Health

  City of Nacogdoches suggest alternative Halloween activities amid pandemic

According to the CDC, many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses.

  Kirbyville CISD uses video app to engage students during COVID-19 pandemic

  Nacogdoches Library reopens in limited capacity after serving community needs during pandemic

  Nacogdoches sees success with first drive-in movie hosted at airport

  People with Type O blood may have lower risk of COVID-19 infection, severe illness

Grace Community joins Longview ISD in pilot program for COVID-19 testing

  WEBXTRA: East Texas organization receives funding to provide assistance with rent payments

Continued Coverage

  Doctors urge women to continue breast cancer screenings

  Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital continues partnership discussions to secure financial future

  Community health center, SFA offer free drive-thru flu shots

CDC lists 'low-risk’ ways to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19 pandemic

  SFA soccer program in isolation following positive COVID-19 test

  WATCH: Dr. Ed ‘disappointed’ after learning of President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis

Deep East Texas ends streak of 15% COVID-19 cases in hospitals

The Trauma Service Area located in Deep East Texas has dipped below the 15-percent mark of COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time in six days.

COVID-19 cases at Texas schools level off

The state reported over 2,200 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses on Thursday.

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate above 15% for 4th-straight day

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

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate above 15% for 3rd-straight day

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

  Joaquin still set to play Garrison without several coaches due to COVID-19

  East Texas Food Bank distributes free produce at Lufkin Expo Center

Where to find COVID-19 mobile testing in East Texas

  Benadryl Challenge: FDA warns public about overconsuming allergy medicine

Governor Abbott announces agreement with health insurers to continue payment parity for telehealth

What you need to know going into flu season

  Hemphill Care Center allows visitors for first time in nearly 7 months

New guidelines went into effect Thursday regarding visitations within nursing homes, assisted living and long-term care facilities in Texas.

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.

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.

  Lufkin’s Kurth Memorial Library resumes book browsing, limits capacity to 25 people

The public can once again browse the stacks at Kurth Memorial Library but with some COVID-19 precautions in place.

  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.

  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.

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.

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

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

‘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

  Grand Saline ISD Supt. Micah Lewis says he’s looking for help for teachers

Supt. Mical Lewis joined Lane Luckie for a discussion about the first month of school.

  City of Nacogdoches creates grant program to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Funding for this program comes from CARES Act money received by the City.

Nacogdoches ISD to host seminars to help parents, students navigate virtual learning software

Parents and students having problems navigating Canvas or having questions related to Canvas are encouraged to attend.

  African American Alzheimer’s Alliance helps people understand how to deal with the disease

African Americans are twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s than people of other races. KTRE’s T’Ebonie Tanner reports— knowledge about Alzheimer’s will help people better understand how to deal with the disease.

  “So far, the numbers are manageable” according to SFA dean of student affairs on COVID-19 data

The numbers rely solely on staff, faculty and students voluntarily reporting their positive COVID-19 test results to the university.

  Nacogdoches ISD makes significant purchase of quality PPE for employees

It includes over 1,000 face-shields designed to better protect teachers who work closely with students.

A look at state hospital data for Lufkin, Nacogdoches and surrounding area

A daily snapshot of the hospitalization situation for East Texas during the pandemic.

  WATCH: Anissa Centers shares emotional impact of pandemic on teachers

When a pandemic ends the school year before they can finish it out together and say goodbye, how does that affect educators?

Shelbyville cancels Friday game against Waskom

Shelbyville has decided to cancel their game against Waskom.

  Lufkin couple participates in COVID-19 vaccine study

There are currently no approved vaccines that can prevent COVID-19, however Pfizer’s clinical trial is studying the safety, tolerability, immunity, and effectiveness of the vaccine. Jesse and Kristie Moody found out about the opportunity when watching the news.

Nacogdoches County commissioners postpone Piney Woods Fair

The Nacogdoches County Commissioners Court has voted to postpone the annual Piney Woods Fair until 2021.

Lufkin to Receive $400K CARES Act Grant to aid local business

Deep East Texas Council of Governments will receive a federal grant totaling $400,000 to advance a proposed 12-county rural broadband network and work with businesses to identify opportunities and resources for recovery and growth to aid businesses and communities.

  WEBXTRA: Nacogdoches ISD wraps up laptop distribution for virtual learning

KTRE's Donna McCollum talked with parents, students, and campus leaders about their thoughts as the first day of class gets closer and closer.

  Virtual learning progressing as Huntington ISD nears end of third week of school

Almost 80 percent of Huntington ISD students are attending in-person classes.

  Grapeland ISD superintendent says 5 percent is mark to close campus

Grapeland ISD Superintendent Don Jackson said about six percent of students have changed their mind on remote learning and have returned for in-person learning.

  Huntington ISD superintendent says remote learning during Laura ‘was seamless’

Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers said there were hiccups, but transitioning to 100 percent remote learning was otherwise seamless.

  COVID-19 concerns sideline football officials all around Texas

High school sports officials are needed with some stepping down this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

Nacogdoches County reports 14 COVID-19 deaths after changing reporting method

On Tuesday, Nacogdoches County reported 14 additional COVID-related deaths. The 14 new deaths brought the county’s total to 48, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The city and county will now be referring directly to the DSHS for its COVID-19 information.

  School administrators in Deep East Texas discuss virtual learning challenges after Hurricane Laura

Many of those schools are closed as clean up continues and students remain in the dark without electricity, internet or reliable cell phone service at their homes.

  WATCH: DR. Ed Dominguez answers questions about COVID-19 treatment updates, prevention

Watch the video to see if your own questions are answered about COVID-19.

  Evacuees in Nacogdoches for safety helping economy hurt by COVID-19

A silver lining to an unfortunate natural disaster is the added revenue to the economy.

Paul Pewitt, White Oak put football on hold due to COVID-19

Pewitt and White Oak will have a few weeks off before getting to start their seasons.

  WATCH: Therapists explain how you can make home-school life better

The start of the school year has been stressful for just about every family.

  Returning SFA profs appreciate safeguards; still have COVID-19 worries

Professor shares why she's worried about returning to the classroom, but returns out of a devotion to teaching.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler professors researching convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19

Work is underway right now at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler on a study looking at the possible benefits and risks of convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients.

  Shelby County officials report 23 active cases of COVID-19

In the months of April and July, case numbers jumped by nearly 100 in each of those months.

Commissioners court to vote on upgrades to Public Health Lab of East Texas

The Smith County Commissioners Court will decide Tuesday on expanding and renovating the Public Health Lab of East Texas (PHLET lab), a part of UT Health Science Center at Tyler.

  Onalaska ISD students return for first time since tornado, start of COVID-19 pandemic

On April 22, a deadly EF-3 tornado touched down on the west coast of Lake Livingston in San Jacinto County and moved through much of Polk County.

  East Texas Komen ‘More Than Pink’ walk happening virtually

The Komen More Than Pink Walk in East Texas will be held virtually.

  WATCH: Dr. Ed Dominguez answers questions about hydroxychloroquine, COVID-19 vaccines

Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Ed Dominguez brought his expertise to East Texas Now Friday to answer viewer questions about COVID-19.

  EXCLUSIVE: SC woman’s death certificate lists COVID-19, but family says she never had it

The family turned to WIS to investigate. This is what we uncovered.

  Group distributes blessing bags to help homeless in Nacogdoches County

The organization puts bags together with hygiene items, including shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes. This year, the team included masks and hand sanitizers.

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.

  San Augustine ISD opts for virtual learning for first 4 weeks of instruction

San Augustine ISD students will be doing remote learning during the first four weeks of the 2020-21 school year starting on Aug. 17.

  Child hot car deaths down amid COVID-19, but new risk posed to stay-at-home kids

More children dying of heatstroke have gotten into vehicles on their own instead of being left there by an adult.

  East Texas church starts Sunday school classes again

Schools all over are welcoming students back, and one East Texas church has been welcoming back students for Sunday school for just over a month.

  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.

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.

  WATCH: American Cancer Society’s Jeff Fehlis discusses importance of getting HPV vaccine

On Friday, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society spoke with East Texas Now host Kayla Lyons about how important it is for children to get their HPV vaccinations.

East Texas housing authorities to receive $750K from 2nd round of grants

Several East Texas cities and counties were awarded a total of $709,972 in another round of federal grants to help public housing authorities recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today.

‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

David Nagy, 79, of Jefferson, Texas,died a needless death, his family pointed out in his obituary.

Gov. Abbott to hold roundtable with medical experts on upcoming flu season

The Governor will be joined by state legislators, medical experts, and state agency leaders.

FDA warns consumers against using certain potentially dangerous hand sanitizers

The government says certain hand sanitizer products have the potential to make you sick.

  Helmet vent use aids in COVID-19 treatment

Helmet vents help patients in some cases stay off a ventilator and provide better protection of virus spread to health care workers. The downside is claustrophobia makes the treatment difficult for some patients.

WalletHub study ranks Texas 2020’s 9th worst state for health care

WalletHub compared all 50 states along with the District of Columbia.

  Newton ISD students build no-touch hand sanitizer stands

KTRE’s Jeremy Thomas stopped by to see how the devices are coming together.

Angelina County Jail employee, 7 inmates test positive for COVID-19

Sheriff Greg Sanches says that an employee and seven inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.