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KGWA Local News Thursday

OR)--The Garfield County Court Clerk's Office reopened today, after closing Monday due to a COVID-19 outbreak among its staff. Visitors to the office Monday morning were greeted by a sign stating the office was closed until further notice. James Simunek, Garfield County Board of Commissioners chairman, told Enid News and Eagle about half the staff members of the office tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating at home. The remainder of the office staff tested negative and reopened the office for normal court business this morning. Masks will be required in the office, and the county is sanitizing the office each evening. Normal court functions should resume after the office reopens.


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SO)--Enid Police Department is notifying the public that two offenders have registered with the department and are living in Enid. Darren Cook is classified as an aggravated sex offender by Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Whenever an offender, classified as aggravated or habitual moves to a residence, the police department of that jurisdiction is required by statute to notify residents of that neighborhood. Cook was convicted of lewd acts with a child under the age of 16 in October 2013, in Garfield County. He is not wanted for any crimes and has registered with the department. Cook is 51 years old, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds and has brown eyes and gray hair. He is residing at 1107 Nottingham, which is an approved address outlined in the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration Act.



Devin Sylestine has been classified as an aggravated/habitual offender by DOC. He was convicted of second-degree rape in June 2017, in Garfield County. He is not wanted for any crimes and has registered with the department as required. Sylestine is 26 year-old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. He is residing at 2712 Rock Island, which is an approved address.



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CV)—Ten more virus-related deaths and 1,212 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 95,564 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed tests and the total number of deaths increased to 1,085. The health department said 13,190 cases are considered active in the state, with 81,289 Oklahomans considered recovered from the virus with 1,078 more cases considered recovered since Wednesday. Health officials reported that 697 people are currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus.


There have been 1971 positive COVID-19 cases, and 22 deaths in Garfield County. 1821 of those cases and all 22 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 427 cases, Blaine County is at 148 cases, Major 111, Alfalfa 83, and Grant 58.

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