Coronavirus Updates

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

The car parade, which included appearances by Santa Claus, superheroes and dinosaurs, lasted nearly an hour.

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

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

San Antonio area issues curfew for Thanksgiving, weekend

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

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  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

Texas gambling addiction rises months into the pandemic

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

ABC News Medical Contributor Dr. Darien Sutton discusses the latest on the coronavirus

Dr. Sutton gave suggestions for testing and explained what the results mean.

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Many properties remain closed, and thousands of people that worked in hospitality are unemployed. With the holidays approaching, the impact is even more painful.

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

State starts bamlanivimab infusion wing in El Paso

HHS supplying 1,000 doses of antibody therapy as part of pilot program

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

  Angelina County officials preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The Angelina County and Cities Health District has been looking at their supply and delivery chain, and working with local providers who have signed up to be a vaccination provider, according to Administrator Sharon Shaw.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

State announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

Health care workers likely to provide direct care for COVID-19 patients and other vulnerable residents are recommended to be the first group to receive the vaccine.

  Nacogdoches clinics busy as people get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving

KTRE’s Donna McCollum reports the increased number of people seeking covid-19 testing as a precautionary measure prior to Thanksgiving travel and gatherings. At the same time, health professionals warn not to let tests send a false sense of security.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  Lufkin couple continues to monitor symptoms as part of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine study

The Moody couple of Lufkin has been participating in the study and have not yet shown any signs of COVID-19.

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

The display for this challenging year - with the theme "Give, Love and Believe" - honors frontline workers who have performed so heroically during the pandemic.

  Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

An Arizona grandmother and her grandson by choice have celebrated Thanksgiving together since they met through an accidental text message in 2016.

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

  Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

  WATCH: Dr. Ed Dominguez discusses COVID-19 vaccine, face masks, more

This week, Dr. Ed discussed COVID-19 immunizations, flu shots, face masks, holiday gatherings and more.

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

Texas governor rules out another shutdown as virus surges

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is ruling out another shutdown in Texas as cases soar and thousands of additional medical workers are rushed to overworked hospitals.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

Fleeing their home state’s strict restrictions on sports, New Mexico basketball teams seek refuge in two of Texas’ worst hot spots

UPDATE: Texas Tech has had no discussions about hosting University of New Mexico basketball programs on campus. Facilities will only be used for Texas Tech programs.

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

‘The Cavalry is coming’: First COVID-19 Antibody treatment now available in Lubbock & Texas, Governor Abbott says

The drug will help people in high risk groups avoid hospitalization. Specifically, people who are over the age of 65 with comorbid conditions.

Texas governor rules out another shutdown as virus surges

“It is important for everybody in the state to know that, statewide, we’re not going to have another shutdown."

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

At the time of the alleged betting, Tyson was resisting pressure from local officials to shut down the plant as a safety precaution. The company argued the plant, which can process nearly 20,000 hogs per day, was a vital market for farmers and critical to the meat supply.

State reports over 9,000 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported over 9,000 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses on Thursday.

  Non-profits face challenge on how to raise money during a pandemic

Biggest and only Forum fundraiser would have been this week

Texas Walmart uses drones to deliver COVID tests

The free delivery is available for people in single-family homes within a mile and a half of the store.

  EXPLAINER: What’s with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask.

  Sorry, Grinch. Virus won’t stop NORAD from tracking Santa

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that NORAD will track Santa on Dec. 24, just as it has done for 65 years. But there will be some changes.

  Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as coronavirus surges

The biggest supply issue seems to be paper products: 21% of shelves that stock paper towels and toilet paper are empty, the highest level in at least a month.

Texas boy, 4, loses both parents to COVID-19 just months apart

As they mourn, the family is urging others to do their part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks and staying safe.

  Pfizer files for authorization on coronavirus vaccine

Last week, the company announced its coronavirus vaccine appeared to be more than 90% effective.

  Volunteers still needed to test variety of COVID-19 vaccines

Multiple vaccines will be needed to meet global demand and help end the pandemic, raising concern that studies that still need to sign up thousands of volunteers could run short if people wait for an already OK’d option instead.

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.

Navajo Nation locks down for 3 weeks because of coronavirus surge

People can only leave their homes for emergencies or essentials; government offices and businesses must close. Learning moves online.

Study: Face masks unlikely to hinder lung function during exercise

Researchers said there’s little evidence that wearing a face mask during physical activity significantly impacts lung function or makes any measurable difference for people who are in good health.

  States tightening anti-virus restrictions amid case surge

Between now and June 2022, state and local governments could be facing a shortfall or $400 billion or more by some estimates.

What we know about the 33,050 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

Texas surpasses 20,000 virus deaths, second highest in US

Texas surpasses 20,000 virus deaths, second highest in US

Pfizer to test COVID-19 vaccine distribution in 4 states

Pfizer is planning to test distribution of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in four states.

  Walmart to limit number of customers in stores amid coronavirus surge

Walmart has gone back to counting and monitoring how many customers enter and leave its stores.

  Some COVID-positive patients don’t believe virus is real, even as they’re dying, SD nurse says

The nurse says healthcare professionals need help from the public, including mask wearing and social distancing, to improve the situation, which she describes as being like a "horror movie that never ends."

  2nd coronavirus vaccine shows striking success in US tests

Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study.

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.

Internal email reveals 65 virus cases among WHO Geneva staff

Farah Dakhlallah, a WHO spokeswoman, confirmed the accuracy of the information about the case count in an email to the AP.

  Tokyo Olympic ‘participants’ encouraged to get vaccine

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says athletes and fans arriving for next year’s postponed Tokyo Games will be encouraged to be vaccinated to protect the Japanese public.

  Here comes Santa Claus - with face masks and plexiglass

Malls are doing all they can to keep Santa and kids safe from the coronavirus, including banning kids from sitting on his knee, completely changing what a Santa visit looks like.

  US cases hit 11M; latest million took 6 days

More than 11 million cases of the coronavirus have now been reported in the United States, with the most recent million coming in less than a week.

Incarcerated Texans asked to work in county morgue as COVID-19 deaths overwhelm El Paso

The morgue in El Paso is so overwhelmed by the number of people dying from COVID-19, that inmates from the county’s detention facility are being brought in to assist with the overflow of bodies awaiting autopsy.

Poll workers contract virus, but Election Day link unclear

Despite painstaking efforts to keep election sites safe, some poll workers who came in contact with voters on Election Day have tested positive for the coronavirus, including more than two dozen in Missouri and cases in New York, Iowa, Indiana and Virginia.