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KGWA Local News Friday


CV)--The Oklahoma State Department reported 124 more confirmed coronavirus cases and one more virus-related death since Thursday, according to numbers released late this morning. A total of 5,086 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 285 total virus-related deaths have been reported.

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 at 10 confirmed cases, Major County has reported six cases with one death, Grant County has two confirmed cases, and Alfalfa County has reported one.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results


Confirmed Positive Cases

5,086 (+124)

*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


*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-05-15 at 7:00 a.m.

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SA)--A Pond Creek teen was charged last month with three felonies related to a sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl last year. Enid News and Eagle reports 19 year-old Connor Jacob North was charged April 30 with felony counts of rape by instrumentation, indecent exposure and sexual battery related to an incident last May. North, who was 18 at the time of the assault, reportedly admitted to sexually assaulting the girl last year while riding with her in her car.

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AT)--Autry Technology Center facilities are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday with limited access. However, several procedures will be in place to keep the facilities safe. First, you'll only be allowed in if you have an appointment or class. You'll need to use the main entrance at all Autry locations. You'll have your temperature taken, and will need to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose. Classes will be limited to 10 in a classroom, and common areas, break rooms, and shared food will remain prohibited.

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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. Saturday 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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EE)--Enid Public Schools will welcome its newest learners next week with a plan to distribute enrollment information for the 2020-2021 school year while social distancing. Due to social distancing protocols, enrollment information will be distributed through packets at the home school site on Monday from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 12:00-3:30 p.m. Parents are encouraged to stay in their cars and EPS employees will distribute packets to complete at home.


Parents will return packets with copies of appropriate documents to the home school site on Thursday, May 21, 8:00-10 a.m. and 12:00-3:30 p.m. An extra drop-off day is scheduled for May 26. Due to growing enrollment at each site, students from Adams Elementary School and Garfield Elementary School, along with other students, will attend Carver Early Childhood Center, located at 815 S. 5th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students planning to attend the full-day intergenerational four-year-old program at The Commons will pick up four-year-old packets at Carver ECC. 

Four-year-old enrollment packets will also be available at the new Willa Jo Fowler Early Childhood Center located at 102 S. 30th on the NWOSU-Enid campus. Transfers are not needed to enroll at Fowler ECC. Copies of the following documents are required for enrollment when dropping off packets:

*Copy of birth certificate (no footprints, please)

*Copy of up-to-date shot records

*Copy of proof of residency

*Copy of guardianship papers, if applicable

If parents are unable to make copies, local businesses such as Staples, Jumbo Foods, and PDQ Printing are available to make copies. Parents are also welcome to email copies to the school. All EPS four-year-old programs focus on the social, academic, physical and emotional needs of children. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020. Parents can find their home school site by visiting, hovering over the Enrollment tab and clicking “Find Your Child’s School Site”. Information on kindergarten enrollment will be released at a later date. Please contact the EPS Welcome Center for questions at 580.366.7100.

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PR)--Enid Mayor George Pankonin announced Tuesday that the Three-Phased Plan for reopening Enid’s economy has been amended to allow church nurseries and bars to reopen this Friday. The amended plan allows for the following:


  • Bars may open on Friday and must follow the Employer Guidance for Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan for bars.
  • Children are no longer restricted from church nurseries. Church nurseries are allowed to reopen and there is no longer a requirement to keep children with families in church.

The mayor said, “Following through with our promise, we are loosening our previous restrictions effective this Friday.  Public weddings and funerals with more than 10 total participants will be allowed and outdoor graduations may resume. Bars may be opened for business. They will need to follow the Employer Guidance for Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely Plan for Bars. This is consistent with Governor Stitt’s state-wide plan.” The new emergency declaration replaces all former declarations. The ratification of the amended emergency declaration and three-phased plan is scheduled to be on the May 19th Mayor and Board of Commissioners meeting agenda. The other phases of the plan will continue as dated: Phase 2: June 1 and Phase 3: July 1.

The mayor’s message and three-phased plan document can be found on the city website at: To stay updated with City information regarding COVID-19, residents should access the city website regularly at: or on social media at:


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