Texas businesses that require customers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be denied state contracts and could lose their licenses or operating permits under legislation Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Monday.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that public schools can no longer require masks on their campuses starting June 5. The decision was part of a new executive order that bans government entities in Texas — like cities and counties — from mandating masks in the fight against the coronavirus p…
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.
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.
The Texas Senate passed a measure Wednesday to permanently allow Texans to purchase alcohol to go from restaurants, advancing a shared goal of Gov. Greg Abbott and restaurateurs.
Texas’s top state leaders announced Wednesday they are releasing $11.2 billion out of nearly $18 billion available in federal pandemic relief funding that has been dedicated for the state’s public schools.
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.
Texas health officials on Friday told vaccine providers across the state that they could resume using the one-dose COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine in all adult recipients after a federal health advisory panel recommended it be reinstated. The recommendation came 11 days after use of t…
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.”
Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, April 6, that he banned state agencies, political subdivisions and organizations receiving public funds from creating "vaccine passports" or otherwise requiring someone to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to receive services.
As the state's widened vaccine eligibility goes into effect today, Monday, March 29, Cooke County has opened its COVID-19 vaccine waiting list up to all residents ages 18 and up, officials announced.
By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas TribuneAll Texas adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of age, occupation or health status starting on March 29, state health officials said Tuesday.The Texas Department of State Health Services is still asking providers to prioritize a…
The Chickasaw Nation is now offering COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to all area residents, the tribe announced Wednesday morning, March 17. There are no tribal citizenship, employee or state residency requirements.
Wednesday, March 17, will mark one year since former Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley declared a local public health emergency for the county in response to the emerging coronavirus pandemic. And what a year it’s been, says Cooke County Judge Steve Starnes.
State Sen. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, filed Senate Bill 22, the First Responders Pandemic Care Act, to provide first responders who die from or suffer complications related to COVID-19 with the benefits or compensation associated with treatment costs.
Gainesville Independent School District Superintendent DesMontes Stewart says the passing of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill will provide much-needed support to families of his district.
Visits with inmates at the Cooke County Jail have been nonexistent for nearly a year, but that may be changing.
It’s official. You can visit Johnson Branch State Park east of Valley View without worrying about pandemic-related capacity limits.
The passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill today means some Cooke County residents could soon be on the receiving end of yet another stimulus check or perhaps even some tax relief with an extended child tax credit.
By Shawn Mulcahy, The Texas TribuneTexans age 50 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 15, state health officials announced Wednesday.“Expanding to ages 50 to 64 will continue the state’s priorities of protecting those at the greatest risk of severe outco…
OKLAHOMA CITY — Nearly a year ago, Dr. Amanda Furry was visiting her mother up to three times a week at the northwest Oklahoma long-term care facility where she resides.
By Jolie McCullough, The Texas TribuneStarting Monday, Texas inmates will be able to resume in-person visits with family and friends for the first time since the governor declared a public health disaster a year ago, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.In the last year, Tex…
Cooke County Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Fletcher says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about “heading down the right road” with the pandemic coronavirus.
By Jolie McCullough, The Texas TribuneMarch 5, 2021Days after Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will lift many coronavirus restrictions, including a statewide face mask mandate, the Texas Supreme Court has largely opened up the courts as well.Texas courthouses no longer need a state safety revie…
NEW YORK (AP) — Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials.
Cooke County Judge Steve Starnes said today, Wednesday, he will consult with the county’s local health authorities should the area’s hospital region climb back to a 15% coronavirus-related hospitalization rate for seven days.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival John…
As of Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, bars in Cooke County were allowed to reopen after being closed due to the high hospitalization rate of coronavirus cases in the region, according to Cathy Lloyd, administrative assistant of the Cooke County judge’s office.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that Texas is looking at when it will be able to lift all statewide orders related to the coronavirus pandemic and that an announcement is forthcoming.
Volunteers In Service To Others, Cooke County's food pantry and crisis assistance organization, is planning a COVID-19 vaccine clinic to take place Saturday, Feb. 20, in conjunction with Tom Thumb Pharmacy.
As another 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 arrived in Cooke County this week, officials have been tracking fewer active cases of the pandemic disease but caution it may be a temporary dip.
By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas TribuneThree federally-run mass vaccination sites aimed at underserved communities are expected to open before the end of the month in Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday.The sites will be run by the Federal Emergency Management Ag…
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will likely partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to open two vaccination “super sites” in Dallas and Houston, and more could be on the way, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.
This Week's Circulars
William Foster Baskett (Bill), age 74, died June 20, 2021 at Medical City Denton. Bill was born on December 5, 1946 to Max and Dorothy Baskett. He married Catheryn Thien Nguyen on June 17, 1972 in Bedford, Texas. They have three children and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be hel…
Graveside services with military honors for Herschell Eugene Hinson, 96, of Collinsville, are set for 1:00 PM Thursday, July 22, 2021 at the Indian Creek Cemetery in Collinsville. No visitation is planned. Herschell was born in Mineral Wells on May 26, 1925 to Emmett Earl Hinson and Ethyle V…
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