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BN)--Oklahoma Blood Institute officials said hospital blood usage has surged across the state, creating an urgent need for donors. March saw the highest distribution of certain blood products in the 44-year history of OBI. The increase in demand is the result of patients returning to the medical system for planned and routine medical care after postponing procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-related blood needs also have increased as Oklahomans return to spring activities and travel. The local blood supply typically operates at a three-day supply, but the surge in demand has lowered levels to a one-day supply. Recent vaccination efforts also have challenged giving levels, as some donors mistakenly believe they can’t donate after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine. Donors can make appointments to donate at or walk in to any mobile blood drive or donation center to give. The NWOBI is located at 301 East Cherokee in Enid.


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EO)--As the Enid Outlaws basketball team gets geared up for their regular season home opener this weekend (Sunday at 4:00 p.m.), you can come meet the team this evening at Chick Fil A from 5:00-7:00 on West Garriott.


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BS)--The Hospice Circle of Love annual spring book sale will be this weekend. It will be the 33rd year for the event. The sale features several thousands of titles in a large variety of categories, both fiction and non-fiction. Hardback books are $1, and paperbacks will be just 50 cents. In addition to books, patrons can find puzzles, books on tape and movies for sale. The sale will be open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, at the metal building just north of the Hospice Circle of Love office, 314 S. 3rd.


Hospice Circle of Love is a not-for-profit organization that cares for terminally ill patients, helping them to live a higher quality of life at the end of life. Patients and families are never charged for services. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to care for patients who don’t have a Medicare or insurance benefit for hospice care. Circle of Love serves patients within a 60-mile radius of Enid.


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CN)—25 more newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 406 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. There are currently 213 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 340.


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*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date


Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations


Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations


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*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 2021-04-14 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7735 positive COVID-19 cases, and 127 deaths in Garfield County. 6846 of those cases and 118 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2035 cases, Alfalfa 1156, Blaine County is at 1033 cases, Major 954, and Grant 547.


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RD)--The 16th annual Hanor Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ is expecting up to 50 teams from throughout the region to cook and be judged in the pursuit of cash and titles. The public is welcome to tour the cooking stations as teams prepare their entries Friday, April 23, and the morning of Saturday, April 24, in the parking lots east of Stride Bank Center. As part of the festivities on Friday the Bacon Bash will feature teams to compete for the title of champion, using pork products supplied by title sponsor Hanor Family of Companies, which is based in Enid. The bacon cook-off will benefit the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, whose annual chili cook-off fundraiser was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With one $10 ticket, a guest will be able to taste 10 bacon creations from the 15 cooks competing in the cook-off. The Bacon Bash begins at 5:30 p.m. in the mezzanine of the Stride Bank Center. In addition, with the Stride Bank Center as the event’s financial backer this year, both a bar and live music entertainment will be around for cook-off patrons to enjoy. Tickets are available by calling the United Way office at (580) 237-0821 or visiting Stride Bank Center. All proceeds from the event will go to United Way. There also will be a kid’s cooking competition, a dance sponsored by 4RKids and more. On Saturday, Enid Noon AMBUCS will hold a lunch for $8 a plate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom on the first floor. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance. There will be curb-side pickup available on the east side of Stride Bank Center.




SM)--Local residents are invited this coming week to enjoy the Enid High School Vocal Music and Theatre Departments production of “The Sound of Music”. EHS students will take the stage to bring this classical musical to life. Featuring music known world-wide performed by the EHS Orchestra, the show demonstrates the many talents of Enid High’s students. Showtime will be 7:00 p.m. on April 17, 20, and 22. There will be a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on April 18. All shows will be held in the EHS auditorium. Adult tickets are $12 and student tickets are $8. Tickets will be available one hour before show time.




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.




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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