Coronavirus Updates

  Chicken wings test positive for coronavirus in China

Health officials tested people who came in contact with the product, and all results were negative. Officials did not say the brand of the chicken product.

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  Family kicked off Southwest Airlines flight after boy with autism wouldn’t wear mask

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Halloween candy arriving earlier in some stores due to pandemic

AMC to offer 15-cent tickets on first day of reopening

What we know about the 16,779 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

  Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

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  Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

  Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19

  More East Texas inmates test positive for COVID-19 and new steps are taken to limit spread

US budget deficit climbs to record $2.81 trillion

Where to find COVID-19 mobile testing in East Texas

Florida sheriff: ‘No face masks allowed for deputies or visitors while under my duty'

The debate over the use of face masks is developing in a north central Florida county.

  Ballot drop boxes are next legal fight in voting

Millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail this fall as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

  City of Tyler proposes ‘no new revenue’ property tax rate for fiscal year 2021

Tyler City Manager Edward Broussard presented the proposed 2020-21 budget for City of Tyler services and programs to the City Council on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

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

This is a daily digest of the COVID-19 situation as reported or made available to KLTV and KTRE.

No patrons at the Masters this year, Augusta National Golf Club says

  New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

  World’s last Blockbuster store offers Airbnb experience

  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

Harleton ISD elementary student tests positive for COVID-19

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

  COVID-19 pandemic brings change in how election workers are trained

Soon, training for election workers will begin ahead of the 2020 general election. But in Smith County, they're adapting their training methods to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

  Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil.

Gov. Abbott provides update on COVID-19 response from Victoria

Current needs in the community as well as anticipated needs heading into the school year were discussed.

  Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials could backfire.

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.

Gov. Abbott visits Beaumont to discuss COVID-19 response in the county, across the state

Governor Greg Abbott today traveled to Beaumont to hold a briefing with local officials and state representatives on the ongoing COVID-19 response in Jefferson County.

Duke scientists rate which masks work and which don’t

In the study, scientists were looking for the masks that best contain the droplets that are created when people speak.

Restaurants, bars and breweries scramble to reinvent themselves to get around Gov. Greg Abbott’s bar shutdown

Businesses that make up most of their sales with alcohol were closed down by Abbott's latest shutdown order, leaving them to maneuver through loopholes to reopen.

  How to protect kids from digital eye strain during pandemic

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices.

$400 in extra unemployment benefits remain uncertain in Texas after Trump’s executive order

The order could face legal challenges, and Texas might have to chip in a quarter of the cost. State leaders have not said how they'll respond.

  What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Anxious parents around the country are looking to schools that have already opened for signs of how it might go.

  Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.

  90% increase in COVID-19 cases seen in US children over last month, report says

Severe symptoms still appear rare among those kids infected, making up less than 2% of hospitalizations. However, at least 90 children have died from the disease.

  Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

With more than 60 million beneficiaries, Social Security is funded by a 12.4% payroll tax evenly divided between employees and employers. Deferral could mean that up to $100 billion in payments would be delayed.

Marshall ISD superintendent says to expect more accountability

After months of planning and preparing for the start of school the 5,400 east Texas students enrolled in the Marshall Independent School District (ISD) begin the next academic year this Thursday, August 13.

  States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Governors and state labor department officials around the country are scrambling to figure out if it is feasible to implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance for millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world reach 20 million

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.

2 East Texas school districts report COVID-19 cases

As schools prepare to reopen, whether physically, virtually, or a combination of the two, concerns arise about the appearance of COVID-19 within the staffs and student bodies.

  Nurses working in UT Health East Texas COVID-19 ICU: “We’re still here”

“People are sicker, the numbers are going up. If you’re not personally affected, others are,” said Noralea Page, a nurse working inside the unit.

  In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, Democratic leaders are holding firm. They are using their leverage to force President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans.

  Next Normal: Musicians discuss entertaining during COVID-19 pandemic

KLTV's Jamey Boyum sat down with singer Neal McCoy.

Gov. Abbott to give update on COVID-19 in Beaumont, Victoria Tuesday

The governor will be giving an update on COVID-19 in the state and will be joined by Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd.

  Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for coronavirus

Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine.

  Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; conference spokesman says otherwise

The Sunday vote by school presidents was 12-2 to call off fall sports because of the pandemic.

  New Zealand marks 100 days of coronavirus elimination

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health.

Police: Rape suspect killed accuser after release from Va. jail due to COVID-19

After a car chase, authorities say they found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken into custody but died from his injuries just days later.

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early afternoon are expected to be rescheduled, while voting would continue elsewhere, the commission said.

  Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

After negotiations with lawmakers on the next package of pandemic economic assistance hit a wall, Trump used what he said were the inherent powers of the presidency to forge ahead on tax and spending policy that Congress says it is granted by the Constitution.

  Georgia school with large crowds reports positive virus cases, closes for cleaning

The principal of North Paulding High School in a suburb west of Atlanta sent a letter Saturday to parents disclosing the positive tests.

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies.

  US tops 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, to Europe’s alarm

The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

  How parents can prepare their students for changes at school

Parents can help their students transition into wearing masks all day and potential anxiety about the school year with simple practices at home.

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Bypassing Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

Safety is first priority as Texas Tech students return to student housing

Slow and steady, that's how students are moving back into student housing on the campus of Texas Tech.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump.

  Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

The question of whether an infected student or staffer should trigger an automatic shutdown has divided school officials.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.

  Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

  Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began.

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

  US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

The coronavirus has exposed racial fractures in the U.S. health care system, as Black, Hispanic and Native Americans have been hospitalized and killed by COVID-19 at far higher rates than other groups.

  Tyler Coin Show implements COVID-19 precautions

KLTV’s Dante Nunez explains how this year is different due to the pandemic and what visitors can expect.

  WATCH: Dr. Ed breaks down different types of tests, false results, and who should be tested

Dr. Ed spoke about the possibility of false test results and how testing plays an important role in determining herd immunity.

Career grants awarded to multiple East Texas school districts

Huntington ISD, Newton ISD and Palestine ISD have received the grants.

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process.

Governor urges flu shots as Texas reports 300 new deaths

Abbott met with doctors and health experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he urged people to seek out flu vaccines that he said would be available early as September.

  WEBXTRA: Longview ISD served 240,000 meals since March

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with the district's director of nutrition.

  Suspension lifted of Georgia student who took crowded hallway photo

A Georgia high school student says she was suspended after she posted a photo of a crowded school hallway on social media.

  Texas boy delivers care packages to essential workers

Five-year-old Wilburt Coleman has been going door to door, giving care packages to families with essential workers and those most vulnerable to the virus.

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

President Donald Trump is engaging in a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

Both sides have set a goal of reaching a deal by week’s end.

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

Were you exposed to COVID-19 at work? In most states, your employer isn’t required to tell you.

Employees say they were exposed to coworkers who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never informed by their employers. In most states, companies don't have to disclose cases.

TABC offering bars, breweries a chance to reclassify and reopen

The TABC is offering a new chance for businesses to reopen, by changing the balance of food and alcohol they serve.

  Texas Health and Human Services Commission allowing limited visitation at nursing facilities

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced limited visitation rules for nursing facilities and long-term care facilities. HHSC is also issuing enhanced emergency rules requiring additional actions by nursing facilities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.