davis, co-owner of The Pub on the Bricks, stood by the beer taps and considered what the coronavirus pandemic has done to this small panhandle town.

“The people are very divided,” she said. “I think we’re leaning to more where we’re done. I think we’re going to see a shift. People are tired of staying in.”

The town of about 11,000 people, which is the seat of Texas County and about 230 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, had 709 cases of COVID-19 recorded as of Friday. That's more cases than Tulsa and exceeded only by Oklahoma City. This has prompted health officials and national media to label Guymon as a coronavirus hot spot.

Earlier this month, government personnel were dispatched here to control the spread of COVID-19.

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