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DA)--Garfield County remains in the moderate, or orange, category for COVID-19 risk, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health's assessment map released this morning. The average daily cases per 100,000 over the past 7 days in Garfield County fell slightly from 49.14 Sept. 8 to 45.16 in today’s report. The orange risk means that most Enid Public Schools, and other school districts following the state's risk assessment, will continue to meet in-person, based on guidelines adopted by school boards. Had the county reached more than 50 average cases per day or entered the "red alert," EPS was preparing for virtual classes.

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AE)--Enid Public Schools announced that Adams Elementary will be moved to distance/virtual learning beginning Monday, with students returning on Thursday, September 24. Officials said EPS was notified that an individual at the school tested positive for COVID-19 and local health officials advised the district to make the decision to temporarily close the campus to ensure the safety of students and staff. “While we must protect the privacy of the individual involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you,” stated a letter sent to parents from district superintendent, Dr. Darrell Floyd. “We understand that this sudden transition will be inconvenient and your child will miss being in school; however, we greatly appreciate your families’ flexibility, patience and support.” Students will be sent home with all personal belongings and a device to complete distance/virtual learning. No other schools in the district will be moving to distance/virtual learning at this time.

 

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CV)— A Garfield County woman aged 65 or older is among the thirteen new virus-related deaths reported today. OSDH reports 942 new confirmed COVID-19 cases since Thursday. A total of 67,642 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed tests and the total number of deaths went up to 888. The health department said 9,371 cases are considered active in the state. So far, 57,383 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 852 more cases considered recovered since Thursday, with 509 Oklahomans currently in the hospital for treatment. 

 

There have been 1256 positive COVID-19 cases, and 17 deaths in Garfield County. 1184 of those cases and 16 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 293 cases, Blaine County is at 95 cases, Major 62, Grant 32, and Alfalfa 20.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

09.11.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

67,642

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  

907,109

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  

987,322

*Currently Hospitalized 

509

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

5,369

Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours

1

Total Cumulative Deaths

888

 

*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 2020-09-11 at 7:00 a.m.

                                            
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FC)--An Enid fugitive wanted on child pornography and lewd acts charges has been arrested in Texas. According to the Enid Police Department, 22 year-old Brice Gage Watkins was arrested shortly before 2:30 Thursday afternoon at a known associate’s residence in San Marcos, Texas. The arrest was made by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Watkins was charged Aug. 14 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. 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. The victim turned 1 in June. An arrest warrant was issued on the new charges, and bond had been denied.

 

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BM)--The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a district court ruling that had thrown out a charge against Kathryn Juanita Green of Enid for dumping her stillborn baby in a dumpster in April 2017. The medical examiner performed an autopsy on the deceased infant and found no signs of traumatic injury. Toxicology screening revealed the presence of methamphetamine in the infant's system. The medical examiner opined the cause of death was methamphetamine toxicity, and the manner of death was homicide. The child neglect charge against Green was quashed by Garfield County District Judge Dennis Hladik after a hearing in April 2019, and prosecutors announced they would appeal. Green's attorneys had filed the motion to quash the charge "on the legal ground that a fetus was not a 'child' subject to protection under the child neglect statute," according to the Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals ruling. Enid News and Eagle reports the lengthy appeals court ruling determined a fetus is entitled to protections against neglect.

 

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CC)--Stride Bank Center officials announced today “OUTDOOR FLOYD: A Pink Floyd Laser Phenomenon” at Chisholm Trail Expo Center Parking Lot scheduled for Thursday, September 17th, has been canceled. Refunds are available through the original point of purchase. Clients that bought tickets with cash can bring their hard ticket back to Stride Bank Center Admin Offices (2nd Floor of Convention Hall) to receive their refund. Office hours are M-F 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Clients who purchased tickets with a credit card through an official Stride Bank Center ticket outlet, will automatically be refunded. Please allow 7 business days for this refund to process. If you have questions regarding your ticket, please contact our box office directly 580.616.7380 | TIX@StrideBankCenter.com

 

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AM)--YWCA Enid will host its annual meeting and 100th anniversary celebration 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 15 in the Grand Ballroom at Stride Bank Center. The event begins with lunch, followed by the annual meeting at noon. District Attorney Mike Fields is the scheduled speaker for the annual meeting, and YWCA Enid also will discuss and vote on revisions to the organization's bylaws. Those who wish to attend the event in person are asked to RSVP by close of business Friday. To RSVP for the meal and in-person meeting, go online to https://tinyurl.com/YWCAEnidRSVP or call (580) 234-7581. The meeting also will be live-streamed via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/YWCAEnid2020.

 

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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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