COVID-19

  States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means

There is no easy way to determine who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t. The new CDC guidelines essentially leave it up to people to do the right thing.

Dr. Ed answers questions about COVID-19 masks, reinfection, vaccines for kids

  Study: Mixing COVID vaccines causes side effects

  Disney CEO says attendance caps at parks being raised

  Japan expands virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics

  Delta CEO to future hires: No jab, no job

  Fully vaccinated can drop the masks, skip social distancing

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Bill Maher taping canceled after host’s positive virus test

  ‘Great day for America’: Vaccinated can largely ditch masks

  Chief of teachers union is ‘all in’ on full fall reopening

  Some proms are back, with masks, testing and distancing

  Just how dirty is your mask? It’s probably filthy

  Amazon seeks to hire 75,000; offers $100 to vaccinated hires

  EXPLAINER: How COVID-19 vaccines will work for kids in US

A government advisory committee recommended Pfizer’s vaccine for children 12 and older on Wednesday, after the Food and Drug Administration expanded authorization of the shots to the age group earlier in the week.

  Taming the virus: US deaths hit lowest level in 10 months

Confirmed infections, meanwhile, have fallen to about 38,000 day on average, their lowest mark since mid-September.

  US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

Doctors who are ready to vaccinate their own kids want other parents to line up, too.

  Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers

The debates have been emotional and highly divisive around the country, in some cases leading to the involvement of police.

New Mexico GOP convention moved to Texas to avoid coronavirus rules

  Vaccine passports and summer travel: What we know

  COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out

  Panel suggests WHO should have more power to stop pandemics

  Younger adolescents get ready to receive COVID-19 vaccine

  Dracula’s castle proves an ideal setting for COVID-19 jabs

  COVID poll: Americans going out more, wearing masks less

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds more Americans went out to eat last week than at any other time during the pandemic.

  Medicare requires nursing homes to report COVID vaccinations

Medicare will require nursing homes to report COVID-19 vaccination rates for residents and staff, the government said Tuesday.

  COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be free, official says

David Kessler, the chief science officer, made that statement in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

  Scores of dead bodies found floating in India’s Ganges River

Images on social media of the bodies floating in the river prompted outrage and speculation that they died from COVID-19.

  McDonald’s changing its coffee cups to promote COVID-19 vaccines

McDonald's plans to promote COVID-19 vaccines with redesigned coffee cups.

  US schools fight to keep students amid fear of dropout surge

U.S. educators are doing everything they can to track down high school students who stopped showing up to classes and to help them get the credits needed to graduate, amid an anticipated surge in the country’s dropout rate during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing

Just 11% of people who remain unvaccinated say they definitely will get the shot, while 34% say they definitely won’t, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That leaves a large swath of Americans in the middle who might still roll up their sleeves.

  Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

US expands use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving way for children as young as 12 to get shots.

  States push jobless from virus recession to return to work

States are pushing the unemployed to return to work to help businesses large and small find the workers they need to emerge from the COVID-19 recession.

  ETN: Dr. Ed Dominguez and Dr. Theresa Patton discuss COVID-19 vaccines, OB-GYN issues

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Ed Dominguez and OBGYN Dr. Theresa Patton once again joined East Texas Now host Kayla Lyons on Friday.

  80% of Americans live within 5 miles of all 3 COVID vaccines

Nearly 80% of people live within five miles of all three vaccines, according to an analysis by VaccineFinder.

  Parents fight college students’ suspension over lack of off-campus face coverings

The students parents' say their suspension meant they forfeited the entire semester’s grades and $16,000 in tuition.

  Vax Live concert raises $302 million, exceeds vaccine goal

Vax Live was one of the largest concert gatherings in Southern California since the coronavirus pandemic roiled the world more than a year ago.

  States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

More than 150 million Americans — about 57% of the adult population — have received at least one dose of vaccine.

EU says US stand on patent virus waiver is no ‘magic bullet’

The U.S. has kept a tight lid on exports of American-made vaccines so it can inoculate its own population first.

  EU agrees to potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that her office “has just approved a contract for a guaranteed 900 million doses” with the same amount of doses as a future option.

State reports more than 2,600 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

The report states 2,293 students tested positive, while 390 staff tested positive for the week ending May 2, for a total of 2,683.

  NYC still storing COVID-19 victims in refrigerated trucks

The city’s medical examiner’s office said Friday that 750 bodies are being kept in long-term storage in refrigerated trailers at a Brooklyn pier while family members sort out plans for their final resting places.

  WHO panel OKs emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

The decision by a WHO technical advisory group — a first for a Chinese vaccine — opens the possibility that Sinopharm’s offering could be included in the U.N.-backed COVAX program in coming weeks or months and distributed through UNICEF and the WHO’s Americas regional office.

  Pfizer aims for full FDA approval of vaccine

That gives Pfizer and German partner BioNTech a shot at winning the first full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  Pressure rises for India lockdown; COVID surge breaks record again

Many medical experts, opposition leaders and even Supreme Court judges are calling for national restrictions, arguing that a patchwork of state rules is insufficient to quell the rise in infections.

  Two women are working to get vaccine demand up in rural East Texas

While many Americans are hesitant to get vaccinated, some East Texans are working to get vaccine demand up in rural areas.

  Some restaurant owners claim they’re having trouble finding workers during the pandemic

Some employees have left the restaurant industry for good amid the perils of the pandemic, which exposed workers to the coronavirus and uncooperative patrons.

State vaccine call center to connect organizations, businesses with mobile vaccine teams

“Vaccines are the most effective tool in Texas’ fight against COVID-19, and we are committed to making COVID-19 vaccines even more widely available to Texans across the state,” said Governor Abbott.

  Support grows for IP waiver on virus vaccines; snags remain

The move to support waiving intellectual property protections on vaccines under World Trade Organization rules marked a dramatic shift for the United States — and drew cheers from activists, complaints from Big Pharma, and a lot of questions about what comes next.

  Moderna: Vaccine boosters likely needed every 9-12 months

Moderna says vaccine recipients will likely need a booster for new variants.

  Gregg County deputy determined to overcome 4-month COVID-19 battle

The long road to recovery for one East Texas deputy, once in a coma with 'Covid-19', is not over yet. Gregg county sheriff's 'corporal James Hagler', was released from the hospital last month, but his struggle to recover continues.

CDC sets rules for trial cruises with volunteer passengers

Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters.

  Canada authorizes Pfizer vaccine for age 12 and older

Canada is the first country to authorize Pfizer for ages 12 to 15. The U.S. and the European Union are also reviewing it.

Elderly woman dies from COVID-19 in Nebraska, despite being vaccinated

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a woman in her 80s with underlying medical conditions developed COVID-19 and was hospitalized more than 14 days after completing a vaccination series with the Pfizer vaccine.

  What COVID-era travel changes are likely here to stay?

The pandemic has changed the standards for working on the road and cleanliness on airplanes.

  ‘GetVax’: Text for locations to get COVID vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that nearly 148 million people have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, with over 106 million fully vaccinated.

  COVID’s US toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July

COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases have been plummeting since January.

  Are Biden’s COVID vaccination goals doable?

Biden is focusing on three areas to increase vaccination rates.

  Pfizer expects to file for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine in May

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine currently has emergency authorization for use from the FDA.

  Family claims flight home denied after son with autism couldn’t wear mask

The family says they had to drive home in a rental car. What should have been an hourlong plane ride turned into a nearly six-hour drive.

  FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age 12 and older by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

  COVID-19 restrictions easing in US and Europe amid disaster in India

In the U.S., the average number of new cases per day fell below 50,000 for the first time since October, and nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday.

  Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fears

Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said it was with “heavy hearts” that they decided to call off the festival.

  Restaurant survival hopes pick up as $28.6B in grants begin

Thousands of restaurants and bars decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak have a better chance at survival as the government begins handing out $28.6 billion in grants — money to help these small businesses stay afloat while they wait for customers to return.

  US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Two White House officials say the U.S. trade representative will begin talks in the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping poorer countries from making their own generic version of critically needed COVID-19 vaccines.

  India launches effort to inoculate all adults against COVID

India has opened vaccinations to all adults in hopes of taming a monstrous spike in COVID-19 infections.

  Hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as India steps up jabs

A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India has killed 18 patients as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults even though some states say don’t have enough jabs.

  US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s administration made the determination on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Ed discusses the future of COVID-19, mutations, vaccines

Among the various topics discussed, Dr. Ed gave his thoughts on the future of COVID-19 and if it is something that will stick around as a seasonal illness or go the way of exterminated diseases.

  TSA extends mask mandate on planes to September

The rule was set to expire May 11 but will now run through Sept. 13.

State reports more than 2,600 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 2,600 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses in last week’s reports.

  Number of Americans fully vaccinated tops 100 million

The reopening and similar steps elsewhere around the country reflect increasing optimism as COVID-19 deaths tumble and the ranks of the vaccinated grow.

  Disneyland reopens as California emerges from virus depths

Disneyland is reopening after a 13-month closure.

  Dr. Fauci: Be sure to get 2nd dose of vaccines

Dr. Anthony Fauci says it's important for those getting one of the two-dose vaccines to complete their course to gain maximum protection against the virus.

  US officials: Anxiety drove vaccine reactions in 5 states

The CDC found that about a quarter of the people reporting side effects had similar things happen following past vaccinations.

  Why vaccine hesitancy in young adults matters

A poll released Thursday found 31 percent of adults under the age of 35 don’t plan on getting vaccinated.

  Nacogdoches ISD in early planning stages to offer voluntary COVID-19 vaccines to high school students

Nacogdoches ISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo said the district is in the early coordinating and planning stages to offer voluntary COVID-19 vaccines for students 16 years and older.

  Free rides, beer and savings bonds: Vaccinators get creative

Public health officials say the efforts are crucial to reach people who haven’t been vaccinated yet.

  Moderna ups COVID vaccine production

The drugmaker says it wants to produce up to a billion doses in 2021.

  Graphic: Indians turn to black market, unproven drugs as virus surges

As India faces a devastating surge of new coronavirus infections overwhelming its health care system, people are taking desperate measures to try to keep loved ones alive.

  Report: Cruises could resume sailing in mid-July

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said eliminating risk on cruises isn’t possible, so the idea is to mitigate it with a blend of testing, quarantine and vaccination.

  EU to hold hearing in case against AstraZeneca

The European Commission says it’s taking the British-Swedish firm to court for failing to respect the vaccine delivery commitments in its contract with the 27-nation bloc.