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CV)— For the second day in a row, no new virus-related deaths were reported, but 88 more Oklahomans tested positive for COVID-19 since Sunday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 5,398 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of virus-related deaths stayed steady at 288. A total of 885 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 180 patients in the hospital as of Friday. So far, 4,008 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 25 more cases considered recovered since Sunday. 


The number of confirmed cases in Garfield County increased by one over the weekend to 23 (21 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

5,398 (88)

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date (As of 5/15)


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date (As of 5/15)


*Currently Hospitalized (As of 5/15)


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Deaths in the Past 24 hours


Total Cumulative Deaths

288 (-)

*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 2020-05-18 at 7:00 a.m.

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EE)--Enid Public Schools is welcoming its newest learners this week by distributing enrollment information for the four-year-old program 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 today 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. 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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AT)--Autry Technology Center facilities reopened today 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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FL)--Enid Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a woman suspected of fraud. On April 27, officers were dispatched to Holdings, 205 N. Oakwood, in reference to a fraud. Officers were told an unknown person had passed three forged checks using Holdings information. The total of the three checks used was just under $790.00. Officers determined the checks were used at Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Chestnut. Video surveillance from Walmart Neighborhood Market shows an unknown woman passing the checks. Police have released a still from video surveillance of the woman and are asking anyone who knows her identity to contact them.


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 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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PA)--For the first time in the Enid Police Department’s history, recently hired officers will not attend in person the required basic police academy. Enid News and Eagle reports six officers with the department are attending the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training basic police academy online in the department’s training room. Capt. Gary Fuxa, who oversees the department’s training division, said because of the pandemic the regular classes hosted by CLEET in its facility in Ada have been canceled.

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PR)--Enid Mayor George Pankonin announced May 12 that the Three-Phased Plan for reopening Enid’s economy has been amended that allowed church nurseries and bars to reopen May 15. Public weddings and funerals with more than 10 total participants are again allowed and outdoor graduations may resume. Bars will need to follow the Employer Guidance for Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely Plan for Bars. 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:


LF)--Loaves & Fishes will continue its drive-through food distributions through June, and has changed the service hours for Thursdays. The food resource center, at 701 E. Maine, went to a drive-through service of pre-boxed food, instead of the usual assisted shopping service, in March due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Lydia Kelley, Loaves & Fishes executive director, announced this week the drive-through service will continue at least through June, since social distancing cannot be maintained in the center's waiting room. At the end of June, the Loaves & Fishes board reevaluate the potential to resume client-choice pantry services. Kelley also announced changes to the drive-through service hours. Service still will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesdays will remain at 3:00-6:00 p.m., but Thursday hours, effective this week, are moving to 9:00 a.m. to noon. To receive food, clients need to bring a photo ID and proof of residency in the service area. They 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  If you are able to volunteer, call Loaves & Fishes at (580) 540-9830.


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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