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KGWA Local News Tuesday


CV)--Four more virus-related deaths and 119 more confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in Oklahoma since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 4,732 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and a total of 278 virus-related deaths have been reported. Health officials reported one of the deaths occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between April 30-May 9.

The number of confirmed cases in Garfield County remains at 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 is up 1 to nine confirmed cases, Major County is up to six cases (+1) with one death, Grant County has two confirmed cases, and Alfalfa County has reported one.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results


Confirmed Positive Cases

4,732 (+119)

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

278 (+4)

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-05-12 at 7:00 a.m.

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TG)--Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma has been named a recipient of the COVID-19 Child Welfare Rapid Response Fund provided by Arnall Family Foundation. Tree Perkins, YFS director of development, said the funds will be used to provide an iPad and internet-capable hot spot to 30 YFS clients in need of technology help to remain connected to their families and close friends.

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AQ)--Adventure Quest will open back up for business this week. The children's science museum and activity center will start with an opening for members only Thursday, followed by an opening to everyone Friday. As with everyone else, the Leonardo's staff will have extra precautions and sanitation in place for everyone’s safety.

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BH)—Enid City Commissioners have been told during budget hearings 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 $3.6 million from fiscal year 2019-20. Commissioners will have another special budget hearing Thursday to continue to go over budgets for additional individual 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


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