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.
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 www.carterbloodcare.org.
WACO — A Central Texas school district closed its schools until after the Labor Day holiday Tuesday after two teachers died last week of COVID-19.
GAINESVILLE – COVID-19 is still very much on the minds of local leaders, despite last week’s reported drop in active cases.
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.
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.
The Texas Supreme Court lightened the load for school leaders who face battles on multiple fronts courtesy of coronavirus and its Delta variant.
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.
GAINESVILLE – COVID-19 is overwhelming local hospitals and healthcare providers, according to Cooke County officials.
Local officials are watching the medical care capacity at NTMC and around Cooke County, as COVID-19 makes its comeback across Texas and much of the nation.
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Gov. Greg Abbott and the state of Texas from ordering state troopers to pull over drivers transporting migrants “who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19.”
When the nation shut down because of the pandemic, couples planning to exchange vows were left scrambling to make new plans. Some postponed their weddings, while others opted for smaller, more intimate ceremonies.
An employee at Gainesville State School recently tested positive for the coronavirus, officials with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department announced.
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.
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