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WC)--The City of Enid will move “Operation Cleanup” to ward three beginning Monday. Grapple trucks will run each Monday throughout the month of October to pick up bulk trash, brush, and debris as part of the neighborhood beautification campaign within Ward 3. This cleanup project will be a free service to all residents within Ward 3.


Guidelines for “Operation Cleanup”


  1. Bulk trash and brush/debris must be placed 10 feet within the curb in the front of the residence.
  2. Keep trash and brush/debris piles 10 feet away from objects (e.g. mailboxes, water meters, sprinklers, cars, basketball goals).
  3. Keep trash and brush/debris in separate piles, as well as 10 feet away from each other.
  4. Do not place trash under any low hanging trees or power lines.


The City currently plans to continue “Operation Cleanup” into Ward 4 later this year and Ward 5 in February, weather permitting. Upcoming ward cleanup projects will be announced in the future. As a reminder, residents can continue to call for bulk trash pickup in other wards during this time with a normal charge. For questions, concerns, or additional information, contact Solid Waste Services at (580)-616-7300.


                                                 --00—29 Sept  20  5p


CV)— Eleven more virus-related deaths, including a Grant County woman aged 65 or older, and 1,025 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Monday according to the numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 86,219 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed tests and the total number of deaths increased to 1,018. The health department said 13,244 cases are considered active in the state with 618 Oklahomans currently in the hospital for treatment of COVID-19. So far, 71,957 Oklahomans have recovered from the virus with 1,149 more cases considered recovered since Monday.


There have been 1680 positive COVID-19 cases, and 20 deaths in Garfield County. 1548 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 352 cases, Blaine County is at 131 cases, Major 91, Alfalfa 72, and Grant 48.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results





*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  


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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 2020-09-29 at 7:00 a.m.

                                                 --00—29 Sept  20  11a


SP)--City of Enid Parks and Recreation officials say the Hoover and Champion splash pads will close this weekend for the 2020 season. Sunday will be the last day the pads are open this year. The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. The Hoover Splash Pad is located at 3000 West Oklahoma, and the Champion Splash Pad is located at 700 North 10th Street. Both city splash pads are scheduled to reopen for the summer season in 2021. To check out upcoming fall and winter events, go to: Enid.org/ParkEvents.


                                                 --00—29 Sept  20  3p


SS)--Stillwater Medical Center enacted a surge plan after a local spike in cases. The hospital activated its surge plan Monday after seeing a significant spike. Officials reported 15 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which is an increase of seven over the last week. Three people are in the ICU. Stillwater Medical Center’s CEO Denise Webber wrote in a statement to the Stillwater News Press that "an increase in admissions has pushed us into our surge plan. We have expanded our COVID beds by converting more regular patient rooms to COVID patient rooms. The rise in hospital admissions, although not currently on the scale seen elsewhere in the country, is concerning." According to the hospital, out of a 55-bed capacity, 38 are in use. Out of seven ICU beds, all seven are in use.


                                                 --00—29 Sept  20  9a


YW)--City of Enid Solid Waste Services officials announced the transition of green yard waste polycarts to its Fall and Winter schedule. Beginning Monday, yard waste will be picked up on the same day as household trash. As a reminder, place the green polycarts container at least ten feet of clearance from other containers, parked vehicles, street lampposts, trees, mailboxes and other obstructions at the curb no later than 7:30 a.m. with your household trash.


The City-issued green polycarts are used only for yard waste such as leaves, twigs, and grass. The green containers will not be emptied if they contain household trash, due to yard waste being placed in a different field for composting.


The green polycarts may be purchased for a one-time fee of $60.00. The $60.00 fee will be charged to a resident’s water bill after they receive the container. Those who wish to obtain a polycart or an additional polycart, can contact Solid Waste Services at (580) 616-7300. For additional information on the green yard waste polycart guidelines, go to: Enid.org/yardwaste.


                                                 --00—28 Sept  20  4p


OF)--Main Street Enid announced that Oktoberfest will happen Friday. It's First Friday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Downtown Enid. There will be beer, food, a costume contest, and more.


                                                 --00—29 Sept  20  7a


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 enidfaithwayschurch.org. To sign up for the resource fair or as a sponsor, email HolyCrossEnid@gmail.com.




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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