Coronavirus Updates

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.

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

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

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

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

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

What we know about the 21,480 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

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

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

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

State clarifies governor’s order on nursing home visits

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

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

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

  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

  Health official on leave amid political interference furor

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

Union Grove finds new Week 4 opponent after original game canceled

  Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

  Supreme Court to stick with arguments via telephone, for now

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.

  Pelosi: House to stay in session until COVID-19 rescue pact

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.

Texas officials change how the state reports positivity rate after testing backlogs skewed coronavirus data

The Texas Department of State Health Services said it will now rely on a calculation that takes into account the date on which a coronavirus test was administered, rather than when it was reported.

  Lufkin ISD superintendent says district still waiting for state hotspots, asks for ‘grace, patience’ for teachers

“We do have about 200 students we are worried about, and we are calling parents to help get them back on track," she said.

Virus brings Mexican toilet paper to US

Demand for toilet paper has been so high during the pandemic that in order to keep their shelves stocked, retailers are buying up foreign toilet paper brands, mostly from Mexico.

  ‘Certified young person’ Paul Rudd teams up with N.Y. Gov. Cuomo for mask-wearing PSA

The PSA features Rudd, who is 51, dressed up in a bright yellow hoodie with sweatpants.

Texas reports 2,595 new COVID-19 cases, 21 more deaths

The true number of cases in Texas is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

  Trump defies virus rules as ‘peaceful protest’ rallies grow

Democratic governors and local leaders have urged the president to reconsider the events, warning that he’s putting lives at risk. But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people, which Trump and his team deem “peaceful protests” protected by the First Amendment.

Harshmallow: Virus prompts pause for Peeps holiday treats

Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Oxford, AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial

In a statement, the university confirmed the restart across all of its U.K. clinical trial sites after regulators gave the go-ahead following the pause on Sunday.

East Texas bars ready for governor’s signal to open

On Aug. 13, Governor Abbott said bars could potentially reopen if the state went under a 10 percent testing positivity rate for a sustained amount of time.

Dog-like robot could remotely measure vital signs of COVID-19 patients

A new type of dog-like robot could gather vital information from COVID-19 patients remotely, helping to keep down human exposure to the virus.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade ‘re-imagined’ as television-only event this year

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 94th version of the iconic annual parade will be a television-only special presentation this year, the retailer and the city of New York City announced Monday.

  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.

  Anti-inflammatory drug may shorten COVID-19 recovery time

Eli Lilly announced the results Monday from a 1,000-person study sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The result have not yet been published or reviewed by independent scientists.

  Huntington ISD superintendent says 60 are currently in quarantine

Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers said 60 students and staff are currently in quarantine as the district operates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  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.

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.

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.

Nacogdoches ISD adds district COVID-19 reporting page to site

“In addition to the updates required by the state and the information we share with parents and staff, we want to provide notification to our community, as well, about any cases associated with the school district,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo.

  In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally

In open defiance of state regulations and his own administration’s pandemic health guidelines, President Donald Trump hosted his first indoor rally since June, telling a packed, nearly mask-less Nevada crowd that the nation was “making the last turn” in defeating the virus.

After presidents meet, Big Ten football still in limbo

Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a fall football season after all -- maybe as soon as mid-October -- amid pressure to kick off from parents, players, coaches and even the president.

  Groups turn to hotels to shelter fire evacuees amid virus

Relief groups facing the threat of the coronavirus are taking a different approach to sheltering people who have fled West Coast wildfires.

Student seen in COVID-19 party video resigns from sorority

A young woman who went viral in a video of a house party where she claimed to have COVID-19 has now resigned from her sorority, Alpha Phi.

  Study: Kids infected at day care spread coronavirus at home

The findings don’t mean that schools and child-care programs need to close, but it does confirm that the virus can spread within those places and then be brought home by kids.

  “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.

  Daily US virus deaths decline, but trend may reverse in fall

The arrival of cooler weather and the likelihood of more indoor gatherings will add to the importance of everyday safety precautions, experts say.

Poll: Pandemic takes toll on mental health of young adults

In the midst of the pandemic, young adults are navigating life transitions such as starting college and finding jobs, all without being able to experience normal social activities.

  Return of football renews fears over more virus spread

The topic has led to passionate debates at the state and local level, including whether to allow high school seasons to proceed and how many fans to allow in professional and college stadiums.

In a year of restrictions, virus changes Sept. 11, too

The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza and a corner near the World Trade Center, reflecting a divide over the memorial’s decision to suspend a cherished tradition of relatives reading victims' names in person.

  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.

  Virus bill blocked in Senate as prospects dim for new relief

The 52-47 vote fell well short of what was needed to overcome a filibuster and seems likely to end hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election.

US will end current health screening of some travelers

The CDC said the current screening, which includes temperature checks and travelers vouching for their health, “has limited effectiveness” because some infected people show no symptoms.

  OPEN CAMPUS: Van ISD Supt. Don Dunn says 23 percent of students are virtual this year

The reopening of schools this year is a big challenge for students, parents, teachers and administrators. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is understandable concern on all sides.

  Time cover marks nearly 200,000 US COVID-19 deaths, calls response ‘an American failure’

Time’s new cover is a stark reminder of how tragic and deadly the coronavirus has been and still is. It also calls the U.S. response a failure.

  Book: Trump said of virus, ‘I wanted to always play it down’

President Donald Trump seemed to understand the severity of the coronavirus threat even as he was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than the seasonal flu, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

  No virus aid before election? Pessimism before Senate vote

Top Republicans senators are making pessimistic predictions about securing a bipartisan coronavirus relief package before the November election.

  Vaccine by Nov. 3? Halted study explains just how unlikely

AstraZeneca’s suspension of final testing of its potential COVID-19 vaccine while it investigates a volunteer’s illness shows there will be “no compromises” on safety in developing the shots, the chief of the National Institutes of Health told Congress on Wednesday.

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?

  WATCH: Marshall ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson on ‘making lemonade from lemons’

Every school has a challenge this school year to keep their students learning well, whether they’re in the classroom or at home.

Trick-or-treating banned in L.A. due to virus risk

The L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a news release that it would be difficult to maintain social distancing on porches and at front doors.

Shelbyville cancels Friday game against Waskom

Shelbyville has decided to cancel their game against Waskom.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness

Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a patient had a serious side effect linked to the shot.

  GOP proposes ‘targeted’ virus aid, but Dems say not enough

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, under pressure from GOP senators in tough reelection races, said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats’ insistence for more sweeping aid.

  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.

  The Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried

The U.S. had about 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases around Memorial Day, before backyard parties and other gatherings contributed to a summertime surge. It now has more than 6.2 million cases.

  Companies testing coronavirus vaccines pledge safety, high standards

The companies said Tuesday that they will stick to the highest ethical and scientific standards in testing and manufacturing and will make the well-being of those getting vaccinated their top priority.

  Woodville ISD superintendent says state has stricter tracking guidelines

Woodville ISD Superintendent Lisa Meyembourg said she has noticed she will have to start tracking quarantines and self-isolations after turning her COVID-19 report over to the state Tuesday.

Chipping in? Trump may put up his own cash on reelection

President Donald Trump is putting out the word that he is considering spending as much as $100 million of his own fortune on his reelection effort as campaign officials try to buck up key supporters and donors in the face of daunting polling numbers and other bad news.