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KGWA Local News Friday

SN)-- Garfield County remains in the moderate, or orange, risk level for COVID-19, as the number of average daily cases per 100,000 population fell for the second consecutive week for the Enid area, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health 7-day tracking report released today. The county is averaging 38.37 cases of COVID-19 per day per 100,000 population, down from 45.16 reported Sept. 11. Enid and Chisholm public schools have reported in-person classes will remain in session as long as the average daily cases remain below 50 and the county stays in the moderate or lower risks levels. As of today, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center was treating 12 patients who had tested positive for COVID-19. Integris Bass Baptist Health Center had six patients on Thursday.

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CV)— Nine more virus-related deaths and 1,249 new confirmed 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 74,567 Oklahomans have tested positive in confirmed tests for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths stands at 939.


There have been 1438 positive COVID-19 cases, and 18 deaths in Garfield County. 1358 of those cases and 18 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 313 cases, Blaine County is at 106 cases, Major 70, Grant Alfalfa 42, and Grant 37.


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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 2020-09-18 at 7:00 a.m.                                             
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SP)--An Enid woman was arrested Tuesday morning following a short pursuit when she reportedly fled from a traffic stop on the city’s east side. Enid Police stopped 28 year-old Emily Jean Owings Sindt in the 300 block of East Elm about 9:00 a.m. Tuesday for not wearing her seatbelt. A check with dispatch found Sindt’s license was revoked and she had warrants out of Woods and Grant counties. While officers waited for the warrant information, Sindt revved her engine, cursed the officers at the scene and sped away. She led officers on a pursuit for several blocks, reaching speeds of 70 mph in a 30 mph zone, past an elementary school, through an intersection with a four-way stop before stopping at 16th and Randolph. Sindt was taken into custody. During an inventory of her vehicle, a glass meth pipe with a burnt residue inside was found. She was booked on complaints of eluding, reckless driving, driving under suspension, no seat belt, no insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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EP)--The 33rd annual United Way Chili Cook Off, which was set for Oct. 30, has been postponed to Feb. 19, 2021, at Stride Bank Center. Dan Schiedel, CEO of United Way of Northwest Oklahoma said their committee felt that it was not an appropriate time to hold the annual event due to current COVID-19 concerns and out of safety for the competitors, staff, volunteers and community. When the United Way Chili Cook Off takes place in February, it will have a theme of “Rollercoasters, Rides & Chili,” sponsored by Security National Bank. The United Way will be sending out more information as the event gets closer. The cook off is traditionally one of United Way's biggest fundraisers. Last year's event featured 53 competitors and drew more than 1,000 people to sample the various chilis. United Way has increased its fundraising goal for the 2020-21 campaign to $800,000 with a "stretch goal" of $888,000, said campaign chair Kyle Williams. Last year's campaign exceeded its goal of $725,000 for United Way's 15 partner agencies, bringing in more than $765,000. For more information on United Way and its services, call (580) 237-0821, or visit or email Dan Schiedel at


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RC)--City of Enid officials announced that Triangle Insurance’s Great Land Run event will prompt road closures on Saturday. The following streets will be blocked for Triangle Insurance’s Great Land Run 5K, 10K, and half-marathon event from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:

        West Oxford Avenue between Washington and North Van Buren

        Northbound and Southbound Van Buren at Oxford

        West Oxford between North Van Buren and Crosslin Park

        Eastbound Purdue Avenue between Crosslin and Oakwood

        Enid Police Department will be directing traffic at:

o   North and South bound Van Buren at Oxford

o   Purdue at Enid Seventh Day Adventist Church

o   Purdue at Cleveland


The motoring public is advised to be mindful of the event and drive with extreme cautious near and around these areas.


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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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