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UC)--Officials at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid announced they have closed the hospital’s COVID-19 unit and that they do not have any confirmed positive patients at this time. Dr. Sara Oldham said on the hospital's Facebook post that she wants to encourage people to keep monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 and continue to follow CDC guidelines. She said it's also important to keep your regular visits with your doctor and seek immediate attention in case of emergency.


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KF)--Koch Fertilizer announced this week it is investing approximately $150 million at its Enid nitrogen production facility. The expansion will increase urea production, enhance reliability of existing production units and improve rail infrastructure and ammonia truck loading facilities. Once complete, officials said Koch Fertilizer Enid will be able to supply up to 1.8 million tons of ammonia upgrade products annually. Construction is anticipated to begin later this year, with startup occurring in 2022. This investment builds on the $1.3 billion Enid expansion and modernization improvements made from 2014 to 2017.



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TL)--Enid Fire Department this week donated a retired truck to the Twin Lakes Fire Department a little over two weeks after that small department lost everything in a fire. The volunteer fire department’s station and all of its equipment were destroyed in a fire on February 21. TLFD Fire Chief Mike Gilliam told Enid News and Eagle since the fire, the department has been working to rebuild with the community and surrounding fire departments, including EFD, offering assistance. The recently donated 1990 E-One Hurricane engine was retired in November 2020 after 30 years with EFD and was set to be auctioned with a reserve of $2,000, but EFD Fire Chief Joe Jackson said after the TLFD fire, the department decided to instead give the truck to Twin Lakes. TLFD has mutual aid agreements with Crescent and other surrounding communities.



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CN)— 89 virus-related deaths were newly-reported and 694 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The health department said 11,677 cases are considered active in the state, with 288 people currently hospitalized for the treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 615.


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 2021-03-11 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7652 positive COVID-19 cases, and 82 deaths in Garfield County. 6769 of those cases and 74 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2002 cases, Alfalfa 1150, Blaine County is at 1007 cases, Major 945, and Grant 542.


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BA)--Applications are being accepted for serving on many of the City of Enid’s advisory boards and commissions. There are vacancies on the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Enid Joint Recreation Triad, Enid Parks & Recreation Board, Board of Adjustment, Meadowlake Golf Course Advisory Board, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission. Applications are also being accepted to fill vacancies on the Construction Board of Appeals. Details are available online at


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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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