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                                                 Meeting Time Update

 

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 this afternoon. 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 this afternoon in the City Administration Building’s Council Chambers. Public seating is limited to 25. KGWA will broadcast the meeting which will also be available on the City of Enid Facebook page and on Zoom. Like all city meetings since the pandemic reopening, forehead temperatures will be taken outside the room.

 

The City of Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and take any necessary action at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in the Council Chambers of the Administration building located at 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road.

 

The meeting will be limited to 25 individuals from the public due to the size and space of the council chambers.

 

The public will have the capability to view or participate in the meeting online.

Those who wish to participate in public comments virtually, can sign up online at: www.Enid.org/PublicComments by 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

 

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CV)--Another day…another record. 1,075 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. An additional four deaths were reported. A total of 22,813 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 432. A total of 2,170 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 561 patients currently in the hospital.

 

There have been 132 positive COVID-19 cases, and two deaths in Garfield County. 124 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

                                                               07.15.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

22,813

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

424,512

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

450,388

**Currently Hospitalized 

561

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

2,170

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

432

*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 2020-07-15 at 7:00 a.m.

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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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LB)--The Enid Public Library, in partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Loaves & Fishes, will be offering Lunch Bunch each week, Monday through Friday through August 14. Lunches will be served from noon to 1:00 p.m. behind Mercy House (located at 1714 S 4th Street) to anyone up to 18 years old. For more information about this and other programs, visit the library’s website at enid.okpls.org. The Enid Public library is located at 120 W Maine, Enid, OK 73701.

 

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FF)--Senior and low-income residents in the Enid area can receive free electric box fans thanks to a partnership between OG&E, RSVP of Enid, United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma, The Salvation Army of Enid and Stride Bank. Christy Baker, Executive Director of RSVP of Enid said, the partnerships will allow 250 fans to be dispersed to the homes of the area’s most vulnerable.

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