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The Register asked candidates for Cooke County Judge why they’re running for the office and what the county needs. John Roane, Steve Starnes and Leon Klement will vie for the Republican nomination in the March 1 primary election, while Democrat Denny Hook is running unopposed. Early voting s…

North Texas Medical Center CEO Tom Sledge recently announced the promotion of Kristi Rigsby to the position of Vice President – Clinic Operations.

AUSTIN — As the coronavirus omicron variant continues to lead to a high demand for testing, local Texas leaders have warned residents of fake COVID testing sites, but the extent of the issue isn't clear.

North Texas Medical Center has added Elizabeth Newman, DO to its medical staff. Dr. Newman will join NTMC Health Complete Care beginning Jan. 31.

AUSTIN — The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is offering hiring bonuses for certain trained health care positions at state-supporting hospitals and living centers, it announced Monday.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise, but emergency room visits may be leveling off, according to Cooke County Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Fletcher

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AUSTIN — There are more Texans hospitalized with COVID-19 than in the first peak of the pandemic in July 2020, according to state data.

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The infectious Omicron strain of COVID-19 has deluged Cooke County, filling up hospital beds and causing staffing shortages in local schools.

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COVID-19 is surging across Cooke County and Texas again, this time fueled by the recently identified Omicron variant.

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The omicron variant of COVID19 doesn’t appear to have hit Cooke County – yet, but state officials ask residents to remain vigilant against the disease.


AUSTIN— Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration for “its illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate imposed on private businesses,” his office announced Nov. 5.

AUSTIN -- With final approval given by Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky, the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is set to go into Texas children’s arms as early as Wednesday, state officials said.


WASHINGTON — The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for millions more children as a panel of government advisers on Tuesday endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer’s shots for 5- to 11-year-olds.


WASHINGTON — Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for younger children in a matter …


AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday to prohibit any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law.

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North Texas Medical Center is hosting a bus blood drive Thursday. The buses will be in the front parking lot of the hospital, 1900 Hospital Blvd. in Gainesville, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, go to

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced an executive order Wednesday banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates regardless of a vaccine’s approval status with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Monday, a milestone that could boost public confidence in the shots and spur more companies, universities and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory.


News broke this week that Gov. Greg Abbott has contracted COVID-19. We, of course, are hoping for his speedy recovery. The state needs his leadership now, as it appears the coronavirus isn’t nearly done with us.

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Gainesville ISD students returned to class this week, some with masks and others without. District officials reported a smooth first day, with no plans to implement any mask policy that clashes with Gov. Greg Abbott's prohibition on such local order.


Effective June 1, Gainesville Independent School District students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.

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COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer’s shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.

State health officials asked Texas vaccine providers to pause their use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine early Tuesday after U.S. health officials recommended that states temporarily stop distributing the vaccine “out of an abundance of caution.”

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