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FC)--Our Daily Bread is closing for two weeks due to an exposure to COVID-19. Val Ross, director of the soup kitchen at 616 W. Randolph, in an email release said the closure was effective today. "We are heartbroken for those who rely on Our Daily Bread for their meals. It is our hope that the community will rally in this time of need and provide for those who will go without food.” Ross said it is the first time in history the facility has closed this long. All those affected will be under quarantine until Friday, Sept. 18, when the facility will resume its normal routine of serving the public.


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HF)--Enid’s two hospitals are reportedly near capacity and the administrators are imploring Enid residents to take COVID-19 precautions. Both St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center reported they were at or near capacity this week. St. Mary’s CEO Krista Roberts told Enid News and Eagle the increased patient count is being driven both by COVID-19 and by an influx of patients needing treatment for other ailments. At Bass, the hospital has been at or near capacity all week. Tania Warnock, marketing project lead for Bass, said the public can help health care workers by diligently doing three things: wear a mask in public, maintain social distance and wash your hands.


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CV)— Eleven new virus-related deaths, including two in Garfield County, and 1,013 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. The Garfield County deaths were a woman in the 50-64 age group, and a woman 65 or older. A total of 62,040 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths increased to 846. The health department said 9,071 cases are considered active in the state. Today’s report listed 518 people hospitalized with the virus.


There have been 1084 positive COVID-19 cases, and 14 deaths in Garfield County. 1021 of those cases and all 14 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 274 cases, Blaine County is at 85 cases, Major 57, Grant 27, and Alfalfa 15.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



Confirmed Positive Cases


*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  


*Currently Hospitalized 


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 2020-09-04 at 7:00 a.m.

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FF)--Enid Public Schools has received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to provide free meals to all children through the end of the year. EPS provides free breakfast and lunch to all EPS students at all school sites. Free lunches will also be provided to EPS virtual students and any child in the Enid area, provided they are 18 or younger. “We knew this would be a challenging year for many reasons,” said Dr. Sam Robinson, Chief Financial Officer for EPS. “The last thing we want families in Enid to worry about is feeding their children. We are thankful that the USDA provided the funding for us to provide this essential service to families.” Any child or virtual student 18 or younger can pick up free meals in the drive between Central Kitchen and the Administrative Service Center starting September 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All children needing a lunch must be present in the vehicle when picking up at Central Kitchen.


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SO)--Local authorities continue their search for an Enid man who had addition charges of child pornography and lewd acts with a child filed recently against him. 22 year-old Brice Watkins was charged previously charged in Garfield County District Court with one felony count of distribution of child pornography after authorities said he sent a video of himself molesting a baby to two women. According to Enid News and Eagle, on Aug. 28, he was charged with four more felonies: one count of manufacturing child pornography and three counts of lewd acts to a child under 12. An arrest warrant was issued on the new charges, and bond had been denied. Watkins remains at large. Anyone with information can submit a tip anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, texting 847411, typing EPDTIP and then a message in the text box, or going to the website at Tipsters will not be required to testify nor identified. Those with information leading to an arrest or prosecution of a crime could earn a reward of up to $1,000.



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CS)--In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, the City of Enid Administration offices and most other municipal facilities will be closed on Monday. Officials noted that all trash routes will remain the same for the week and yard waste containers should be set out with normal trash for this week.




Monday, September 7, 2020

City Administration Offices


Enid Animal Welfare


Enid Public Library


Enid Public Transportation



OPEN 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meadowlake Golf Course

7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Recycle Center





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NC)--Fancy Dance Casino, a new gaming development by the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, will opens today at the intersection of Interstate 35 and U.S. 412, 30 miles east of Enid. After months of delay, the 10,000-square-foot building will include 290 game machines, a covered, multipurpose outdoor seating area and complete food and beverage service for both inside and outside areas. Everyone entering the casino will have their temperature taken, and all employees will be required to wear masks. Masks are recommended for patrons, but not required. All machines will be consistently wiped down throughout the day. Fancy Dance also has a state-of-the-art filtration system that filters out and replaces old air every seven minutes. The casino’s hours are 4:00 p.m. to midnight each day. 



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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.



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