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ER)--Garfield County Republican voters selected Cory Rink as the next Sheriff for the county. In a runoff election Tuesday, Rink received 52% of the votes over the current Sheriff, Jody Helm. In other area election results, 83.6% of voters in Dover approved a $15.6 million plan to build and equip a new elementary building. In Alfalfa County, voters selected Michael Roach as county commissioner in District 2. 

 

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SS)--Five more Enid Public Schools students and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation according to Tuesday’s district case tracing report. A total 46 students and staff have tested positive, with the most per site coming from Enid High School, with 11, and Garfield Elementary School, with 10. There is 445 students in quarantine and 36 in isolation, that’s about 6.4% of the district’s nearly 7500 student population. The quarantined students are attending class virtually. Thirty-five staff members are also in quarantine. Quarantine and isolation times are decided by school health officials, though the CDC recommends an average 14 days to quarantine and 10 to isolate. The district began providing tallies of contract tracing cases on Friday, so far the only school district in Oklahoma to do so. 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 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZL99oQP2jwx8jjOR-I5wl8KB70d1iHAzZq6VNcaNMG0/edit#

 

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PS)--Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Public Schools high school and junior high students have switched to virtual-only learning because Principal Tom Betchan and Superintendent Brett Kootnz are both in quarantine for the next two weeks due to COVID-19. According to the Enid News and Eagle, Betchan developed symptoms and is now home self-isolating. Koontz also now will quarantine for two weeks, per CDC guidelines, as Koontz and Betchan had attended a football game together in Okeene on Friday before Betchan started showing symptoms. Pioneer students attending Autry Tech and Northern Oklahoma College will continue following respective campus guidelines. Pioneer high school athletics will continue as scheduled, though junior high athletics will be altered to some degree. The high school and junior high will reopen Sept. 8 after Labor Day.

 

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FB)--The Enid High School Plainsmen football team will play a season-opener this Friday. On Tuesday, Enid went from preparing for its Friday night home-opener against Putnam City to having no game on Friday night to making plans to travel over 200 miles for a road season-opener at 3-A Madill.

 

Meanwhile, Chisholm's home-opener Friday against Perkins-Tryon was canceled with game being moved to Sept. 18. Chisholm will now open the season Sept. 4 at home against Fairview.

 

Oklahoma Bible Academy officials said Guymon High School JV canceled its game Friday at OBA because it had a few positive cases among its players. The Trojans will now open the season Sept. 4 by hosting Casady, a private school that plays in the Southwest Preparatory Conference.

 

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CV)--Nineteen new virus-related deaths, including a Garfield County man in the 65 or Over age group, and 666 new coronavirus cases, including 21 in Garfield County, were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 54,838 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths increased to 763. There are 533 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

 

There have been 816 positive COVID-19 cases, and ten deaths in Garfield County. 768 of those cases and all ten deaths have been in Enid. Currently, Garfield County is in a "moderate risk" or Orange Level 2 category as defined by the OSDH. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 240 cases, Blaine County is at 62 cases, Major 45, Grant 23, and Alfalfa 12.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

                                                                         08.26.20

Confirmed Positive Cases

54,838

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  

782,546

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  

847,060

*Currently Hospitalized 

533

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

4,609

Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours

3

Total Cumulative Deaths

763

*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 2020-08-26 at 7:00 a.m.

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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 obi.org or call 877-340-8777 to schedule their appointment now at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Enid donor center located at 301 E. Cherokee.

 

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OC)—The local drive-in concert featuring contemporary Christian duo King&Country has been postponed. The concert, original scheduled for August, will now  be in concert, 8:00 p.m. October 29th 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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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.

 

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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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