Carthage ISD has partnered with a private company to provide COVID-19 vaccines to teachers when it becomes available, school officials said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.