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DL)--Enid Public Schools began distance learning classes today. EPS has established a Distance Learning Hub for parents/guardians and students. The site's homepage, https://www.enidpublicschools.org/266650_2, features a letter from Superintendent Darrell Floyd and links to overviews, lesson plans, contact information and frequently asked questions. The superintendent said finishing the school year will take cooperation between EPS, parents/guardians and staff. The site includes learning plans for elementary schools, each Middle school and Enid High School.

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MN)--St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center are still in need of face masks. Home-made face masks can be worn by patients and most staff. If you can help out or have masks to donate, contact the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce at 580-237-2494. 

 

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CV)--A total of 1,327 positive coronavirus cases have been reported in Oklahoma and the total number of deaths has gone up to 51, the OSDH reported this morning. The number of confirmed cases in Garfield County remained at 5 in the latest report.  

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Positive (In-State)

1,327

Positive (Out-of-State)

2

Negative*

1,422

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

340

Deaths

51

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

 

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VS)--Oklahoma Blood Institute is looking for plasma donors who have recovered from COVID-19 in hopes of treating patients who have contracted the virus. The experimental effort will be used to "treat seriously ill patients," according to an OBI press release. "By creating the only statewide registry of available patients, Oklahoma Blood Institute can ensure local patients receive the donated products and have the best possible chance at fighting the illness," according to the press release. Donors are asked to sign up for Oklahoma’s registry at https://mobile.bio-linked.org. Bio-Linked allows users to submit confidential health and social information via a secure site and to list themselves as potential volunteers for medical research. Once qualified, plasma will be drawn at hospital partner sites, with each donor providing up to three therapeutic plasma doses.

 

To provide convalescent plasma, donors must be eligible to donate blood and meet the criteria below:

• Prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test;

• Present negative results for COVID-19;

• Symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation.

• If female, either no history of pregnancy or negative for HLA (tissue typing) antibodies.

Complete information on donor eligibility from the FDA is available at https://tinyurl.com/FDA-OBI-COVID19.

 

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IA)--The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a man from Waynoka was driving under the influence when he lost control of his 2008 Chevy pickup in Major County early Saturday morning. The report states 19 year old John Charles Stine III drove the pickup off the road county road and rolled it one time, and struck a tree. Stine was transported to Alliance Health Center in Woodward, then taken by medi-flight to Mercy Hospital in OKC where he was admitted in stable condition with internal injuries. His passenger, 20 year old Logan Halton of Waynoka, was taken by private vehicle to St. Mary's in Enid where he was treated and released.

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FP)--Denny Price Family YMCA and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma are teaming up to serve hundreds of Enid children. The Y is a partner of Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. For the past two weeks, meals and snacks have been offered to any child under the age of 18, with Regional Food Bank providing the food offered. According to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in these first few days of the effort, Denny Price Family YMCA saw the highest total average of children in the state come through for meals, averaging 100 plus each night, with some days surpassing 200. The food is offered in a grab-and-go model in the south parking lot of the YMCA, 415 W. Cherokee, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The meals include a protein, vegetable, fruit and a grain, such as pasta or bread. A snack also is offered, such as grape juice and pretzels or milk and cereal.

 

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CS)--Enid Police Depart­ment is seeking the public’s help in identifying a shoplifter. On March 7, officers were sent to Academy Sports + Outdoors, in the 4400 block of W. Garriott, in reference to a shoplifting. The manager said a man left the store with various pairs of pants, a belt and a pair of shoes. The manager said approximately $415 worth of merchandise was taken from the store, without being paid for. Police have released a surveillance video still of the man seeking his identity. Anyone with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of this or any crime can report an anonymous tip with Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, text to 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box or online at https://www.enid.org/services/police. Those submitting a tip could earn a reward up to $1,000 and will not be required to testify nor be identified.

 

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CF)--The statewide candidate filing period begins at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, said Michael Frisbie, Secretary of the Garfield County Election Board. Filing will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The deadline for filing as a candidate is 5:00 p.m. Friday, no exceptions. Candidates for state offices file with the Secretary of the State Election Board in Oklahoma City. Candidates for county offices file with the Secretary of the County Election Board. Frisbie said that the following county offices will be filled this year: County Commissioner District 2, County Court Clerk, County Clerk, and County Sheriff. ALL SOCIAL DISTANCING PRECAUTIONS WILL BE OBSERVED. For more election-related information, call the County Election Board at 580 237-6016, or visit www.elections.ok.gov.

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DD)--Governor Kevin Stitt announced Sunday that President Donald Trump has approved his request for a Major Disaster Declaration covering all 77 Oklahoma counties. The declaration authorizes FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which provides federal funding for emergency protective measures and direct federal assistance for state and local governments as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. Gov. Stitt’s request for additional assistance to include crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal services and other programs remains under review by the White House.

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VP)--Governor Kevin Stitt announced this weekend the launch of a new volunteer initiative that will connect Oklahomans to volunteer opportunities in their communities, once health professionals determine it is safe and appropriate to do so. The program, called Ready. Help. Go. provides a place for Oklahomans to offer their hand in future volunteer opportunities. Ready. Help. Go.’s first phase will focus on gathering information about willing volunteers and their skill sets and is intended to support communities throughout the state through the COVID-19 response and beyond. Oklahomans who want to volunteer can visit readyhelpgo.org for more information. 

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FM)--Forgotten Ministries, in the 1700 block of S. 4th, is offering evening meals for anyone in need. The ministry has set up three ways for people to receive food at the facility. Meals for the homeless population are provided under a tent in the parking lot, on chairs spaced to maintain recommended social distancing. Forgotten Ministries staff will pick up anyone in need from Our Daily Bread at 4:30 p.m. each day and return them there after the meal. People who use this service will have the opportunity to shower, receive a change of clothes and leave their clothes to be laundered and picked up the next day. For all others in need, the Forgotten Ministries food truck will be serving meals beginning at 5:30 p.m. The food truck will be parked in the south part of the Moore and 4th intersection for drive-through service, with meals in to-go containers. New View Apartments residents can walk to the food truck and form a line to be served to-go containers. Forgotten Ministries is looking for churches and organizations willing to help serve or cover the cost of meals during the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone interested in helping can message the Forgotten Ministries Facebook page or email peggy@forgottenministries.com. To help financially, mail a check made payable to Forgotten Ministries to 1714 S. 4th St., Enid, OK 73701                       

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LC)--Enid Police Chief Brian O'Rourke has closed the lobby of the department to limit person-to-person contact during the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic. The front door foyer remains open to the public. Inside the foyer is a phone with numbers to call to request a report or traffic accident, speak to an officer or to report a crime. John said traffic accident reports will be emailed to those who request them. He said conditional warnings and impound releases also will remain available. To contact the Enid Police Department by phone call (580) 242-7000. If there is an emergency, call 911. Tips also can be submitted to Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, text to 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box or https://www.enid.org/services/police.

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MH)--Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma is offering a free mental health helpline to help people through the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the social isolation that comes with it. "During the COVID-19 crisis, many people may find themselves on edge," said Tree Perkins, Youth and Family's director of development. "Routines have changed, children are home from school, families are cooped up, and many have or will experience job loss. With all of these worries looming, we know that this can be scary and overwhelming time." With help from a grant from United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, Youth & Family Services is offering the free helpline for "those who may be experiencing anxiety, sadness, fear, or perhaps just a need to hear a friendly voice," Perkins said. Anyone in need can call the helpline at (866) 324-2085. The helpline will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. If the helpline goes to voicemail, callers should leave a message with their name and phone number, and Youth & Family will call them back as soon as possible.

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