Health

  Gregg County educators receive COVID-19 vaccine

Teachers and those working in education in Gregg County were given the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccine Sunday at the Longview Exhibit Center.

Week 13 COVID-19 vaccine allocation sites in East Texas

The state has released its list of COVID-19 vaccine allocation sites for the week beginning March 8.

State reports over 3,700 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 3,651 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses in last week’s report.

Local news COVID coverage categories

The City of Tyler and Smith County are subject to the governor’s guidelines. Most businesses are allowed to open with 25 percent capacity.

Longview ISD to continue mask use, may revise COVID-19 protocols this summer

Despite Gov. Greg Abbot’s order rescinding a statewide mask mandate, Longview ISD will retain its current COVID-19 safety protocols — including mask use — for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Second dose Pfizer vaccine clinic set for Friday-Saturday in Tyler

NET Health’s “second dose” clinic for the Pfizer vaccine will take place on Friday and Saturday at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler. However, please note, only persons eligible for their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be admitted.

UIL leaves decision with school systems on mask requirements

The UIL, (University Interscholastic League), updated their guidelines following the governor’s announcement to lift the mask mandate with an executive order.

Three of Gov. Greg Abbott’s four coronavirus medical advisers say they weren’t directly consulted before he lifted mask mandate

One adviser said he thinks it’s too soon for the state to stop requiring masks in public.

What we know about the 6,578 active cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

  East Texas hospital leader worries lifting restrictions could trigger ‘comeback’ in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

“We were honestly dismayed in the health care field,” said Dr. Tom Cummins, Chief Medical Officer for UT Health East Texas.

UT Health East Texas CEO Moody Chisholm resigns

Veteran healthcare executive Donald Baker, who currently serves as the health system’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, will assume the role of Market CEO on an interim basis.

Angelina County health officials encourage residents to continue to wear masks

KTRE’S T’Ebonie Tanner spoke with the Angelina county health administrator about what you should do when the mask mandate ends next week, plus, vaccination efforts.

State allowing schools to have local control on mask policies

The Texas Education Agency has updated its guidance on face coverings in schools, allowing local school boards to determine policy.

H-E-B says customers still strongly encouraged, employees required, to wear masks in stores

The Texas grocery store chain H-E-B, which has locations in Lufkin, Carthage, and Crockett, released a statement following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement about the mandate being lifted on March 11.

  Dr. Ed Dominguez discusses governor’s decision to remove mask mandate

Dr. Ed says there were 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Texas yesterday, 60 deaths, and 5,600 people in the hospital fighting the virus. So is it wise to let our guard down?

  NET Health gives update on COVID-19 hospitalizations, vaccinations

Erin Wides spoke with NET Health about a decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the last week, as well as how the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will impact Smith County and the ability to vaccinate more people.

  WATCH: Judge Harbison discusses vaccines for homebound seniors

Shelby County judge discusses vaccinations for homebound seniors

  Counties of Panola, Shelby among first round for vaccinating homebound seniors

The Texas Division of Emergency (TDEM), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) today announced 26 counties participating in the first week of the Save Our Seniors vaccination initiative.

Governor Abbott launches first week of Save Our Seniors Initiative in 26 counties

The Governor announced the Save Our Seniors program in Corpus Christi last week to ensure more seniors are vaccinated throughout the state.

State reports 461 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 461 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses in last week’s report.

  Dr. Ed Dominguez, Dr. Theresa Patton answer viewer questions about COVID-19 vaccines

The doctors answer viewer questions about COVID-19.

Rapid COVID-19 tests coming to some east Texas businesses

The Texas Division of Emergency Management is working to protect public health during the coronavirus pandemic by making sure businesses have access to rapid COVID-19 tests — free of charge.

Second dose Moderna vaccine clinic scheduled for this weekend at Tyler’s Harvey Convention Center

Anyone who received their first Moderna vaccine at the Harvey Convention Center before January 21st is invited to return for their second Moderna vaccine in the coming days. These invites include persons who received their first vaccine on the following dates

Gov. Abbott provides update on vaccine distribution across the state

Governor Greg Abbott will hold a press conference Friday to commend the Corpus Christi Fire Department, Meals On Wheels of Corpus Christi, and the City of Corpus Christi on their efforts to vaccinate seniors in their community.

Texas A&M vet lab partnered with Physicians Preferred Laboratory to help prevent COVID-19 outbreaks

Unusual collaboration in Panhandle became key in preventing outbreaks of COVID-19

Longview Regional Medical Center announces new CEO

Longview Regional Medical Center announced the selection of Steve Gordon as the hospital’s new CEO.

Rep. Matt Schaefer introduces bill to override governor’s mask mandate order, requires statute

Schaefer says that it’s against the Texas constitution for the governor to write an order and also enforce it. He says that takes away the checks and balances needed in the state’s legislative branch.

  American Heart Association suggests less sodium, processed foods to be ‘heart healthy’

Krista Sharp from the East Texas American Heart Association joined Kayla Lyons on East Texas Now to share heart-healthy tips.

  American Heart Association suggests less sodium, processed foods to be ‘heart healthy’

American Heart month and how to stay heart-healthy (not just by eating well but also how stress can affect the heart)

Trauma service area that includes Nacogdoches, Angelina counties sees sub-15% hospitalization rate again

The trauma service area that includes Angelina and Nacogdoches counties saw its hospitalization rate dip below 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity on Sunday.