The Community Focus Update
Date: July 17th, 2021
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Mike: In this week's episode of the Community Focus Update we’ll be giving you a behind the scene look at a new local restaurant, we’ll celebrate a year of accomplishment at a local awards gala, and later in the program we’ll discuss the rising covid-19 infection numbers. All of this and more here on the Community Focus Update!
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Mike: Welcome to our 59th episode of the Community Focus Update. As we told you in our introduction video for the program The COmmunity Focus Update is a production of Woodruff Media Management, a media marketing company. Since 2018 we’ve been helping small businesses achieve more customers by telling their story. We do this in a variety of ways. This weekly news program is one of them through live ad reads and commercials. If you have been blessed by the work we have done on this program please let our advertisers know.
Anyway before we dive into what's going on around Ottawa County let's talk about those folks who help make this program possible..
-Ron Enderland Art
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When you see the work of local artist Ron Enderland expect to be speechless. While Ron is well known for his pen and paper drawing of local faces and places. Little know he can be commissioned to do work like family portraits. For a gift that will make them speechless visit enderland dot com or stop and see the artist at work at the Miami, Oklahoma Route 66 Heritage fest on July 30th and 31st.
Mike: Next we have Elegance Unleashed; With over five years of serving Miami, Owner Deb Swank offers a full service salon for you and your family with a wide variety of services from haircuts to pedicures. For an appointment call 918-544-6976.
-Extreme Gaming Mike: In addition to video games, Extreme Gaming at 1915 North Main in Miami is now offering movie rentals! Each Tuesday is New Release day and with over twelve hundred titles in stock, there’s something for everyone! To learn more give Extreme Gaming a call at 918-542-7529. On the phone or in person be sure to thank them for sponsoring the Community Focus Update!
Mike: If you’d like to advertise or be a sponsor of The Community Focus Update it’s only $10 an episode during the covid-19 pandemic. Email me at Michael at Woodruff Media Management dot com with the Word “advertising” in the subject line.
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Otter Cove Mike: After a half a year of anticipation Miami will have a new restaurant at the corner of Main and Steve Owens boulevard.
Mike: Recently We had an opportunity to explore Otter Cove, a million dollar venture by the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma. During the facilities open house I had an opportunity to interview Chief Cook and learn about the process of turning an old gas station into something special.
Lower Third: Ethel Cook, Chief, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
Lower Third: Mistie Pruitt, Designer, Pruitt Bros. Construction.
Mike: In addition to honoring Route 66 heritage and tribal heritage, the tribe worked with the Miami art and Humanities council to create murals reflecting the history of the area.
Lower Third: Jessica Stout, Artist, Miami Arts and Humanities council
Lower Third: Ethel Cook, Chief, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
Mike: Otter Cove restaurant will be opened on July 19th.
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Fairland Mayor Steps down
Mike: On Tuesday July 6th Fairland Mayor John Finnell addressed the Board of Trustees:
Lower third: John Finnell, Mayor, Fairland Oklahoma
Mike: This past Monday the Fairland Board of Trustees met for a special meeting. A special election is scheduled for September 14th to fill John Finnells seat. This election will cost the fairland taxpayers $1,000 and Board of Trustee Trevor Berger will be temporary mayor until after the election.
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Will Rogers Repurpose
Mike: Built in 1947, Will Rogers Middle School has served the community with pride. Unfortunately it’s role is about to change in regards to how the community utilizes it. As Miami Schools Superintendent Nick Highsmith explains.
Lower Third: Nick Highsmith, Superintendent, Miami Public Schools
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Mike: On Friday July 2nd, the Boys and Girls held an open house and ribbon cutting for it’s new teen center, a facility that will service children 5th grade and above. Mackenzie Garst, the club’s CEO explains
Lower Third: Mackenzie Garst, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa County
Mike: The teen center also has a computer lab, gym, and a game room. -graphic Mike: For more information call (918) 542-6325
Mike: If you have a news tip or an upcoming event visit our website at Woodruffmediamanagement dot com slash news Mike: After the break we'll be visiting a recent event that honored local businesses and nonprofits. Here’s a list of upcoming events in Ottawa County
Miami City Council Monday July 19 6pm (in-person) Ottawa County Board of County Commissioners Monday, July 19, 9am (online) Afton Safety Identity Theft, Frauds and Scams July 20, 12pm Ottawa County Farmers Market “A Day of Magic” July 22 Miami Route 66 Fest July 30-31
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Mike: On Friday July 9th the Miami Regional Chamber of commerce hosted it 11th annual awards gala at the buffalo Run to honor area businesses, non-profits, and individuals who have made a difference in the past year. Among the finalists For industry of the year was Cook’s Processing, Hopkins Manufacturing, Neo Fab Business of the year finalists were bearskin Healthcare & wellness, Intergris, and Miami Public Schools. Non-profit of the year was boys and girls club of Ottawa county, CASA of Northeastern Oklahoma and Oklahoma Emergency response team, Small business of the year finalists were Frye Heating and Air, The Frozen Elephant, and Woodruff Media Management. Individuals honored included local educators Chrisann Lamb and Dr. Tatiana Taylor
Lower Third: Chrisann Lamb, Finalist Miami Public Schools
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Lower Third: Ben Frye, Owner Frye Heating and Air
Lower Third: Angela Henderson, CEO, CASA of Northeastern Oklahoma
Mike: Winners of their perspective categories were NEO FAB, Bearskin wellness, Boys and girls Clubs of Northeast Oklahoma, and the Frozen Elephant
Ottawa Tribe Chief Ethel Cook was the recipient of the imapct award and The Good Neighbor Project received the Mark Rogers Volunteer of the Year Award. Lower Third:Rick Aldridge, OKERT/Good Neighbor Project Lower Third: Bless Parker, Good Neighbor Project
Mike: After the break in our commentary, we’ll discuss the morality of vaccinations and mask usage. Here’s a piece of trivia you may not know.
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Mike: Welcome back everyone
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Rise of Covid-19 infections in Ottawa county Mike: According to the CDC, close to 160 million or 60 percent of Americans are now fully vaccinated against covid-19. Unfortunately the highest numbers of unvaccinated are found within the 4 state area. This is especially true for Ottawa county where only 24% are fully vaccinated. Initially covid-19 cases dropped significantly as vaccinations began and people were still wearing masks but now are going up. As we reported in the past, cloth face masks worn by those who have covid-19 prevent transmitting the virus up to 80% and when uninfected people wore a mask they had 50% protection. In many ways this double duty by those who wore a mask and were vaccinated proved effective when looked at another illness, the flu. According to the CDC, influenza infection significantly dropped due to the public taking covid-19 precautions and getting flu vacinations. Overall 60% of Oklahomans reported using a mask at the height of the pandemic in December, this number has dropped to 15%. This action seems to now have an effect on those who have continually refused to wear a mask or get a vaccination but were benefiting from the overzealous among them.
In May and June Ottawa county covid-19 cases were about 10 per week, in the first week of July the number was 35 and the second week cases shot up to 129 which closely mirrors the increase last November when more families began celebrating the holiday season. Among those infected is a small percentage of folks who have been vaccinated. In Oklahoma, 896 among the 1,521,817 vaccinated or 5.88 percent have got covid-19 also known as “breakthough infections”. This correlates with the given effective rates of each vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were shown in clinical trials to have an overall efficacy of 95% and 94.1% against mild to severe COVID-19, respectively. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was shown to have an overall efficacy of 66% efficacy against moderate to severe COVID-19. So far, studies suggest that all vaccines authorized for use in the United States are effective against known variants. There are currently 4 notable variants in the United States:
With that said, information regarding the delta variant is still inconclusive.
Mike: So after seeing all of these statistics and the facts about vaccinating against covid-19 the question must be posed, “Do the vaccinated have an obligation to continue wearing a mask in order to keep infection numbers low?” Please share your thoughts in the comment section. Source: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/ottawacountyoklahoma/POP060210 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/fully-vaccinated-people.html#:~:text=%E2%80%A2%20A%20growing%20body%20of,Johnson%2FJanssen%20vaccine. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6937a6.htm#F1_down https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/oklahoma?view=mask-use&tab=trend https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/covid-19-vaccine-comparison https://getvaccineanswers.org/question/vaccine-protection#do-the-vaccines-protect-against-the-variants
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