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  CDC to meet Friday to discuss J&J COVID vaccine pause

Tips on how to deal with stress in your life during Stress Awareness Month

  Police: Man dragged, assaulted officer after mask demand

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

  Half of US adults now have received at least 1 COVID shot

  Pandemic good Samaritan faces $16,000 tax bill for his efforts

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Southern University brings “Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!” campaign to Bayou Classic

  Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

  COVID infections down in Texarkana

  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

Prescott School District to make masks optional

  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

If you received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll likely need a third dose within a year.

Gregg County Deputy released from hospital following COVID-19 battle

After months in the hospital fighting Covid-19, an East Texas sheriff's deputy is back home. We first told you about Gregg county corporal James Hagler on new year's day. It was a day Shalon Hagler had been waiting months for. Her husband coming home.

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

The image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen captured the moment Rosa Luzia Lunardi was hugged by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at the Viva Bem care home in Sao Paulo on Aug. 5.

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, many people became more sedentary, may have turned to food for comfort, and, according to a recent study, may have gained weight.

  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

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

  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

  The Good Stuff: Give me 15

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

The CDC reports that nearly 121 million American adults have received at least one coronavirus shot.

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

Scientists said it’s important to recognize their study addresses only exposure and not transmission.

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

The medical group is encouraging pregnant and postpartum women who wish to get vaccinated to get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead, even if the J&J vaccine becomes available again.

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

Given ongoing international quarantine rules, capacity limits, complicated testing requirements and more, avoid setting your heart on a dream vacation just yet.

1 year into COVID-19 pandemic, East Texas bicycle stores still seeing increased business

At this time last year, there was a major buying frenzy on bikes. With the pandemic closing gyms, many people wanted to get outside and be active.

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

  Louisiana to immediately pause J&J vaccine distribution following FDA, CDC recommendations

Vaccination events offering the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been altered, or altogether cancelled

Shreveport doctor discusses ‘pause’ on Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports of blood clots

On Tuesday, April 13, KSLA’s Tayler Davis spoke with Dr. John Vanchiere with LSU Health Shreveport about what people should know about this “pause.”

Who has the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Data shows 25K given to East Texans

Information from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows over 10,000 people received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination since March 31.

Hutchinson: “Don’t wait, we’re in a race against time and need to avoid another spike in cases.”

“No one should delay getting a vaccination just because of Johnson & Johnson issue,” said Hutchinson.

  Gov. Hutchinson holds weekly COVID-19 briefing April 13

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson held his weekly COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, March April 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Gov. Abbott issues statement as CDC, FDA recommend ‘pausing’ Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports of blood clots

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a statement following CDC and FDA recommendations to put a pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to some reports of blood clots.

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.

State reports over 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses in last week’s reports.

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.

Focus of COVID-19 vaccination efforts shifting from hubs to other providers

No official word on future of East Texas hubs

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

The San Francisco ride-hailing company said Monday that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and passenger service, reached an all-time high in March.

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Viruses constantly evolve, and the world is in a race to vaccinate millions and tamp down the coronavirus before even more mutants emerge.

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

Interactive map of where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the ArkLaTex

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus.

Analyst: Gas prices ‘tied to the hip’ of the COVID situation

“Make no mistake, gas prices this year will be tied to the hip of the Covid situation.”

  “There is help out there:” Project Celebration addresses online safety for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

New Orleans restaurants prepare to apply for Restaurant Revitalization Fund

For generations, Deirdre Barrow Johnson’s family has made their family restaurant a part of the community, and the community a part of their family.

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

The measure underlines the risk of trying to hold the Olympics and Paralympics during a pandemic.

New Arkansas virus cases, per capita, lowest in the nation

Data from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday shows Arkansas’ number of new coronavirus cases per capita during the past two weeks is the lowest in the nation.

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

What we know about the 1,778 active cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

With economy opening back up, La. and national businesses looking for employees

Are you looking for a job? Signs have been popping up outside businesses all across the Baton Rouge area that read, “Now Hiring.”

Small number of fully vaccinated Louisianians tested positive for COVID

A small group of Louisianians has tested positive for COVID-19 after taking their final dose of the vaccine. It’s called a “breakthrough case.”

  Gov. Edwards announces launch of statewide COVID-19 vaccine hotline; discusses agenda for upcoming legislative session

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference Thursday, April 8 about the state’s continued fight against COVID the coronavirus and discuss the upcoming legislative session.

  CDC says establishments don’t have to clean multiple times a day, once a day should suffice

The CDC says establishments don’t have to clean multiple times a day, once a day should suffice.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  COVID-19 vaccine hotline is now available for La. residents

A telephone hotline is now available to Louisiana residents in which they can call to schedule vaccine appointments, find vaccine providers in their area, and connect people with medical professionals about vaccine-related questions

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  CDC: 80% of teachers, school staff, childcare workers have had at least a dose of vaccine

Two million people from this group were vaccinated through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, while five to six million others through state programs during the month of March.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  Cantrell ‘hopeful’ for large-scale Saints games in Superdome

“So by this time next year, I’m hoping absolutely we'll be able to celebrate and host events in this city like no one can do, so it’s an exciting time and how far we’ve come, but let me tell you the light's clearly at the end of the tunnel,” said Mayor Latoya Cantrell.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

Texas HHSC to provide $254M in emergency food stamps for April as pandemic continues

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $254 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of April as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

13 East Texas counties added for 6th week of Save Our Seniors initiative

The East Texas counties added are Cass, Henderson, Hopkins, Marion, Rains, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood.

  Texas residents react to Gov. Abbott signing ban on government-mandated ‘vaccine passports’

Governor Greg Abbott has signed a executive to ban a mandate on vaccine passports in the State of Texas.

  Gov. Hutchinson holds weekly COVID-19 briefing April 6

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is holding his weekly COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, March April 6 at 1:30 p.m.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.