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DF)--Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials reported today a Cherokee man critically injured in a crash earlier this month, died from the injuries he sustained. On the morning of July 3, 72 year-old Gene Leon Davis was riding a Huffy motorized bicycle west of Cherokee on Greer Road when a mechanical problem with the bike's rear fender which caused Davis, who was not wearing a helmet, to lose control and hit the roadway. He was transported by air ambulance to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in critical condition with head injuries. According to OHP, Davis died of his injuries July 8.

 

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CV)--A one-day record 993 new coronavirus cases, as well as four additional deaths were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 21,738 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths is now 428. Four new deaths were reported but none of them happened in the last 24 hours. A total of 2,116 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 546 patients currently in the hospital. So far, 16,635 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 820 more cases considered recovered since Monday.

 

There have been 132 (+24) positive COVID-19 cases, and two deaths in Garfield County. 124 (+23) of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 53 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 50 cases, Blaine County is at 22 cases, Major 15, Grant 3, and Alfalfa 1.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

07.14.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

21,738

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

419,556

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

444,852

**Currently Hospitalized 

546

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

2,116

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

428

*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 2020-07-14 at 7:00 a.m.

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CC)--The Enid City Commission will consider making masks mandatory in public as well as other actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic during a special meeting Wednesday. City Manager Jerald Gilbert said Commissioners will hear from health and medical officials, as well as the public, to discuss and determine whether to mandate or recommend masks in public; require bar and restaurant staff to wear masks; and limit gathering sizes, among other actions. Open to the public, the special meeting will be held at 5:00 Wednesday afternoon in the City Administration Building’s Council Chambers, as well as via Zoom. Like all city meetings since the pandemic reopening, forehead temperatures will be taken outside the room. An agenda for the meeting and the Zoom code will be announced by Tuesday afternoon.

 

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PF)--The Enid chapter of the NAACP and District Attorney Mike Fields will host a forum on race, equality and the criminal justice system at 6:00 Thursday evening at West Side Church of God in Christ, 1902 W. Chestnut. Organizers said Thursday's event is designed to continue to build ties between all segments of Enid, law enforcement and the district attorney's office. The event will be an opportunity for members of the public to discuss concerns about systemic racism in the justice system and to address topics related to equality in policing and sentencing. The public is invited to attend.

 

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VM)--The annual meeting of the Enid Regional Development Alliance on Thursday will be a virtual one, over Zoom. Everything else will be normal, with an ERDA update, a vote by members on the Board of Directors, and a Keynote presentation from Chris Schwinden, Senior Vice-President of Site Selection Group. An RSVP is required to attend the meeting. For more information, contact the ERDA.

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WF)--The City of Enid taking nominations for the 2020 “Walk of Fame” Award to be presented in September during the celebration of the Cherokee Strip Days. The Walk of Fame is given to individuals that have made significant contributions to the Enid community. To be considered for the Walk of Fame, a person shall:

 

*Have demonstrated a lifetime of service to the community in general; or

 

*Have made an extraordinary contribution or act of selflessness or statesmanship for Enid.

 

Nominations will be accepted in the office of the City Clerk until 5:00 p.m. July 15.

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AS)--The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has launched a new COVID-19 alert system that offers the public and local elected officials a clear method to recognize and communicate the current COVID-19 risk level in each county and to guide health behaviors. The Oklahoma COVID-19 Alert System is a four-tiered risk measurement tool with corresponding color categories that identify the current COVID-19 risk level by county. Each color category is based on daily new cases per 100,000 population. The color-coded county map will be updated every Friday as part of the agency’s Situation Media Advisory and will be based on the 7-day rolling average:

  • Green: 0 < 1.43 daily new cases per 100,000 population
  • Yellow: 43 < 14.39 daily new cases per 100,000 population
  • Orange: > 14.39 daily new cases per 100,000 population
  • Red: > 14.39 daily new cases per 100,000 plus one of four additional gates triggered

OSDH will deem a county as in a high-risk phase if the county is reporting more than 14.39 daily new cases per 100,000 and one or more of the four thresholds occur in the State within a given week.  

  • Statewide ICU threshold: Percent of ICU beds available <5% statewide
  • Statewide Medical/Surgical threshold: Percent of medical surgery beds available <5% statewide
  • Statewide Ventilator threshold: Percent of ventilators available <5% statewide
  • Facility PPE threshold: Average days of PPE on hand and available < 5 days statewide

The State will work with local officials in red counties on a remediation plan. The red phase is triggered when additionally assessing statewide health system capacity definitions, assumptions and plans in the Oklahoma Hospital Surge Planning Toolkit and with assessing numbers based on hospitals’ bed capacity at 100%. This status indicates statewide, systemic challenges and pressures on the healthcare system resulting from COVID-19. This new alert system is subject to further revisions. Guidance for each risk category is available for individuals, businesses, high-risk individuals, and children on the COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

 

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