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
A NET Health official called recent COVID-19 numbers 'eye-popping' as new cases for a five-day span including Labor Day in Gregg County amounted to more than all of those recorded March through July.
The Northeast Texas Public Health District is strongly recommending that area schools and businesses implement mask guidelines because of the recent substantial increase in COVID-19 cases.
The region’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to climb as health officials Thursday reported the virus’s rate of spread in Gregg County again increased.
Public health officials on Monday reported four COVID-19 deaths in Gregg County residents since Friday as the number of patients being treated for the virus in Tyler hospitals reached another record.
Gladewater ISD has joined a growing list of school districts closed for the week due to student and staff absences from COVID-19.
Due to a staffing shortage, the city of Hallsville is asking residents to use its drive-thru to make water or traffic fine payments and to call to make an appointment for some other services.
The COVID-19 situation is so severe at Longview hospitals that the intensive care units are full, and residents with serious conditions might have to wait to receive care, according to Gregg County’s top health official.
Health officials on Thursday reported more than 500 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Gregg County residents since Monday — along with three deaths — continuing a resurgence of the virus and its Delta variant in the region.
In an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Toyota of Longview is requiring all employees be vaccinated, President Greg Michelsen said Wednesday.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced an executive order banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates regardless of a vaccine’s approval status with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Longview ISD Superintendent James Wilcox said Wednesday that the district’s recently implemented mask mandate isn’t political.
Kilgore College has scheduled community COVID-19 vaccination clinics with the next set 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the carpeted gym of Parks Fitness Center, 701 Laird St., on the Kilgore campus.
Families with students relying on free or reduced-cost meals at school can now receive a single payment of $375 as a part of a summer round of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) food aid, which has previously provided single payments of up to $1,200 for eligible students.
NET Health reported Monday that East Texas patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Tyler hospitals reached a pandemic high of 359.
As the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the region nears a pandemic-high, one Longview hospital’s intensive care unit is on the brink of capacity.
Public health officials on Thursday reported Gregg County’s new cases of COVID-19 in August have easily surpassed the combined number of new cases in the previous five months.
Texas school districts must now notify teachers, staff and students’ families of positive COVID-19 cases in classrooms or extracurricular or after-school programs, the Texas Education Agency announced in updated public health guidance Thursday.
Students returned to classes Monday at schools throughout Longview ISD, and the district released its updated COVID-19 protocols for the school year — subject to change.
As COVID-19 cases have started climbing in recent weeks, the Gregg County Jail has appeared to benefit from a policy requiring all the employees there to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Smith County saw a rise of over 400 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, while Gregg County's count increased by almost 200 as of Thursday, according to a twice-weekly report.
Community Healthcore has scheduled two free COVID-19 vaccine clinics — Monday in Marshall and Tuesday in Longview — with the Texas Mobile Vaccination Program.
Weekly COVID-19 infection rates have doubled in Gregg County and tripled in Smith County, with a meeting planned in Gregg County to discuss the rising number of cases.
Public health officials again are encouraging East Texans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as new cases in the past week — consisting largely of a highly contagious variant — increased at levels not seen in six months.
The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office has restricted which suspects it will book into jail and suspended in-person inmate visitation at the jail due to recent cases of COVID-19.
Five Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives who traveled to Washington D.C. last week have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Texas House Democratic Caucus.
As the area’s vaccination rates continue to lag behind the state, new cases of COVID-19 have recently increased for all East Texas counties, public health officials said Friday.
Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center has shut down its weekly mass COVID-19 vaccine hub at the Longview Exhibit Center and will transition to offering shots on weekdays at its clinics.
The East Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program will again have free groceries available Thursday at Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview.
As area counties continue to trail behind the state in COVID-19 vaccination rates, Gregg County’s health authority says an unfounded mistrust of vaccines as well as the politicization of the pandemic have hampered the effort.
The East Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program will again have free groceries available today at Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview.
Poker nights, yoga classes in the park, birthday parties and family reunions: All of them can become free COVID-19 vaccine clinics under Texas’ mobile vaccination program that expanded this past week — part of an effort to increase vaccine rates as supply increases and demand across the nati…
In the first week that Texas adolescents were eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19, more than 100,000 kids children ages 12 to 15 poured into pediatricians’ offices, vaccine hubs and school gyms across the state to get their shots.