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CV)--Four more virus-related deaths and 228 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 8,645 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths climbed 363. This is the fifth day in a row where more than 150 cases were reported in the state's day by day tally. A total of 1,130 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 172 patients currently in the hospital.

 

The number of COVID-19 cases remains at 47 in Garfield County. 44 of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 14 cases, Kingfisher County has increased one to 13 cases, Blaine County is up 2 to 12 cases, Major 6, Grant 2, and Alfalfa 1.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

06.16.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

8,645 (+228)

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  

253,160

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

263,882

*Currently Hospitalized

172

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

1,130

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

363 (+4)

 

*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 2020-06-16 at 7:00 a.m.

 

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WF)--You may have seen the smoke from a large wild fire northeast of Enid Monday. Fire crews from eight Garfield County departments battled the large wheat field fire Monday afternoon. Mike Honigsberg, Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management director, said in a post on Facebook the blaze burned about 500 acres between 54th and 66th and between Phillips and Carrier roads. It took firefighters about two hours to bring the fire under control. Firefighters from Enid, Garber, Breckinridge, Fairmont, Hillsdale-Carrier, Hunter, Pioneer Skeleton Creek and Kremlin were on the scene. After that fire was controlled, another blaze was reported at 42nd and Chestnut, Honigsberg said. Enid, Pioneer Skeleton Creek, Kremlin, Hillsdale-Carrier, Fairmont and Breckinridge responded. Honigsberg urged everyone to be careful during this dry spell to prevent more fires. Don't do things like throw cigarettes out the window of your vehicle, and refrain from any controlled burns "until we get some rain," he said.

 

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CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will consider several items relating to the Kaw Lake water pipeline project during their regular meeting this evening. The commission is set to award an additional $2.72 million in service costs to Garver Engineering LLC, the ongoing pipeline project’s design firm. The project is currently in pre-construction, with construction set to begin in November. To cover the added fees, commissioners will first transfer $2.8 million from Enid Municipal Authority to the Water Capital Improvement Fund, through a $44.4 million loan from Oklahoma Water Resources Board. Michael Graves, from Garver, previously told commissioners, the additional fees are necessary after the project changed from design-bid-build to construction manager at-risk and was delayed 12 more months since 2018. The project’s overall $315 million budget will not change, Graves said, with a reduction of the firm’s services expected in phase four. Commissioners also are set to acquire and condemn two tracts of land both located in Garfield County intended for the pipeline project, under eminent domain.

 

In other business, Commissioners will consider raising the age for purchasing and using tobacco from 18 to 21; several additional business items; and go into executive session to discuss Enid Regional Development Alliance’s contract to develop objectives for the upcoming fiscal year. During study session, set for 5:00 p.m. prior to the regular meeting, the commission will discuss the Defense Community Infrastructure Program. Tonight’s regular meeting will begin at 6:30. Both meetings are open to the public.

 

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DS)--Autry Technology Center is offering a free online seminar on addressing issues of diversity, unconscious bias and social justice in the workplace. The seminar will be held starting at 10:00 this morning. Organizers said many homes and workplaces are having conversations surrounding diversity and social justice due to current events, and the purpose of this webinar is to help employers know how to support this conversation and create a culture of understanding at work. The training will provide organizations with practical tools they can implement in the workforce and day-to-day lives to begin the shift towards more inclusive policies and practices. The webinar is approved for SHRM professional development credits. To register for the seminar visit https://tinyurl.com/AutryDiversity.

 

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RW)— Constructions crews for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) have rescheduled the switch for the traffic on U.S. Highway 81 North to Thursday evening. The new configuration will consist of all traffic being one-lane in each direction on U.S. Highway 81 southbound with a new speed limit set at 50 mph. The new configuration will extend from just south of SH-45 north to Midway/Keowee Road/Kremlin Road. The new configuration is expected to last to Spring of 2021.For additional information or for any questions please contact the ODOT Maintenance Division 4 office at (580) 336-7340 or you can visit the ODOT website at https://www.ok.gov/odot.

 

City of Enid officials announced the intersection of South Hoover and West Oklahoma will be closed beginning Wednesday. This closure is expected to last approximately two weeks and will allow contractors to complete concrete repairs. Also, the area of the 2800 block of North Grant will be closed to through traffic beginning Thursday. This closure is expected to last approximately two weeks and will allow contractors to complete concrete repairs. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the construction effort.

 

Residents can sign up for mobile app notifications to get communication about road construction, trash schedules, holiday closings, water outages, and other important events by going to: Enid.org/RequestCenter or by downloading the SeeClickFix app.

 

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GC)--Up next for Enid High School’s 402 graduating seniors, an in-person ceremony is planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at D. Bruce Selby Stadium. Of the class’ 402 seniors, 99 graduated with honors, having maintained a high GPA and taken advanced classes. 41 of those received valedictorian honors, having maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA.

 

• For the safety of those in attendance, Iowa Street will be closed to regular traffic near the stadium.
• General parking will be available in the south parking lot of the stadium, as well as the west practice field. The EHS parking lots, located on the school campus, also will be open. Those who use the south stadium parking lot are asked to enter the south gates and follow the east sidewalk to the north-side seating.
• Limited handicap parking will be located on the north side of the stadium. Once the spaces are full, vehicles with passengers who require handicap parking will be allowed to drive to the entrance of the stadium to drop-off passengers.
• Guests are welcome to sit on both the north and south sides of the stadium.

• Overflow open seating will be available on the practice field west of the stadium, and guests who choose to use that location are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

 

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