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KGWA Local News Wednesday

 

CV)--Four more virus-related deaths were reported and 92 more Oklahomans tested positive for coronavirus since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 6,229 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 322 total virus-related deaths have been reported. Officials said there have been 962 total hospitalizations, and that 156 people are currently hospitalized.

 

There have been 26 confirmed cases in Garfield County (23 in Enid). One death has been reported in Garfield County, an 86 year-old woman in early April. There have been 11 confirmed cases in Kingfisher County; six cases in Major County (1 death); six cases in Blaine County; two in Grant County, and one in Alfalfa County.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

05.27.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

6,229 (92)

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

172,409

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

179,842

*Currently Hospitalized

156

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

962

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

322 (+4)

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals.  *As of 2020-05-27 at 7:00 a.m.

                                             --00--  27 May 20  11a

SM)--Enid Regional Development Alliance will discuss two major projects during a special meeting today. The board will discuss the movie theater tract in The District and incentives to lure a company that processes food waste to Enid. The board will convene into executive session, which is not open to the public, to discuss the 7.1-acre lot set aside for a future movie theater complex. Kyle Williams, owner of Williams Media Group and developer of The District, is a member of the ERDA board, as are Mayor George Pankonin, City Commissioner Jonathan Waddell and City Manager Jerald Gilbert. Hideaway Pizza, Colton's Steakhouse and the Jiffy Trip convenience store chain, of which Williams is president, all have signed on to The District. A 13,000-square-foot shopping center is planned for construction. After the theater lot is prepared to build on and equipped with all the necessary utilities, Williams' company, Anchored Capital 3 Investments, will give up the lot to the city. In addition to the theater land, the board will discuss incentives to recruit a plant that processes food waste and promises a $1.25 million investment initially with 10 jobs paying an average of $50,000. According to the meeting agenda, there is "potential growth to $90 million in investment and 200 jobs." The board will reconvene into special session, and take any necessary action from executive session. The board will meet at 3:00 p.m. in the boardroom of the Strate Center, 2020 Willow Run.

 

                                             --00--  27 May 20  8a

RW)--If you drive north of Enid, you'll need to allow extra time for your destination over the next several months. A $17.5 million project to reconstruct U.S.81/U.S. 60 north of Enid is scheduled to begin Monday. The work will impact traffic through spring of 2021, and drivers are urged to plan ahead for delays and congestion in the corridor. The project will rehabilitate travel lanes, reconstruct shoulders and add a left turn lane from northbound U.S.81/ U.S. 60 to westbound State Highway 45. Additionally, left turn lanes will be added throughout the project at section line roads. Work generally will occur between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, with some weekend work possible as necessary.

 

                                             --00--  27 May 20  7a

 

TF)--During the COVID-19 global pandemic, Tyson Foods has stepped in to assist local Oklahoma food banks and pantries by donating more than 700,000 pounds of food to Oklahoman families in need. Tyson Foods has donated approximately 10 million pounds of protein across the country. Tyson Foods has a nearly $280 million economic impact on the state and employs more than 3,500 Oklahomans, including over 1400 in Enid.

 

                                             --00--  27 May 20  7a

 

FH)--Repairs to fire hydrants will require city of Enid utility maintenance workers to shut off water on several streets beginning today. Water will be shut off from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at on Jane Lane, Margaret Circle, Adolpha Circle, Burdel Lane, Cogdal Drive (from Burdel to Watson) and Watson (from Randolph to Maine). The work is expected to last four days.

 

                                             --00--  27 May 20  7a

 

CV)--Five more virus-related deaths were reported and 47 more Oklahomans tested positive for coronavirus since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 6,137 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 318 total virus-related deaths have been reported. 

There have been 26 confirmed cases in Garfield County (23 in Enid). One death has been reported in Garfield County, an 86 year-old woman in early April. There have been 11 confirmed cases in Kingfisher County; six cases in Major County (1 death); six cases in Blaine County; two in Grant County, and one in Alfalfa County.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

05.26.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

6,137 (+47)

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date (As of 5/22)

153,804

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date (As of 5/22)

160,903

**Currently Hospitalized (As of 5/22)

174

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

941

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

318 (+5)

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. *As of 2020-05-26 at 7:00 a.m.

                                             --00--  26 May 20  12n

MC)--The annual Memorial Day celebration at Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park was broadcast online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony was broadcast Monday on the group’s Facebook page and featured many of the same tributes as the in-person event, minus the honoring of four fallen servicemen. Those four will be honored during next year’s ceremony. View the ceremony at facebook.com/WoodringWall/videos.

 

                                             --00--  26 May 20  7a

 

SC)--Many Enid residents spent part of their Memorial Day weekend cleaning up storm damage. Enid City officials have started picking up limbs that were knocked down. Just pile storm damage limbs at your residential curb side for pickup. The clean-up effort is expected to last 2 weeks.

 

                                             --00--  26 May 20  7a

 

IA)--A Ringwood man was injured over the weekend in a two-vehicle collision on West Garriott. Enid Police Department officials said 47 year-old Aaron Province was transported from the scene of the of the crash in the 5500 block of West Garriott by Life EMS to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center. According to the report, Province was eastbound on U.S. 412 just after 10:05 Friday morning in a 2006 Nissan Frontier when he struck the vehicle in front of his. Province's vehicle left the road following the collision and struck a fire hydrant, which broke off at the base. Witnesses said Province had been swerving all over the road and did not appear to slow prior to the collision. Authorities said when contact was made with Province it appeared he was having a medical issue. The driver of the vehicle that was struck, 29 year-old Cord Wright of Enid, was not injured

 

                                             --00--  26 May 20  7a

 

CT)--Enid Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of burglarizing an Enid car wash coin-operated machine. On May 6, West Willow Car Wash in the 1600 block of W. Willow, reported a theft from a coin-operated machine. A white Dodge Avenger is seen pulling in next to the coin machine at the automatic car wash. It was reported more than $650 in quarters were stolen from the coin machine. Video surveillance shows a white male wearing a red shirt driving the Dodge Avenger.

 

Anyone with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of this or any crime can report an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, text to 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box or https://www.enid.org/services/police. Those submitting a tip could earn a reward up to $1,000 and will not be required to testify nor be identified.

 

                                             --00--  26 May 20  9a


NC)--Enid Public Schools has chosen Chris Jensen to lead the Enid High School softball program. He will begin his duties immediately. EPS Athletic Director Billy Tipps said Jensen will be an exciting change to the EHS softball program which includes both fast- and slow-pitch teams. Jensen has coached in several programs at EHS. He joined the EHS staff as the EHS assistant baseball coach in 2002 where he helped coach for 17 years. Jensen has also coached for American Legion and Enid Majors Connie Mack where he has led the teams to earning numerous state championship titles. Jensen replaces Danielle Smith, who was head softball coach at EHS for the last three years.

 

                                             --00--  26 May 20  5p 

 

SM)--Enid Public Schools today will begin a new food distribution schedule for free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches. Both meals will be available 10:00-11:30 a.m. weekdays except Friday. Friday meals may be picked up Thursday. The meals are for all children under 18 and all EPS students. Meals will be available at Garfield Elementary School on North 7th; Waller Middle School on W. Randolph; and Enid High School on W. Wabash. Garfield will have 500 meals available, while Waller and EHS will have 600 each. School officials said they will adjust how many sites will provide meals depending on demand.

 

                                             --00--  26 May 20  7a

 

LW)--City of Enid officials said today that local traffic flow on Owen K. Garriott Road between Oakwood Road and Garland Road will be effected on Thursday as work crews begin changing existing streetlights to LED. According to OG&E, this work will impact both eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. City officials are reminding motorists to drive with extreme caution in the work area.

 

                                             --00--  26 May 20  12n

 

WY)--YWCA Enid is seeking nominations for the 47th annual Woman of the Year award, to be presented Aug. 13 during the YWCA Purses with Purpose event. Nominations are due by June 5. "Each year YWCA Enid is proud to recognize one woman in our community who serves as an outstanding example of dedication to serving our community," according to a YWCA officials. To make a nomination for the 2020 YWCA Woman of the Year award, visit bit.ly/Nominate2020WOTY. For more information, call YWCA Enid at (580) 234-7581 or visit https://www.ywcaenid.com.

 

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