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KGWA Local News Tuesday

CV)—Fourteen more virus-related deaths and 1,164 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 79,072 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed tests and the total number of deaths stands at 962. The health department said 12,628 cases are considered active in the state with 628 Oklahomans currently in the hospital. So far, 65,482 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 541 more cases considered recovered since Monday.


There have been 1526 positive COVID-19 cases, and 18 deaths in Garfield County. 1436 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 328 cases, Blaine County is at 115 cases, Major 80, Alfalfa 61, and Grant 40.


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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 2020-09-22 at 7:00 a.m.

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SV)--A class at Hoover Elementary School will switch to virtual learning beginning today after a student tested positive for COVID-19.Even as the class was added, the overall number of Enid Public Schools students and staff in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 dropped Monday, according to figures posted on the district’s website. There are 541 people in either close-contact quarantine or positive-test isolation, down from 571 on Friday. More than half of those, about 300, are students and staff at Adams Elementary School, which went to distance learning Sept. 14 after a staff member tested positive. Fourteen entire classes from Adams are in quarantine, but Adams students are expected to return to the classroom Thursday. In its latest online count, Chisholm Public Schools reported no students or staff under quarantine due to COVID-19.


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FD)--Enid Public Schools could see a funding dilemma if it continues to operate at a similar deficit next year due to both declining enrollment and COVID-19-related expenses, its CFO. According to Enid News and Eagle, District CFO Sam Robinson told EPS’ Board of Education Monday night if enrollment figures continue to decline by January, district funding could be reduced by $50 to $70 a student, based on statewide enrollment predictions, coming to possibly more than $1 million in funding losses. Robinson said expenditures are pretty normal aside from COVID-19-related disinfectants, but added EPS is on track to spend $300,000 to $700,000 more this year. Therefore, the district could be deficit spending with a possible $1.7 million drop, with a mid-term allocation drop and additional COVID-19 expenses. Though EPS has a general fund balance, Robinson said the district wouldn’t be able to afford another $1.7 million deficit-spending in 2022’s fiscal year and could possibly have to make some tough decisions next spring.


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ES)--Thirty years after beginning an energy management program with Cenergistic, a nationwide sustainability company, Enid Public Schools (EPS) received the esteemed Chairman’s Sustainability Award. The Chairman’s Sustainability Award honors EPS’ long-term energy program. With a successful program going on its thirtieth year and more than $8 million in savings, EPS has positioned itself as a national leader in K-12 sustainability. “Decades ago, Cenergistic got us started on an energy conservation program, and we’ve continued the program to the tune of millions of dollars in savings,” said Dr. Darrell Floyd, EPS Superintendent. “In that time, we’ve changed the way we consume energy, and that has put us on the path toward long-term sustainability.”


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