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KGWA Local News Wednesday


CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Tuesday evening approved Mayor George Pankonin’s emergency declaration that began phase one of the city’s reopening. All but one city commissioner voted to approve both Pankonin’s emergency declaration, as well as the rest of his proposed three-phase reopening plan. Voting against the plan was Ward 3 Commissioner Ben Ezzell who said he believes it is too soon to lift any restrictions and that it cannot be done safely. A majority of commissioners also approved three plan amendments, allowing immediate sports teams’ practices, funerals and weddings with more than 10 people and outdoor graduations for area high schools, the latter two proposed by Ward 1 Commissioner Jerry Allen. The two Allen-proposed amendments will go into effect after May 15. You can find the declaration with all its details by going to and clicking on the COVID-19 banner at the top of the page.

In other business, Commissioners awarded contracts for services concerning federal grants recently received to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s CDBG program received $267,084 in funds from Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist eligible residents affected by the COVID-19 crisis with rent/housing, food/grocery and utilities.

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CV)--Six more virus-related deaths and 74 more confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in Oklahoma since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released by the state health department. A total of 4,201 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and a total of 253 virus-related deaths have been reported, state health department officials said late this morning. Of the six deaths reported, one happened in the last 24 hours and five happened between May 2 to 4.

The number of confirmed cases in Garfield County increased by two to 21 (19 in Enid) in today’s report. There has been one death in Garfield County, an 86 year-old woman in early April. In the latest report Kingfisher County remains at eight confirmed cases, Major County is at four cases with one death, Grant County has two confirmed cases, and Alfalfa County has reported one.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results


Confirmed Positive Cases


*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 


Currently Hospitalized 


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Deaths in the Past 24 hours


Total Cumulative Deaths


Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-05-06 at 7:00 a.m.

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RW)--On Thursday traffic crews will do final signal wiring at Cleveland and Garriott around 10:00 a.m. This maintenance work will require a brief shut down of the traffic signal. When the traffic signal is shut down, the intersection will become a 4-way stop. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the construction effort. 

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CO)--Northern Oklahoma College is planning to open all of its locations beginning July 1, officials said. NOC does plan to have in-person classes in the fall. NOC campuses have been closed since March 30 due to COVID-19 outbreak. Officials said they are working on plans to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community. More detailed plans on classes, campus housing, activities and events will be shared later in the summer. Most college employees will conclude teleworking and return to work June 1, following social distancing and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The plan aligns with phase three of the state’s reopening date for all workplaces while also considering the needs of vulnerable populations. NOC locations will continue to be closed to the public through June 30, but can be accessed by appointment with NOC employees, if necessary. Summer courses are being held this summer via online. Students are encouraged to enroll for the summer or fall semester either by contacting their advisors or by contacting NOC Enrollment Management at (580) 628-6220 (Tonkawa), (580) 548-2275 (Enid) or (580) 628-6910 (Stillwater).

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PN)--Nominations are being accepted for Enid Young Professionals' ninth annual 10 Under 40 event. The event recognizes the top 10 Enid community members under the age of 40. Nominations are due by June 26. Forms are available online at Nominees are expected to demonstrate qualities of a well-rounded individual, including professional and community aspects. The awards luncheon, where the winners will be announced, will be Aug. 25 in the Stride Bank Center Grand Ballroom.

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RW)--City of Enid officials announced that today traffic crews will be servicing the signal wiring at Cleveland and Garriott around 9:00 a.m. This maintenance work will require a brief shut down of the traffic signal. When the traffic signal is shut down, the intersection will become a 4-way stop. Also, the west outside lane of the 400 block of East Garriott will be closed beginning today. This will allow crews to repair a water line near the intersection. The lane will only be closed while crews are present. The work is estimated to be completed Thursday by 5:00 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in these areas during the construction effort. 

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VT)--The Garfield County Health Department is continuing free drive thru testing for Covid-19 at their office, 2501 Mercer Drive. Tests are by appointment. Call (580) 233-0650 if you believe you meet the criteria. To be eligible for testing, a person must be 16 or older, currently have a fever of 100.4F or greater, or have a cough or shortness of breath or have been in close contact to a laboratory-confirmed positive case within the last 14 days. 16 and 17 year olds must have parental or guardian consent.


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