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CV)--Six more deaths related to COVID-19 and 84 new cases of the virus have been recorded in Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health update Tuesday morning. The number of positive tests officially recorded remains at two in Garfield County, one of whom still is a patient at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. St. Mary's Regional Medical Center has set up a tent in front of its emergency department to screen non-emergency patients, staff and physicians. Both Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and St. Mary’s are testing for COVID-19 based on criteria established by the CDC. The Garfield County Health Department has plans in place to operate a satellite testing site as soon as supplies are made available, said Maggie Jackson, Oklahoma State Department of Health regional director of community engagement and health planning.

            Coronavirus (COVID-19) Oklahoma Test Results

                                          03/31/20

COVID-19 OKLAHOMA TEST RESULTS

NUMBERS

DEATHS

Positive (in-state residents)

565

23

Positive (out-of-state residents)

2

 

Negative

1,229

 

Hospitalizations

177

 

 

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UD)--Enid Mayor George Pankonin signed an updated emergency declaration Tuesday. Amendments to the previous emergency declaration included quarantine requirements for visitors from select states, a focus on reducing community spread and a Municipal fine of $500 for those found in violation of the established restrictions. The declarations and regulations shall expire at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, unless and until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.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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KR)--An Enid woman is joining a nationwide movement of volunteer sewers, who are making homemade masks as health care workers, the elderly and immunocompromised face shortages of masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. Kathy Ring, owner of Oklahoma Glass and Wallpaper of Enid, told Enid News and Eagle she has long enjoyed sewing, and decided to put her hobby to good use when she found out her nieces, who work in health care in Tulsa, were working without masks, because there were none to be had.  Ring said she searched online for a pattern and started sewing and sending masks to her nieces. Ring said it takes about an hour to make one mask, start to finish, but had managed to make over 100 by Friday afternoon. Integris Bass Baptist Health Center is accepting homemade masks, and they recommend a pattern found online at https://tinyurl.com/EnidFaceMasks. A video tutorial to make masks also is available online at https://tinyurl.com/MaskTutorial-Enid.

 

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ES)--Enid Public Schools is asking parents and guardians of elementary school students who need a device for online learning to complete a survey by April 3. The survey is an attempt to determine the technology needs of the district's students for upcoming distance learning coursework. All Oklahoma schools have been ordered to develop distance learning lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic that has shuttered schools across the state and nation. District officials said EPS is uniquely positioned to take on the task of distance learning. All students have 1:1 devices, and all secondary students have free mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. We know, however, that technology-related gaps still remain in our district," an announcement on the district's webpage reads. "Currently, elementary devices are in school classrooms, rather than at home with students. We are exploring ways that we can safely distribute these devices to students who need them. To limit exposure to you and to our staff, if your child already has access to a device they can use for online instruction, please let them use that device instead of requesting one from the school. If you have an elementary student and would like to pick up a Chromebook for your family, you need to complete the survey by April 3," according to the announcement. The survey asks for students' names, ID numbers, school and homeroom teachers, as well as questions about internet access availability.  It will also allow you to indicate if you need assistance with internet access at home. The survey can be found at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScU-DW6sH8GuvyBEQyBtp-HreQO8d_dXWuWGffhY7WViZr7vw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR39LX5JNDdH_RaC1J5zrnkwJClKn9lhkWn9QxMHtuSr3zpxbv_-AK9Sbt4

 

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IA)--A Goltry man suffered minor injuries Monday in a two-vehicle collision at Garriott and 10th. According to the report, the crash occurred just after 11:45 Monday morning when 40 year-old Jeffrey Combs of Enid was southbound on 10th in a 2012 GMC 3500 and ran a red light. Enid Police said Combs' vehicle struck a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse heading east on Garriott and driven by 20 year-old Tyler Byrd of Goltry. Byrd was transported to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Combs was cited for running the red light, and Byrd was cited for driving without a license, improper equipment and failure to wear a seat belt. Byrd's passenger, who was not injured, also was cited for failure to wear a seat belt.

 

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CD)--The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is publishing information to their COVID-19 resource page at https://www.okcommerce.gov/covid19/. Information posted there is being updated regularly as new resources and information become available. Recurring weekly webinars addressing the COVID-19 situation and business needs are scheduled on Wednesdays. Webinars are limited to 1000 participants and are first come, first served. View the schedule and conference links at https://www.okcommerce.gov/oklahoma-covid-19-weekly-industry-webinars-announced/. Calls are organized by industry to deliver specific information. Join the calls that are appropriate for your business. Ahead of the first calls, please download the Oklahoma COVID-19 Industry March 31 Memo for important information about disaster funding programs.

 

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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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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. Instructors 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: autrytech.edu/coronavirus.

 

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 autrytech.edu/covid19businessassistance or call 580.242.2750.

 

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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: www.XpressBillPay.com

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: www.Enid.org/coronavirus or on social media at: Facebook.com/cityofenidoklahoma.

 

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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. 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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BL)--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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