Coronavirus

English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

More than 11 million people around the world are known to have been infected since the pandemic began, 2.7 million of those in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins data. With shortages of testing materials, the real number of cases is unknown.

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

  Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump campaign official and Donald Trump Jr.‘s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

What we know about the 5,634 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

5 COVID-19 cases in Wichita County, total now 425

COVID-19: Lubbock reports 101 new cases on Friday, 2 new deaths

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COVID-19 case reported at Faith Refuge Women’s Shelter

  July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline

  New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

  2020 Texas-Oklahoma Fair canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

23 COVID-19 cases in Wichita County, total now 420

  How California went from success story to virus hot spot

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California's mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

Young County seeing rise in COVID-19 cases, total now 75

Young County Local Health Authority Dr. Pat Martin confirmed Thursday 14 new COVID-19 cases, with nine of the patients residing in Young County.

Kell House Museum not hosting 4th of July Parade

The Kell House Museum has canceled their traditional 4th of July parade.

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

WF Travel Information Center closing temporarily Friday

  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

  Gov. Abbott issues face coverings executive order

  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

MSU Texas to use remote learning after Thanksgiving Break

  Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

In areas where COVID-19 is spreading, health experts agree that wearing masks or other face coverings in public helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus when people can't socially distance by staying 6 feet apart.

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

34 new COVID-19 cases in Wichita County, total now 397

The announcement came on Wednesday.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

Economists have forecast that employers added 3 million jobs in June and that the unemployment rate dropped to 12.3% from 13.3% in May.

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

Wednesday's report finds a lack of coordination among government agencies hindered access to coronavirus testing and protective equipment, among other problems.

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks.

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

A new study suggests children may be able to transmit coronavirus similar to infected adults.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’

MSU Texas to require masks on campus starting July 6

MSU Texas will begin to require masks on campus starting July 6.

  Health officials look to pool testing as new approach to trace coronavirus

Experts are now considering a new approach: pool testing. Many say it's the necessary next step in testing and tracing COVID-19.

  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic.

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

  Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

About $130 billion remains of $660 billion approved so far for the subsidy program, which provides direct subsidies to businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections.

45 new COVID-19 cases in Wichita County, total now 363

The announcement came on Tuesday.

  Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on.

COVID-19 survivor barely recognizes himself after 25 days in a coma

Ahmad Ayyad went from peak physical condition and competing in obstacle races to losing 60 pounds after being hospitalized due to the coronavirus.

  Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools, amid virus surge

States such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California have reversed course, closing or otherwise clamping down on bars, shutting beaches and rolling back restaurant capacity.

Animal Services Center operating by appointment only

The City of Wichita Falls Animal Service Center has started operating by appointment only as of Tuesday due to staffing issues.

New COVID-19 cases reported across Texoma

Several new COVID-19 cases have been reported across Texoma.

Three more Allred Prison employees test positive for COVID-19

Three more Allred Prison employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two Graham prom attendees test positive for COVID-19

Two people that attended a prom in Graham on Sunday have tested positive for COVID-19.

  FDA approves an at-home breast cancer treatment

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an at-home breast cancer treatment called Phesgo.

Kiowa Casino closes until Wednesday after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Kiowa Casino & Hotel has temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

  Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’ in coronavirus outbreak

States such as Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing beaches and bars or rolling back restaurant restrictions in some cases.

  Paycheck Protection Program coming to an end

The program is credited by government officials for saving millions of jobs, with more than 4.8 million small business owners tapping into the funds, for more than $519 billion in loans.

  Pediatrics group strongly encourages return of in-person school

The American Academy of Pediatrics encouraged schools to have the goal of “having students physically present in school” despite the rising tide of COVID-19 infections nationwide.

  Trader Joe’s shopper rants on camera after being told to wear a mask

Video from a Trader Joe’s in California shows a shopper throwing a tantrum after she was told to wear a face covering inside the store.

How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic?

Flying can increase your risk of exposure to infection, but airlines are taking some precautions and you can too.

  Serious coronavirus-linked condition hit 285 US children, studies say

The studies show most children recovered after intensive-care treatment, but many had heart complications. The potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown.

  Family of Fla. deputy who died of COVID-19 denied line-of-duty insurance claim

While Florida statutes do classify certain health conditions as “accidental and caused by employment,” the AIG insurance company says that doesn’t technically include COVID-19.

  Survey finds confusion among public about pandemic news

For a story that has dominated the news for four months, a survey out Monday illustrates the difficulty that many Americans have in finding information that they trust about the coronavirus pandemic.

  States reverse openings, require masks amid virus resurgence

The United States on Monday reported 38,800 newly confirmed infections, with the total surpassing 2.5 million.

  AP FACT CHECK: Actually, 20% of US lives in a virus hot spot

The White House has repeatedly cited the low county tally, and Pence reaffirmed the point in a televised interview Sunday.

UPDATE: Fourth WF police officer tests positive for COVID-19

No risk of exposure to the public is believed to have happened.

Group of Texas bar owners sues to reopen amid pandemic

A group of Texas bar owners filed lawsuits Monday seeking to overturn Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that closed their businesses to help contain the spread of the coronavirus in Texas.

MSU Texas COVID-19 mobile test collection coming Tuesday

COVID-19 Mobile Test Collection will be at Midwestern State University on June 30.

  Worldwide coronavirus death toll exceeds 500,000 amid fears worst to come

Experts say there is ample evidence the scourge is making a comeback in the United States, including increasing deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country and higher percentages of virus tests coming back positive.

  Texas couple married for 53 years dies from coronavirus while holding hands

The couple's son says nurses made his parents’ last moments special by making sure the two were in the same room with their hands placed near each other.

  As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

Texas and Florida have clamped down on bars in America's biggest retreat yet as the nation's daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases hit an all-time high of 40,000.

Pence cancels some political events because of virus spikes

Vice President Mike Pence has called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona for this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases.

  What to wear: Feds’ mixed messages on masks sow confusion

The federal government has been sending a foggy message over the past few months about whether people should wear face masks during the pandemic.

  Governors face competing voices as reported virus cases rise

With reported coronavirus cases rising rapidly in many states, governors are getting lots of advice on what they should do.

  EU narrows down border list, US unlikely to make the cut

Infection rates are high in Brazil, India and Russia, and it’s unlikely the EU will let their citizens in, either.

  Health centers react to spike in COVID-19 cases

Both United Regional and Community Healthcare say they are prepared to handle the influx of cases.

  Some states revert to restrictions as virus cases surge

The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday — eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April — in a resurgence that has led some governors to backtrack or at least pause the reopening of their states.

30 new COVID-19 cases in Wichita County, total rises to 300

The announcement came on Friday.

Second employee at Allred Prison tests positive for COVID-19

A second Allred Prison employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

  American Airlines will book flights to full capacity

American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes while the United States sets records for new reported cases of the coronavirus.

Oklahoma State Fair canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The Oklahoma State Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

  U.S. officials change virus risk groups, add pregnant women

The changes didn’t include adding race as a risk factor for serious illness, despite accumulating evidence that Black people, Hispanics and Native Americans have higher rates of infection, hospitalization and death.

  Texas, Florida target bars amid surge in confirmed virus cases

Texas shut down bars again on Friday and scaled back restaurant dining as coronavirus cases surge. Florida banned on-premises alcohol consumption at bars.

  Apple closing some stores in 5 states amid coronavirus surge

Apple is temporarily closing 32 stores in five states experiencing new spikes in coronavirus.

  Birthday party leaves 18 in Texas family with coronavirus

A surprise birthday party that resulted in 18 people testing positive for the coronavirus has left a North Texas man horrified as his father continues to fight for his life in a hospital intensive care unit.