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RF)--A Wind Advisory and Red Flag Fire Warning are in effect through this evening across north, northwest, and western Oklahoma. Southwest winds with gusts up to 40 mph are possible. Humidity levels will be low, and any fires that start will be very difficult to control.


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FV)--Oklahomans will be able to visit loved ones in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, following an announcement Tuesday afternoon from Gov. Kevin Stitt. Under the new guidelines, residents at long-term care and assisted living centers can designate one or more essential caregivers who will be allowed to make in-person visits. The essential caregivers will have to take state provided training. The training will be available online and should not take more than 15 minutes. Once the training is completed, the Oklahoma State Department of Health said masks and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test will be required.


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JH)--Jeremy Hise has been named vice president for Northern Oklahoma College Enid replacing Raydon Leaton. Hise previously was employed by Northern Oklahoma College for 20 years, before moving to Enid High School as assistant softball coach. He will assume his new duties at NOC on May 24. His office will be in the Everest Administration building on the Enid campus and he will report directly to the president. As vice president, he will serve as a member of the NOC Executive Council and provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for NOC operations in Enid.


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CN)—37 newly-reported virus-related deaths and 818 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The health department said 11,637 cases are considered active in the state, with 315 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 643.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results





*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date


Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations


Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Provisional Death Count (CDC/NCHS)



*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 2021-03-10 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7621 positive COVID-19 cases, and 82 deaths in Garfield County. 6741 of those cases and 74 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 1997 cases, Alfalfa 1149, Blaine County is at 1005 cases, Major 941, and Grant 540.


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VA)--Phase Three of Oklahoma’s vaccination is underway. The state now offers appointments to Phase 1, 2, and 3, which means almost everyone is now eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Phase Three includes around 2.5 million Oklahomans. Phase Three also includes the largest group – all essential businesses. State officials made it clear Phase One and Two are both still open for sign-ups.




SP)--On Sunday, March 14th, the City of Enid Parks and Recreation department, in partnership with Wes Simmons, will present the "Spring Break Throwdown” skating competition for beginners and advanced skaters at the new Enid Skate Park at 124 North 5th Street. There will be a winner and a runner-up in the Game of Skate. Food and merchandise vendors will also be present at the event. To sign up for the competition, go to




BR)--The Stride Bank Center and the Chisholm Trail Expo Center announced Enid Ultimate Challenge Xtreme Bulls is coming to the Chisholm Trail Expo Center for one night only on Saturday, March 27th at 7:30pm. All seating will be socially distanced. Tickets are $35, $25 & $19. Tickets are on sale. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting or in the Stride Bank Center Administration offices on the 2nd floor of Convention Hall.




YW)--Green yard waste collection in Enid will transition to the spring and summer schedule beginning April 5. Residents are reminded to place the green polycart container containing yard waste at the curb, and at least four feet away from other containers, parked vehicles, street lampposts, trees, mailboxes and other obstructions, no later than 7:30 a.m. on Mondays. The city-issued green polycarts are used for yard waste such as leaves, twigs and grass. Because yard waste is placed in a different field for composting, the green polycarts will not be emptied if they contain household trash. Green polycarts may be purchased for a one-time fee of $60, which will be charged to the 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 guidelines, go to




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