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CN)—38 more virus-related deaths, including two Enid men and two Kingfisher County people, as well as 1,146 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The two Enid men were aged 65 or older, the Kingfisher County people were one man and a woman aged 65 or older.  The health department said 13,544 cases are considered active in the state, with 542 people currently hospitalized in the state for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 811.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

02.25.21

 

Cases

422,156

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

3,034,289

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date

3,429,181

Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations

491

Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations

51

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

23,813

Total Cumulative Deaths

4,302

 

*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 2021-02-25 at 7:00 a.m.

 

There have been 7562 positive COVID-19 cases, and 76 deaths in Garfield County. 6682 of those cases and 68 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 1972 cases, Alfalfa 1144, Blaine County is at 989 cases, Major 935, and Grant 534.

           

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FV)--District 40 State Rep. Chad Caldwell of Enid pushed a bill through committee recently that would allow family and friends to visit long-term care residents during the pandemic, as long as the Department of Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is OK. Caldwell said the legislation protects the rights of long-term care residents. Currently, he said, the Department of Health and CMS have given approval, but in some cases, facilities have blocked visits due to COVID-19 precautions. The measure would leave it up to the health department and CMS to decide, and if they determine such visits are unsafe, they would be suspended. The measure passed the House Health Services and Long-Term Care Committee. It is now eligible for consideration by the full House.

 

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OY)--The Enid Kiwanis Club Wednesday recognized Enid Police Officer Christian Owusu as “Officer of the Year”. EPD Chief Brian O’Rourke said Owusu was selected by his supervisors for his upbeat attitude and positive interactions with our community. Owusu, who is originally from Ghana, West Africa, moved to the Oklahoma City area when he was 15 and worked for Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office for about four years before joining the EPD.

 

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SY)--During Wednesday’s Enid Public School Foundation Education Celebration, Denise Wright was recognized as the Enid Public Schools Support Professional of the Year, and Christie Buckner was saluted as Enid Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

 

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BM)--Enid Public Schools’ Board of Education appointed another member to its ranks this week. Chad Mantz, a deputy chief with Enid Fire Department, was unanimously appointed Monday to fill the Office 7 seat vacated by former board member Amanda Phillips in December. Mantz’s appointment term will last for a year.

 

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TV)--Teachers and staff at all schools in Garfield County can attend a COVID-19 vaccination event this Saturday. School employees will receive their first shot of the vaccine during appointments between 8:00 a.m. and noon in the former Big Lots location at Oakwood Mall, the site of the county Health Department’s daily vaccination clinic. Enid Public Schools Superintendent Darrell Floyd said the signup portal will be made available later this week to EPS’ 1,100-plus eligible teachers and staff. The Health Department will schedule another pod four weeks later at the mall for county teachers and staff to receive their required second booster shot. Garfield County Health Department staff said enough vaccines are available for this pod, and EPS nurses will assist with administering the shots.

 

Statewide signups to receive the COVID vaccine is underway for all school staff, including teachers, substitutes and any direct-contact employees, as well as Oklahoma residents of any age with comorbidities.

 

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WP)--The City of Enid Engineering Department has scheduled a presentation for interested business owners, property owners, and residents on the waterline construction along East Randolph between North Washington and North 7th Street. The presentation will be held in the Benson Ballroom at the Stride Bank Center at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday (03/03) and will cover the projects progress and schedule. 

 

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