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CV)— Two more virus-related deaths and 395 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 12,343 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 377. Two more deaths were reported but none were in the last 24 hours. A total of 1,393 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 308 patients currently in the hospital. As of today, a total of 298,434 tests have returned negative.

 

There have been 64 positive COVID-19 cases, and two deaths in Garfield County. 61 of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 36 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 25 cases, Blaine County is at 15 cases, Major 8, Grant 2, and Alfalfa 1.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

06.26.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

12,343

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

298,434

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

312,454

*Currently Hospitalized 

308

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

1,393

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

377

*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 2020-06-26 at 7:00 a.m.

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SF)--The Oklahoma State Fair for 2020 has been canceled due the coronavirus. The fair was scheduled for September 17 to 27 at the OKC Fairgrounds, 3001 General Pershing Boulevard. The Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. said the safety and well-being of the fair's visitors, participants and community is the highest priority each year. The Oklahoma State Fair's Board of Directors decided the cancellation was the prudent choice for 2020 and the correct course of action for the Oklahoma State Fair to do its part for community health and safety and to mitigate the potential spread of infection.

 

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VF)-- Republican candidates for Oklahoma Senate District 19 and House District 40 had the opportunity to address interested voters Thursday night, during an online public presentation. Senate challenger David Mason and incumbent Roland Pederson, and House incumbent Chad Caldwell and challenger Taylor Venus, each had five minutes to speak in the presentation, which was broadcast on Facebook and YouTube, moderated by Frank Baker and hosted by the city of Enid. The primary election will be Tuesday. Early voting at the Garfield County Election Board office already is open. Playback of the forum is available at Facebook.com/cityofenidoklahoma/live and YouTube.com/cityofenid/live.

 

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FM)--A collaboration between United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma and Community Development Support Association brought 22,500 masks to Enid on Thursday, to support regional day care centers and nonprofits. United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma CEO and Executive Director Dan Schiedel said he ordered the masks through a community support program offered by Oklahoma Department of Commerce, in hopes of providing needed safety materials for nonprofits and day cares as COVID-19 cases have taken a sharp turn upward. Stephanie Gray, child care resource and referral specialist for CDSA, said masks were packaged in individual plastic bags by noon Thursday, and will go to child care facilities in 15 counties to protect them and their workers. Schiedel said 5,000 masks are going to daycare centers, another 2,500 have been provided to Enid Public Schools, about 2,000 are earmarked for the Marshallese community in Enid, and the remainder will help food pantries and nonprofit assistance agencies in the region. Schiedel said most of the 22,500 masks had been claimed by various nonprofits before they were unloaded.

 

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DE)--An Enid woman was charged this week with felony embezzlement after authorities said she sold two cellphones and a smartwatch belonging to her employer, the AT&T Store on West Garriott. In addition to the felony embezzlement, 31 year-old Taryn Sandoval also faces a misdemeanor count of false pretense. Enid News and Eagle reports she faces up to two years in prison, up to a year in county jail and/or a fine on the felony charge. Online court records show a warrant for Sandoval's arrested was issued Wednesday, when the charges were filed in Garfield County District Court. Bond on the warrant has been set at $1,000.

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ES)--Large payout racing and a fireworks show are planned at Enid Speedway for its second show of the season on Saturday night. Enid Speedway co-promoter Kip Hughes said the June 6 season-opener attracted around 3,000 to 3,500 fans. Saturday's show, the "Mid Summer Modified Shootout" will have one of the larger payouts at Enid Speedway in the modified class thanks in large part to being sponsored by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing out of Wichita, Kan. The Speedway is anticipating around 75-100 cars in total for Saturday night, which will also include the sport mods, pure stocks and hot shots classes. Saturday will also include a fireworks display at Enid Speedway that will begin at dark. Regular adult admission for Saturday is $15. Seniors, military and students 12-15 are $12. Children under 12 are free. Pit passes are $30. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Saturday with racing slated to start at 7:00 on the 3/8-mile dirt oval. Enid Speedway is located on the Garfield County Fairgrounds.

 

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VM)— Early voting for Tuesday's primary election is available today, and Saturday at county election board offices. Anyone may vote early, and Garfield County Election Board Secretary Michael Frisbie is urging voters to wear masks when voting, either early or on Tuesday. Early voting will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Garfield County Election Board, 903 Failing. Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. One precinct change is in effect for this election only. Voters in Precinct 110, who normally vote at Enid Health Center, will vote at Champion Park gym, 740 N. 10th. That also is the location for Precinct 103. Everyone voting will be able to cast a ballot on State Question 802, which would expand Medicaid in the state. Republicans will decide several races, depending on where in the county they live. Democrats will get to decide their nominee for U.S. Senate. Garber Public School patrons will decide the Office 5 school board race. Waukomis Public Schools patrons will decide the Office 4 school board race. For information, call Garfield County Election Board at (580) 237-6016.

 

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FW)--The Enid Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Douglas Newell will celebrate Independence Day in Enid’s Meadowlake Park as the finale to Enid’s citywide July Fourth celebration. The concert will begin at 8:30 pm on Saturday July 4th. Security National Bank of Enid is sponsoring the symphony’s performance.  This is the bank’s third year to sponsor the symphony for the 4th of July community performance. ESO Music Director Douglas Newell has selected FREEDOM RISING! as the theme for this year’s musical celebration. Among the selections the ESO will perform are George Gershwin’s Strike Up the Band, songs of Cole Porter, John Williams’ Liberty Fanfare, 1984 Olympic Theme and Fanfare and The Cowboys Overture as well as selections from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical Hamilton. This performance has been underwritten by Security National Bank of Enid. Additional support has been provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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AC)--Wednesday’s “United Together” coordinator’s event took on an additional element of excitement when United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma announced their 2020-2021 campaign chairs. With several members of the business community on hand to learn about this year’s United Way Campaign, KV, Kyle, Alex and Archer Williams (4 generations) were officially named as this year’s United Way Campaign Chairs. “We are thrilled to have the Williams Family leading this year’s campaign and setting the example for others to follow,” said Mike Ruby, President of the Board of United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma. Alex Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Jiffy Trip, who serves on the local United Way Board and Executive Committee and Kyle Williams, President of Hammer-Williams Company and Williams Media Group will be representing the family during the campaign. “As life-long residents of Enid, we believe in and have always been strong advocates of the philosophy of “service above self” and support the mission of United Way. Our family has been tremendously blessed from the hard work of my grandfather, father and the numerous employees whom we employ. We enjoy giving back and are excited to chair this year’s campaign.” said Alex Williams. Kyle Williams, CEO of Hammer-Williams stated, “We need Pacesetters. These are businesses and their employees who will commit to completing their United Way campaigns prior to the official Kick-Off in early September. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Way’s partner agencies have been hit hard and have expended a number of their resources to help folks in our community. That’s why we believe that we need to strive for a goal that will help meet the additional needs throughout our communities in NW OK.”

 

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