Coronavirus Updates

Where East Texas counties stand on enforcement of Gov. Abbott’s face-mask order

Several East Texas counties are pushing back against Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent directives that require most Texans to wear facial coverings in public spaces and ban groups of 10 or more people.

COVID-19 testing sites in East Texas

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

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

What we know about the 5,563 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

  July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline

  New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

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Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

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  Gov. Abbott issues statewide mask requirement

  Huntington ISD working on plans to keep students learning despite internet issues

  WATCH: East Texas officials give thoughts on governor’s mask order

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice Baby" had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced it was being postponed.

Gov. Abbott, HHSC secure $2.67B in funding for Texas hospitals

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced that $2.67 billion in federal funding has been approved to support Texas hospitals that provide care for people receiving Medicaid.

  Nacogdoches leaders explain the complexity behind the new mask-wearing proclamation

  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

  Better East Texas: COVID-19 playbook

  Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

City of Galveston closing beaches for holiday weekend

Galveston beaches will be closed and parking will be blocked on both sides of Seawall Boulevard over the holiday weekend in response to recent increases in cases of COVID-19, and health and safety concerns for our residents and visitors.

5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

Economists have forecast that employers added 3 million jobs in June and that the unemployment rate dropped to 12.3% from 13.3% in May.

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

Wednesday's report finds a lack of coordination among government agencies hindered access to coronavirus testing and protective equipment, among other problems.

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks.

  Titus County judge says mask wearing ‘small price to pay to conduct business, live a relatively normal life’

Titus County Judge Brian Lee reports new cases of COVID-19 among his county’s residents, and is asking them to cooperate to help curtail the spread.

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

A new study suggests children may be able to transmit coronavirus similar to infected adults.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’

  Health officials look to pool testing as new approach to trace coronavirus

Experts are now considering a new approach: pool testing. Many say it's the necessary next step in testing and tracing COVID-19.

  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic.

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

  Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

About $130 billion remains of $660 billion approved so far for the subsidy program, which provides direct subsidies to businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections.

  Lufkin ISD preparing for fewer fans than normal at football games

Lufkin ISD has told season ticket holders to expect a different experience at Panther football games.

  Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on.

  Hall-of-Famer Pudge Rodriguez video encourages wearing face masks for safety

Pudge Rodriguez helps out the governor by making a PSA about wearing face masks.

COVID-19 survivor barely recognizes himself after 25 days in a coma

Ahmad Ayyad went from peak physical condition and competing in obstacle races to losing 60 pounds after being hospitalized due to the coronavirus.

  Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools, amid virus surge

States such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California have reversed course, closing or otherwise clamping down on bars, shutting beaches and rolling back restaurant capacity.

  WEBXTRA: June 30 is deadline for business owners to apply for Paycheck Protection Program

East Texas News’ Blake Holland spoke with Day Shelmire, director of the UT Tyler-Longview Small Business Development Center.

Nacogdoches city, county issue voluntary mask-wearing proclamation

This voluntary compliance goes into effect at 12:00 a.m. on July 1, 2020 and expires when terminated or on July 8, 2020--whichever comes first.

  FDA approves an at-home breast cancer treatment

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an at-home breast cancer treatment called Phesgo.

  Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’ in coronavirus outbreak

States such as Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing beaches and bars or rolling back restaurant restrictions in some cases.

TWC delaying work search requirement for unemployment benefits

“Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Texas, TWC has decided to pause the return of work search requirements at this time,”

  Paycheck Protection Program coming to an end

The program is credited by government officials for saving millions of jobs, with more than 4.8 million small business owners tapping into the funds, for more than $519 billion in loans.

  Pediatrics group strongly encourages return of in-person school

The American Academy of Pediatrics encouraged schools to have the goal of “having students physically present in school” despite the rising tide of COVID-19 infections nationwide.

  Trader Joe’s shopper rants on camera after being told to wear a mask

Video from a Trader Joe’s in California shows a shopper throwing a tantrum after she was told to wear a face covering inside the store.

Gov. Abbott halts elective surgeries in 4 more counties

Under the Executive Order, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary.

How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic?

Flying can increase your risk of exposure to infection, but airlines are taking some precautions and you can too.

  Serious coronavirus-linked condition hit 285 US children, studies say

The studies show most children recovered after intensive-care treatment, but many had heart complications. The potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown.

  Family of Fla. deputy who died of COVID-19 denied line-of-duty insurance claim

While Florida statutes do classify certain health conditions as “accidental and caused by employment,” the AIG insurance company says that doesn’t technically include COVID-19.

  Survey finds confusion among public about pandemic news

For a story that has dominated the news for four months, a survey out Monday illustrates the difficulty that many Americans have in finding information that they trust about the coronavirus pandemic.

  States reverse openings, require masks amid virus resurgence

The United States on Monday reported 38,800 newly confirmed infections, with the total surpassing 2.5 million.

  AP FACT CHECK: Actually, 20% of US lives in a virus hot spot

The White House has repeatedly cited the low county tally, and Pence reaffirmed the point in a televised interview Sunday.

  City of Lufkin calls for masks to be worn in public

This morning the city of Lufkin issued an emergency advisory regulation for those in public spaces to wear masks.

Where to find COVID-19 mobile testing in East Texas

Henderson, Mineola, Quitman, Grand Saline, Wills Point add testing locations

  Daycare owner talks about reinstated COVID-19 precautions

Daycare facilities have been placed on lockdown once again.

UT football coach Tom Herman featured on governor PSA to promote COVID-19 fight

The Office of the Governor and University of Texas Head Football Coach Tom Herman today released a new public service announcement (PSA) titled, “The Power of Teamwork.”

Gov. Abbott extends deadline for federal food benefit program

Eligible families include those with children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) due to school closures.

CVS expands COVID-19 testing at Lufkin, Carthage sites

CVS has announced 44 additional test sites for COVID-19, including one each in Carthage and Lufkin.

  Nacogdoches ISD suspends female workouts after student gets COVID-19

Nacogdoches ISD has suspended female workouts for two weeks after learning a student has tested positive for COVID-19.

WEBXTRA: Gregg County District Clerk discusses delayed passport processing

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Gregg County District Clerk Trey Hattaway.

Lufkin mayor, city call for mask-wearing in public

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19, the Mayor and leadership of the City of Lufkin believe the proactive wearing of face masks by local residents may be an important part in a comprehensive preventative effort.

  Worldwide coronavirus death toll exceeds 500,000 amid fears worst to come

Experts say there is ample evidence the scourge is making a comeback in the United States, including increasing deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country and higher percentages of virus tests coming back positive.

  Assisted living center in Tyler discusses challenge of COVID-19 prevention

A senior center in Tyler managed to keep a positive case of COVID-19 from spreading to any other residents in their facility.

  Hallsville student-athlete test positive for COVID-19

Hallsville and Groveton are the latest East Texas districts to halt summer workouts due to COVID-19.

  Texas couple married for 53 years dies from coronavirus while holding hands

The couple's son says nurses made his parents’ last moments special by making sure the two were in the same room with their hands placed near each other.

  As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

Texas and Florida have clamped down on bars in America's biggest retreat yet as the nation's daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases hit an all-time high of 40,000.

Pence cancels some political events because of virus spikes

Vice President Mike Pence has called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona for this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases.

  What to wear: Feds’ mixed messages on masks sow confusion

The federal government has been sending a foggy message over the past few months about whether people should wear face masks during the pandemic.

  Governors face competing voices as reported virus cases rise

With reported coronavirus cases rising rapidly in many states, governors are getting lots of advice on what they should do.

  EU narrows down border list, US unlikely to make the cut

Infection rates are high in Brazil, India and Russia, and it’s unlikely the EU will let their citizens in, either.

  Some states revert to restrictions as virus cases surge

The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday — eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April — in a resurgence that has led some governors to backtrack or at least pause the reopening of their states.

County judges in East Texas are working to stop the spread of COVID-19

There are more than 4,400 cumulative cases of covid 19 in East Texas. With Governor Abbott's new executive state order in place-- KTRE's T’Ebonie Tanner reports how a few county judges plan to help mitigate the spread of the virus in their areas.

Lufkin mayor considering implementing emergency face-mask regulation

Following a day of phone calls from concerned citizens, Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown is considering the implementation of an emergency mask regulation.

  WATCH: Nacogdoches County Judge reacts to latest ‘uptick’ in COVID-19 numbers

Sowell spoke about the age population being affected in the county and said he speaks daily with hospitals and emergency management to remain prepared for a surge.

  American Airlines will book flights to full capacity

American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes while the United States sets records for new reported cases of the coronavirus.