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GP)--Enid Mayor George Pankonin today signed an amended emergency declaration mirroring Governor Stitt’s executive order in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

 

The amended emergency declaration defines and provides for the following:

 

  • City of Enid facility closures
  • Stay at Home order
  • Social distancing requirements
  • Cessation of non-essential business
  • Defines essential businesses
  • Defines essential activities

 

The amended emergency declaration will begin Saturday at 11:59PM. The declarations and regulations shall expire at 11:59 p.m. on April 16 unless and until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing. The full emergency declaration can be found on the city website at: www.Enid.org/coronavirus. 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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CV)--An eighth Oklahoman has died after contracting COVID-19, as the number of cases statewide topped 300, with no positive test results in Northwest Oklahoma, according to statistics released Friday by Oklahoma State Department of Health. The number of cases was reported at 322 on Friday in 38 counties, with 105 hospitalizations. There have been 1,084 who have tested negative for coronavirus COVID-19 in the state. The health department has stated all residents should assume COVID-19 is in their communities and take precautions.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

03/27/20

Positive (In-State)

322

Positive (Out-of-State)

2

Negative*

1084

Hospitalized

105

Deaths

8

*Negative testing results are only from the State Public Health Laboratory and do not include private laboratory negative results.

COVID-19 Cases by County

County

Cases

Deaths

Adair

3

0

Bryan

1

0

Caddo

1

0

Canadian

11

0

Carter

1

0

Cherokee

1

0

Choctaw

1

0

Cleveland

39

3

Comanche

6

0

Craig

1

0

Creek

14

1

Custer

3

0

Delaware

2

0

Garvin

2

0

Grady

2

0

Jackson

1

0

Kay

17

0

Latimer

1

0

Lincoln

3

0

Logan

3

0

Mayes

2

0

McClain

2

0

Muskogee

5

0

Noble

3

0

Oklahoma

94

2

Okmulgee

2

0

Osage

5

0

Ottawa

1

0

Pawnee

14

1

Payne

7

0

Pittsburg

2

0

Pontotoc

2

0

Pottawatomie

2

0

Sequoyah

1

0

Stephens

1

0

Tulsa

49

1

Wagoner

8

0

Washington

9

0

Total

322

8

 

                         

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GV)—During this time of social distancing and restricted movements, a local retirement and rehab facility has come up with a way for family and friends to stay in contact with their loved ones that are residents. Mike Weatherford of Greenbrier Villages tells us about their new “Welcome Window”.  

 

                                                Mike  :58  “…happen, as well.”

 

To schedule access to visit your loved one, contact Greenbrier Villages at 580.233.0121.

 

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RO)--City of Enid Engineering officials announced today that Market Avenue between South 66th Street and South 78th Street is open to traffic. During routine bridge inspections, a bridge located along Market Avenue, was found to have deficiencies and was closed. The construction to fix the deficiencies is complete and it has been determined by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the inspection team that the bridge can be reopened.

 

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SC)--Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI) is offering free, live and virtual classes to keep area seniors engaged and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. A variety of classes are, or in coming days will be, offered. Registration is required for virtual classes. To register, call (405) 271-2290 or email centralohai@ouhsc.edu.

 

 

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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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DL)--The State Board of Education today approved a plan to keep school buildings closed for the remainder of the school year and implement a distance learning plan. On Monday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced a “continuous learning plan” that if approved would take effect April 6. Amid fears of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Hofmeister said it’s imperative education not take a back seat. The continuous learning plan will provide a framework for age appropriate learning. This could include phone calls and check-ins between students and teachers. Enid Public Schools is in the process of developing its protocols that will be used.  Some schools, including Oklahoma Bible Academy, have already started distance learning.  

 

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SM)— Enid Public Schools has changed distribution of free meals to children under the age of 18 on Wednesday. Beginning Wednesday, breakfast and lunch pickup will be 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Garfield, Glenwood, Enid High and New View Apartments. Due to US Department of Agriculture guidelines, students must be present in the car to receive a meal. Denny Price Family YMCA will continue to provide dinner 3:00-4:30 p.m.

 

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HA)--St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center are searching for local companies that have made or have the capability of making 70% or greater isopropyl alcohol, Glycerol 98%, Hydrogen Peroxide 3%, Ethanol 96%, protective masks, gloves or impermeable gowns, cleaning wipes (alcohol or PDI). Healthcare workers are utilizing their personal protective equipment at record rate due to concerns surrounding the COVID 19 virus. If you have 3D printers in your business and could potentially make clear plastic face shields, this would be helpful to know as well. Our Enid hospitals are also able to take any unopened containers of any of the above items. For more information or to donate, please contact Jon Blankenship at the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce at jon@enidchamber.com or 580-237-2494.

 

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