Coronavirus Updates

  Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

For five weeks, the mother of a disabled woman in Pennsylvania searched for a vaccine appointment, reaching out to state and local leaders with no luck.

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

  Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

  Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

State reports 461 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

  US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

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  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

Gov. Greg Abbott weighing end to mask order, other statewide coronavirus rules, says announcement coming “pretty soon”

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

Gov. Abbott provides update on vaccine distribution across the state

  Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York

What we know about the 6,278 active cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19 following a positive test by a member of her and husband Garth Brooks’ team, according to a representative for the duo.

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

The report Wednesday confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19.

Rep. Matt Schaefer introduces bill to override governor’s mask mandate order, requires statute

Schaefer says that it’s against the Texas constitution for the governor to write an order and also enforce it. He says that takes away the checks and balances needed in the state’s legislative branch.

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

  States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

  Fewer Americans concerned about getting COVID, but fear still high

  Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

  Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus

  ‘They went together’: Couple married 44 years die from COVID-19 just days apart

The couple's family is encouraging others to get vaccinated in hopes they can avoid pain and suffering at the hands of COVID-19.

  US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic has surpassed a milestone that once seemed unimaginable.

  School testing can be delayed but not canceled, feds say

Federal law requires states to test students each year in subjects including math and reading as a way to gauge schools’ progress and to identify learning disparities among different groups of students.

  Congress preps for first votes on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

The bill would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments, shuttered schools, COVID-19 vaccines and testing and struggling airlines, restaurants and other businesses.

  Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

Hopes for a return to normality rest largely on Britain’s fast-moving inoculation program that has given more than 17.5 million people, a third of the country’s adult population, the first of two doses of vaccine.

  UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations

Preliminary results from a study in Scotland found that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduced hospital admissions by up to 85% four weeks after the first dose, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot cut admissions by up to 94%.

  Woman, 73, studying nursing to visit husband in care facility during COVID-19

The pandemic has only caused confusion for her husband of 26 years, who has Parkinson’s and dementia.

Trauma service area that includes Nacogdoches, Angelina counties sees sub-15% hospitalization rate again

The trauma service area that includes Angelina and Nacogdoches counties saw its hospitalization rate dip below 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity on Sunday.

  US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stands at the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

  Beyond 100M: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers

The United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks.

  Mont. boy, 13, suffers COVID-19 symptoms, including heart problems, for months

The 13-year-old contracted COVID-19 in November. He hasn’t been to school since and continues to experience symptoms, many severe, from the illness.

  ‘They want their babysitters back’: Entire California school board resigns after hot mic comments

Trustees were awaiting the start of the meeting when they began discussing parents’ letters and social media posts about reopening schools.

Hospitalization rate for area including counties of Angelina, Nacogdoches rises above 15%

The trauma service area that includes Angelina and Nacogdoches counties saw its hospitalization rate rise above 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity on Saturday.

Airlines plan to ask passengers for contact-tracing details

The U.S. airline industry is pledging to expand the practice of asking passengers on flights to the United States for information that public health officials could use for contact tracing during the pandemic.

  Winter weather temporarily delays shipment of 6 million vaccine doses, White House says

The shipment of six million vaccine doses has been temporarily delayed.

  Walgreens to get 300,000 more vaccine doses each week

Starting next week, the pharmacy says it will receive more than 480,000 doses per week.

  Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine can be stored longer in regular freezer

Right now, the vaccine is approved to only be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures for up to five days and can only last up to six months in an ultra-cold freezer.

  Police: 2 women dressed as older ladies to try to get second COVID-19 vaccine in Fla.

Officials at the site called police after the women’s birth dates on their ID cards did not match what they used to register.

  Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen

As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S.

  US jobless claims jump to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

Layoffs remain high with an economy still under pressure from the virus.

  US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years, according to preliminary estimates Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Calif. woman issued license with photo of her wearing face mask

Although the woman's license is technically valid, she will still be asked to return for a no fee duplicate photo without her mask.

  Thousands of service members saying no to COVID-19 vaccine

The significant number of forces declining the vaccine is worrisome because troops often live, work and fight closely together in environments where social distancing and wearing masks are difficult.

  Crippling weather hampers vaccine deliveries, distribution

The U.S. is vaccinating an average of 1.7 million Americans per day against COVID-19, up from under 1 million a month ago.

Hospitalization rate for area including counties of Angelina, Nacogdoches below 15% for 7th day

On Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that TSA H’s hospitalization had been under 15 percent for 7 days straight, allowing businesses to reopen to 75 percent capacity.

US govt seizes roughly 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

Nearly a year into the pandemic, fraud remains a major problem as scammers seek to exploit hospitals and desperate Americans.

  EXPLAINER: How will we know we’ve reached herd immunity?

Nobody knows for sure what the herd immunity threshold is for the coronavirus, though many experts say it’s 70% or higher. And the emergence of variants is further complicating the picture.

  New York sues Amazon over worker safety during pandemic

New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses in the state as COVID-19 infections surged nationwide.

  Native Americans embrace vaccine, virus containment measures

The trend owes itself both to a harsh reality — Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are four times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and tradition.

  Seattle woman, 90, walks 6 miles through snow for vaccine

A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on Seattle couldn’t keep a 90-year-old woman from making her first COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

NY teacher dies from COVID-19 after ‘work from home’ request denied

The family can’t prove the teacher contracted COVID-19 during her work at the middle school, but they say she was extra diligent about practicing safety protocols wherever she went.

  Crippling storm hampers vaccinations as FEMA opens new sites

FEMA opened its first COVID-19 mass vaccination sites Tuesday, setting up in Los Angeles and Oakland as part of an effort by the Biden administration to get shots into arms more quickly.

Hospitalization rate for area including counties of Angelina, Nacogdoches below 15% for 6th day

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that TSA H’s hospitalization was at 13.17 percent.

  Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street

If the crowd control measures work, the scene will be in stark contrast to Mardi Gras crowds last year that were later blamed for an early Louisiana outbreak of COVID-19.

  First-dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Thursday at Lufkin convention center rescheduled

The first dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18 at the Lufkin Pitser Garrison Convention Center has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23.

  Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many millions of N95 masks are pouring out of American factories and heading into storage.

  Kroger to sell smartphone COVID antigen test

Kroger plans to sell a smartphone-enabled, at-home COVID-19 antigen test once it's approved by the FDA.

  Vaccine supply shortages complicate push to inoculate

There are several COVID-19 vaccines on the market and many more in the pipeline, but making enough vaccine doses for the entire world could take years due to manufacturing challenges.

  Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

Some states are still working through an initial phase that prioritizes health workers and nursing home residents. Many states have divided the second phase into tiers that put grocery workers lower than others, including people 65 and over, teachers and first responders.

  Wife visits husband with COVID-19 through hospital window for months

The couple’s children and grandchildren also visit at the window, which is now covered with love notes.

  WHO authorizes AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization’s green light for the AstraZeneca vaccine should trigger the delivery of hundreds of millions of doses to countries that have signed up for the U.N.-backed COVAX effort.

  What you need to know before getting your vaccine at a pharmacy

One million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were sent to about 6,500 pharmacies last week.

  Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for ‘defending science’

Dr. Anthony Fauci has won the $1 million Dan David Prize for “defending science” and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

  Two long-married doctors spend Valentine’s Day giving people COVID-19 vaccinations

Two doctors married for 29 years decided to spend their Valentine’s Day in New Haven at a vaccine clinic. There is no place they’d rather be.

  New US COVID variants increase pressure to vaccinate people

In Alabama, the state has often been at the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s per capita list for getting shots into arms.

  COVID-19 shots might be tweaked if variants get worse

Viruses mutate constantly and it takes just the right combination of particular mutations to escape vaccination.

  New enrollment window opens for health insurance shoppers

Health insurance shoppers stuck in a bad plan or unable to find coverage have a new option for help.

Hospitalization rate for area including counties of Angelina, Nacogdoches below 15% for 5th day

The trauma service area that includes Angelina and Nacogdoches counties hospitalization rate is below 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity for the fifth day in a row.

  New Zealand city going into 3-day lockdown after virus found

New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland will go into a three-day lockdown beginning just before midnight Sunday following the discovery of three unexplained coronavirus cases in the community.

  Average US virus cases dip below 100K for 1st time in months

Average daily new coronavirus cases in the United States have dipped below 100,000 in recent days for the first time in months.

Video shows gym customer shoving trainer in dispute over mask policy

A fitness trainer confronted an angry man refusing to wear a mask at a Chicago-area gym.

On bleak Valentine’s Day, Americans find hope in roses, vaccines

The notecards poking from bouquets rushing out of a Chicago florist all carry similar messages: “Looking forward to celebrating in person.”

‘Obamacare’ sign-ups reopen as Democrats push for more aid

HealthCare.gov’s market for subsidized health plans reopens Monday for a special three-month sign-up window as the Democratic-led Congress pushes a boost in financial help that could cut premiums by double digits.

  Tight supply creates reluctance over federal vaccine sites

The Biden administration’s virus response plan calls for opening 100 federally supported vaccination sites by the end of February.

Airlines push White House to reject testing for US flights

Leaders of several major U.S. airlines met online Friday with White House officials to press their case against requiring coronavirus tests for passengers on domestic flights, saying it would undermine the already fragile industry.

  Nacogdoches officials: More COVID-19 vaccines are coming

As people continue to receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, spokesperson Jessica Sowell wants to assure people that there are vaccines in Nacogdoches.

  CDC: Strong evidence in-person schooling can be done safely

President Joe Biden requested updated guidance when he took office, responding to complaints that the CDC’s school guidelines under the Trump administration were unclear and inconsistent.

Hospitalization rate for area including counties of Angelina, Nacogdoches below 15% for 2nd day

On Friday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that TSA H’s hospitalization was at 11.57 percent.