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KGWA Local News Wednesday

CN)--Fewer than 350 Enid Public Schools students and staff remain at home due to COVID-19 as of Tuesday, as more elementary classes have been cleared to return to school. The number of district­wide close-contact quarantines fell from 464 on Thursday to 343 on Tuesday, a 35% decrease, while the number of positive-case isolations fell from 48 to 41, a 17% drop. Three elementary school classes, two from Coolidge Elementary School and one from Monroe Elementary School, remained in quarantine Tuesday, while four other classes are returning to school. Both the most students (113) and staff (four) in quarantine still are from Enid High School. Seventeen staff members and 24 students are in isolation districtwide, the most also both from Enid High, with six staff and eight students. Three EPS department staff members still remain in positive-case isolation, all from the central kitchen. Positive case levels for Garfield County rose in Friday’s weekly report from an average 35.80 daily new cases per 100,000 to 49.14, according to OSDH, just under the 50-case mark that Enid and Chisholm public schools’ administrators have said will trigger their districts to enact distance/virtual learning for all students.


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CV)--Nine new virus-related deaths and 876 new confirmed coronavirus cases 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 65,929 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed tests and the total number of deaths rose to 863. The health department said 9,661 cases are considered active in the state. A total of 5,253 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 462 Oklahomans currently in the hospital.


There have been 1206 positive COVID-19 cases, and 14 deaths in Garfield County. 1136 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 290 cases, Blaine County is at 91 cases, Major 58, Grant 30, and Alfalfa 20.


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

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EH)--A hearing in Garfield County District Court concerning Ward 3 Enid City Commissioner Ben Ezzell’s objection to a recall petition has been moved to October 6th. Enid News and Eagle reports Blaine County Associate District Judge Allison Lafferty has been assigned the case. Ezzell will represent himself as the plaintiff against defendants Mayor George Pankonin and City Clerk Alissa Lack, with the city of Enid. Tony Puckett, of Oklahoma City, is listed as attorney for the defendants in an Aug. 4 answer to Ezzell’s submitted allegations.


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VW)--The 4RKids walk this weekend has been moved to a virtual event. It will be live on their Facebook page Saturday morning at 11:00. They will recognize the sponsors and teams. The silent auction will be online Saturday as well.


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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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