COVID-19

What we know about the 6,435 active cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

  Gov. Edwards to hold news conference about COVID-19 response at noon Tuesday

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

  ONE-STOP-SHOP: Stats, links related to COVID-19

  Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

  Should service industry workers be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine? Community weighs in

COVID-19: ArkLaTex information hub

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Deep East Texas health care providers launch website to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccination event planned at Pierre Bossier Mall on March 12

INTERACTIVE MAP: Where to get COVID-19 vaccine in the ArkLaTex

  Gov. Hutchinson expands vaccine eligibility in Ark., announces hotline to help people make appointments

  Pharmacists step up in vaccination effort

Shreveport business announces decision to ‘lift all mask mandates’ for customers

  Spring-break partying falls victim to COVID-19 crisis

Colleges around the U.S. are scaling back spring break or canceling it entirely to discourage partying that could spread the virus and raise infection rates back on campus.

City of Marshall to reopen all city facilities on March 10

The City of Marshall announced on Monday morning that the city will follow Gov. Greg Abbott’s guidance and will reopen all city facilities on March 10.

  103-year-old man who survived 1918 pandemic and Holocaust receives COVID-19 vaccine

Emil Hopner not only lived through the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 – he survived the Holocaust and fled from Hitler.

LSU following state of La. in moving to Phase 3

LSU has announced it is moving to Phase 3, following in-step with reduced restrictions by Gov. John Bel Edwards for the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana top doctors look back on early days of pandemic one year later

  Entertainers cautiously optimistic about Louisiana’s return to Phase III

Arkansas governor wants an ‘off-ramp’ not a ‘cliff’ to end his state’s mask mandate

  Stores to require masks in states without mask mandates

  Protesters burn masks at Idaho Capitol rally against COVID-19 rules

  Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread

Louisiana to conduct COVID-19 testing March 8-13 at 2 sites in Lincoln Parish

National Guard will operate no testing site this week in the northwest Louisiana region

Gregg County educators receive COVID-19 vaccine

Teachers and those working in education in Gregg County were given the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccine Sunday at the Longview Exhibit Center.

Church says they will continue to follow guidelines even when mask mandate is lifted

Governor Asa Hutchinson said that he might lift the mask mandate at the end of March, but one church in Jonesboro says they plan to continue to follow CDC guidelines.

  With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes

A key moderate Democrat says he may be open to changing Senate rules that could allow for more party-line votes to push through the White House’s agenda.

Active COVID-19 cases fall under 4,000 in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas saw its number of active COVID-19 cases continue to fall as hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators continues to decline as well.

  Johnson & Johnson vaccinations underway at the Brookshire Grocery Arena

On Saturday, March 6, Louisianians currently eligible under state guidelines had the chance to get one of 4,300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill that includes stimulus checks

The bill would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans and money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry and subsidies for health insurance.

  Highlights of the $1.9T COVID bill nearing final passage

Senate Democrats came out with their version of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

  Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

The surge is underscoring how treacherous the virus is and it is leading to new restrictions across the continent.

Dalai Lama receives coronavirus vaccine

The Dalai Lama, the 85-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, has received the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine

  Senate Dems strike jobless aid deal, relief and stimulus checks bill OK in sight

Eight Democrats voted against the proposal, suggesting that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and other progressives vowing to continue the fight in coming months will face a difficult fight.

Texarkana ISD to continue following COVID-19 protocol

Texarkana ISD has announced they will continue following COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures for the remainder of the year.

  Bilbo Baggins Pub owner speaks on Phase 3 impact on bars

The state of Louisiana is in Phase 3 of reopening, meaning bars can now operate at 25% capacity.

  WHO head wants virus vaccine patents waived to boost supply

Pharmaceutical companies that took taxpayer money from the U.S. or Europe to develop inoculations at unprecedented speed say they are negotiating contracts and exclusive licensing deals with producers on a case-by-case basis because they need to protect their intellectual property and ensure safety.

  Texas National Guard medics administer vaccines at Cass County clinic

A Texas program with the goal of distributing COVID-19 vaccines has made its way to rural Cass County.

  NY officials removed fuller tally of nursing home deaths

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report that the true number of people who had died in nursing homes in New York was altered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides in a state Health Department report in July.

  La. enters Phase 3; some Shreveport area festivals continue with 2021 plans

Louisiana is now in Phase 3. So what does that mean for activities and festivals in Shreveport?

Texas A&M system issues guidance on COVID-19 protocols

Following Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that Texas state mandates would change to guidelines on March 10, the chancellor of the Texas A&M system issued guidance on how the university system would move forward.

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  When will COVID vaccines be available for children?

Children were not part of the initial tests in the rapid approval process of the vaccines, because they have a very low chance of becoming severely ill from COVID-19.

Gov. Edwards announces program to help renters, landlords affected by pandemic

The program is funded through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133).

David Raines Community Health Centers offering COVID-19 vaccines

Approximately 1,000 doses of the vaccine are available to those eligible under state guidelines.

  Getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this weekend? Here’s what you need to know

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine requires just a single dose.

  US job growth likely rose in February in rebound from slump

U.S. employers likely stepped up their hiring in February as confirmed viral cases declined, consumers spent big chunks of their government aid checks and the economy appeared to be sustaining a tentative recovery.

New coronavirus relief plan made it to Senate, but may be delayed if lawmakers can’t compromise

The new COVID-19 relief plan made it to the Senate, but there may be a delay if lawmakers can’t come to a compromise, which could delay the issuing of stimulus checks.

  Fauci presents his personal virus model to Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to contribute a personal artifact to mark the pandemic, and he chose the lumpy blue and orange ball that he used to explain the complexities of the virus in dozens of interviews.

Texas schools not to lose funding without students learning in classroom in 2020-21, TEA says

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced today that the State of Texas will provide a “hold harmless” to Texas school systems for the rest of the 2020-2021 academic school year only.

Longview ISD to continue mask use, may revise COVID-19 protocols this summer

Despite Gov. Greg Abbot’s order rescinding a statewide mask mandate, Longview ISD will retain its current COVID-19 safety protocols — including mask use — for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

  Johnson & Johnson vaccine expected to expand distribution efforts

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is coming to the ArkLaTex. This third vaccine will provide another tool in the fight against the coronavirus.

UIL leaves decision with school systems on mask requirements

The UIL, (University Interscholastic League), updated their guidelines following the governor’s announcement to lift the mask mandate with an executive order.

  Cass County to hold two vaccine clinics

Cass County Texas leaders are preparing for their first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for those 65 and older, or those with underlying health issues.

East Texas teachers, child care staff get ready to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations

The goal: at least one shot by the end of this month

  33 La. lawmakers sign letter asking Gov. Edwards to end mask mandate and business restrictions

“With access to vaccinations on the rise, hospitalizations on the decline, and a variety of better treatment options, now is time to end the mandates,” said Edmonds.

  Heart problems may be rare in pro athletes after COVID-19

The research involved U.S. professional athletes who play football, hockey, soccer, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball.

SUSLA hosting vaccine clinic for veterans in conjunction with VA

Southern University Shreveport Louisiana (SUSLA) is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to some veterans.

  ‘Falling through cracks’: Vaccine bypasses some older adults

An untold number of older people are getting left behind in the desperate dash for vaccine shots because they are too frail, overwhelmed, isolated or poor to navigate a system that favors healthier individuals with more resources.

  Boy, 12, creates website to help elderly New Yorkers book vaccine appointments

The 12-year-old hits refresh for hours a day, searching for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for elderly people in the New York metro area.

  Northwest Louisiana churches react to governor lifting capacity limits

With Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announcing that the state is moving into Phase 3, religious services will have no capacity limits going forward.

  LDH announces mass vaccination events with Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Louisiana Department of Health has announced it will soon be holding Mass Vaccination Events across the state using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  East Texas hospital leader worries lifting restrictions could trigger ‘comeback’ in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

“We were honestly dismayed in the health care field,” said Dr. Tom Cummins, Chief Medical Officer for UT Health East Texas.

  As local teachers get bonuses, Congress debates whether schools need more relief money

Sen. Bill Cassidy is among the Republicans who say President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief plan is too expensive. Like the others, he’s pointed to proposed aid for schools to illustrate his point.

  Total active COVID-19 cases gradually increase, hospitalizations fall

The state of Arkansas saw a drop in hospitalizations Wednesday as state officials also said an increase in total cases were reported.

East Texas schools respond to Gov. Abbott’s lifting of mask mandate

For the time being, face coverings and other preventative measures will continue to be required at Longview ISD campuses and facilities.

  States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge

Cities and states are rapidly expanding access to vaccines as the nation races to head off a resurgence in coronavirus infections and reopen schools and businesses battered by the pandemic.

Texas school, child care workers now eligible for vaccine

The Texas Department of State Health Services Wednesday notified all vaccine providers that they should immediately include school and child care workers in vaccine administration.

Brookshire Grocery Company keeps employee mask requirement

BGC will strongly encourage customers and require employee-partners and vendors to wear face masks while in our stores.

  Teachers, parents weigh in on lifting of mask mandate in Texas

On Tuesday, March 2, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott announced a plan to do away with mask mandates that were put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic; he’s also allowing businesses to return to 100% occupancy. But how will this decision affect public schools?

  Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine

While not disputing the church officials’ contention that an abortion-derived cell line is used in the production, Johnson & Johnson issued a statement Tuesday stressing that there is no fetal tissue in its vaccine.

  Debate simmers over spreading out shots for two-dose vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says two doses offer better protection from coronavirus variants which are believed to be more contagious.

  Report: Virus cases in nursing homes drop 82%

Officials say vaccination efforts in nursing homes and long-care facilitates are responsible for the decline.

Minden Medical Center to hold weekly vaccination clinics starting March 4

Minden Medical Center is set to host its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday, March 4.

WATCH: Texas to open 100%, mask mandate removed

Governor Greg Abbott addressed small business and community leaders of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce as part of a statewide announcement on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Lubbock. During the news conference the governor said “it is now time to open Texas 100 percent.”

  LSU Health to give 2nd doses of Pfizer vaccine to those who got their first round at Walgreens

These vaccinations will be available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3-5 at Louisiana State Fair Grounds in Shreveport

  East Texas business owners react to news of reopening

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot announced the state will be 100% reopening, meaning no mask mandate and no more capacity restrictions. This is the news most business owners have been waiting for for nearly a year.

  Fairs and festivals allowed again in Phase 3

"We want to have this festival as bad as everybody wants to come out to the festival."

  Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.

  ‘Vaccine, vaccine’: Dolly sings ‘Jolene’ rewrite before shot

Dolly Parton has written hundreds of songs over her decades-long career and it turns out her tune “Jolene” is the just right one for getting her COVID-19 vaccine.

  Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of May

The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose J&J vaccine and accelerate the nation’s plans to reach “herd immunity” in the U.S. and begin restoring normalcy after the pandemic.