COVID-19

  Athens ISD to spend $2.1M to combat ‘COVID slide’

If you’re a parent or a teacher, you’ve probably heard of the 'summer slide.' 2020 introduced us to what is being called the 'COVID-slide.'

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

  NET Health CEO tells Tyler City Council COVID-19 picture “much brighter”

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

  East Texas COVID-19 vaccine clinics change brands

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Who has the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Data shows 25K given to East Texans

Gov. Abbott issues statement as CDC, FDA recommend ‘pausing’ Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports of blood clots

  WEBXTRA: J&J vaccine paused in Gregg County

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

State reports over 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

  Focus of COVID-19 vaccination efforts shifting from hubs to other providers

No official word on future of East Texas hubs

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.

Brookshire’s to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics twice a week this month

Brookshire Grocery Co. will host drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinics on on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month at the BGC Culinary Center in Tyler.

Jarvis Christian College to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to students, alumni, faculty, staff, community members

Jarvis Christian College will be offering free COVID-19 vaccines to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the public on Wednesday.

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

NET Health announces 1st-dose Pfizer vaccine clinics in Tyler for week of April 12

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

  WATCH: Drs. Dominguez, Patton answer COVID-19 viewer questions

Among the questions addressed included ones asking about the “ingredients” of all three of the major vaccines, specifically in how they might affect someone prone to experiencing blood clots, as well as a viewer who asked about a relative who had been vaccinated within 90 days of having recovered fr

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

What we know about the 1,607 active cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

WebXtra: Wait times remain short at Lufkin vaccine clinic

Wait times to get the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine remained short on Thursday at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  Tyler restaurant owner talks challenges of opening at full capacity

Like many other restaurateurs in Texas, the owners of East Texas Brewing Company want to operate their venue at full capacity but find doing so challenging due to a lack of workers.

  City of Terrell assisting City of Mabank with vaccination efforts

The city of Mabank has approved a partnership with the city of Terrell to create a vaccine distribution center that will be in Mabank. Terrell will be providing Mabank with vaccines that will be distributed every Tuesday at the Mabank Pavilion starting April 13.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

One-day vaccine clinic open to all adults in Palestine April 15

Texas Department of State Health Services will host a one-day vaccine clinic Thursday, April 15 for anyone 18 years and older.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  Volunteers play important role at NET Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Volunteers needed for morning and afternoon shifts Tuesday through Saturday

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

13 East Texas counties added for 6th week of Save Our Seniors initiative

The East Texas counties added are Cass, Henderson, Hopkins, Marion, Rains, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

Gov. Abbott issues order prohibiting government mandated vaccine passports

Governor Abbott issues executive order prohibiting government-mandated vaccine passports

  Number of COVID-19 patients in East Texas hospitals continues to drop

For the first time since June 2020, less than 3,000 Texans are in the hospital with COVID-19.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

UT Health East Texas opens first dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments

UT Health East Texas has opened additional COVID-19 vaccine appointments for anyone 16 and older. Vaccines will be given by appointment only.

Net Health Pfizer vaccine clinic appointments available for first, second dose

Net Health will hold vaccine clinics for first and second doses for anyone over the age of 16 by appointment.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

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The City of Tyler and Smith County are subject to the governor’s guidelines. Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that the state can open 100%. Effective Wednesday, March 10, all businesses of any type are allowed to fully reopen.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

Overton Brooks VA Center hosting vaccination clinics in Longview, Shreveport

Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, and non-enrolled veterans are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is hosting vaccination clinics in Longview and Shreveport today.

  New record for pandemic-era air travel set Friday

The Transportation Security Administration says they have screened more than 1.5 million people at airports on Friday.

  Couple married 72 years reunite after pandemic kept them apart

While the couple have had socially distant visits, but they weren’t nearly enough as the long-awaited real ones.

Longview’s CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center set to receive 5,850 Pfizer doses in Week 17

The Texas Department of State Health Services has released its list of COVID-19 vaccine allocations for Week 17, which starts on Monday.

  Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

  Dr. Ed discusses vaccine site pain, side effects, immune response

Dr. Ed discussed vaccine side effects and how they relate to the body’s immune response.

State reports over 2,500 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 2,500 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses in last week’s reports.

  Johnson & Johnson expands vaccine trial to kids 12-17

Johnson & Johnson says it is enrolling teens in trials to test its vaccine on 12 to 17-year-olds.

  CDC releases guidance for Easter celebrations

The agency says if it’s been two weeks since your last vaccine dose, you can safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

  FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

The FDA has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.

Diboll Unit officer is 45th TDCJ employee to die from COVID-19

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has lost another employee to the coronavirus.

NET Health vaccine clinic appointments available for anyone over the age of 16

Net Health will hold vaccine clinics for first and second doses for anyone over the age of 16.

  Company producing J&J vaccine had history of violations

Emergent BioSolutions, a little-known company vital to the vaccine supply chain, was a key to Johnson & Johnson’s plan to deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine to the United States by the end of May. But the Food and Drug Administration repeatedly has cited Emergent for problems.

  WHO: Europe’s vaccination program is “unacceptably slow”

Only 10% of Europe’s population has received one dose and that only 4% have been fully protected with two doses.

  US allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests

The home tests allow users to collect a sample themselves with a nasal swab that is then inserted into a test strip.