Coronavirus Updates

  Global stocks mostly rise amid continuing outbreak worries

U.S. shares were set to drift higher, with Dow futures edging up 0.6% to 22,460.20.

  US nears China’s coronavirus death toll as New York calls for help

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Daughter says goodbye to mother dying of coronavirus over FaceTime

What we know about the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

  Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier due to coronavirus

  Neighbors Helping Neighbors group provides donation boxes in Anderson County

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

  Early response to Governor Abbott’s COVID-19 travel orders

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  East Texas native, her boyfriend recovering from COVID-19 in NYC

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

  US cities brace for coronavirus spread; Spain’s hospitals at breaking point

San Augustine County issues stay-at-home order for residents due to COVID-19 concerns

Longview clinic warning patients after pediatrician exposed to COVID-19

‘Goodnight with Dolly’: Country star to read bedtime stories to kids online

  How would overwhelmed hospitals decide who to treat first?

Health care workers are dreading the prospect of such dire scenarios as U.S. hospitals brace for a looming surge in patients who need breathing machines and other resources that could soon be in critically short supply.

  Funeral homes alter services to comply with social distancing guidelines

The guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include funerals where social distancing means the usual gestures of love and comfort are gone.

  NY Rep. Velazquez tests positive for COVID-19

New York Rep. Nydia Velázquez stood within feet of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic and Republican leaders at a signing ceremony after the bill was passed.

Photo of health care workers flying to help NY gets love

The photo shows dozens of people, some wearing masks and gloves, holding their hands in the shape of a heart.

  Wall Street pushes higher, led by surging health care stocks

Florida pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

  FBI: ‘Don’t fall victim to stimulus check scams’

  ‘Our time of need is now’: Nonprofits feel financial impact of COVID-19

  Longview funeral home launches grocery service for senior citizens

  How to avoid aches and pains while working from home during coronavirus pandemic

  Singer John Prine is in stable condition, his wife says

The singer-songwriter's family said Sunday that Prine was critically ill.

WATCH: Italian twins strike a chord with Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ in a coronavirus world

Mirko and Valerio have racked up millions of views over the last couple of weeks after recording the song while in isolation during the pandemic.

  At least 130 test positive for coronavirus at Tenn. nursing home, including 2 deaths

At least 130 people, including staff members and residents, have tested positive. At least two people have died from COVID-19.

  Traveling to Florida? You may be stopped at a checkpoint

People entering Florida driving on the Interstate will be screened near the state line as the state looks to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Time to ‘revenge shop’: China’s coronavirus hot spot reopens

Officials are under orders to revive manufacturing, retailing and other industries while also preventing a spike in infections as people return to work.

  Macy’s to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers amid coronavirus outbreak

Macy’s says it will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales during the pandemic.

  Neal McCoy remembers Joe Diffie as one of the greatest in country music

“I was one of his biggest champions, one of his biggest fans because he had such a great voice," Neal McCoy said.

  Student learns she’s school valedictorian at drive-thru window where she works

The high school principal didn't let her school’s closure stop her from announcing this year's valedictorian and salutatorian.

  ETN: State Rep. Chris Paddie talks about executive order related to Texas-Louisiana travel

State Rep. Chris Paddie spoke with East Texas Now’s Blake Holland about Governor Abbott’s executive order requiring those traveling into Texas from Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days.

County-by-county COVID-19 tracker

We are updating this county-by-county map to illustrate the number of COVID-19 cases in each county in the United States per capita.

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus

The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam says “Spring Garden” by the Dutch master was taken in the early hours of Monday.

  Prince Charles ends isolation period for coronavirus

Royal officials said last week the 71-year-old heir to the British throne was showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and self-isolating at the royal family’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.

  Is takeout safe to eat during the coronavirus outbreak? Experts explain.

There has not been evidence to show the virus is transmitted by eating food.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded the alarm about what was coming — and already here.

  Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of coronavirus pandemic

Mariners aboard ballistic submarines are habitually spared bad news while underwater to avoid undermining their morale, say current and former officers who served aboard France's nuclear-armed subs.

  Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast

President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn't moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the government broad authority to direct companies to meet national defense needs.

  East Texas man on mission to make medical masks

An East Texas man is volunteering his own time on a mission to make a much-needed piece of protection for people.

  Liberty University denies report of returning students with coronavirus symptoms

Liberty says no students in the residence halls have had “sufficient symptoms” to get tested for the virus after a report from The New York Times claimed "nearly a dozen" had shown symptoms.

  Telehealth services have been expanded due to COVID-19 crisis

The services hope to help under or uninsured Texans suffering the effects of self-isolation and social distancing.

  Co-writer of ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ dies from coronavirus complications

Alan Merrill, who co-wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll” that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett, has died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 69.

  As virus makes goodbyes hard, fears of many more rise in US

The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hotspots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country.

John Prine in critical condition with COVID-19 symptoms

The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms.

  Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Country music star Joe Diffie died of complications from coronavirus at 61.

Abbott announces new travel restrictions to combat COVID-19

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced orders restricting travel to Texas from some COVID-19 “hot spots."

  Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first death

Iran's president on Sunday lashed out at criticism of authorities' lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, saying the government has to weigh economic concerns as it takes measures to contain the pandemic.

  Relief package billions can’t buy hospitals out of shortages amid coronavirus outbreak

For more than a week, governors have pushed back against administration assurances that supplies are available now, bitterly complaining to President Donald Trump that there's no coordination.

Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Cherokee County

The second case is travel related and the person is currently recovering with mild illness under self-isolation at home.

  Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable.

  Coronavirus makes it harder for campaigns to ask for money

With a recession potentially on the horizon, there's a question of whether wealthy donors are in a giving mood and whether grassroots supporters who chip in small amounts will still have the wherewithal to keep at it.

  World Health Organization encourages playing video games during coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization is encouraging people all over the world to play video games during the coronavirus outbreak.

  Dog delivers groceries to Colo. neighbor self-isolating due to coronavirus

When a Colorado woman with underlying health issues had to self-isolate, her neighbors thought of a clever way to help her get her groceries.

  Doctor sees son crawl for first time through glass door after coronavirus separates family

An Arkansas father is among the many healthcare workers separated from their families while on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump: No quarantine, but travel advisory for NY, CT and NJ

President Donald Trump backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, instead directing Saturday night that a “strong Travel Advisory” be issued to stem the spread of the outbreak.

North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about coronavirus

In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a slew of missiles and artillery shells into the sea in an apparent effort to upgrade its military capability amid deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States.

  ‘Off the charts’: Virus hotspots grow in middle America; Illinois infant with virus dies

The U.S. leads the world in reported cases with more than 112,000, but five countries exceed its roughly 1,700 deaths.

Evidence shows that your pets can’t spread COVID-19

Pet owners across the country can live a bit easier knowing that their animals can't spread COVID-19.

Second COVID-19 related death in East Texas

2nd COVID-19 death in East Texas reported in Van Zandt County

3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks.

President Trump to speaks from USNS Comfort hospital ship

President Donald Trump will be giving his update on the COVID-19 crisis from the USNS Comfort hospital ship in Norfolk, Virginia.

Google donates $800 million, provides ad grants as part of coronavirus response

The tech company says it is giving the World Health Organization and global government agencies $250 million in ad grants.

Highlights of Trump-signed $2.2T economic relief package

Highlights of a $2.2 trillion package to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday after the House voted final congressional approval.

  Trump seeks to force GM to produce ventilators; Infections worldwide top 590,000

Italy, with by far the most deaths from COVID-19, surpassed China and the U.S. to also record the most infections in the world. With numbers rising in the U.S., though, the grim distinction could be temporary.

  Popular East Texas band adapts with virtual concerts

KLTV’s Dante Nuñez explains how the band has adapted and how they appreciate the fan’s support after two online shows.

  Small East Texas businesses struggle with ‘shelter in place’ orders

With several East Texas cities and counties now under mandatory orders to 'shelter in place', it's a desperate time for small businesses to stay in business. With closed signs on many East Texas businesses, those that remain open like Lakeport's 'Crawfish Cove' are struggling to make it.

Singer Neal McCoy hosted live online concert Friday night

Country singer and Longview resident Neal McCoy is continuing his free concerts on Facebook.

Wiley College faculty member tests positive for COVID-19

The person is in self-quarantine.

US government looks to continue feeding students

The U.S. federal government is turning to public/private partnerships to keep feeding students in need after the global pandemic forced nationwide school closures.

  Dr. Ed addresses your concerns about COVID-19

East Texas Medical Team Dr. Ed Dominguez, an infectious disease specialist, sat down with East Texas Now Friday to answer viewer questions about COVID-19.

Peeps production stops, but Easter is taken care of

No more Peeps are being hatched for at least a couple of weeks — but it shouldn't affect Easter baskets.

  Interview: Travel expert Sandra McLemore says you can probably get your travel deposits back, but should you?

Internationally-known travel expert Sandra McLemore spoke with our Anissa Centers Friday to share some advice about what you can do about those deposits, and whether you should get the cash or company credit if the company offers it.

  Feds, states crack down on price gouging and hoarding of coronavirus supplies

Attorneys general at the state and federal level begin cracking down and investigating reports of price gouging and hoarding of critical supplies.

ETN Interview: Former elite athlete discusses postponing Olympics, and USOC’s stimulus request

KLTV Sports Director Michael Coleman spoke to a former elite athlete about the Olympics being postponed and the U.S. Olympic Committee’s stimulus bill request during an East Texas Now interview on Friday afternoon.

  Smith County judge issues stay-at-home order

This will be the second COVID-19 press conference held this week by city, county and health officials.

  Quaran-tunes: Camp County musicians play in driveway to entertain during social distancing

They tell KLTVs Jamey Boyum they are doing it to spread a little cheer and to remind people to use their talents to help people take their minds off of COVID-19.

  Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation's history.

  Apple releases COVID-19 app, opens pandemic website

Apple released a new coronavirus screening tool on Friday, along with a COVID-19 website.

Iowa professor charged in gagging death released from jail

An Iowa college professor accused of murder in the gagging death of her husband has been released from jail because of concerns about the coronavirus.