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KGWA Local News Thursday

CN)— State Health Department officials reported Wednesday that Oklahoma  gained 6,703 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases since December 16th. There are 12,334 active cases, an increase of 286 since last Wednesday. As of Monday, cases in Garfield County increased by 108. The number of cases over the past 30 days in Garfield County was 362. The report on Wednesday showed there is currently 158 active cases in Enid.  The three-day average hospitalizations in the Northwest Region is 33 with 13 in the ICU. St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center reported it had 11 confirmed positive COVID-19 patients with four in ICU, and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center reported eight confirmed positive COVID-19 patients with three in ICU on Wednesday.

 

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CS)--In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and the Recycle Center will be closed Thursday through Saturday, and again Friday, December 31st, and Saturday, January 1st. The Enid Public Transit will not be operating on these days as well. All trash routes will remain the same for both holidays. There will be no changes to trash schedules. The landfill will be closed on Saturday, December 25th and January 1st, but will be opened with operating hours Thursday, Friday, and Friday, December 31st. The Meadowlake Golf Course will be closed Saturday, December 25th and Friday, December 31st.


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RC)--There is a road closure in downtown on a portion of South Independence from West Owen K. Garriott to West Oklahoma. The street will be blocked until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.  This road closure will allow for a downtown Christmas event stage installation, Christmas Eve services and cleanup.

 

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RC)--City of Enid Street officials said there will be a road closure located in the 1800 block of North 16th and will be closed to traffic beginning Monday. This closure is expected to last approximately three weeks and will allow contractors to complete concrete repairs. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the construction effort.

 

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NY)--Gaslight Theatre will host a community New Year's Eve party on Friday, December 31 from 9:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m. at the Stride Center grand ballroom. The theme for the event is Steampunk - Where the Past Meets the Future. Steampunk is a style of design and fashion that combines vintage elements with technology. Attendees are encouraged to wear Steampunk themed costumes, but it is not required. There will be dancing and a cash bar, with a champagne bar for the midnight toast. Tickets are $75, two for $125, or tables for 6 are $375 and can be purchased at gaslighttheatre.org or in the box office at 221 N. Independence.

 

Gaslight Theatre, a non-profit organization, is in its 55th season and is one of the most active community theaters in the state of Oklahoma, putting on productions throughout the year, including their annual free Shakespeare in the Park. They host children's drama camp every summer and have an active teen program.

 

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IR)—The “Holidays on Ice” ice skating rink in Stride Bank Center’s south parking lot in downtown is open. Around 10,000 skaters took to the ice last winter. This year the rink will be open Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, but closed Christmas day. Season tickets and group events and parties can be ordered now through Stride Bank Center by calling (580) 616-7381.

 

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