❝We have all been looking forward to this day for a long time. No more screening for eligibility groups, no more need for personal contemplation about whether you are eligible or should get the vaccine.❞ — Keith Reed, deputy commissioner of health
The number of COVID-19 cases in Northwest Oklahoma continues on a downward trend, as five of the Enid area counties, including Garfield, saw a decrease from those reported Friday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Longtime health care worker and volunteer Janet Cordell said she never wanted to be anything but a nurse.
❝Now’s the time — come get one this weekend,” Jackson said. “If you’re getting your booster, then you’ve got enough time for that immunity to kick in before you travel for Christmas. It’s good timing, so don’t wait.❞ — Maggie Jackson, community engagement director for Oklahoma State Department of Health District 2
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s Attorney General’s Office sued the Department of Defense, President Joe Biden and other federal officials Thursday in a bid to stop the Pentagon from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the state’s National Guard.
Seventy-three new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Cherokee County, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, but there have been no new deaths recorded for the fourth week in a row.
Lankford, a Republican, said he’s attempting to amend the National Defense Authorization Act to add a provision to prevent the Pentagon from withholding funding from individual National Guard members based on vaccination status.
ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma gained 5,292 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday.
Chisholm Middle School was ranked the fourth-best middle school in Oklahoma, and Hoover Elementary School just missed the top 10 of elementary schools statewide, coming in at 11th in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.
Community Cares Partners (CCP), a program of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, is providing assistance to individuals and families facing housing crisis and eviction as a result of lost wages or hardship from COVID-19.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has asked international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in Japan until the end of December as the country further tightens its border controls against a new coronavirus variant, the transportation ministry said Wednesday.
Washington (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to toughen testing requirements for international travelers to the U.S., including both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, amid the spread of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.
LeBron James has been placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols, and was ruled out for the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt and Pentagon officials each dug in Tuesday as their battle over COVID-19 vaccine requirements for Oklahoma National Guard intensified ahead of Thursday’s vaccination deadline for thousands of men and women in the Air National Guard.
OKLAHOMA CITY — All members of the Oklahoma National Guard must comply with the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate or face a prohibition on their participation in drills and training, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told Gov. Kevin Stitt in a letter on Monday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement.
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.”
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's rapid increase in COVID-19 cases attributed to the new omicron variant is resulting in mostly mild symptoms, doctors say.
NEW YORK (AP) — With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year: vaccine.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets plunged and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown.
Republican Rep. Denise Crosswhite Hader, who currently represents the southern portion of Enid, said last week's legislative redistricting saw her House district shrink even more from May’s previously approved redistricting that removed Garfield County from the district.
ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma gained 5,646 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday.
Mary Beth Williams will have her last day Wednesday after five years as general manager of the Enid Public Transportation Authority.
Two Republican lawmakers want to require employers to pay at least $1 million in punitive damages if they mandate vaccinations and an employee believes they became ill or suffered an injury as a result.
Even as visitors again crowd below the jumbo screens in New York’s Times Square, the souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels and entrepreneurs within the iconic U.S. landmark are still reeling from a staggering pandemic.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At a busy market in a poor township outside Harare this week, Nyasha Ndou kept his mask in his pocket, as hundreds of other people, mostly unmasked, jostled to buy and sell fruit and vegetables displayed on wooden tables and plastic sheets.
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) — The 747th Cyberspace Squadron, the Air Force’s first cyberspace squadron, now is performing operations with the 535th Airlift Squadron with its Mission Defense Team aboard the C-17 Globemaster III.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Listen to understand. For Air Force installation tribal liaison officers, strong tribal relationships aren’t built in a day — it takes time, compassion and a willingness to learn.
Active COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma have increased over the past week, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s governor remains at odds with the Pentagon after vowing to take no administrative or legal action against hundreds of National Guardsman who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Even as lawmakers returned to the state Capitol on Monday with plans to finalize months of redistricting efforts, nearly a thousand Oklahomans packed the halls with a different legislative agenda in mind.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court declined Friday to lift its stay on the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more workers.
The contagious delta variant is driving up COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Mountain West and fueling disruptive outbreaks in the North, a worrisome sign of what could be ahead this winter in the U.S.
OSDH says its updated dashboard “streamlines data and offers a more user-friendly, interactive way to access information on cases, hospitalizations, deaths, vaccination rates and other COVID-related statistics in Oklahoma.”
ANADARKO — Shane Doyebi sat stoically as a nurse jabbed him with his first dose of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.
Teachers and administrators knocked on wood after the McAlester school nurse reported some of the district’s lowest COVID-19 cases prior to board members making face coverings optional.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before feasting on pancakes, burgers and milkshakes inside the Fred 62 diner in Los Angeles, patrons must now fork over proof of their COVID-19 vaccines for a waiter's inspection under new city coronavirus rules that are among the country's strictest.
Only a quarter of Chisholm Public Schools students were actually eligible for free/reduced meals last year, but Superintendent Chad Broughton said many more Chisholm families without eligible children had recently received P-EBT benefits and contacted the district in confusion after getting the cards in the mail.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is encouraging local school districts to host clinics to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to kids and information to parents on the benefits of the shots as the White House looks to speedily provide vaccines to those ages 5 to 11.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russians went back to work on Monday after a mandated, nine-day break with authorities expressing uncertainly whether the measure helped tame a record-breaking surge of coronavirus infections and deaths.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City school district violated state law by firing six teachers who refused to wear masks, according to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
WASHINGTON — The $1 trillion infrastructure plan that now goes to President Joe Biden to sign into law has money for roads, bridges, ports, rail transit, safe water, the power grid, broadband internet and more.
Oklahoma State University has informed faculty, staff and students on the university payroll that they will have more time to comply with a federal mandate to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The requirement applies to OSU due to the university’s federal contract status. The university will stay in line with the Biden administration’s decision to move the deadline from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4, 2022, university officials announced.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer Inc. said Friday that its experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 cut rates of hospitalization and death by nearly 90% in high-risk adults, as the drugmaker joined the race for an easy-to-use medication to treat the coronavirus.
ENID, Okla. — Six more COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Enid over the past week as the number of active COVID-19 cases in Garfield County decreases, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday.
Lease rates are calculated per square foot per month, and increases are done every few years to match competitive lease costs, Airport Director Keston Cook said Tuesday during a study session presentation to the Enid City Commission.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s governor has asked the U.S. Secretary of Defense to suspend COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Oklahoma National Guard troops after 10% of the state’s personnel said they either have not or do not plan to get vaccinated.
Enid city commissioners adjourned Tuesday without taking action on any of the myriad topics discussed during a two-hour, closed executive session, which included ongoing litigation over the Kaw Lake pipeline.
This Week's Circulars
Theleta M. Williams, age 72, of Marshall, passed away December 2, 2021. Services are pending with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
The home-going service celebrating and honoring the life of Carol Fitzpatrick, 69, of Enid are pending under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at www.Brown-Cummings.com.
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- Riesen to be inducted into OBCA Hall of Fame
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