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IA)--Two women were hospitalized following a crash Monday night just after 9:00 in northern Alfalfa County about three miles east of Burlington. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 47 year old Kristina Czerniak (Chur-NEE-ak) of Tulsa was driving a Lincoln Navigator westbound on State Highway 8 when she went left of center and struck an eastbound Ford Focus driven by 28 year old Kathleen Kommer of Coos Bay, Oregon. Kommer was admitted in critical condition to St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Czerniak was admitted in stable condition to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.


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LV)--The Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be moving from Oakwood Mall to the Garfield County Health Department on Monday. The mall’s clinic, which the Health Department has been utilizing since January, has seen a decrease in vaccination demand as Phase 4 opened Monday and as more Oklahomans have been vaccinated, prompting the move to the department. All Oklahomans who are 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Maggie Jackson, regional director of community engagement and planning for Oklahoma State Department of Health, said unless there is a need at some point for a large event in the future, officials can maintain at the Health Department from this point forward. Vaccinations at the Health Department next week will continue to be from 8 a.m. to noon, Jackson said. Appointments can be made using the vaccination portal, and for help registering for an appointment, people can call 211 or the Health Department at (580) 233-0650. The Health Department is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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CN)—11 more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 121 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 221 people are currently hospitalized in the state for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 334.


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


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 2021-03-30 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7672 positive COVID-19 cases, and 84 deaths in Garfield County. 6773 of those cases and 74 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2018 cases, Alfalfa 1151, Blaine County is at 1013 cases, Major 949, and Grant 547.


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FY)--Enid Public Schools will welcome its newest students this week during four-year-old enrollment for the 2021-22 school year. Families are asked to pick up enrollment packets at participating sites, complete them and bring them back with appropriate documents by April 9 or at their earliest convenience. Visit for more information. District policy states all visitors wear masks covering the nose and mouth as well as social distance from others while on EPS campuses.


Fowler Early Childhood Center four-year-old program, located at 102 S. 30th near the NWOSU-Enid campus, will be accepting new student enrollment on April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students from Adams Elementary School, along with other students, will attend Fowler Early Childhood Center on a first come first serve basis.


Enrollment for the full-day, intergenerational four-year-old program at The Commons, will be April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Carver Early Childhood Center at 815 Pastor Alfred Baldwin Jr. Way (formerly 815 S. 5th). Students from Garfield Elementary School, along with other students, will attend Carver Early Childhood Center. Enrollment will be April 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Carver.


Enrollment for the four-year-old programs will be held at Coolidge, Eisenhower, Glenwood, Hayes, Hoover, McKinley, Monroe, Prairie View and Taft elementary schools on April 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students should enroll at their home schools. All EPS four-year-old programs focus on the social, academic, physical and emotional needs of children. Students must be four-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2021.


Beginning May 10, full-day kindergarten enrollment for students who are new to EPS will be weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Parents should visit the Welcome Center located in the Administrative Services Center, 500 S. Independence to enroll their child. Students must be five-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2021 to enroll.




RW)--Construction on Southgate Road will begin April 5th. It will begin at 16th street and go to the landfill entrance. When this is done it will continue from the landfill entrance to the railroad tracks. This will be a complete rebuild of the road, road bed and drainage. Estimated time to complete 150 days.




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




AG)--Youth and Family Services will host its 10th annual gala on April 10 at Stride Bank Event Center. The theme is “Home is Where the Heart Is,” and the event is sponsored by Edward Jones, BDK CPAs and Advisers and AT&T. The gala will be 6:30-11:00 p.m. Casino-style games will be provided by members of Enid’s AM AMBCUS. The fun begins with a steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event also includes a live auction and dancing. All proceeds from the event will benefit Youth and Family Services “Nights of Shelter” campaign. YFS provides shelter through three different programs, the emergency youth shelter, Thelma’s House for homeless 16- and 17-year-olds and transitional living for young adults ages 18-22. YFS also provides food, case management, therapy and access to a wide range of other programs that help children and youth achieve ongoing safety and stability. The gala is cocktail attire with an emphasis on western wear. Tickets are $75 per person. Table seating for up to eight people is available for $600. A half-table may be purchased for $300. Seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling Tree Perkins at (580) 366-4742 or email tper




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