Coronavirus Updates

H-E-B to offer COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available

H-E-B pharmacies will be one of the outlets to distribute the coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available.

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

Head Coach Matt Wells to miss Kansas game after positive COVID-19 test

  Gripped by surging pandemic, US employers cut back on hiring

  Will masks be a thing of the past after the COVID-19 vaccine?

  CVS, Walgreens get ready to give out coronavirus vaccines

  Public school enrollment decreases nationwide

  How COVID-19 vaccines will get from the factory to your local pharmacy

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  UK defends vaccine decision amid criticism it moved too fast

What we know about the 34,477 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

Rusk TDCJ employee dies of COVID-19 after 42 days in hospital

  States plan for vaccines as daily US virus deaths top 3,100

  Can your employer require you to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

East Texas hearing specialist seeing increase in patients during COVID-19

An East Texas hearing specialist has seen how masks are affecting her current patients as well as bringing in new ones.

  California governor: Most of state nears stay-home order

California's governor announced the new plans amid an unprecedented surge of new coronavirus cases in the nation’s most populous state amid fears that hospitals could be overwhelmed within weeks.

East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate drops below 15 percent

For the first time in five days, the rate of COVID-19 cases in an East Texas hospital region has fallen below 15 percent.

  Vaccine rollout could ease crisis, but who gets it first?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the right people could change the course of the pandemic in the United States. But who are the right people?

  WEBXTRA: Support local nonprofits while staying safe for the holidays

State extends emergency SNAP benefits through December

  Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

  Ex-presidents would get vaccine publicly to boost confidence

  Facebook to remove COVID-19 vaccine-related misinformation

  Ho, ho — Whoa! Virus keeping most Santas at a distance

  School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities

Some schools have prioritized high-needs students in reopening plans, bringing small numbers of them back to campuses that otherwise are sticking with distance learning. But those options have only fueled further anguish when they have been reversed because of the virus.

  US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak.

California boy, 11, fatally shoots self during online class

Deputies were called to the 11-year-old boy's home, where they found him with a self-inflicted head wound. He died at a hospital.

  Possible capacity rollbacks, closures coming as East Texas reports fourth consecutive day of rising hospitalizations

The Trauma Service Area covering most of East Texas has risen above the 15-percent mark for the fourth straight day.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice is temporarily closing prisons

In 2011, there were approximately 156,000 inmates within the TDCJ.

  Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

The CDC director said the coming months are "going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation."

City of Lubbock discusses vaccine, changes to CDC’s quarantine guidelines in virtual COVID-19 news conference

Wednesday, the City Of Lubbock held a virtual news conference updating everyone on the latest COVID-19 news including the newest quarantine restriction guidelines from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention.

Governor Abbott announces initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution for Month of December

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made an initial allotment of over 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the State of Texas for the month of December.

Gov. Abbott announces initial COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed week of Dec. 14

Gov. Abbott announced Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made an initial allotment of over 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the State of Texas for the month of December

  Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

In giving the go-ahead for emergency use of the vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, Britain vaulted past the United States by at least a week.

  Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urges

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect others is to stay home.

East Texas Christmas tree farms are seeing a boost in sales during the pandemic

A pair of East Texas Christmas Tree Farms say they are seeing sales climbing during the pandemic.

Amarillo hospitals starting to see COVID-19 and flu coinfections

City leaders and health experts gave an update on COVID-19 in a news conference Wednesday morning.

Where to find COVID-19 mobile testing in East Texas

Testing for COVID-19 is being offered at several locations across East Texas in the next few days.

  Nurse on leave after apparent rejection of public mask wearing in TikTok video

An Oregon nurse is under investigation after a video she posted to TikTok indicated she is not adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions outside work.

  US panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes

Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

  Hospital leader who spent time in COVID-19 unit flips light switch on UT Health Christmas tree

An East Texas hospital leader who spent 17 days in his hospital’s COVID-19 unit lit the Christmas tree at UT Health East Texas in Tyler on Tuesday evening.

  CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to shorten the recommended length of quarantine after exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19, as the virus rages across the nation.

Canada: US border measures to last until virus under control

Canada and the U.S. have limited border crossings to essential travel since March.

  ‘Very dark couple of weeks’: Morgues and hospitals overflow

Nearly 37,000 people died of COVID-19 in the U.S. in November, the most since the dark early days of the pandemic.

  EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

The European Medicines Agency will convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved, the regulator said Tuesday.

  Study says COVID-19 likely came to US in 2019

CDC researchers analyzed blood donations collected by the American Red Cross from Dec. 13, 2019 through Jan. 17, 2020.

  East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rates over 15 percent for two days

The Trauma Service Area located in East Texas has risen above the 15-percent mark of COVID-19 hospitalizations for the second-straight day.

  Michigan great-grandparents die of COVID-19 one minute apart

Like the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, Leslie and Patricia McWaters died a minute apart.

  Study: Students falling behind in math during COVID-19 pandemic

The findings confirm expectations that students are losing ground during the pandemic, but show those losses are not as great as projections made in spring.

  Doctor seen comforting elderly COVID-19 patient in heartbreaking photo speaks

Thankfully, the patient in the picture is doing better and may be able to leave the hospital soon.

  Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Health experts had pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving and not gather with anyone who didn't live with them.

  Texas DSHS reports 1,247 new COVID-19 cases, 2,047 recoveries, 50 deaths in Tx Panhandle counties

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting 1,247 new COVID-19 cases, 2,047 recoveries and 50 deaths in Texas Panhandle counties.

  Great ways to enjoy winter during a pandemic

Traveling, dining out and holiday parties might not the best idea this year as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still plenty of fun ways you and your family can enjoy this winter season.

  Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

Dictionary.com on Monday declared “pandemic” its 2020 word of the year.

  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to use that desperation to their advantage, federal investigators say.

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

The car parade, which included appearances by Santa Claus, superheroes and dinosaurs, lasted nearly an hour.

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund.

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see a “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks.

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation’s response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours.

San Antonio area issues curfew for Thanksgiving, weekend

The curfew begins Thursday night and extends through Monday morning.

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending.

  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing.

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots.

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

Texas gambling addiction rises months into the pandemic

Texas gambling addiction is increasing as the pandemic continues.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

  UT Tyler says COVID-19 response plan helped keep campus cases relatively low during fall semester

Throughout the semester, the university has implemented their "Return to Normal" plan with several COVID-19 protocols designed to limit the spread of the virus.

  WEBXTRA: United Way recommends ways to give back during pandemic for Giving Tuesday

The global tradition began in 2012