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SN)--Nearly 700 Enid Public Schools students and staff now are at home and two classes from McKinley Elementary School began quarantining because of COVID-19, according to Thursday’s regularly updated case tracing report. As of Thursday, 699 EPS students and staff are in close-contact quarantine or in positive-case isolation, coming to 8.19% of the district's total population of 8,533 people. Of that figure, 635 are in quarantine, 40 more since Wednesday, while 64 are in isolation, nine more positive cases.  You can find the latest data by clicking on the “COVID-19 Update” link on the Enid Public Schools Facebook page.

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CP)--As local COVID-19 positive cases both in schools and nursing homes continue to increase, Enid city officials say they are closing monitoring the situation. While city officials say a mask mandate isn’t off the table, there are no current plans to put one in place. The State Department of Health says Garfield County is in the moderate risk or Orange 2 level. But the county is in the red zone, according to the White House Task Force. In its most recent report from Aug. 23, released Wednesday, Garfield County ranks sixth-highest in new cases based on data from three weeks prior, behind Canadian, Rogers, Cleveland, Tulsa and Oklahoma counties, in that order. George Pankonin, Mayor of Enid told KFOR-TV, “Another part of the issue is data is not always accurate as of midnight last night. Some of it is stuff that was reported from two weeks ago that finally works its way in. I don’t think it would be appropriate to say things are safe. They’re not safe. They’re not safe anywhere,” said Pankonin.  “A mask mandate is certainly not off the table. Everything changes every day.” The next city commission meeting is on Tuesday.

 

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CV)-- Eight new virus-related deaths and 710 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 56,260 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths increased to 786. Officials said there have been 4,719 total hospitalizations, and that 559 people are currently hospitalized.

 

There have been 895 positive COVID-19 cases, and 11 deaths in Garfield County. 842 of those cases and all 11 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 250 cases, Blaine County is at 70 cases, Major 46, Grant 23, and Alfalfa 12.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

08.28.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

56,260

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  

799,520

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  

866,185

*Currently Hospitalized 

559

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

4,719

Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours

1

Total Cumulative Deaths

786

*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 2020-08-28 at 7:00 a.m.

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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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AF)--On Tuesday, September 1, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will open a new exhibit titled American Farmer. The exhibit showcases 45 images selected from the works of photographer Paul Mobley. As he traveled across the United States, Mobley set out to capture the soul of the country’s farm communities by highlighting enduring rural traditions, family, integrity, close connections to the land, and hard work. The resulting images are a series of portraits of farmers in their local settings, exploring how their day-to-day work affects the greater world. American Farmer will be on exhibit at the Heritage Center through October 20. Visitors to the Heritage Center will need to maintain social distancing throughout the galleries, and are required to wear face masks during their visit. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located a 507 S. Fourth St. in Enid. For more information, please call 580-237-1907 or visit www.csrhc.org.

 

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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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