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CV)--The number of cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County remained at 2 Monday as the numbers in the state increased by 52 to 481 with another death announced in Cleveland County. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Sunday morning that two people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Garfield County. There also was a case reported in Texas County in the Oklahoma Panhandle. There have been no other cases reported in Northwest Oklahoma. One St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center patient is confirmed positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Confirmed cases of the virus have now been reported in 47 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. As of Monday morning, 153 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus. 


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results


Positive (In-State)


Positive (Out-of-State)








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

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has joined other governors in requiring air travelers from New York and other coronavirus hot spots to quarantine when travelling to their states. Stitt's executive order issued Sunday says travelers who fly from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Washington state and Louisiana must self-quarantine for 14 days if they head to Oklahoma.


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IA)--A Hennessey man was hospitalized Sunday following a motorcycle crash in Kingfisher County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the crash occurred just after 1:30 Sunday afternoon on a county road a quarter mile north of State Highway 51, about 2 miles east of Hennessey. According to the report, 19 year-old Daniel Blaze Wyatt-Shimanek was transported by Life EMS to Hennessey Fire Department, where he was then flown by helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He was admitted in stable condition with head and internal injuries. Wyatt-Shimanek was southbound on the county road on a 1985 Honda motorcycle and for an unknown reason crossed into the other lane. He overcorrected and overturned the motorcycle and was thrown about 8 feet from the point of rest. The report lists Wyatt-Shimanek's condition at the time of the crash as "odor of alcoholic beverage." The cause of the crash remains under investigation. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.



KD)--A Kansas man was injured Saturday afternoon in a single-vehicle rollover south of Lamont in Grant County. Following the crash 57 year-old Charles C. Sparks of Caldwell, Kan., was transported to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Enid. He was then transferred to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and was admitted in stable condition with internal injuries. According to the report, Sparks was eastbound on U.S. 60 in a 1994 GMC Sierra when he left the roadway, went into a slide, struck the bottom of the ditch and overturned one and a half times, with the vehicle coming to rest on its top. Sparks was ejected from the truck during the roll, coming to rest about 20 feet from the truck. The report lists Sparks' condition at the time of the crash as "odor of alcohol beverage" and the cause of the collision was listed as "alcohol — DUI." Sparks was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.


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AT)--In response to the most recent CDC guidelines for social distancing, Autry Technology Center locations will remain closed and training will continue in online learning environments for the remainder of the current school year. In-person training and on campus events will continue to be suspended through the end of the school year. Training opportunities and other digital tools will continue to be delivered to full-time students in an online format beginning April 6, 2020.  As instructors continue to prepare the next week for this transition, they will communicate with students and share details as soon as they are available. Should you have questions or individual concerns, please contact the Autry Technology Center at 580-242-2750 or visit:


In an effort to assist are small businesses during the current pandemic, Autry Technology Center has created a designated space on the website where small business owners can access tools, find resources and connect with a staff member for further assistance. Those tools and resources include:


·       US SBA Disaster Business Loan Application

·       Enid Regional Development Alliance Resources

·       Small Business Administration Guidance and Loan Resources

·       Oklahoma Department of Commerce FAQ’s


If you or someone you know is needing business assistance during this difficult time visit or call 580.242.2750.


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The city of Enid landfill will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Wednesday, as it transitions to a new, temporary schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, city workers will pick up green polycart containers the same day as regular trash for the time being. The city-issued green polycarts are used for yard waste such as leaves, twigs and grass. Green polycart containers will not be emptied if they contain trash. Enid residents are encouraged to place all green containers at the curb on the same day as their regular trash pickup no later than 7:30 a.m.


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GP)--Enid Mayor George Pankonin March 27th 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 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: To stay updated with City information regarding COVID-19, residents should access the city website regularly at: or on social media at:




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.




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.  




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.




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 or 580-237-2494.




UP)--The City of Enid has announced it will suspend all utility disconnects temporarily through April 13. At the end of the period, the process will be reevaluated. Officials urge all utility customers to pay as much as they are able on their utility bills to keep from falling too far behind. The City will also waive any late payment penalties incurred from March 23 through April 13. Customers may be placed on a deferred payment plan, ensuring that service is not interrupted. Customer service representatives will work with customers to develop a long-term plan that meets the customer’s financial needs. Customers that are unable to pay their utility bills during this time period due to COVID-19 related reasons, please contact customer service at (580)-616-7170.


Utility payments can be made the following ways:


  • By Phone: (580) 616-7271, 580-616-7272, or 580-616-7273.
  • By Mail: City of Enid, P.O. Box 1768, Enid, OK 73702.
  • By City Drop Box: The City dropbox is located in front of City Administration Building, Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 W Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, OK.
  • Online:

ED)--Mayor George Pankonin has signed an emergency declaration for the city of Enid.

The following regulations went into effect Saturday, March 21 11:59PM:

  • Social gatherings of more than ten are prohibited.
  • Religious services are limited to gatherings of ten or less.
  • Public restaurants are limited to drive through, take out, or delivery options.
  • Bars, gyms, exercise facilities, miniature golf, bowling alleys, arcades, skating rinks, and movie theatres are closed to the public.

The regulations will expire April 13, 2020, at 11:59pm unless extended.


Mayor George Pankonin said, “After much research, thought and discussion, I have decided to take our Emergency proclamation to the inevitable next step. It would be irresponsible to hold off until someone is critically ill or deceased in our city to make this tough decision.” OSDH has provided a statewide COVID-19 Call Center: (877) 215-8336. Hours of operation are: 9AM – 7PM weekdays and 9AM – 3PM weekends. To stay updated with City information regarding COVID-19, residents should access the city website regularly at: or on social media at:




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 and for a department listing


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. 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:


To stay updated with City information regarding COVID-19, residents should access the city website regularly at: or on social media at:



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