OL)--Garfield County remained in the orange, or moderate, Level 2 risk for COVID-19, according to the 7-day tracking average released today by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Garfield County has had 37.4 positive COVID-19 cases this past week per 100,000 in population. The designation ensures that Enid Public Schools and other schools will have in-class instruction next week.
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CV)— Eleven more virus-related deaths and 1,472 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. The health department said 14,339 cases are considered active in the state. A total of 105,308 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths increased to 1,154. A total of 793 Oklahomans are currently hospitalized for the treatment of the virus.
There have been 2170 positive COVID-19 cases, and 23 deaths in Garfield County. 2001 of those cases and all 23 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 472 cases, Blaine County is at 172 cases, Major 131, Alfalfa 102, and Grant 74.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s four-week average of unemployment claims has fallen below 100,000 for the first time since the jobless rate skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state employment security commission reported Thursday the rolling average for the week ending Oct. 10 was 90,445, down from 100,464 the previous week. A record of more than 182,000 continuing claims were reported in late June as the state reopened following Gov. Kevin Stitt’s shutdown of many businesses to stem the spread of the virus.
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PP)--The public is invited to join Stride Bank Center for Party on the Plaza Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. There will have beer, food, yard games, and live music with Adam Miller. ?Admission is free. You are encouraged you to wear face coverings/masks, but they are not required. So come on down to the Stride Bank Center Plaza for a fun night out.
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CA)--Main Street Enid officials said the first crosswalk art implementation will begin this Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day. The location will be at the mid-block on Grand between the David Allen Memorial Ballpark and the Stride Bank Center. The selected design artist is Jack Morgan who is a Base Architect for Vance Air Force Base. Prior to starting with ASRC, he worked as the Director of Architecture for different firms in Oklahoma City. The crosswalk mural will be implemented by Vance Air Force Base Civil Engineer volunteers.
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LC)--City of Enid Engineering Department officials said a lane will be closed along East Owen K. Garriott between South 8th Street and South 10th Street beginning today. This lane closures will allow contractors to construct new approaches and curbs associated with the new development and is anticipated to take two weeks to complete. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and drive with extreme caution in the area during construction.
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WS)--Water will be shut off Monday and Tuesday along parts of Maple so a new water line can be connected. Water will be shut off from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days in these areas:
• Maple from Davis to 16th.
• 15th from Maple to Randolph.
• 14th from Maple to Pine.
• 13th from Elm to Randolph.
• Elm from 12th to 14th.
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BR)--Northbound and southbound SH-132 will be closed between County Rd. E0300 and E. Keowee Rd. near Carrier in Garfield County starting Oct. 19 through early winter 2020 for a bridge reconstruction over Unnamed Creek north of the SH-45 junction. Motorists are advised to locate an alternate route for the project's duration. Detour from south of the project will be eastbound SH-45 to northbound US-81/US-60 to westbound US-64 to southbound SH-132 or from north of the project take northbound SH-132 to eastbound US-64 to southbound US-81/US-60 to westbound SH-45.
BE)--A Blaine County judge is set to rule on Ben Ezzell’s protest to his recall petition from his position as Ward 3 Enid City Commissioner with the City of Enid. Enid News and Eagle reports due to Covid-19, Associate District Judge Allison Lafferty decided to allow all legal parties in the case to submit any supplemental briefs by Oct. 20. Both sides said they would be filing briefs before Monday. Ezzell, representing himself, is challenging City Clerk Alissa Lack’s Aug. 7 decision determining 87 signatures sufficient for a recall to be held. Lafferty then will rule if the petition is sufficient and if the recall election can be held in February as scheduled.
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 www.csrhc.org.
OC)—The local drive-in concert featuring contemporary Christian duo King&Country has been postponed. The concert, original scheduled for August 26, will now be in concert, 8:00 p.m. October 29th in the parking lot at Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Spectra Venue Management, Stride Bank Center and Chisholm Trail Expo Center are teaming up for the drive-in concert experience. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8:00. Ticket prices will be per vehicle, with a maximum of five people per vehicle, and are $160, $210 and $310. Parking will be general admission within the designated price levels. Tickets go on sale to the public 10 a.m. July 24 at stridebankcenter.com, Stride Bank Center Box Office or at 855-TIX-ENID.
WR)--Enid's Wheels & Reels will be back later this month. Friday, October 30th Ghostbusters will be played on the big screen. Park your vehicle and enjoy a great film at an outdoor cinema theater. Enid's Wheels and Reels is a series of movies being played at Chisholm Trail Expo Center parking lot, where you are able to socially distance and enjoy a movie on the big screen. Tickets are $5 (plus taxes and fees) for adults and $4 (plus taxes and fees) for children 12 and under. Entrance gate is located right off Purdue. Gates open at 5:45 pm. Movie starts at 7:00 pm.