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CV)— Four new virus-related deaths and 357 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 53,522 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths increased to 730.


There have been 766 positive COVID-19 cases, and nine deaths in Garfield County. 718 of those cases and all nine deaths have been in Enid. Currently, Garfield County is in a "moderate risk" category as defined by the OSDH, with 30.65 daily new cases per 100,000 population on average. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 236 cases, Blaine County is at 62 cases, Major 43, Grant 21, and Alfalfa 11.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



Confirmed Positive Cases


*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  (As of Aug 21)


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  (As of Aug 21)


*Currently Hospitalized (As of Aug 21)


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 2020-08-24 at 7:00 a.m.


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SN)--Enid Public Schools officials say they continue to monitor closely the COVID-19 situation of the district’s students and staff. According to the latest data, 24 students and 9 staff have tested positive for the virus and are in isolation quarantine. A total of 380 Enid students and staff members have had to quarantine due to close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient. Officials say that includes 71 students and staff members at Longfellow Middle School and 111 at Monroe Elementary School. A statement released by district officials stated “While we must protect the privacy of all students and staff, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with families and community members. There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our students, our staff and their families. We are working closely with health officials to monitor the situation. Health officials and EPS health services have been working together to do contact tracing.” You can find the latest data by clicking on the “COVID-19 Update” link on the Enid Public Schools Facebook page. If you have any questions about precautions EPS is taking, you can read them in full at


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VT)--Garfield County Health Department officials say they had steady traffic this morning for their drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic. Anyone who missed out but wants or needs testing, may call 580-233-0650 to schedule a test. You must have an appointment to receive a test.


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Early voting in the Republican Primary run-off election for Garfield County Sheriff ended Friday. Sheriff Jody Helm and Cory Rink, former Covington Police Chief and Garfield County Deputy, are facing off in a contest that will decide who holds that office for the next four years. Polling places will be open throughout the county 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.


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IA)--A Hennessey man was injured over the weekend when he reportedly tried to turn an ATV too sharply and overturned. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 38 year old Matthew Hau was driving a 2020 Polaris ATV on a private road about 14 miles west of Hennessey late Saturday night when he failed to negotiate a curve and rolled ¼ time. He was taken to Okeene Memorial Hospital, then later Medi-flighted to OU Medical and admitted in stable condition with head, trunk and leg injuries. His passenger, 33 year old Emily Hau of Yukon, refused treatment at the scene.

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HV)--The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports the town of Hennessey has seen a 135% increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in a week, going from 48 testing positive for the virus, 14 of them active, on Aug. 16 to 113, with 70 active, on Sunday. Hennessey recorded the highest increases in cases on Sunday in Northwest Oklahoma, with a single-day rise of 28 cases, according to OSDH data. Enid saw the second-highest increase with 14. Enid News and Eagle reports, Hennessey's increase in COVID-19 cases has prompted an investigation of origin and contact tracing by the OSDH at Hennessey Nursing and Rehab, which went from two confirmed cases reported on Wednesday to 20 cases on Friday.


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SV)--Stillwater Public Schools on Sunday announced due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Payne County the district is going to on-line classes only beginning today. Late last week SPS officials said the intended to continue in-school classes, before making the change over the weekend.


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BS)--Oklahoma Blood Institute faces an immediate need for donors of all blood types. All healthy adults are strongly urged to donate blood as soon as possible at their nearest Oklahoma Blood Institute donor center or mobile blood drive. All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Appointments are preferred to help with social distancing, but walk-ins will be accepted as schedules allow. CDC guidelines will be followed at all donor centers and mobile drives. Donors may visit or call 877-340-8777 to schedule their appointment now at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Enid donor center located at 301 E. Cherokee.




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, Stride Bank Center Box Office or at 855-TIX-ENID.



DI)--August 28th and 29th the Stride Bank Center and Chisholm Trail Expo Center present Enid's Wheels and Reels, a series of movies being played at Garfield County Fairgrounds, where you are able to social distance and see movies on the big screen! Just like the drive-ins of the past, movies will be viewed from your vehicle. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. August 28th will be Shreck, and on the 29th you can see Grease.




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, 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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