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❝This is the first vaccine that’s ever required ultralow freezer storage, and so we don’t have those capacities in our county health departments, or in our hospitals or just our normal care (facilities).❞Dr. Jared Taylor, the state’s epidemiologist 

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Oklahoma saw an increase of 1,721 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, with the Oklahoma State Department of Health reporting 19 more deaths across the state, with none of those in the Enid area.

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Mayor Breea Clark’s anticipated proclamation has drawn criticism from some residents and the business community, but most of the council is backing her efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oklahoma State Department of Health reported an increase of 6,257 COVID-19 cases Saturday, as it played catch up with the data following a break on Thanksgiving Day. Thirteen more deaths were reported across the state, with none of those in the Enid area.

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Mayor Breea Clark will sign a proclamation issuing new restrictions on businesses and public sporting events beginning Monday, according to the city of Norman website.

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State lawmakers face the potential of a significant budget shortfall next year and lengthy recovery that some worry could return Oklahoma to its recent era of cuts that saw schools, hospitals and law enforcement agencies make drastic moves to reduce spending.

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Five more COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Northwest Oklahoma over the Thanksgiving holiday, as the risk level for the virus in Garfield County rocketed to 132 daily new cases per average, shuttering in-person education for another two weeks at Enid Public Schools.

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Garfield County gained more than 100 COVID-19 cases for the second time this week, as the state increased by 3,732, the most since a backlog and surge of cases took Oklahoma over 4,700 new cases the weekend of Nov. 7-8. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY — For the rest of the semester, Oklahoma school districts will have the option of implementing in-school quarantine for students potentially exposed to COVID-19, state health officials announced Wednesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — As influenza rates tick upward, medical professionals are urging Oklahomans to get a flu vaccination as soon as possible.

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Enid City Commissioner Ben Ezzell is appealing a judge’s ruling allowing his recall election to proceed in February.

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A week after an Oklahoma school district changed its quarantine rules to allow some students to return to school after known contact with a COVID-19 positive person, the state Department of Education and Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reminded school districts they must follo…

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The traditional Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving meal at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Leaven Center is canceled this year, due to COVID-19, but Our Daily Bread, First Baptist Church and The Salvation Army will be providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

City councilors approved a citywide mask mandate that applies to most businesses that offer goods and services for off-site use. 

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He said health care facilities should only utilize asymptomatic COVID-19 positive staff as a last resort — when they’re experiencing critical staffing needs and if they can work in an area where other people have COVID-19.

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A partnership working to bring more COVID-19 testing to Oklahoma is not scheduled to come to the Enid area, but Garfield County Department of Health spokeswoman said staff are doing their best to meet demands for appointments.

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The memo, signed by Col. Timothy Danielson, commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance, applies to all military personnel assigned to Vance, even when they are off-base and on leave, and to government service civilian employees while on base.

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Garfield County saw a record 134 new COVID-19 cases in a single day on Monday, as the state increased its count by 3,544, and 10 more deaths, including a Woodward man, were reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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❝This is really about personal responsibility. We have to continue the social distancing. You can’t require people to bunker in place for extended periods of time. This thing is going to peak at the end of April.❞ — Gov. Kevin Stitt

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Many Republican lawmakers in states where coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have surged are not only rejecting statewide mask mandates. They’re also resisting rules requiring them in their own capitols.

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All Enid Public Schools students will continue with distance learning after Thanksgiving break, as the number of new daily COVID-19 cases topped out at an average of 72.5 per 100,000, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Friday.

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"Whatever you think how bad it could be, it was probably 10 times worse. You hear people wheezing and coughing and wondering, 'Are they going to make it through the night.'"

— Robert Lavern

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Recent debates at City Hall about adopting a mask mandate to curb increased transmission of the novel coronavirus throughout the community highlighted diverse views about the topic. 

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ENID, Okla. — The city of Enid has suspend in-person court appearances until further notice. The municipal court clerk windows also will be closed.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden met Thursday with governors from both parties and criticized President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attempt to block the peaceful transition of power, saying it was hindering the flow of information about programs to develop a vitally importa…

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❝This is the first vaccine that’s ever required ultralow freezer storage, and so we don’t have those capacities in our county health departments, or in our hospitals or just our normal care (facilities).❞Dr. Jared Taylor, the state’s epidemiologist 

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Oklahoma saw a gain of 3,017 new COVID-19 cases, with 26 more deaths reported across the state, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Wednesday.

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Enid’s city commissioner who’s long been the most outspoken on more stringent public health protocols related to COVID-19 on Tuesday criticized the city’s continued inaction, while Garfield County and the rest of the state have continued to see case counts and rates of infection reach their …

Muskogee city councilors on Monday rejected a proposal that would have required the use of face coverings while shopping — or working — at most businesses.

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Neal Matherne comes to Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He begins work at the Heritage Center on Tuesday.

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EPS’ re-entry plan mandating masks and enforcing social distancing has so far been helpful in preventing potential situations of community spread, since schools were expected to contribute to a high rate of spread as large gatherings of people.

— Maggie Jackson, OSDH regional director of community engagement and health planning for District 2, which covers Blaine, Canadian, Garfield, Grant, Kingfisher, Logan and Major counties. Jackson also represents the Alfalfa County office.

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Stopping short of a statewide mask mandate Monday, Oklahoma’s governor announced requiring face coverings on state property and said bar and restaurant hours will temporarily be limited in an attempt to slow the surging number of COVID-19 cases.

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