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EQ)--A 4.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Grant County shook the Enid area just before 8:00 this morning. U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 3 miles SW of Manchester or about 33 miles NNW of Enid. Significant shaking was felt across Enid and the entire area. A smaller quake, measuring 2.9 magnitude had been recorded about 9 miles SSE of Medford, or approximately 22 miles NNE of Enid just before 4:10 this morning.  

 

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CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Thursday night extended Enid's current mask mandate through April. After hearing from a number of residents opposed to the mandate, the commission voted 6-1 to extend it. The lone no vote was Ward 5 Commissioner Rob Stallings. Under the ordinance, which commissioners initially passed December 1, all people in Enid must wear a face covering consistent with CDC guidelines in any public, indoor location. Several exemptions are listed, including children under 5, people eating or drinking, people in their own homes, or those of companions or family members, a person in an office with the door shut and public safety personnel. There is no penalty for specifically violating the ordinance but if reported to Enid police, violators instead would continue to be subject to trespassing, disturbing the peace or other similar offenses. The mandate does not apply to Vance Air Force Base, Garfield County Court House, school buildings, religious institutions, hospitals and other medical residential facilities. Vance and Enid Public Schools currently have their own mandates in place, as do Enid’s major medical facilities.

 

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MC)--An Enid teen has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the June 2020 homicide on West Walnut. 18 year-old Saira Ellen Roberts was charged in Garfield County District Court on Thursday with first-degree murder in the June 5th shooting death of 29-year-old Cord Kenneth Allen. Prosecutors allege she acted in concert with 21 year-old Jarrod Lee Bergman who was charged on June 10 with first-degree murder in Allen’s death. He also was charged with possessing a firearm after conviction or during probation. Allen was found dead at his house at in the 1900 block of W. Walnut. He had six gunshot wounds, and officers located six shell casings in the living room. The shooting reportedly resulted from an ongoing disagreement between the two men. Roberts faces life, life imprisonment without parole or death on the murder charge and is being held at Garfield County Detention Facility with bond set at $1 million.

 

                                                 --00— 19  Feb  21  9a

 

WC)--City of Enid officials urge water conservation, limiting nonessential water usage, as the temperature rises and crews fix issues in the water system. According to Public Utilities Director David Hunter, “We have been exceeding our normal usage by several million gallons.  We would like to ask citizens to limit use of water to help us stem off a water emergency and potential boil water notice.” As the ice melts and pipes unfreeze, there may be potential leaks in the water system. Residents are urged to contact the City if any shutoffs need to occur.The following tips are encouraged as the temps rise above freezing:

 

  1. Reduce water usage as much as possible.
  2. If you have heat in your home, please do not drip faucets or leave them running. Open cabinets to prevent any pipes from freezing.
  3. If you are leaving faucets dripping, capture the water to use for other purposes and activities, such as toilets.

Residents are also urged to drive with extreme caution and check the City’s social media and website for closings, water outages, and other updates.

 

                                                 --00— 19  Feb  21  4p

 

CN)—20 more virus-related deaths and 869 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There are currently 16,477 active COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma with 728 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 932.

 


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

02.19.21

 

Cases

417,345

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

2,992,254

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,383,210

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

663

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

65

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

23,537

Total Cumulative Deaths

4,132

 

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health. As of 2021-02-19 at 7:00 a.m.

 

There have been 7445 positive COVID-19 cases, and 69 deaths in Garfield County. 6580 of those cases and 62 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 1948 cases, Alfalfa 1137, Blaine County is at 985 cases, Major 933, and Grant 528.

           

                                                 --00— 19  Feb  21  11a

 

NL)--Next week Enid Police patrol officers will have a new look. They've been outfitted with new carrier vests as part of their uniforms. The vests allow officers to take a significant amount of weight off their belts, reducing the risk of long term injuries. The new vests were issued along with an emergency medical kit, light weight badges and ballistic plating. All uniformed officers will be wearing the new gear by next week. You can get a preview on the Enid Police FB page.

 

                                                 --00— 19  Feb  21  7a

 

VC)--The Oakwood Mall COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be closed through today, but will reopen this weekend by appointment only. Garfield County Health Department officials said appointments for Saturday and Sunday were added to the vaccination portal Wednesday evening. There will be 600 appointments each day. Those eligible for vaccines this weekend are health care workers, first responders and adults over 65. The portal no longer will allow someone needing a first dose to take a booster slot on the schedule, and vice versa, the Health Department said. The Health Department had no vaccination clinics this week. Monday was a holiday, and Tuesday and Wednesday’s clinic were canceled due to weather conditions.

 

                                                 --00— 19  Feb  21  7a

 

VP)--The Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine scheduler portal is available for pre-registration. The department launched the COVID-19 vaccine scheduler portal to notify Oklahomans when they’re eligible to receive the vaccine and provide more information on how to schedule an appointment. Oklahomans can visit this portal at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov, but appointment scheduling will not be available until Thursday. Health officials said currently only Oklahomans who are 65 and older, health care workers and/or first responders will be able to schedule appointments. As the state advances in its phased approach to vaccine distribution, the system will notify and allow individuals in additional priority groups and phases the opportunity to schedule their appointment.

 

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