Coronavirus Updates

Longview Public Library could receive $264K grant for salaries, costs related to COVID-19

The Longview Public Library is slated to receive the grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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

  NY Stock Exchange reopens as US closes in on 100,000 dead

  WEBXTRA: Animal control changes protocols when recovering pets during COVID-19 pandemic

  What psychiatric problems can follow a severe case of COVID-19?

Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

  Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

  Latest round of testing yields 13 positive COVID-19 cases at Smith County Jail

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Regional DMV office in Longview reopens for limited in-person transactions

  Smith County fire marshal addresses response to COVID-19, nursing home testing

Henderson ISD teacher tests positive for COVID-19

  Bell rings but trading floor chaos subdued as NYSE reopens

East Texas Food Bank announces this week’s food box distribution locations

  Congress weighs choice: ‘Go big’ on virus aid or hit ‘pause’

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  What we know about the 2,373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

  Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

The industry has historically relied on foreign-born workers — from people in the country illegally to refugees — for some of America's most dangerous jobs.

  Pandemic precautions alter airport security procedures

If you haven’t flown since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, things at the airport are definitely different.

  Boy Scout, 13, plays ‘Taps’ nightly outside NJ veterans’ home hit by coronavirus

  Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

  Trump honors war dead in events colored by pandemic’s threat

Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19

  NY Times publishes names of lives lost to virus on front page

  How to stay safe while stepping out during a pandemic

  Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

When Biden emerged on Monday, he wore a face mask, in contrast to President Donald Trump, who has refused to cover his face in public as health officials suggest.

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems, there would be “a temporary pause” on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial.

  EastTex Regional CERT looking for volunteers

EastTex Regional CERT looking for volunteers; here's what you need to know.

  High prices at grocery stores and supply chain disruptions expected to persist

Americans looking to get outside this holiday weekend, maybe fire up the grill, should be prepared to see high prices at grocery stores, especially cookout staples like ground beef and chicken.

  Crowds pack pool bar at Lake of the Ozarks amid pandemic

Pasmore said, while at Backwater Jack's, he didn't see anyone practicing social distancing.

  Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from N.C. governor

Trump's tweets about the RNC, planned for Charlotte, come just two days after North Carolina recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases yet.

  Fredonia Hill Baptist Church members gather to meet after weeks of livestreaming

Fredonia Hill Baptist Church’s members had in-person services again Sunday morning for the first time in several months.

  Solemn rituals carry on with new precautions at Arlington National Cemetery

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, honoring the nation’s fallen heroes looks a little different.

  TEA offers online testing tool for schools and parents to use

The TEA created a tool to help assess students' learning since traditional assessment tests were cancelled.

  1st deadlines approach for laid-off workers to get health insurance

The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that nearly 27 million workers and family members had lost job-based health coverage as of the start of this month.

  Memorial Day weekend draws crowds -- and triggers warnings

The U.S. is continuing a cautious state-by-state reopening, even as the president urged states to relax their lockdowns during the Memorial Day weekend.

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

The White House announced a ban on travel to the U.S. from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus.

No fans, no problem: Some Coca-Cola 600 fans turn out anyway

Spectators weren't allowed inside Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCARs longest race, the Coca-Cola 600. But that didn't stop some fans from making the trip and listening to the roar of engines from an an independently owned motorhome campground a few hundred yards from the track.

  US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale.

  Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

People around the country are struggling to find ways to honor fallen heroes on a Memorial Day like no other, with people avoiding crowds to prevent the spread of the virus.

CDC, states’ reporting of virus test data causes confusion

Public health officials say robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data.

  Trump’s pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021

President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall. He's asking them to trust him when it comes to an economic recovery.

  FDA commissioner urges Americans to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines over Memorial Day weekend

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding Americans to remain vigilant against the coronavirus.

  White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It's not going to happen.

  Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

The U.S. has been the hardest hit country, with more than 96,000 deaths among 1.6 million confirmed cases.

Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago, leading to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course was the latest sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak ti

  Mo. hair stylist works while symptomatic, tests positive for coronavirus

Between May 12 and May 20, a stylist at a Great Clips came in contact with 84 clients and seven coworkers, who now all will be tested for the coronavirus.

  The Next Normal: How getting your car serviced could look different

The Next Normal: How getting your car worked on could look different because of COVID-19

Trump’s disconnect with DC widens during viral pandemic

The capital city’s coronavirus death rate is higher than all but four states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Top UN official warns malicious emails on rise in pandemic

Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that “there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide.”

Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Hertz and its subsidiaries will continue to operate, according to a release from the company. Hertz's principal international operating regions and franchised locations are not included in the filing, the statement said.

Ex-Hoya, ex-Knick, current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has COVID

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.

  Bowling fans excited alleys can reopen under new COVID-19 guidelines

KLTV’s Dante Nuñez breaks down Abbott’s order and explains what you can expect at bowling alleys across East Texas.

Universal Orlando sets reopening date

The resort said it will begin welcoming guests again on June 5.

Uber Eats rolls out more ‘Family Style Meals’

A full rollout in the United States and Canada will come by June.

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

The SEC’s announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.

  Tyler movie theater open continues operations under COVID-19 guidelines

KLTV’s Jeff Chavez spoke with the theater's marketing director about being open.

  WATCH: Anissa Centers brings you more Free Friday Fun

For this week’s Free Friday Fun, Anissa Centers has something for everyone.

UIL releases guidelines for return of student-athletes on June 8

Coaches and schools can now start planning for student-athletes to return to campus after the UIL released their guidelines for summer strength and conditioning workouts.

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

Tourists returning to Las Vegas will see changes since gambling stopped in mid-March for the first time ever to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

  Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

Many governments — even those where the virus is still on the rise — say they have to shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the disease can spread.

  WATCH: Dr. Ed talks about Memorial Day plans, surface spread

East Texas Medical Team Dr. Ed Dominguez appeared on East Texas Now Friday to answer audience questions about COVID-19.

  WATCH: Titus County Judge Brian Lee discusses surge in COVID-19 cases

Titus County Judge Brian Lee is now heading a county which leads East Texas in the number of positive cases and he said on Thursday that many more will be coming.

  Big study casts more doubt on malaria drugs for coronavirus

Friday’s report in the journal Lancet is not a rigorous test of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, but it is by far the largest look at their use in real world settings, spanning 671 hospitals on six continents.

  Lee Mathis, Tony Ramey preview upcoming One Texas performance

Lee Mathis of “Lee Mathis and the Brutally Handsome” appeared on East Texas Now Friday to preview his “One Texas: Songs from Home” performance this weekend.

  Livestreaming this weekend: Memorial Day, Harry Potter and Gibson guitars

The National Memorial Day Concert, Gibson Guitar's new show and a Harry Potter-themed play get a virtual premiere.

  Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch?

NASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons. Officials in Brevard County, home to the Kennedy Space Center, are rolling out the welcome mat in an effort to jump-start a tourism industry hit hard this spring by coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Trump orders flags at half-staff in memory of coronavirus victims

This will also be the scene at government buildings and national monuments throughout the U.S.

Texas unemployment rate hits worst on record at 12.8%

Until now, the state’s worst-ever monthly unemployment rate was 9.2% in November 1986, as Texas reeled from the last big oil bust. A combination of the coronavirus pandemic and a contracting energy industry are expected to slow Texas’ economic recovery.

  AP-NORC poll: Many in US won’t return to gym or dining out

That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history.

  CDC estimates 35% of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic

The numbers are part of new guidance the CDC is providing leaders to help them from planning.

  Classic arcade game Pac-Man turns 40 on Friday

One of the most popular video games of all time is now 40 years old.

  Nation’s capital aims to start reopening May 29

Bowser on Thursday penciled in Friday, May 29 as a potential start date for phase 1 of the District of Columbia’s proposed three-phase reopening plan.

  Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak.

  'Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

Impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people in Washington state to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits.

  GOP weighs jobless aid cuts to urge Americans back to work

As Americans confront a crisis unlike any in modern times, the world’s greatest deliberative body is doing almost anything but deliberate the coronavirus.

  Facebook to allow employees to work from home for the rest of 2020

CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes over the next five to 10 years, half of the company could be working remotely fulltime.

  WATCH: Gov. Greg Abbott discusses property taxes, what’s next for the economy

Gov. Greg Abbott spoke with East Texas News’ Blake Holland to discuss the continued reopening of the Texas economy.

  Bars, similar businesses to reopen Friday

KLTV’s Dante Nuñez has more on the restrictions that will be in place as those businesses reopen to the public.

Nacogdoches County sheriff confirms jail’s first inmate with COVID-19

In a video, Sheriff Bridges states the inmate has been in jail since May 13 and is asymptomatic. Bridges said a family member of the inmate contacted the sheriff’s office and notified them that they had tested positive, which is why the inmate was tested.

Broadway star Cordero suffers setback in coronavirus recovery, wife says

His wife Amanda Kloots said his health was going downhill during an Instagram Live video stream.

  Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump visits Michigan Ford plant

Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday to highlight lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks.

Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail.