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El Reno Ministerial Alliance manning assistance hotline to help ease coronavirus tension

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If you are feeling alone, disconnected or just need help with errands because normal daily life has been upended by the coronavirus, the El Reno Ministerial Alliance wants to hear from you.

Pastor Allen Carson of Wesley United Methodist Church said several members of the Ministerial Alliance have joined to create a hotline for those impacted by the virus outbreak.

Carson said because many people, especially the elderly, are forced to remain in their homes, they may feel alone and need someone to talk with.

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El Reno, area schools to begin serving food Monday

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Meal service provided by El Reno Public Schools will return starting Monday despite the district not being in session due to the coronavirus epidemic.

As long as the district remains closed, it will operate four pickup locations Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.

Those sites will be Etta Dale, Rose Witcher, Hillcrest and Roblyer Learning Centers.

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Residents urged to avoid large crowds; local businesses adapting but feeling financial woes

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The fear of COVID-19 has taken over.

Schools are closed. Churches are offering online services and businesses are suffering.

In Canadian County, two cases of the virus have been reported. City, business and religious officials are working to prevent the spread, which occurs between humans, while hoping for the best and trying to keep calm. 

Most stores haven’t closed, but events are being canceled. With the national, state and city declarations of emergency, citizens are being urged to stay inside or at least refrain from congregating in large groups.

Public Records - March 18

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LAWSUITS

Ashley Nicole Fowler vs. El Mercado Inc. for an amount in excess of $75,000 for injuries and damages alleged to have occurred during an automobile accident.

Lakeview Loan Servicing LLC vs. Leah Ann Tuckey for $148,437.77 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees and foreclosure of a mortgage on Lot 4, Block 28, Fountain Grass Addition Section 6, Oklahoma City.

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VonTungelns return home from three-week ordeal on cruise ship after Hawaii vacation

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David and Maribeth VonTungeln are home.

The El Reno couple arrived Saturday night after a three-week ordeal that began Feb. 21 when they boarded the Grand Princess cruise ship headed for Hawaii. While returning, the ship was placed under quarantine after a passenger became ill with the coronavirus. That passenger would die and some 21 other passengers on board would reportedly test positive for the virus. The ship, with some 3,500 passengers, sat off the coast of northern California for days while officials worked to figure out how to handle the situation.

Redlands moves all course work online until April 10

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Redlands Community College will be moving on-campus classes to online courses between Monday, March 23 to Friday, April 10. Students are out this week due to spring break.

College offices and services will open regular business hours during this period in order to maintain operations and be available to assist students as needed.

During this time, RCC staff will be working to sanitize all classrooms, common areas and offices.

Concurrent classes held on high school campuses will continue on-site as scheduled.

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State suspends school, McVay says plan in place to feed students during break

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Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the El Reno Public School System is “hoping for the best but planning for the worst,” said Superintendent Craig McVay.

On Monday, as McVay waited for word that the State Department of Education would close all public schools at least until April 6, he said the health issue is by far the most talked about topic.

“It’s coronavirus, wall-to-wall,” McVay said.

Cities across the state and the nation have been scrambling to figure out how to best prevent the spread of the disease.

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COVID-19: A state of unrest

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El Reno Mayor and Acting City Manager Matt White took to Facebook Monday afternoon to let citizens know a “state of emergency” has been declared in response to the coronavirus.

White said the Carnegie Library will remain open, but no meetings will be held there. He said the Senior Citizens Center would be closed for a week.

“We’ll take this week-by-week,” White said.

White said water cutoffs for lack of payment would be suspended and municipal court would also be suspended along with any public meetings at City Hall.