Quick hit coronavirus updates
- Carthage shuts down library, large events at city facilities
- Marshall closes library, several city services through April 15
- Gilmer City Council cancels meetings; City Hall closes
- White Oak closes playgrounds, ball fields in response to virus threat
- UT Tyler moves to online-only classes for rest of semester
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is asking the state to refine its vaccine rollout program, a move he says will help give Texans a clearer idea as to when they can reasonably expect to receive their injections of the coronavirus vaccine.
Jerry Lang wants a COVID-19 vaccine. At 77 years old, he knows the vaccine offers protection from the deadly virus that has been plaguing the community and the country for almost a year.
The latest state data show COVID-19 patients have taken up more than 15% of hospital capacity in a region that includes Longview and Tyler for 38 straight days, yet it showed the lowest rate since Christmas Day.
WASHINGTON — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that the nation’s COVID-19 response is under new management, and he’s demanding progress to reduce infections.
Public health officials on Wednesday announced 92 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Gregg County as the county’s community spread level remained the highest in a seven-county area. Hospitalizations from the virus in the region also remained above 15% for the 37th straight day.
Despite having portions of her business shut down for weeks during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, owner Lori Wilcox says when Fountain of Youth Salon and Spa was allowed to reopen its doors, she needed a vacation.
Recoveries from COVID-19 in Gregg County residents have shot up by more than 400 since Friday as public health officials Tuesday also announced almost 160 newly confirmed cases and one new confirmed death from the virus.
The latest state data show COVID-19 patients have taken up more than 15% of hospital capacity in a region that includes Longview and Tyler for 35 straight days; however, the rate has been dropping in recent days.
State health officials announced Saturday that no COVID-19 vaccines are scheduled for delivery this week to Gregg County providers.
Public health officials on Thursday announced there have been 218 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Gregg County along with three deaths since Tuesday as hospitalizations from the virus in the region remained above 15% for the 31st straight day.
COVID-19 patients have taken up more than 15% of the total number of hospital beds in a region that includes Longview and Tyler for 30 straight days, the latest data showed Wednesday.
Pine Tree and White Oak ISDs are preparing to offer COVID-19 vaccines in February to staff members who want the shots.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Longview usually is celebrated with a parade and march as well as a church service with multiple speakers. However, COVID-19 concerns have canceled this year’s events.
For seven years, Randall Mick and his wife, Christine, owners of Three Suns Unlimited, have met the needs of their game-playing customers. In 2020, they continued to do that, despite the pandemic.
Public health officials on Tuesday announced there have been 193 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Gregg County since Friday as hospitalizations from the virus in the region remained above 15% for the 29th straight day.
Aladdin Shafer drove in the snow from Kilgore to Longview early Monday morning to get a shot that he hopes will soon allow life in East Texas to return to normal.
Carthage pastor and longtime police chaplain Dale Reed served his community in a lot of ways — and made sure to supply both prayer and laughs — before his death at age 70 after being hospitalized with COVID-19.
Kenneth Williams believes any chance there is to help people, we should take. That is why on Wednesday he was at Carter BloodCare in Longview to donate his convalescent plasma to help COVID-19 patients.
Public health officials on Friday announced one new confirmed COVID-19 death in Gregg County and 71 newly confirmed cases since Wednesday as hospitalizations from the virus in the region remained above 15% for the 25th straight day.
AUSTIN — Texas reported its first known case of a person infected with the new variant of the coronavirus on Thursday, and health officials announced they will send most of the vaccine the state receives next week to large providers who can conduct large-scale vaccinations.
Public health officials on Wednesday announced two new confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Gregg County as the county’s community spread level increased back to “substantial” and hospitalizations from the virus in the region remained above 15% for the 23rd straight day.
The COVID-19 hospitalization rate for the region that includes Longview and Tyler on Tuesday remained above 15% of total hospital capacity for the 22nd consecutive day.
Questions continue to swarm around the Longview area about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine and where they are available as more Longview pharmacies are set to get fresh doses this week.
Gregg County added 106 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 since New Year’s Eve along with three virus-related deaths, and virus hospitalizations in the Longview and Tyler region on Monday again reached a record number compared to hospital capacity.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas are at record levels, but only about a third of the vaccine doses allocated for Texans have been given out, according to state numbers.
The East Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center, a program of Community Healthcore, has been awarded COVID-19 relief funds to assist older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines are available in limited quantities, but as accessibility for the vaccine grows, East Texas parents could be left wondering if at some point their children will be required to get one to attend school.
In Northeast Texas, the COVID-19 hospitalization rate for the region that includes Longview and Tyler on Saturday remained above 15% of total hospital capacity for the 19th consecutive day
AUSTIN — Texas hit a new record high for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 for the fifth consecutive day Friday, in a continued surge of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus following holiday gatherings and travel.
Gregg County added 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday as virus patients continued to account for more than 15% of total hospital capacity in the region for the 17th consecutive day.
The COVID-19 hospitalization rate for the region that includes Longview and Tyler on Wednesday remained above 15% of total hospital capacity for the 16th consecutive day and again neared a record set earlier this week.
The COVID-19 hospitalization rate for the region that includes Longview and Tyler on Tuesday remained above 15% of total hospital capacity for the 15th consecutive day as two more confirmed virus deaths were announced in Gregg County.
AUSTIN — Texas’ top health official said Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccine providers who have received doses must give them out as quickly as possible to qualified patients and not hold any in reserve, as the state deals with record-breaking numbers of virus patients in hospitals and new cases.
The COVID-19 hospitalization rate for the region that includes Longview and Tyler on Monday reached its highest level since the start of the pandemic as it remained above 15% of total hospital capacity for the 14th consecutive day.
JEFFERSON — Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur announced Monday he will be working from home for the next several days, after his wife, Brook, tested positive for COVID-19.
The previous high of nearly 10,900 was broken as more than 11,300 Texans with COVID-19 were hospitalized Monday.
Opened by Jack Bode in 1979, the locally owned and operated Jack’s Natural Food Store was the Longview area’s first, and at the time only, vitamin and supplement business.
A surprise scuffle over pandemic relief is set to run up against a crucial federal funding deadline next week as Democrats side with President Donald Trump in his demand for $2,000 payments to most Americans and Republicans take up his criticism of government spending.
Louis Morgan Drug No. 4 co-owner and pharmacist Shawn Sams says he hopes being able to administer the first rounds of the COVID-19 vaccine will lower the community’s “anxiety level.”