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SB)--The Enid Public Schools Board of Education will discuss making revisions to the district’s current plan for “in-person attendance instruction” moving forward. The State Department of Health announced late last week that Garfield has reverted back to “Orange Level” for positive COVID-19 cases, based on a rolling 7-day average. This means that the county is now in the “Moderate Risk” category, defined by the OSDH. District officials previously announce EPS will conduct in-person instruction for ALL students who have chosen that option for the first 7 days of instruction (August 13-21). At this evening’s school board meeting officials will look at the possibility of making revisions to the current plan that, if approved, would provide more flexibility, provide longer periods of time for parents to plan ahead more appropriately with more advanced notice, rather than a week at a time Any changes would take effect on August 24th. Tonight’s meeting will be held at 6:00 in the Board Room at the Administrative Services Center, 500 S. Independence. 


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CV)— Four new virus-related death and 369 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Sunday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 48,711 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths totals 665. There were 506 people who are hospitalized with confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 as of Aug. 14.


There have been 617 positive COVID-19 cases, and eight deaths in Garfield County. 576 of those cases and all eight deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 160 cases, Blaine County is at 46 cases, Major 40, Grant 17, and Alfalfa 6.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



Confirmed Positive Cases


*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  (As of Aug 14)


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  (As of Aug 14)


*Currently Hospitalized (As of Aug 14)


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours


Total Cumulative Deaths


*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 2020-08-17 at 7:00 a.m.

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IW)--The intersection of U.S. Highway 412 and 42nd Street is being operated today as a 4-way stop due to the replacement of a traffic signal pole. City of Enid Engineering officials said the pole replacement is anticipated to take one day for the contractors to complete. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with extreme caution in this area during the construction effort.


Residents can sign up for mobile app notifications to get communication about road construction, trash schedules, holiday closings, water outages, and other important events by going to: or by downloading the SeeClickFix app.


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CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday in special session. According to the agenda, the commission will consider a resolution setting a date for the recall election for Ward Three Commissioner Ben Ezzell, consider action on a number of right of ways and easements, as well as address a number of business items. Prior to the special meeting, commissioners will meet in study session to hear an economic development update. The study session will be held at 5:00 Tuesday afternoon in the Grand Ballroom of Stride Bank Center Convention Hall. The special meeting will follow at 6:30. Bothe Meeting are open to the public.


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BW)--YWCA Enid recently named Dr. Barbara Whinery their 2020 Woman of the Year, during the culmination of its online Purses with Purpose event. Carrie Sanders, executive director of YWCA Enid, said the annual award is given to recognize one woman who serves as an outstanding example of dedication to service in our community. Cheri Ezzell, CDSA executive director, presented the award to Whinery, saying the retired doctor “has distinguished herself in her career, and contributed to the personal growth and success of others through volunteer service, and continues to go beyond what might be expected of her in every endeavor.

In her comments, Ezzell noted Whinery as a “visionary,” and commended her for her compassionate service as a doctor, as a mother and for her founding of 4RKids Foundation in 2003. In a statement to the News & Eagle, Whinery said is was “such an honor to be recognized by the YWCA as their 2020 Woman of the Year. I love the fact that the mission of the YWCA, of empowering women and dignity for all, mirrors so closely what we strive for at 4RKids for all individuals with developmental disabilities,” Whinery said. To view the full presentation ceremony, visit


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CA)--Ponca City Public Schools has delayed the first day of class due to a ransomware attack. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many school districts across the country are delaying the start of class due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. However, Ponca City Public Schools says they now have another concern. KFOR-TV reports on Sunday, the district said its servers “were significantly compromised by a ransomware attack.” Officials say that although the attack likely didn’t result in student, personnel or financial information being stolen, all of their data was left encrypted on the servers. “We are currently rebuilding these files and to ensure a smooth start to an already unprecedented school year, PCPS will delay the start of school until Monday, August 24 for all students,” the district posted. Ponca City Public Schools is currently working with an FBI cyber-security unit to combat further attacks.


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AM)--United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma will host its annual meeting and awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in in the Grand Ballroom of Stride Bank Center. The meeting will feature lunch, special presentations, the 2019-20 campaign totals and the announcement from the 2020-21 campaign chairs. Funds raised through the United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma’s campaign go to support 15 nonprofit member agencies. Several individuals will receive special recognition during the Aug. 21 event, including Tocqueville Society Leadership Awards, certificates of recognition and achievements, and the 2020 recipient of the Dick Lambertz Memorial Award. The cost to attend is $35 per person or $300 for a table for eight. Friday is the deadline to RSVP for event. For information and tickets, call Kim at the United Way office at (580) 237-0821 or email



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