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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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ST. IVES, England (AP) — The Group of Seven nations are set to commit to sharing at least 1 billion coronavirus shots with the world, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Thursday, with half coming from the U.S. and 100 million from the U.K. as President Joe Biden urged allies to j…

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Cases in Garfield County increased by two in the past week for 7,815, with five active, a decrease of one since last week, and 7,671, or 98.2%, recovered, according to OSDH. Woods County gained nine cases in the past week, and is now listed as a the moderate (orange) risk county. No cases were reported in Alfalfa, Blaine, Grant, Kingfisher, Noble and Woodward counties, and Major County saw a reduction of one case.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Bergin was already obese and pre-diabetic before the pandemic, and learning she also had high blood pressure made her worry about how sick she might get with COVID-19. She began walking three hours a day, eventually losing 60 pounds.

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For months, President Joe Biden has laid out goal after goal for taming the coronavirus pandemic and then exceeded his own benchmarks. Now, though, the U.S. is unlikely to meet his target to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4.

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It wasn’t long after Matthew Reed shoplifted a $63 set of sheets from a Target in upstate New York that the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill.

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LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Two months ago Radha Gobindo Pramanik and his wife threw a party to celebrate their daughter's pregnancy and the upcoming birth of their long-awaited grandchild. They were so happy that they paid little attention to his wife's cough.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Bolstered by catchy slogans like “Your Shot to Summer,” “Vax-a-Million” and “Vax 2 the Max,” nearly 20 states are going all out to woo vaccine-hesitant residents in a bid to boost vaccination rates.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Some researchers believe COVID-19 has derailed the fight against HIV, siphoning away health workers and other resources and setting back a U.S. campaign to decimate the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Thursday the U.S. will swiftly donate an initial allotment of 25 million doses of surplus vaccine overseas through the United Nations-backed COVAX program, promising infusions for South and Central America, Asia, Africa and others at a time of …

TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma – With COVID-19 vaccinations more readily available, employers are considering policies that would mandate workers get the shot, and state legislatures are enacting laws to ban requirements. That's prompted many to question whether businesses can legally require employees to receive the vaccine, and for others – like Cherokee Nation – to offer incentives.

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COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma increased by 898 in the past week as 25 deaths were reported in that timeframe, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Dangling everything from sports tickets to a free beer, President Joe Biden is looking for that extra something — anything — that will get people to roll up their sleeves for COVID-19 shots when the promise of a life-saving vaccine by itself hasn’t been enough.

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, groups of Our Daily Bread volunteers led by Deacon Val Ross continued preparing and serving meals — instead of on plates, they'd be put in clamshell styrofoam boxes, then given as to-go orders at the door that otherwise stayed locked.

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Scientists have found clues that the world’s leading COVID-19 vaccines offer lasting protection that could diminish the need for frequent booster shots, but they caution that more research is needed and that virus mutations are still a wild card.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio residents who were recently vaccinated may want to answer their phone Wednesday even if the number isn't familiar. It might be Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on the other end.

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Twenty residents in Northwest Oklahoma, including seven in Enid and one in Waukomis, were among the 373 COVID-19-related deaths the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported in the past week.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A growing number of public schools are using mascots, food trucks and prize giveaways to create a pep-rally atmosphere aimed at encouraging students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus before summer vacation.

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NEW DELHI (AP) — India crossed another grim milestone Monday with more than 300,000 people lost to the coronavirus, while a devastating surge of infections appeared to be easing in big cities but was swamping the poorer countryside.

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New coronavirus cases across the United States have tumbled to rates not seen in more than 11 months, sparking optimism that vaccination campaigns are stemming both severe COVID-19 cases and the spread of the virus.

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❝Those challenges we faced, whether it was learning to speak English like me, or living through the pandemic, have made us stronger.❞ — Ian Choi, valedictorian of Enid High School’s class of 2021
 
 

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BOSTON (AP) — A highly contagious disease originating far from America's shores triggers deadly outbreaks that spread rapidly, infecting the masses. Shots are available, but a divided public agonizes over getting jabbed.

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Having been EPS’ honorary, non-voting school board member for the last two school years, Col. Anthony Smith will leave Enid at the end of June to take his new post at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Starting July 1, Smith will begin his 13th assignment as comptroller for the base’s air mobility command.

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According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health's COVID-19 Risk Level System, 40 Oklahoma counties are in the low, or "yellow,"risk level and 37, including a majority of Northwest Oklahoma, are in the new normal, or "green," risk level. In its weekly report Wednesday, OSDH said one Enid resident and one Watonga resident were among 40 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the past week.

An ordinance that has been on the books for 10 months was removed Monday evening at the Ada City Council meeting. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A “large” COVID-19 outbreak at separate Oklahoma City middle and fifth-grade schools prompted school district officials Tuesday to close both campuses for the last week of the school year and return students to at-home learning.

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During SHOK — for “students helping other kids” — Week, the Enid High School student council fundraises either for an organization that generally assists children or for specific households experiencing financial difficulties.

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Enid Public Schools reported about 1,000 elementary students have been enrolled in summer school. Despite the high figure, class sizes are being adjusted to 10-12 students per teacher. Children would ideally be housed at their home schools with as close to their grade-level teacher as possible.

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Enid city commissioners heard trust authorities’ and city departments’ budget proposals Tuesday night, several of which will continue to have balanced budgets or financial plans going into the next fiscal year, city accounting staff said.

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Oklahoma reported 1,593 COVID-19 cases and 44 deaths in the past week and saw a drop in active cases, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday.

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