Violet Hassler

Bio

Coming to Enid in 1993, weeks before the Land Run of 1893 centennial, I fell in love with the heritage. I started as Enid News & Eagle education, legislative and business reporter, was promoted to news editor in 1999 and currently am digital coordinator.

Home town

Braman, Oklahoma

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The number of all-time COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma went over the 200,000 mark, and 54 more deaths associated with the virus were reported across the state on Wednesday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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More than 3,600 Oklahomans moved to the COVID-19 recovered list Tuesday, lowering the active number of cases, but new positives continue to grow, bringing the all-time number close to 200,000, and deaths were back in the double-digits.

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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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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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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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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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