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IR)--Seeking information about the coronavirus pandemic? Information is available from federal, state and local resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has comprehensive information on its website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.

 

*The Oklahoma State Department of Health has provided a statewide COVID-19 Call Center: (877) 215-8336. Hours of operation are: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekends.

 

*To stay updated with City information regarding COVID-19, residents should access the city website regularly at: www.Enid.org/coronavirus or on social media at: Facebook.com/cityofenidoklahoma.

 

NT)--An Enid man transported by ambulance Saturday to a local hospital experiences symptoms of COVID-19 has tested negative for the virus and been release from the hospital. According to Enid News and Eagle, the man’s wife said her 73-year-old husband was diagnosed with pneumonia. After the COVID-19 test was deemed negative he was released this morning from St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. Enid Fire Department and Life EMS crews had been placed in self-quarantine since responding to the medical call Saturday. Officials with EFD and Life EMS said they followed their respective protocols with the self-isolation.

 

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CR)--The City of Enid is taking further precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to minimize the potential community spread of the virus.  Beginning Thursday, March 19 the City Administration building will be closed to the public, however, employees will continue to provide essential services to serve the public.

 

Residents are encouraged to utilize services online, by phone, by mail, by drop box, or by email. For services that require in-person communication, contact the department for an appointment time and date.  See a staff listing at www.enid.org/staff and for a department listing www.enid.org/contactus.

 

Municipal court will continue at regular times and dates, but appearances will occur by telephone or by other remote means.

 

Additionally, the Stride Bank Center, Senior Center and RSVP are closed to the public effective March 19, 2020.  Staff will continue to work in those facilities to provide services to the public. Mobile meals will continue to be provided.

 

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, all events or community gatherings more than 10 people should be cancelled or postponed through the end of the current emergency declaration on April 13, 2020.  This declaration may be extended further based on the future situation. Individual businesses in Enid are taking proactive steps, following the CDC guidelines.

 

City Service Online

 

City Service by Phone (8AM – 5PM, Monday thru Friday)

  • PAYMENTS: Pay utilities, traffic fines, and permits by phone: (580) 616-7271, 580-616-7272, or 580-616-7273.
  • Contact Utility Services at: (580) 616-7170.

 

City Service by Mail

  • The City’s mailing address is: City of Enid, P.O. Box 1768, Enid, OK 73702.

 

City Service by City Drop Box

  • The City drop box is located in front of City Administration Building, Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 W Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, OK.

 

City Service by Email

  • Email addresses for each department are listed on the online staff directory: www.Enid.org/staff.

 

To stay updated with City information regarding COVID-19, residents should access the city website regularly at: www.Enid.org/coronavirus or on social media at: Facebook.com/cityofenidoklahoma.

 

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man in his 50s died after testing positive for the coronavirus, marking the state's first death linked to the pandemic, health officials announced Thursday. The Tulsa County man tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and died Wednesday, the Tulsa Health Department said. Oklahoma has confirmed 44 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, but officials said that the state was experiencing a shortage of testing kits. State epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed said Wednesday that the state had about 300 testing kits and had already used 200 of them. The vast majority of people who contract the virus recover within weeks. It causes only mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but it can lead to more severe illness, including pneumonia, especially in older adults and people with preexisting health problems.

 

Coronavirus Oklahoma Test Results as of 03/19/20

COVID-19 OKLAHOMA TEST RESULTS

NUMBERS

Positive (in-state residents)

44

Positive (out-of-state residents)

2

Negative

466

PUIs Pending Results

250

Hospitalizations

4

Deaths

1

   

COVID-19 CASES BY OKLAHOMA COUNTIES

NUMBERS

Canadian

2

Cleveland

8

Custer

1

Grady

1

Jackson

1

Kay

2

Logan

1

McClain

1

Oklahoma

18

Pawnee

1

Payne

1

Stephens

1

Tulsa

4

Washington

1

   

COVID-19 OKLAHOMA CASES BY AGE

NUMBERS

00-04

2

05-17

0

18-49

21

50-64

13

65+

8

   

COVID-19 OKLAHOMA CASES BY GENDER

NUMBERS

Female

23

Male

5

   

Information from the Oklahoma Department of Health Website: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov

 

 

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FH)--LOCAL FUNERAL HOMES, CHURCHES AND MINISTERS ARE WORKING TOGETHER AND ARE FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CDC AND THE PRESIDENT’S GUIDELINES TO COMBAT COVID 19 FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.  AT THIS TIME WE ARE LIMITING SERVICES TO 10 PEOPLE. MANY FUNERAL HOMES HAVE THE ABILITY TO LIVE STREAM SERVICES SO LOVED ONES WILL NOT MISS OUT ON ANY SERVICE THEY WISH TO BE A PART OF. 

 

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EC)--Garfield County Child Advocacy Council announced this year's Wooden Children project was canceled due to concerns for COVID-19. "Garfield County Child Advocacy Council would like to thank everyone that has donated and sponsored wooden children this year," said volunteer coordinator and forensic interviewer Shelia McHenry. "Unfortunately, due to the concerns regarding COVID-19, our offices have closed and the Wooden Children project is cancelled."

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LF)--Loaves & Fishes food resource center has suspended client shopping in its pantry and gone to drive-through distribution of pre-packed food boxes to limit the risk of coronavirus exposure. "The health, safety and well-being of our volunteers, clients and staff is the number one priority of Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma as we face these uncertain circumstances," said Lydia Kelley, Loaves & Fishes executive director. "We also remain committed to feeding our hungry neighbors during this pandemic and doing all we can to lift up those who are in need." Pre-packed boxes of food will be distributed in the pantry's parking lot. Kelley said Loaves & Fishes "will still aim to provide fresh produce, meat and dairy items to our clients." Loaves & Fishes was closed today so staff could prepare boxes. Beginning Wednesday, the drive-through will be set up in the parking lot and will offer clients an estimated two weeks worth of food, including bread, meat, produce and dairy, as available. Starting Wednesday, March 18, the drive-through will be open 3:00-6:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Wednesdays. Loaves & Fishes does need volunteers. "We’d like to encourage anyone who is healthy and who feels comfortable to consider volunteering," Kelley said. "It’s a difficult time to ask for help, but with small staff tasked with overseeing distribution, we will likely need 10-15 volunteers each day. If you are able to work with us please reach out to L&F at (580) 540-9830.

 

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WD)--If you’re having symptoms of COVID-19, don’t go straight into the doctor’s office, state health officials say. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, county health departments do not offer testing for coronavirus. If you develop symptoms, such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or have traveled from an area with ongoing spread of coronavirus, call your health care provider or COVID-19 hotline at 877-215-8336 for recommendation first. Before going into a doctor’s office, you should call ahead and discuss your symptoms.

To help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, following these guidelines:

*Wash hands often

*Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth

*Cover your cough or sneeze

*Avoid close contact with people who are sick

*All Oklahomans are advised to take social distancing precautions such as implementing telework and avoiding large gatherings when possible.

 

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EC)--City of Enid public gatherings of 50-plus people are canceled, postponing several performances at the Stride Bank Center through April 13 due to concerns of the coronavirus. “We’ll be postponing all gatherings of 10 or more people through April 13,” Stride Bank Center General Manager Kevin Boryczki said. Events affected will be PRCA Xtreme Bull Riding – originally scheduled for March 28, Chicago - Live in Concert April 1, Land Run Beer Fest April 4 and the April 11 Oklahoma Flying Aces game, Boryczki said. The Stride Bank Center is looking to reschedule all performances, he said. “We’re encouraging fans and patrons to keep tickets until a new date is scheduled or until it’s officially canceled,” he said. “At this time, anything after that is still scheduled as planned.” Shows still slated include Ron “Tater Salad” White April 16, Fire on the Mountain Tour with The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band April 23 and Rodney Carrington Live June 6.

 

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SC)—Schools across the state will be closed until April 6. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said state education officials will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation to determine if it’s necessary to extend the closure. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the department has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on two requested waivers allowing meal service to continue during school closures. Meals will be available at no cost to low-income children and are not required to be served in a group setting to avoid possible exposure to COVID-19.

 

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GP)--Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has issued a proclamation declaring an emergency in all 77 counties to provide public health officials, health care providers, state agencies and small businesses support as a result of the national spread of COVID-19. By declaring an emergency, state agencies may make necessary emergency purchases or hires; small businesses are able to apply for low-interest federal loans; and certain restrictions are temporarily lifted on hospitals and other health care providers in order to treat patients effectively.

 

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ON)--Due to public health concerns, the Enid Chamber is canceling the April 9 Ambassadors’ meeting. Enlisted Appreciation Night which was scheduled for April 25 and the Enid legislative trip to Washington, D.C. scheduled for May have been postponed. These events may be rescheduled at a later date. In a conference call on Monday with Governor Stitt and chamber leaders across the state, the governor indicated that 68 new testing facilities will be set up around the state in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and other stakeholders.

 

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The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Oklahoma small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This funding will be provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by President Trump. To qualify for the program, the state must submit documentation of business losses for at least five businesses per county. If approved, an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration will make disaster loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. Oklahoma businesses affected by the Coronavirus are asked to fill out the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management’s Small Business Disaster Economic Injury Assessment survey by clicking HERE. When SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications are made available, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will have staff available to assist small businesses with filling out the forms. Companies needing assistance with the application forms and economic development organizations providing assistance to businesses in their communities should contact Ray Little at ray.little@okcommerce.gov or 405-815-5227.

 

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