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BH)—Enid City Commissioners were told during budget hearings this week the city has built in a decrease in revenue into its budget plan for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The city has budgeted a 10% decrease in sales tax revenue, nearly $2 million less in water revenue and $405,000 less in police fines, Sales tax revenue for the 2020-21 fiscal year was budgeted at about $32.6 million, a decrease of about $3.59 million from fiscal year 2019-20. Commissioners heard about the proposed budget for individual departments Tuesday and during a special meeting Thursday. They will have another special budget hearing May 14 to go over budgets for the final departments. The overall budget commissioners are expected to approve in their meeting May 19 calls for about $156.5 million in revenue, with spending set at about $163 million. The roughly $6.26 million deficit will be made up by fund balances that have built up over the years in several areas.

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DT)--The annual Picnic for Progress drug take back and safety day is set for 3:00-6:00 p.m. May 16 at Champion Park, with some modifications this year due to the coronavirus. Each year the Austin Box “12” Foundation hosts the event at Champion Park, at 10th and Chestnut, to promote the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs, needles and other “sharps.” Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs will be accepting any drugs that need to be safely disposed. They also will accept used and unused needles, syringes and lancets stored in a puncture-proof container. Social distancing will be maintained throughout the take-back, which will strictly be a drive-through or walk-up event. There will not be a traditional picnic, due to coronavirus prevention needs, but free hot dogs will be served on a to-go basis to all who come through. Hot dogs will be served courtesy of Salvation Army of Enid. Each person who comes to the event also will receive a free mask and hand sanitizer, while supplies last. For more information on the Austin Box “12” Foundation and its work to prevent drug misuse and overdose, visit https://www.austinbox12foundation.com.

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CV)-- Six more virus-related deaths and 94 more confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in Oklahoma since Thursday, according to daily numbers released by the state health department. A total of 4,424 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and a total of 266 virus-related deaths have been reported, the state health department said late this morning. Two deaths happened in the last 24 hours and four happened between May 2 to 6.

The number of confirmed cases in Garfield County increased by one to 22 (20 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 five cases (+1) with one death, Grant County has two confirmed cases, and Alfalfa County has reported one.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

05.08.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

4,424 (+94)

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

84,869

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

89,857

*Currently Hospitalized 

228

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

815

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

2

Total Cumulative Deaths

266 (+6)

*As of 2020-05-08 at 7:00 a.m.

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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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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 OBI officials. "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 a 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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GS)--In a salute to the Class of 2020, Enid High School is displaying individual senior photos on its own yard sign along the sidewalk outside Enid High School. The 365+ photos were installed as a way to recognize the graduating seniors, whose final semester has been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photos were provided from yearbook portraits, so not all of the seniors’ photos have been placed. 400 EHS seniors will graduate during Enid High’s virtual ceremony set for May 21. The event will be broadcast on Enid Television Network, YouTube TV and Facebook Live. Enid High School also has an in-person graduation ceremony tentatively scheduled for June 18 at D. Bruce Selby Stadium, or at Chisholm Trail Expo Center should inclement weather occur. A third option has an in-person ceremony set for July 30.

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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 enidyp.com. 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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LF)--Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma will continue to distribute boxes of food during the COVID-19 health crisis. “Loaves & Fishes has made the decision to move to boxed food distribution,” Executive Director Lydia Kelley said. “In an effort to create fewer social interactions, pre-packed boxes of food will be handed out in a drive-thru setting in our parking lot. Normal shopping in our pantry will temporarily stop, and boxes will be the sole way of food distribution until the risk of infection has passed, but Loaves & Fishes NWOK will still aim to provide fresh produce, meat and dairy items to our clients.” The drive-through, 701 E. Maine, will be open 3:00-6:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. “Loaves & Fishes NWOK would like to assure our clients that we have plenty of food,” Kelley said. “With ongoing support from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, we are confident that we can continue providing assistance. To receive food, clients need to bring a photo ID and proof of residency in our service area. We also need to have IDs and/or documentation for each person living in the household.” Information about documentation needed can be found on the organization’s website at www.loaves andfishesnwok.org. “We’d like to encourage anyone who is healthy and who feels comfortable to consider volunteering,” Kelley said. “It’s a difficult time to ask for help, but with a small staff tasked with overseeing distribution, we will likely need 15 to 20 volunteers each day.” If you are able to volunteer, call Loaves & Fishes at (580) 540-9830.

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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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