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❝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

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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.

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❝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

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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.

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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.

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ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma gained 5,292 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ENID, Okla. — COVID-19 vaccines now are available in Enid and surrounding areas for children ages 5 to 11.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

HULBERT – Members of the Hulbert Public School Board of Education said they were excited to unveil the school's new logo during Monday night's meeting.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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