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KGWA Local News Tuesday

CV)—Thirteen new virus-related deaths and 765 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. A total of 44,728 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths is now 618. The state health department said 6,917 Oklahomans are considered active COVID-19 cases. A total of 3,760 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 530 patients currently in the hospital.


There have been 492 positive COVID-19 cases, and five deaths in Garfield County. 457 of those cases and all five deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 138 cases, Blaine County is at 45 cases, Major 35, Grant 16, and Alfalfa 3.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



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*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  (As of Aug 7)


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  (As of Aug 7)


**Currently Hospitalized (As of Aug 7)


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Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours


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*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 2020-08-10 at 7:00 a.m.


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RP)--The petition calling for a recall election of Ward 3 City Commissioner Ben Ezzell was found sufficient by the city clerk Friday. Enid News and Eagle reports City Clerk Alissa Lack found 87 signatures sufficient, only 69 were needed for the recall election to be held. The group Enid Freedom Fighters submitted the petition to the city clerk on Aug. 4. Enid City Commissioners will now vote Aug. 18 to approve a ward election to be held November 3rd. Candidates can file for the November election to fill Ezzell’s seat from Aug. 24-26. Having served the maximum two terms, Ezzell’s term expires in May, and an election to fill the seat will be held in February.


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RR)--An Enid man was arrested after he reportedly led EPD officers on a chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph in parts of the city Saturday following an attempted traffic stop for running a stoplight at Garriott and Van Buren. Police say 42 year-old Brandon Shay Rusconi and another motorcyclist were in the westbound turn lane at Garriott around 7:50 Saturday night when they ran the traffic light to turn south onto Van Buren. According to an EPD report, the other motorcyclists immediately pulled over and complied, while Rusconi accelerated rapidly and passed another vehicle in an attempt to elude. The chase lasted about 13 minutes, with Rusconi reaching speeds of up to 100 mph while running a number stoplights and stop signs before stopping in the 1700 block of Field Drive. He was arrested on complaints of felony eluding and misdemeanor offenses including driving under suspension, third offense; no insurance; invalid tag; and running stop signs and stoplights. He also had bench warrants for failure to comply with domestic battery, larceny from retailer and possession of CDS and suspended license.


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FC)--A former Vance Air Force Base officer and nurse was sentenced Monday to 24 months in federal prison for health care fraud in an illegal pharmacy referral scheme. According to Enid News and Eagle, 40 year old Romeatrius Moss reportedly accepted kickbacks for referring TRICARE beneficiaries to pharmacies furnishing compounded drugs. In addition to the prison sentence, Moss was ordered to pay $622,459 in restitution to TRICARE.


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MS)--Mary Stallings, executive director of Cherokee Strip Community Foundation for nearly 20 years, has announced her retirement effective Sept. 1. Stallings began her tenure with the Enid-based foundation in July 2001 after a number of years serving on local and statewide organizations’ boards of directors. The foundation board expects to name a successor to Stallings soon. Stallings is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XV and a trustee and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Enid. She was the first woman elected president of Rotary Club of Enid, and she also served on the YWCA Board of Directors, as board chair of RSVP, chair of Garfield County Child Advocacy Center, and a graduate of the first class of Oklahoma Community Institute. Her honors include being Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” in 2008, a Journal Record “Woman of the Year” finalist, and Enid Pillar of the Plains honoree in 2007. Currently, she serves on the board of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.


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