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CH)—Beginning today the only public access to the Garfield County Courthouse will be the doors on the north side of the building. Garfield County Sheriff Cory Rink said ss you enter the building, you will pass through security including a metal detector. The north doors also will serve as the only non-emergency public exit.


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HF)--The Enid Fire Department will begin annual inspection & flow-testing of community fire hydrants today. There are about 2,200 hydrants to be tested, and it will take several weeks. During hydrant inspections, you might experience temporarily low water pressure and discolored water. The discoloration of the water will not harm an individual, although it might stain light-colored clothing or linens. The fire department advises that you run your faucets until the water runs clear. Do not run hot water or do laundry until the water is clear.


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TW)--This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The Enid Police Department will be honoring those who work in the Enid and Garfield County 911 Center. Already this year, the local 911 Center has taken nearly 22,000 calls, 9,500 of which were calls to 911.


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WT)--Grant County authorities are seeking information about a weekend theft. Sunday morning between 1:00-4:00, someone stole a Lincoln Electric Ranger 250 welder and white trailer from a property in Pond Creek.  If you know anything about the theft, contact the Grant County Sheriff or Pond Creek Police Department.


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CN)—31 more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 968 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Friday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There are currently 196 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The state health department said they added approximately 1,300 previously unreported cases which happened in the last four months, resulting in the "artificially high" new case number for last Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 536 with the cases reported and 336 without the previously unreported cases.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results





*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date (As of 04/09/21)


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date (As of 04/09/21)


Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations (As of 04/09/21)


Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations (As of 04/09/21)


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 2021-04-12 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7710 positive COVID-19 cases, and 126 deaths in Garfield County. 6821 of those cases and 117 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2031 cases, Alfalfa 1155, Blaine County is at 1020 cases, Major 950, and Grant 547. 


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AM)--United Way of Northwest Oklahoma will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony April 29th from 11:30 to 1pm in  the Grand Ballroom of the Stride Bank Center. There will be lunch, special presentations, the 2020-2021 campaign totals and an announcement from the 2021-2022 Campaign Chairs. Registration deadline is April 19th. For tickets, call the United Way office at 580-237-0821.



AD)--During the month of April, nearly 250 wooden children will be displayed on the Garfield County Court House lawn to raise awareness about child abuse. Hosted by the Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, the wooden children display has been put out every year since 2013 to raise community awareness about the number of kids who are abused and/or neglected in the county. A community presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse. Sponsors will bring the children to put them on display for the month.




DH)--Enid’s Inaugural Community Dental Day & Health Fair is scheduled for Friday, May 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held at Great Plains Family Dentistry of Enid at 4125 W. Owen K. Garriott (just east of Chick Fila). Dan Schiedel, CEO of United Way of Northwest Oklahoma, said “Last year during the pandemic, Janet Cordell and I began talking about dental care and health needs for the uninsured and underserved individuals and families health needs that are going unmet in our community. So, we thought if we could put together a day for folks to get free dental services that it might help many who are in great need for this care.” Free rides to the event will be provided by the City of Enid and their public transportation system. A free lunch will be provided by the Salvation Army from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In addition to the dental component of the event, there will be a health resource fair held in the parking lot. Numerous nonprofit agencies, hospitals and clinics will be there to provide information. Also, the Garfield County Health Department will be providing vaccinations for COVID-19 for anyone eligible who has not yet had a vaccination. Cordell said, “Walk ups are welcome. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like more information please call 580-233-5300 and leave a message with your name and number and someone will get back to you with more information.”


Tables for the health fair are still available for anyone who would like to participate. Please contact Dan Schiedel at or by calling 580-237-0821 at United Way of Northwest Oklahoma. Special thanks to our wonderful partners, without them this event would not happen: Northwest Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation, Enid Community Clinic, Rick's Pharmacy, United Way of Northwest Oklahoma, Enid Public Schools, City of Enid, Great Plains Family Dentistry of Enid, and Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation.





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