Coronavirus Updates

  Virus deaths slow in some places, British PM’s condition worsens

The steep rise in coronavirus deaths in New York seems to be leveling off in a possible sign that social distancing is working in the most lethal hot spot in the U.S., the governor said Monday — a trend that appears to have taken hold more convincingly in hard-hit Italy and Spain.

SFA confirms first COVID-19 case

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

  Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

What we know about the 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

3M, U.S. reach agreement that allows mask exports to Canada

  California loans 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories

  Navy leader calls fired carrier captain ‘naive’ or ‘stupid’

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Trump, Biden spoke by phone about coronavirus outbreak

  WATCH: No birthday party, no problem: Police lead drive-by parade for 5-year-old

Los Angeles has the lowest pollution in the world

State has distributed 1.6M masks, 3.5M more coming

NFL going virtual for upcoming draft

  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care

  Virus is mostly mild and rarely fatal for US kids, data show

The first national data on COVID-19 in U.S. children suggest that while the illness usually isn’t severe in kids, some do get sick enough to require hospital treatment.

6 test positive for COVID-19 at TDCJ Beto Unit

6 confirmed cases COVID-19 at Beto Unit

  Kroger to limit number of customers inside stores to help reduce spread of coronavirus

Kroger is the latest grocery chain to reduce the maximum number of customers allowed in its supermarkets.

  Gaga raises $35M for virus fight, curates all-star TV event

The multi-hour TV special, which will also stream live on YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more platforms.

  Wall Street leaps 7%, markets rally worldwide on virus hopes

  Mass. man accused of spitting, coughing in grocery store during coronavirus outbreak

Baby born prematurely dies after mother infected with COVID-19; test results for baby pending

British Open canceled, Masters to November in major rescheduling

Elton John launches $1 million coronavirus emergency fund to help people with HIV/AIDS

  Marvel remakes release calendar; ‘Mulan’ moves to late July

  As cases surge, 3 in 4 US hospitals already facing COVID-19

Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report that finds hospitals expect to be overwhelmed as cases rocket toward their projected peak.

  Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic

Buying groceries online — which many Americans are doing to drastically reduce how often they leave their homes — is only open to SNAP recipients in six U.S. states, and Pennsylvania is not one of them.

  Walmart workers die from coronavirus in Ill.

Phillip Thomas had worked at the Walmart store for nine years, and Wando Evans had been an overnight maintenance worker since 2006.

  Man creates device to help illustrate social distancing

A Michigan man created a device to show how far people should stay away for safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Daughter pleads for rescue of sick mom on cruise ship in Fla. after father dies of coronavirus

The couple’s daughter is desperate to get her mom off the ship. Her father died at a Miami hospital after waiting four hours to be transferred off the ship.

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Retail giant Walmart is the latest to announce new restrictions inside its stores to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  Duran Duran bassist John Taylor reveals coronavirus diagnosis, recovery

The bass player for iconic 1980s band Duran Duran described his illness as a “turbo-charged flu” and that he came out of it “feeling OK.”

  Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

Health officials stress they don't want people rushing to get medical or surgical masks. Instead, one option is to make your own.

  Family separated due to coronavirus reunited with newborn son after 10 days

The baby was kept in quarantine for 10 days while he was tested for COVID-19, with nurses snapping photos of him to keep up his parents' spirits.

  Oldest female Marine in Calif. celebrates 104th birthday with drive-by party due to coronavirus

Sexism didn’t stop her from joining the Marines in the 1940s, and coronavirus didn't stop her from celebrating her 104th birthday.

  Community thanks hospital staff with lights, honks, friendly signs

East Texas community members showed their support for hospital employees, Sunday night.

Tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the new coronavirus. It's believed to be the first infection in an animal in the U.S. and the first known in a tiger anywhere.

  Americans brace for ‘hardest, saddest’ week of their lives; Europe hopes crisis peaking

Americans braced for what the nation’s top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hotspot in Europe.

  Trump tempers officials’ grave assessments with optimism

The U.S. surgeon general offered some of the starkest warnings yet Sunday as he braced Americans for the worsening fallout from the new coronavirus, warning “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.”

AP FACT CHECK: Trump pitches unapproved drug for coronavirus

President Donald Trump is pitching an unapproved medicine for COVID-19 sufferers that science has not concluded is effective or safe. “Take it,” he said of the drug.

  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with virus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital with the coronavirus.

  U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic

As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.

  States lack key data on virus cases among medical workers

Experts and health officials who are trying to plan a response to the coronavirus outbreak are missing a critical piece of information – the number of health care workers who have tested positive for the disease.

  Calif. dog daycare remains open for first responders’ pets

A San Francisco Bay Area business is staying open to care for essential workers’ dogs, even as the doggy daycare struggles to stay afloat.

Nacogdoches County reports 2 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday

According to a statement on social media, Nacogdoches County just received confirmation of two additional positive tests which appear to be community-spread.

State reports 6,812 positive COVID-19 cases, 127 deaths

The Texas Department of State Health Services has released updated numbers related to COVID-19 in the state.

Queen: History will remember your actions in coronavirus crisis

In a rare address to the nation, Queen Elizabeth II plans to exhort Britons to rise to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, drawing on wisdom from her decades as Britain’s head of state to urge discipline and resolve in a time of crisis.

Palm Sunday services held without public; some on rooftops

Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what’s most important, despite heavy hearts — using one’s life to serve others.

  Biden says Democratic convention may need to be held virtually

Former Vice President Joe Biden says the Democratic National Convention that has already been delayed until August may need to be held virtually.

  One ton of food, originally meant for 2020 Olympics, donated to Colo. food banks

The food will be donated to food banks in all 31 counties of southern Colorado, based on population size.

Only passenger on flight, woman going to see dying mother upgraded to first class for free

The flight crew upgraded the woman to first class, addressed her personally over the loudspeaker and took selfies with her.

  Good Samaritans spend more than $1,000 on gas for Detroit nurses treating coronavirus

A Michigan man used his savings to buy gas for at least 50 nurses fighting COVID-19 and inspired others to help his cause.

Trump says ‘toughest’ weeks ahead; New York gets ventilators from China

President Donald Trump warned Saturday that the county could be headed into its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country reopened and its stalled economy ba

East Texas nurse who filed for unemployment to others: ‘Just don’t give up’

Unemployment has skyrocketed for the past month. Many East Texans are having to apply for unemployment benefits due to a shortage of work hours.

Actress-author Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus at 86

Patricia Bosworth, an actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies on several stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, has died due to the coronavirus. She was 86.

Texas now has 6,110 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 105 deaths

Texas now has 6,110 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 105 people have died as a result of coronavirus infections, according to the Department of State Health Services.

Trump, Dems clash on boosting mail-in voting during pandemic

Trump opposes voting by mail, arguing that it would encourage fraud and lead to so many people voting that his party could not win.

  ‘Don’t take chances:’ Wash. nursing home patient back home after defeating coronavirus

"I'm corona-free and I had been given the all clear,” Geneva Woods said. “Do what you're supposed to do and don't take chances and keep, keep fighting."

Medics at Egypt’s main cancer center test positive for virus

The institute will be partly closed for three days to be sterilized, with only the emergency ward remaining open.

Singer Pink says she had COVID-19, gives $1M to relief funds

In a pair of tweets, she said she and her three-year-old son were displaying symptoms two weeks ago, and she tested positive after accessing tests through a primary care physician.

  Some SFA students remain on campus in mostly empty dorms

All students at SFA were told not to come back after spring break due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet, some students in need of emergency housing are allowed to stay in dorms. Their college life is like no other.

Gov. Abbott says Tyler has 602 empty hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients

During his press conference Friday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott explained that healthcare measures his office took in the early stages of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis have increased the number of beds available for COVID-19 patients by 142 percent, adding that almost 20,000 beds are now avai

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will try to stop “profiteers” from exporting medical protective gear, shortly after picking a fight with manufacturing giant 3M, a major producer and exporter of face masks used to protect health care workers from the coronavirus.

  CISC holding special food distribution event in Lufkin

CISC is looking to help those in need of food this coming week.

  Feds recommend Americans wear face masks; NY governor says he’ll seize ventilators

"If they want to sue me for borrowing their excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

McConnell, Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress

In a shift, the top leaders in Congress made it clear Friday there will be another coronavirus rescue package amid the stark need for federal resources to fight the pandemic and economic crisis.

  Face masks recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

The latest guidance suggests that Americans use makeshift coverings, such as T-shirts, scarves or bandanas to cover their noses and mouths.

COMMENTARY: What a time to celebrate National Love Our Children Day

It seems redundant to have a day titled “National Love Our Children Day” each year. However during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s probably important to take a moment and reflect on how and why we show love for our kids.

Mayor, City of Lufkin call for wearing of masks in public

Lufkin city officials released a statement regarding the wearing of masks for protection against the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

  Hobby Lobby closes all store locations

Employees are being encouraged to file unemployment claims with their state unemployment commissions.

Small biz rescue off to slow start; some banks not ready

The federal government's relief program for small businesses is off to a slow start Friday, with only some businesses able to apply and several banks either not accepting applications or seeing long waits to do approvals.

  EAST TEXAS NOW: Mask mandate, social distancing among viewer questions Dr. Ed answers

For the third straight Friday, East Texas Medical Team Dr. Ed Dominguez answered viewer questions about COVID-19.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

WATCH: Texas professor discusses COVID-19 and cleaning

COVID-19 has only been around for a short time, so what we know on the issue tends to change quickly with more being learned every day. For example, recent studies have investigated how long coronaviruses survive on different surfaces. Research has also demonstrated that virus particles can last for

  Many college students not eligible for stimulus checks

High school and college students between ages 17 and 24 will not receive money if they are claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns, even if they normally work and file taxes themselves.

  Corona stops beer production

The Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses, including the makers of Corona Beer.

  HBO free programming offers more incentive for people to stay home

The network is offering 500 hours of its programming free for a limited time.

  Florida finally takes passengers of coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, some on stretchers

The exodus from the Zaandaam and its sister ship the Rotterdam could extend into Saturday, officials said.

  Target to limit customers in stores, give employees face masks and gloves

Target is implementing new safety measures starting Saturday, and it may impact your shopping experience at the retailer.

  Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas forced to close after resisting coronavirus executive order

Deputies delivered a warning directly to Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas, causing business at one Hobby Lobby to halt abruptly.

  US flu activity drops sharply; death toll holds at 24K

While the U.S. flu season is ebbing, it’s still not over.

  Central Heights ISD letter states food service worker positive for COVID-19

Central Heights ISD has issued a letter to parents after a food-service worker tested positive for COVID-19.

  Hospitals cancel surgeries, ration care as influx of coronavirus patients continues

With so many medical resources being diverted to the coronavirus, doctors are having to make choices about who gets care and who does not.