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WC)--The COVID-19 Delta variant is very contagious. Officials say the exact period when infected individuals are at their most contagious has remained unclear. Now, a new study is shedding some light on the matter. Boston University researchers report COVID-19 positive individuals are at their most contagious two days before and three days after symptoms appear. Additionally, the study also finds infected individuals are more likely to be asymptomatic if they contracted the coronavirus from a primary case (the first infected person in an outbreak) who also happens to be asymptomatic. Among those identified as primary cases, 89 percent went on to develop mild or moderate symptoms, while 11 percent were asymptomatic. No one developed severe symptoms. Asymptomatic individuals were much less likely to infect others than symptomatic individuals. And, even if an asymptomatic carrier did infect someone else, that person was less likely to experience any obvious symptoms themselves. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.


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IW)--Traffic crews will be replacing the wiring at the stoplight at the Oakwood Mall entrance on Garriott Sunday. Work will result in power outages at intersection, in the 4000 block of West Garriott, at which time it will operate as a four-way stop. Officials with the city said there will be regulatory stop signs placed at the intersection when power is down.


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CN)—Thirty newly confirmed virus-related deaths and 3,338 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Thursday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Currently, 22,426 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 1,602 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new cases reported was 2,577.


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There have been 8414 positive COVID-19 cases, and 141 deaths in Garfield County. 7424 of those cases and 130 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 2281 cases, Alfalfa 1209, Blaine County is at 1169 cases, Major 1043, and Grant 600.


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BW)--The Public Library of Enid and Garfield County has placed a temporary book walk at Champlin Park. The featured book is “The Lost Words,” written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. The book walk project is in partnership with Enid Parks and Recreation Department. Book pages are placed on panels along the park’s walking path. The path is fully accessible to strollers, wheelchairs and walkers. Visitors to the book walk will find 16 panels with acrostic poetry (poetry in which the first letter of each line spells a word) and an illustration on one side with a double spread illustration on the other. Each panel celebrates the beauty of language and nature. The book walk is expected to remain in place for one month through Sept. 27. Champlin Park is located at the corner of Garriott and Van Buren. For more information about this event and others, visit the library’s website at


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MS)--Main Street Enid's annual Social will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sept. 2 at The Breeze, 224 E. Maple. The night will include dinner, awards, live music, downtown updates and a silent auction. Multiple artists will be live painting their interpretation of the downtown district, and those paintings will be a part of the silent auction with proceeds going to Main Street Enid. Tickets are $40, which included dinner, non-alcoholic drinks and entertainment. A cash bar will be available. You can purchase tickets online at You also may RSVP to by Aug. 26 to pay with cash for check.




RW)--Ron White LIVE has been rescheduled again, this time for this fall. Stride Bank Center officials say the popular comedian will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. He originally was scheduled to perform in Enid in April when it was rescheduled to October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Promoters ultimately decided to cancel the performance this year. Tickets for the original and rescheduled performances will be honored for the 2021 show. Tickets range from $40 to $70 and can be purchased at, (855) 849-3643 (TIX.ENID) or at the Stride Bank Center Box Office.




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