Coronavirus

  Oldest female Marine in Calif. celebrates 104th birthday with drive-by party due to coronavirus

Sexism didn’t stop her from joining the Marines in the 1940s, and coronavirus didn't stop her from celebrating her 104th birthday.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Americans brace for ‘hardest, saddest’ week of their lives; Europe hopes crisis peaking

  Trump tempers officials’ grave assessments with optimism

AP FACT CHECK: Trump pitches unapproved drug for coronavirus

  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with virus

  U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic

New Wichita County COVID-19 case released

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  States lack key data on virus cases among medical workers

  Calif. dog daycare remains open for first responders’ pets

Queen: History will remember your actions in coronavirus crisis

Palm Sunday services held without public; some on rooftops

STATE UPDATE: Greer County becoming a hotspot of positive cases

  Biden says Democratic convention may need to be held virtually

  One ton of food, originally meant for 2020 Olympics, donated to Colo. food banks

The food will be donated to food banks in all 31 counties of southern Colorado, based on population size.

Only passenger on flight, woman going to see dying mother upgraded to first class for free

The flight crew upgraded the woman to first class, addressed her personally over the loudspeaker and took selfies with her.

  Good Samaritans spend more than $1,000 on gas for Detroit nurses treating coronavirus

A Michigan man used his savings to buy gas for at least 50 nurses fighting COVID-19 and inspired others to help his cause.

Trump says ‘toughest’ weeks ahead; New York gets ventilators from China

President Donald Trump warned Saturday that the county could be headed into its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country reopened and its stalled economy ba

Actress-author Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus at 86

Trump, Dems clash on boosting mail-in voting during pandemic

  ‘Don’t take chances:’ Wash. nursing home patient back home after defeating coronavirus

  Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

Medics at Egypt’s main cancer center test positive for virus

Singer Pink says she had COVID-19, gives $1M to relief funds

  Domestic violence cases growing during quarantine

National Domestic Violence hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

Gov. Abbott says Tyler has 602 empty hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients

During his press conference Friday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott explained that healthcare measures his office took in the early stages of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis have increased the number of beds available for COVID-19 patients by 142 percent, adding that almost 20,000 beds are now avai

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will try to stop “profiteers” from exporting medical protective gear, shortly after picking a fight with manufacturing giant 3M, a major producer and exporter of face masks used to protect health care workers from the coronavirus.

Health District confirms 2 more Wichita County COVID-19 cases, total now 46

The announcement came on Friday.

  Feds recommend Americans wear face masks; NY governor says he’ll seize ventilators

"If they want to sue me for borrowing their excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Resources for parents with children during COIVD-19

Here are some resources for Parents with children during COIVD-19.

McConnell, Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress

In a shift, the top leaders in Congress made it clear Friday there will be another coronavirus rescue package amid the stark need for federal resources to fight the pandemic and economic crisis.

WF Area Food Bank to distribute Kid’s Cafe meals

The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank will be distributing grab and go Kid’s Cafe meals

City View ISD makes changes to meal handouts

City View has made a change to their food service plan.

  WF transportation limiting routes as they wait on grant money

The Wichita Falls public transit system will keep rolling with limited hours and routes as they wait to receive help.

City of Lawton releases guidelines for shelter-in-place order

The City of Lawton has released new guidelines after issuing new amendments to their shelter-in-place order.

  Face masks recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

The latest guidance suggests that Americans use makeshift coverings, such as T-shirts, scarves or bandanas to cover their noses and mouths.

COMMENTARY: What a time to celebrate National Love Our Children Day

It seems redundant to have a day titled “National Love Our Children Day” each year. However during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s probably important to take a moment and reflect on how and why we show love for our kids.

  Businesses adapt to new Wichita County disaster declaration

The changes to the disaster declaration are giving some freedom back to businesses while restricting others.

  Hobby Lobby closes all store locations

Employees are being encouraged to file unemployment claims with their state unemployment commissions.

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Retail giant Walmart is the latest to announce new restrictions inside its stores to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  UIL extends suspension of all activities indefinitely

The suspension will be in effect from March 16 to March 29.

Small biz rescue off to slow start; some banks not ready

The federal government's relief program for small businesses is off to a slow start Friday, with only some businesses able to apply and several banks either not accepting applications or seeing long waits to do approvals.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Many college students not eligible for stimulus checks

High school and college students between ages 17 and 24 will not receive money if they are claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns, even if they normally work and file taxes themselves.

  Corona stops beer production

The Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses, including the makers of Corona Beer.

  HBO free programming offers more incentive for people to stay home

The network is offering 500 hours of its programming free for a limited time.

  Florida finally takes passengers of coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, some on stretchers

The exodus from the Zaandaam and its sister ship the Rotterdam could extend into Saturday, officials said.

  Target to limit customers in stores, give employees face masks and gloves

Target is implementing new safety measures starting Saturday, and it may impact your shopping experience at the retailer.

  Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas forced to close after resisting coronavirus executive order

Deputies delivered a warning directly to Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas, causing business at one Hobby Lobby to halt abruptly.

STATE UPDATE: New SWOK county added to positive list, increases show up across the area

Officials say the victim was a man in his 80s.

  US flu activity drops sharply; death toll holds at 24K

While the U.S. flu season is ebbing, it’s still not over.

As Texas mayor orders closures, daughter gets COVID-19

“The first several days, it was: ‘No honey, you just have the flu. Relax.’”

  Wichita County issues 4th amended disaster declaration order

The announcement came on Friday morning.

  Hospitals cancel surgeries, ration care as influx of coronavirus patients continues

With so many medical resources being diverted to the coronavirus, doctors are having to make choices about who gets care and who does not.

  US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of the new coronavirus, ending a record hiring streak after nearly 10 years.

Oprah, DiCaprio, others launch $12M coronavirus relief food fund

America's Food Fund said Thursday that the monies will be aimed to help low-income families, the elderly, individuals facing job disruptions and children who rely on school lunch programs.

Terri Clark, Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde to perform Saturday at Grand Ole Opry. Here’s how you can watch.

It will be an all-female lineup as the Grand Ole Opry continues to broadcast live performances during the coronavirus pandemic at its empty venue.

  Coronavirus survivor: ‘In my blood, there may be answers’

Doctors want to use blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat the sick, giving them a dose of the immune system antibodies that fight the virus.

  After financial hit from coronavirus response, dairy farmers are adapting

Of all the commodities impacted, milk has been one of the hardest hit.

  Outbreak’s global cost may top $4T; auto insurers get break

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed.

  Prince Charles to officially open new hospital for coronavirus patients

The National Health Service hospital at ExCel London will within days be able to provide intensive care treatment for 4,000 people suffering from the COVID-19 disease.

Daughter remembers mother lost to COVID-19

Charlotte Alarcon wants to make sure her mother is remembered for her amazing life. “She got her nursing degree first before she went into the army, back in like 1950, when the army split off into the Air Force. She spent 13 and a half years in the Air Force,” Alarcon said.

  Business owners learn about federal relief loans

Small Business Develop Center and Think of IT held a webinar to talk business owners through what options they have.

  ‘We need help’: Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.

  Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.

  VIDEO: New York firefighters support, thank hospital workers

Health care workers getting off a shift change at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, got a special tribute Thursday night.

  Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida

Cruise ships carrying dozens of passengers and crew displaying symptoms of the coronavirus awaited final word Thursday on when they would be able to dock at a Florida port after officials gave their tentative approval and the state’s governor dropped his previously firm opposition.

  Get your family ready with a COVID-19 family plan

Creating a household plan can help protect your health COVID-19 in your community

  Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks with News Channel 6

Gov. Abbott speaks with News Channel 6.

One more COVID-19 case confirmed in Wichita County, total now 44

The case was confirmed on Thursday.

  Kentucky college student makes coronavirus masks for deaf community

The senior studying Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Eastern Kentucky University said she saw a chance to help the community with masks that uniquely address their needs.

WF city council meetings to be held virtually

Councilors will still be meeting in the Chambers while practicing social distancing.

  Preschools adapting for distance learning

While classes are reduced or canceled, preschools are turning to online methods of teaching their students.

City of WF makes shelter-in-place order available in Spanish

The City of Wichita Falls has made their shelter-in-place order available in Spanish.

Wichita Falls awarded $733K economic recovery grant

Wichita Falls has been awarded a $733,264 federal grant.

  Stocks end another whipsaw day solidly higher, led by energy

Stocks are closing solidly higher after another whipsaw day, giving the market its first gain in three days. Major U.S. indexes rose more than 2% Thursday.

  Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

  Democrats delay nominating convention amid coronavirus concerns

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn’t think it would be possible to hold a normal convention in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

City of WF reduces FallsRide Saturday service hours

The change will come into effect on Saturday.

US eases blood donation limits for gay men due to shortage

The Food and Drug Administration's new policy aims to allow tens of thousands more Americans to give blood, including gay and bisexual men and people with recent tattoos and piercings.

  AP-NORC poll: About half of workers lose income due to virus

About half of all working Americans say they or a member of their household have lost some kind of income due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job.

Feds propose $611,000 fine at Seattle-area nursing home

Authorities said Life Care had at least partially fixed the most serious problems by the time they conducted follow-up inspection in last weekend.