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City urges precautions

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While El Reno Mayor and Acting City Manager Matt White has not ruled out a citywide shelter-in-place order, he is asking residents to use common sense and take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.

“Just don’t take a chance with the stuff. It’s here (in the county) and what I understand from the numbers sent out from the state that the number of cases will start to climb.”

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has not declared a statewide shelter-in-place order, but White expects one soon. The state is one of 12 nationally not to have such an order.

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Lucas: Virus peak could come in June

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Vaccines intended to combat or cure the virus that has created a worldwide pandemic could first be given to the Chinese government to be tested there.

Congressman Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, said pharmaceutical companies based in the United States know “China will start lining people up and injecting them” without a second thought as to what the reaction to the drugs might be for their people. He said the same vaccine will need approval from the Federal Drug Administration before human trials begin here.

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Hughey receives positive COVID-19 test

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El Reno's first confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus has been identified as Associate District Judge Bob Hughey.

Hughey, who oversees the Canadian County Children's Justice Center, has been in self-quarantine at home since March 23.

“I went to the emergency room at Mercy in Oklahoma City,” said Hughey, who was suffering from respiratory issues.

Hughey said he was diagnosed with acute bronchitis but was not tested for the virus at that time.

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Police, fire cleared, but ER has 1 Covid-19 case

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El Reno fire and police personnel have been cleared to return to work after a report from the state medical examiner showed a patient they came into contact with did not have COVID-19.

However, one confirmed case of the virus has been reported here, said Mayor and Acting City Manager Matt White.

White said the confirmed case is believed to be a male in the 55-65 age range. He said the condition of the man was not available, but he did not believe he was hospitalized, but was in self quarantine.

He said no other information was available.

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BREAKING: First responders possibly exposed to COVID-19

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City of El Reno officials are waiting on word from the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on the status of four police officers and one fireman and their possible exposure to COVID-19.

The first responders were answering a reported medical call of a heart attack on Kerry Lane Tuesday night according to Assistant City Manager Matt Sandidge.

“It was called in as a heart attack,” said Sandidge,

El Reno Mayor and Acting City Manager Matt White said lifesaving measures were taken on the scene.

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Mobile Meals stalled by virus

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El Reno Mobile Meals, which serves more than 150 elderly clients with daily meal service, will be closing its doors temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are temporarily closing due to the coronavirus and as soon as we can get back to being around each other and be safe, we will go back to daily deliveries to the full 160 people on our list,” said El Reno Mobile Meals Director Christina Ramsey.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that adults ages 65 and older are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

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Restaurant partners with El Reno churches in effort to feed families, individuals

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Some churches within the El Reno Ministerial Alliance are partnering with a restaurant in an effort to help feed individuals and families that are struggling from the impact of COVID-19.

Rev. Allen Carson of Wesley United Methodist Church serves as chairman of the Alliance. He said Primo’s will provide fresh cooked food to El Reno and area residents on Saturdays.

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Ministerial Alliance works to help those impacted, but funds limited by closings

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If you’re in trouble, the Ministerial Alliance is here to help.

For years, the various churches in the group have coordinated charity efforts in the community, connecting the needy with appropriate organizations. But with the advent of COVID-19, the team is facing a humanitarian crisis unlike any they’ve faced before.

With businesses shutting down, employees laid off and citizens staying home, the money usually collected by the Alliance is now a little harder to come by.

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RCC donates to fight against COVID-19

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Since classes have moved to an online format for the remainder of the spring semester and students will not be utilizing the labs, Redlands Community College shared some of its resources with local health-care providers. The college gathered gloves, masks, wipes and safety glasses and delivered them to SSM Health St. Anthony El Reno and Healthcare One Urgent Care and Family Practice.