Coronavirus Updates

  Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era

On top of the pressure of nearly two decades of war, virus-related isolation, financial disruptions, remote schooling and loss of child care all happening almost overnight has strained troops and families.

  ‘Together we stand’: Couple married 70 years battles COVID-19 side by side

  Trump, Biden battle over quick confirmation of court pick

What we know about the 22,303 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

  Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

  Whitehouse ISD superintendent says specific staff trained to contact trace

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6 items to add to your packing list for COVID-era travel

  Dr. Ed answers COVID-19 questions about the flu vaccine, cleaning, and the CDC

  Under virus strain, Europe’s leaders plead at UN for unity

White House ordered to have sign language at virus briefings

Where to find COVID-19 mobile testing in East Texas

Daily updates on COVID-19 cases across East Texas public schools

  2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at Mass. veterans home where 76 died

Former Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton were indicted by a grand jury. Each is charged with 10 counts — five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury.

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

  Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

Drugmakers are rushing to develop COVID-19 vaccines with the backing of governments desperate to find a way of easing restrictions that have hammered the world economy.

  Misreported Deaths: Government count of nursing home COVID-19 cases still inaccurate despite criticism

For three months, InvestigateTV has tracked federal government data on nursing home COVID-19 cases and deaths. For three months, those numbers have been wrong.

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

  Taste of the Fair kicks off at East Texas State Fairgrounds in Tyler

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

  Singer Neal McCoy discusses Angel Network benefit concert going digital due to COVID-19 pandemic

State releases district-level COVID-19 data for public school districts

United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday, not on the tribute’s 40th year.

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

The comments come as scientists scramble to develop a vaccine that would protect the public from a pandemic that has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide.

Over 1,800 COVID-19 cases reported across Texas schools

The state reported over 1,800 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses on Wednesday.

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

  New Smith County Health Authority appointed

Today, Tyler City Council members voted to approve the appointment of Dr. Paul McGaha to the position.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

Organizers say New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements and be scaled down and socially distant on site in response to the coronavirus.

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate rises above reopening threshold

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

Latexo ISD closes high school campus until Monday

Superintendent Michael Woodard reports five confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last two days and six affected teachers that must be quarantined for two weeks.

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

Officials say they’ve joined forces with the city of Austin to still plan for physical events, in case they can be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

There’s general agreement among the CDC panel that frontline health care workers should be the first to get a vaccine when one is approved, but who gets priority after that?

  ‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities.

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

Sizzler USA, one of America’s first casual restaurant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

  Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires.

  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pine-Sol’s original cleaner as a product that can kill coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

The plan permits limited shore excursions and requires passengers to wear masks and stay apart from other people during those excursions. Passengers who don’t comply won’t be allowed to reboard.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the coronavirus.

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people who didn’t feel sick didn’t need to get tested.

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

The same measures we've been using to slow the spread of COVID-19 – like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – can also help stop the spread of flu.

  Temperature checks, hand-sanitizer stations, privacy dividers part of Pine Tree ISD COVID-19 protocols

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Pine Tree ISD Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Planning Tony Hollins about protocols put in place to keep students and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin.

Canada extends U.S. border restrictions to Oct. 21

Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure.

  Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

Switzerland-based Roche reported the results for tocilizumab, sold now as Actemra and RoActemra for treating rheumatoid arthritis and some other diseases.

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

Lufkin Heritage Festival 2020 is still happening with COVID-19 protocols in place

Many events across East Texas have been cancelled due to Covid-19. But in Lufkin, the annual Heritage Festival is still happening with Covid-19 protocols in place, of course. KTRE’s T’Ebonie Tanner has the details.

Nearly 1,800 COVID-19 cases reported across Texas schools

The Texas Department of State Health Services has released the number of positive cases of COVID-19 reported on Texas public school campuses.

State clarifies governor’s order on nursing home visits

Gov. Abbott Thursday expanded visitation options for eligible nursing, assisted living, and intermediate care facilities, home and community-based service providers, and inpatient hospice, effective Thursday, Sept. 24.

Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don’t use our song

In a tweet Wednesday, Snider called the stunt “moronic,” and shared a video that was recorded by an upset customer inside the Target at Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale.

  Gov. Abbott announces East Texas businesses can open to 75 percent capacity

Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that most of the state can open to 75 percent capacity on Sept. 21.

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

The House has voted to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

  Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.

‘The Batman’ resumes UK production after positive COVID case

The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

  COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April.

  In town hall, Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was defensive but resisted agitation as he was pressed on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and why he doesn’t more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease.

Health official on leave amid political interference furor

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that Michael Caputo was taking the time “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.

Union Grove finds new Week 4 opponent after original game canceled

Union Grove is hoping they still have time to schedule an opponent for Friday night.

  Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year.

  Supreme Court to stick with arguments via telephone, for now

With 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being treated for cancer and five of her colleagues also age 65 or older, the court is taking no chances that putting the justices in close proximity to each other might make them more vulnerable to catching the virus.

Troup High School cancels Sept.17, 18 games due to COVID-19

Troup will not play football games on September 17 and 18.

  Pittsburg ISD superintendent attributes low virus cases in district to good planning, cooperation

On Wednesday, Pittsburg ISD Superintendent Terry Waldrep joined East Texas Now to give an update on the first five weeks of school and how they are dealing with the pandemic as they work to educate Camp County students.

Texas reports 4,816 new COVID-19 cases, 132 more deaths

Texas reports 4,816 new COVID-19 cases, 132 more deaths

  Ky. father finds out he has stage 4 cancer after getting tested for COVID-19

The father is determined to make memories to give his son something to hold on to when he’s gone.

  Poll: Americans worry politics will rush vaccine

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 62% of Americans believe political pressure from the White House will cause the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before it's found to be safe and effective.

  ‘Isolation kills, too!’ signs posted in Gregg Co. to raise awareness of nursing home loneliness

WEBXTRA: Signs sayng: Isolation Kills Too are popping up in East Texas neighborhoods

  Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says

A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients.

  Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open.

World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers' new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since 1944.