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CV)-- The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 314 new COVID-19 cases late this morning. The Health Department also reported seven additional coronavirus-related deaths. A total of 29,116 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 484. A total of 2,687 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 628 patients currently in the hospital.

 

There have been 220 positive COVID-19 cases, and two deaths in Garfield County. 206 of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 69 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 74 cases, Blaine County is at 26 cases, Major 21, Grant 6, and Alfalfa 1.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

07.24.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

29,116

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

493,926

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

527,895

*Currently Hospitalized 

628

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

2,687

Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours

2

Total Cumulative Deaths

484

 

*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 2020-07-24 at 7:00 a.m.

 

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JM)--The Garfield County Criminal Justice Authority met Thursday and recommended the hiring of a full-time mental health professional for the county jail. According to Enid News and Eagle, Jail Administrator Ben Crooks said the position would need to provide drug counseling, alcohol counseling and conduct suicide assessments He said the position also would need to provide programming at the facility for drug and alcohol addiction and mental health programing. Crooks said the current budget would allow for such a position at the jail. During a report of jail operations, Crooks said the county jail had 204 inmates, which puts it past operational capacity of 193. He said staff remained at 50, 43 detention officers and seven staff members.

 

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CD)--Former Vance Air Force Base commander and advocate retired Col. Donald “Crusher” Craigie died Wednesday. His story is in the Enid News and Eagle, and reports Craigie received his wings at Vance Air Force Base in September 1967. Craigie returned to Vance as commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing in 1990, and remained in that post until 1992. He retired in 1993, but came back to Enid to help prevent the closing of Vance during the 1995 round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission.

 

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SG)--The Stride Bank Center is expecting the first ever celebrity guest appearance at an Enid Comic Con. Sam J. Jones, best known for his role as Flash Gordon, will be coming to the 3rd annual event August 1st and 2nd. Jones has over 65 films and hundreds of television shows to his credit, including comedic appearances in Ted and Ted 2.

 

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AC)--Autry Technology Center's first day of the new school year will be August 13th. They will have a detailed Covid-19 Plan as well measures in place. It will feature four color-coded statuses that the school could move into at any time throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The year will begin with Status Green, which includes on campus, hands-on training with in-person instruction, limited social interaction with peers and staff, and modified access to facilities and equipment. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, updates will be made on the district website, autrytech.edu, and social media pages.

 

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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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OC)--Contemporary Christian duo for King&Country will appear in a drive-in concert, 8:00 p.m. Aug. 27 in the parking lot at Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Spectra Venue Management, Stride Bank Center and Chisholm Trail Expo Center are teaming up for the drive-in concert experience. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8:00. Ticket prices will be per vehicle, with a maximum of five people per vehicle, and are $160, $210 and $310. Parking will be general admission within the designated price levels. Tickets go on sale to the public 10 a.m. July 24 at stridebankcenter.com, Stride Bank Center Box Office or at 855-TIX-ENID.

 

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PF)--Spectra Venue Management, Stride Bank Center and the Chisholm Trail Expo Center announced a second drive-in concert experience scheduled August 30 featuring "Outdoor Floyd, A Socially Distanced Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular." The drive-in event will be held in the parking lot at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices will be per vehicle, with a maximum of five people per vehicle, and are $110, $160, $210 and $310. Parking will be general admission within the designated price levels. Tickets go on sale at noon on July 24 at stridebankcenter.com, Stride Bank Center Box Office or at 855-TIX-ENID. The first drive-in concert featuring King&Country will be August 27.

 

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