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Two Enid Residents Among New COVID Death Reports, Almost 2k More Cases Wednesday

(Enid, OK) After the report of two Enid residents succumbing to the COVID-19 virus, two more Enid men were among the state’s 48 COVID-19-related deaths reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday.

1,986 new COVID-19 cases were also reported by the OSDH to bring the overall number to 360,360 statewide.

Of the 48 deaths reported, 42 were in the 65 and older age group including one woman and three men in Oklahoma County, one woman and two men in Kay County, four women and three men in Tulsa County, one woman and two men in Comanche County, one woman and one man in Stephens County, two men each from Cleveland and Muskogee counties, women from Grady, Delaware, Le Flore, McClain, Pontotoc, McIntosh, Osage, Beckham, and Pittsburg counties and men from Tillman, Cherokee, Cotton, Okmulgee, Custer, Garfield, Choctaw, Payne, Coal, and Pottawatomie counties.

Five deaths were in the 50-64 age group: one woman each from Le Flore, Carter, Oklahoma, and McIntosh counties and the Garfield County man. One death in 36-49 age group was reported in Rogers County.

3,085 deaths statewide where the virus was the cause or a contributing factor.

Garfield County’s COVID-19 case numbers increased by 17 on Wednesday for an overall total of 6,408, with 437 of those being active.

Other Northwest Oklahoma county case increases Wednesday included 10 in Noble, five in Kingfisher, five in Woods, five in Woodward, three in Alfalfa, three in Major, two in Blaine and two in Grant County.


Emergency Repair Will Cause Water Shut Off on Randolph

(Enid, OK) An emergency water repair will cause a water outage on Randolph, from 6th to 11th on Wednesday.

Water will be shut off starting at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20th, and is anticipated to be turned back on by 5:30 p.m. the same day, according to the city of Enid.


Northwest Oklahoma Sees 4 COVID-19 Deaths As State Adds 1.5k Deaths Tuesday

(Enid, OK)  Oklahoma saw 1,558 new COVID-19 cases according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday. Four of the 43 deaths reported were from Northwestern Oklahoma including a man and a woman from Enid, a Blaine County man and one Woodward woman.

Garfield County’s COVID-19 cases increased by 20 on Tuesday for an overall total of 6,391 since March, with 502 active cases.

Of the 43 deaths reported, 34 were in the 65 and older age group including four Delaware County women, three Tulsa County women, one woman and one man in Garfield County, three women and one man in Oklahoma County, one man each in from Cleveland, Nowata, Comanche, Noble, Washington, Pittsburg, Blaine, Stephens, Muskogee counties and one woman each in Mayes, Craig, Jackson, Logan, Canadian, Woodward, Payne Murray, Ottawa, Pawnee, Caddo, and Marshall counties.

9 deaths were in the 50-64 age group including one man and one woman in Tulsa County, one Wagoner County woman, and one man each from Oklahoma, Comanche, Grady, Murray, Creek, and Muskogee counties.

Other county case increases in Northwest Oklahoma on Tuesday included 46 in Woodward, 10 in Kingfisher, four in Major, four in Grant, two in Woods, two in Blaine, one in Noble and one in Alfalfa County.


Water Outage at Randolph & 8th for Tuesday

(Enid, OK) Water will be shut off on Tuesday at the intersection of Randolph and 8th to allow the installation of new water line, as the city of Enid begins a months-long planned road improvement project.

The procedure will cause a water outage from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 19th. The shutoff will affect 8th between Broadway and Maple, and Maple between 7th and 8th.

City Manager Jerald Gilbert said that water outages will last for one day to connect old lines to new lines and that the work will move west.

The work is the beginning of the $1.5 million road repair project on Randolph from Washington to 7th that is set to last 10 months. The work will also include the new skate park at Randolph and 5th.

For more updates on water outages and street closures, stay on Enid Live!


Enid Resident Among 35 Deaths Statewide, 3.3k Cases Reported Sunday

(Enid, OK) The state saw 3,314 new COVID-19 cases and 35 additional deaths were reported on Sunday, including an Enid resident, by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Garfield County’s COVID-19 cases increased by 65 on Sunday for a total of 6,354 since March, with 562 of those being active cases.

Of the 35 deaths, 28 of them were in the 65 and older age group, five in the 50-64 age range and one each in the 36-49 and 18-35 age groups, according to OSDH.

Counties with reported deaths included five each in Oklahoma City and Tulsa; four in Cleveland; three in Creek; two each in Comanche and Grady; and one each in Pottawatomie, Canadian, Garfield, Hughes, Coal, Johnston, Kay, Wagoner, Logan, Caddo, McClain, Osage, Payne, and Seminole.

Other Northwest Oklahoma county case increases Sunday included 21 in Woodward, 18 in Kingfisher, 11 in major, seven each in Alfalfa and Woods, six each in Grant and Noble and four in Blaine.



Over 3k New COVID-19 Cases Statewide, 34 Add. Deaths Including Hennessey Resident

(Enid, OK) 3,142 new COVID-19 cases were reported statewide on Thursday and 34 additional deaths, including a Hennessey woman, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

There have been 2,882 deaths in Oklahoma in which the virus was the cause or a contributing factor, OSDH reported.

Of the 34 deaths, 23 were from the 65 and older age range including three men from Bryan County, two men from Comanche County, a man and woman each from Tulsa and Oklahoma counties; men from Kay, Pontotoc, Stephens, Pottawatomie, Grady, Pushmataha, Okmulgee, Rogers, Muskogee, and Wagoner counties; and women from Kingfisher, Greer, McIntosh and Cleveland counties.

Nine of the deaths were in the 50-64 age group including a man and woman from Atoka County; two men from Tulsa County; a Creek County man and women from Sequoyah, Pontotoc, Comanche and Marshall counties. A Custer County woman and a Pontotoc County man in the 36-49 age group were also reported.

Garfield County’s COVID-19 cases increased by 41 Thursday for a total of 6,197, with 537 active cases.

Other Northwest Oklahoma county case increases included eight in Kingfisher, eight in Noble, seven in Blaine, five in Woodward, four in Woods, three in Alfalfa and three in Major County. 

For more COVID-19 updates, stay on Enid Live!


Almost 4k Cases of COVID-19 Reported Wednesday, Woodward Resident Among 44 Deaths

(Enid, OK) Oklahoma reported 3,907 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and 44 additional deaths, including a Woodward man, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Of the 44 deaths reported Wednesday, 36 were in the 65 and older age group including eight men and eight women from Tulsa County; two men from Comanche County; two women from McIntosh County; two men and a woman each from Oklahoma and Wagoner counties; one man each from Bryan, Cleveland, Grady, Okmulgee and Woodward counties; and one woman each from Cherokee, Muskogee, Pawnee, Rogers and Washington counties.

Six of the deaths were from the 50-64 age range including men from LeFlore, Okmulgee, Tulsa and Wagoner counties and women from Beckham and Osage counties. Two deaths were women in the 36-49 age group from Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

There have been 2,848 deaths, statewide, where the virus was the cause or a contributing factor, according to the OSDH daily report.

Garfield County COVID-19 cases increased by 73 Wednesday for a total of 6,156 since the pandemic started with 559 active cases.

Other Northwest Oklahoma county case increases included 50 in Kingfisher, 46 in Woodward, 13 in Blaine, seven in Noble, six in Woods, four in Grant, three in Major and one in Alfalfa County. 


Two-Vehicle Accident in Major County, 1 Death Reported

(Enid, OK) A two-vehicle accident in Major County took the life of a Fairview man Wednesday afternoon.

92-year-old Bobby Fast was pronounced dead at Fairview Regional Medical Center due to injuries, caused by the accident at 1:51 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60 about half a mile north of Fairview, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report.

According to the report, Fast was driving a 1998 Dodge pickup east on County Road EW-49 when he failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit on the driver’s side by a 2016 Ford Transit. The Ford Transit, driven by 39-year-old Lihang Chen, was southbound on U.S. 60. Chen was also sent to the Fairview hospital in stable condition with multiple injuries. Chen was wearing a seat belt, but Fast wasn’t, according to the report.

The conditions of both men were reported to be normal.


Part of Quail Creek Closed For Repairs

(Enid, OK) The area of 1420 Quail Creek will be closed starting on Thursday for concrete repairs.

The closure is expected to last about three weeks, according to the city of Enid.

For more street closure updates, stay on Enid Live!


Water Pipe Work to Affect Intersection of Jackson and Illinois

(Enid, OK) Water will be shut off at the intersection of Jackson Street and Illinois Avenue on Thursday to allow a new pipe to be tied into the existing water lines.

Work will take about eight hours to complete. The water outage from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Areas affected will be the 500 to 900 blocks of West Illinois Avenue, located between Van Buren St. and Jefferson St.

For more updates water outages and road work, stay on Enid Live!


Enid Resident Among 29 Deaths Reported Monday, 2k More Cases Seen in State

(Enid, OK) Oklahoma saw 2,210 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday with 29 additional deaths being reported, including an Enid woman, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Statewide, 2,804 Oklahomans have succumbed to the virus as a cause or a contributing factor, the OSDH reported.

Of the 29 deaths reported Tuesday, 21 were in the 65 and older age group including two women and one man in Cleveland County,one woman and four men in Oklahoma County, one woman and one man in Garvin County, one Lincoln County woman, one McClain County man, one Garfield County woman, one Osage County woman, one Rogers County man, one Comanche County man, a Beckham County man, one Hughes County woman, one Sequoyah County woman, one Stephens County man and one Washita County man.

Five of the deaths were in the 50-64 age range including one Pottawatomie County woman, one Cotton County man, one Oklahoma County man, one Cleveland County woman and one Seminole County man. Three deaths were in the 36-49 age range included one Pontotoc County man and two Cherokee County men.

Garfield County’s COVID-19 cases increased by 25 on Tuesday for a total of 6,083 since March, with 548 of those being active.

Other county case increases in Northwest Oklahoma included 10 in Alfalfa, nine in Noble, eight in Kingfisher, five in Blaine, four in Woods, three in Grant, two in Woodward, and one in Major County. 


State Reports Almost 4k New COVID-19 Cases, Sees 14 More Deaths

(Enid, OK) The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 3,885 new COVID-19 cases and 14 additional deaths on Monday.

2,775 deaths were reported, by the OSDH, in which the virus was the cause or a contributing factor.

Of the 14 deaths, 11 were in the 65 and older age group including three Oklahoma County men, two Tulsa County women, one woman and one man in Stephens County, one man and one woman in Cleveland County, one Pushmataha County man and one Logan County woman. The other three deaths were two women and one man in the 50-64 age group from Oklahoma County.

Garfield County’s COVID-19 cases increased by 58 on Monday for a total of 6,058 since the pandemic began, with 613 active cases.

Other county case increases in Northwest Oklahoma included 47 in Woodward, 16 in Blaine, 15 in Kingfisher, seven in Major, four each in Noble and Grant, two in Woods, one in Alfalfa.


Portion of Second Street in Enid Closed For Repairs

(Enid, OK) N. 2nd Street will be closed, from Princeton to Cornell, starting on Tuesday for asphalt repairs.

The work will take place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The closure is expected to last four days, according to the city of Enid.


Part of Cherokee Avenue in Enid Closed Due to Water Work

(Enid, OK) City officials announced on Monday via press release that the 100 block East Cherokee Avenue, between 2nd and Grand, will be closed for the next three weeks due to a new water line installation.

Motorists are encouraged to follow traffic detour and control signs and to drive with caution in the area during construction.


Enid Resident Arrested on More Than of 20 Counts of Molestation & Child Pornography

(Enid, OK) The Enid Police Department Internet Crime Against Children detectives arrested an Enid man on Wednesday on more than 20 counts of manufacturing, possessing and distributing child pornography and lewd molestation.

40-year-old Jason Wallis is facing 18 counts of lewd molestation, complaints of possession of child pornography, six counts of manufacturing child pornography, six counts of distribution of child pornography, a count of rape by instrumentation and a count of violating Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

An investigation by the EPD, led Sgt. Aaron Barber, who contacted Wallis for an interview.

During the interview on Wednesday Jan. 6th, Wallis confessed to uploading an inappropriate image to Tumblr and later showed Sgt. Barber multiple images of lewd photos of children he had on his cellphone, according to a release from police. Also in the interview, Wallis admitted to manufacturing, possessing, distributing child pornography, of both still images and videos.

Wallis also confessed to the abuse of three children, ranging from 7 months old to 5 years old, according to the release from the EPD. He told Sgt. Barber he targeted those ages 10 to 12 when viewing child pornography but also viewed images with children ages 4 to 7.

The investigation into Wallis is ongoing and police say they believe further arrests could be made.


Oklahoma Sets Single-Day Record in COVID-19 Cases Sunday, Garfield County Surpasses 6k Overall

(Enid, OK) Oklahoma set another single-day record with 6,487 cases of COVID-19 reported on Sunday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The OSDH also reported 23 more deaths, including an Aline man.

There have been 2,761 deaths in Oklahoma in which the virus was the cause or a contributing factor, the OSDH reported.

Of the 23 deaths reported, 17 were in the 65 and older age group including men from Alfalfa, Canadian, Ottawa, Lincoln, McCurtain, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stephens counties; and women from Beaver, Ottawa, Beckham, Oklahoma, Bryan, Comanche and Creek counties.

There were also five from the 50-64 age group including two men from Tulsa County and one man each from Pottawatomie and Wagoner counties. A Delaware County woman and a Tulsa County man in the 36-49 age group also was reported by the OSDH.

Garfield County reached 6,000 overall cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with 179 more cases reported Sunday, according to OSDH. Of the overall cases, 613 remain active in the county.

Other county case increases in Northwest Oklahoma included 86 in Woodward, 58 in Kingfisher, 23 in Major, 11 in Noble, nine in Grant, seven in Blaine and five each in Alfalfa and Woods.


Enid COVID-19 Vaccination Event Moved to the Oakwood Mall Monday

(Enid, OK) The Garfield County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination event has been moved to Oakwood Mall on Monday, Jan. 11th.

The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., where appointments and identification will be required, located where the Halloween pop-up store was located near the vacant JCPenney store. People over the age of 65, first responders and healthcare workers are eligible to receive the vaccine at the event.

Enid Transit will offer free rides to Monday’s vaccination event. Those needing a ride can call (580) 233-RIDE (7433).


Enid Residents to See Expansion to Chestnut Avenue Closure

(Enid, OK) The city of Enid has announced an expansion to the street closure in the 1100 block of E. Chestnut Avenue that will now include the section between Davis and 12th.

Beginning on Jan. 6th, the closure has expanded to include the intersection at Chestnut and Davis. Work will begin to replace a collapsed storm water drainage pipe and to repair the roadway. The closure is expected to last about six to eight weeks, weather permitting.


State Sees Record High of Single Day Deaths, According to the OSDH

(Enid, OK) The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 62 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, a record number of single-day deaths since the pandemic began.

53 of the 62 deaths reported were of the 65 and older age range, including seven women and three men in Tulsa County, four women and two men in Kay County, three women and two men in Bryan County, two Creek County women, two Grady County men, two women and five men in Comanche County, one Custer County man, one Hughes County woman, one Jefferson County man, one Latimer County man, one Le Flore County woman, one woman and one man in Logan County, one Muskogee County woman, one Mayes County man, one Pottawatomie County man, two McCurtain County women, one Murray County man, one Payne County man, one Canadian County man, one woman and one man in Sequoyah County, one Rogers County man, one Stephens County man and two Wagoner County men.

The other 9 deaths reported were four were in the 50-64 age group included two Tulsa County men, one Oklahoma County and one Nowata County man. Three were in the 36-49 age group including one Washington County woman, one Oklahoma County man and one Tulsa County man. Two deaths were in the 18-35 age group as two men from Bryan and Jackson counties were reported.

None of the deaths were in Northwest Oklahoma.

The state saw 3,305 new cases Wednesday. Garfield County COVID-19 cases increased by 25 on Wednesday for an overall total of 5,658 cases, with 374 active in the county.

County case increases throughout Northwest Oklahoma included 34 in Woodward, 25 in Garfield, 14 in Noble, eight in Blaine, six in Major, five in Woods, two in Kingfisher, two in Alfalfa, and one in Grant County.

For more updates on COVID-19, stay on Enid Live!


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