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CV)--Twelve more virus-related deaths, including a Garfield County man aged 65 or older, and 1,276 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 82,520 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths went up to 993. The health department said 12,616 cases are considered active in the state, with 590 Oklahomans currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. So far, 68,911 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 1,104 more cases considered recovered since Thursday.


There have been 1604 positive COVID-19 cases, and 20 deaths in Garfield County. 1402 of those cases and all 20 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 335 cases, Blaine County is at 120 cases, Major 85, Alfalfa 62, and Grant 46.

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RA)--Garfield County remained in the Level 2 “moderate risk” (or Orange category) for COVID-19, according to today’s Oklahoma State Department of Health 7-day tracking average.  Garfield County had 43.5 positive COVID-19 cases this week per 100,000 population, meaning both Enid and Chisholm public schools will continue on-campus classes next week. The districts’ plans are to move to distance learning only if the number of average daily cases per 100,000 population top 50. 75% of Oklahoma’s 77 counties are now in the Level 2 “moderate risk” for COVID-19.


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BA)--Northwest Oklahoma Blood Institute will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its Donor Service Wing addition at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the OBI Enid Donor Center, 301 E. Cherokee. A $1.4 million capital campaign to expand and renovate the existing donor center kicked off last November with a $50,000 donation from Northwest Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation. Jessica Nelson, coordinator for the Blood Can't Wait campaign, said earlier in September about $1 million had been raised so far for the project. Henson Construction Co., of Enid, was named the contractor for that project during NWOBI's board meeting in August. Attendees can RSVP for the groundbreaking by contacting Jessica Nelson at (580) 747-3434 or For information, call OBI Enid at (580) 233-9323. Blood donors also can visit or call (877) 340-8777 to schedule an appointment. Most people older than 15 and in good health can donate. The entire process takes about an hour.




SO)--Local ministries and nonprofits are seeking participants for a resource fair and a “sleep-out” event Oct. 10 in observation of World Homeless Day. Enid Faith Ways and Holy Cross Enid have scheduled a resource fair and meal from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Oct. 10 in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church, in the 500 block of West Randolph. After the resource fair and meal, participants will begin Enid's first "Sleep Out" to mimic one night on the street in Enid without shelter. Any church, nonprofit or organization that has resources to assist the unsheltered population is invited to participate in the resource fair. Sponsorship support has been offered from CDSA, First United Methodist Church, Salvation Army of Enid and Enid First Presbyterian Church. Salvation Army of Enid will serve free meals, provided by Enid Faith Ways, Holy Cross, CDSA and First Presbyterian. Sponsorships still are available for the event to help cover the cost of the meal. Participants must be 18 years old or older. To register for Enid Sleep Out, visit To sign up for the resource fair or as a sponsor, email




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.




AF)--The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is hosting an exhibit titled American Farmer. The exhibit showcases 45 images selected from the works of photographer Paul Mobley. As he traveled across the United States, Mobley set out to capture the soul of the country’s farm communities by highlighting enduring rural traditions, family, integrity, close connections to the land, and hard work. The resulting images are a series of portraits of farmers in their local settings, exploring how their day-to-day work affects the greater world. American Farmer will be on exhibit at the Heritage Center through October 20. Visitors to the Heritage Center will need to maintain social distancing throughout the galleries, and are required to wear face masks during their visit. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located a 507 S. Fourth St. in Enid. For more information, please call 580-237-1907 or visit



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