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What we know about the 3,127 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

  13th Congressional District Republican candidates to debate Thursday

Texans could receive up to a year of unemployment benefits under second extension of aid

  Man with assault rifle at Lubbock protest charged, 'planned to off racists and MAGA people’

Dallas begins making arrests as Texas cities enforce curfews

  WATCH: Gov. Abbott talks COVID-19 case surges, asymptomatic testing, reopening schools in the fall

Gov. Abbott announces $3.6 million in funding for nursing facilities for communication devices

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Governor Abbott says Amarillo can now move forward in reopening with the rest of Texas

  Amarillo COVID-19 report for May 27 shows 2,921 confirmed cases, 712 recoveries, 33 deaths

Gov. Abbott to speak in Amarillo about COVID-19 surge response efforts

Trump-appointed US attorney in Texas abruptly resigns

Gov. Abbott allows water parks, food courts, Driver’s Ed to reopen under Phase II plan

Texas Supreme Court justice tests positive for coronavirus

  Gov. Greg Abbott talks mail-in voting, classroom safety, state hospital testing, water parks

News Channel 6 will be interviewing Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Gov. Abbott Directs HHSC To Expand COVID-19 Testing To All State Hospitals, State Supported Living Centers

Governor Greg Abbott today directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to expand COVID-19 testing to all patients, residents, and staff at the 23 state-operated inpatient psychiatric hospitals and living centers throughout Texas.

Driver License Offices to Reopen by Appointment Only with Limited Services, Additional Safety Measures Enacted

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin a phased opening of driver license offices starting May 26th with limited service offerings.

Gov. Abbott terminates COVID-19 air travel restrictions

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday terminated all air travel restrictions contained in Executive Order GA-20 related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal judge orders expansion of mail-in voting in Texas

Texas salon owner travels to Michigan to back defiant barber

  Gov. Abbott reopens childcare services in Texas, bars to open Friday

  Latest Amarillo COVID-19 report shows 58 new cases, bringing total to 2,731, Moore County reports 8 new cases

  Amarillo COVID-19 report for May 15 shows 734 new cases, bringing total to over 2,600

Tesla picks Austin, Tulsa as finalists for new US factory

Coronavirus in Texas: State reports largest daily increases in cases and deaths

Texas reported 1,448 more cases of the new coronavirus Thursday, an increase of about 3% over the previous day, bringing the total number of known cases to 43,851.

Eviction proceedings and debt collections can resume this month, Texas Supreme Court orders

The state's highest civil court initially paused eviction proceedings and debt collections during the coronavirus pandemic. Those moratoriums are being lifted after more than 1.9 million Texans filed for unemployment.

Texas meatpacking plant reverses course, will allow state to test workers

With its workforce at the center of a growing coronavirus outbreak in the Texas Panhandle, the massive JBS Beef meatpacking plant north of Amarillo said Wednesday afternoon that it would work with state health officials to begin testing its roughly 3,000 employees. This story from the Texas Tribune.

  Tattoo shops push for reopening

Wichita Falls tattoo shops are hoping to hear good news about possible reopenings from Texas state government.

  TxDOT receives $75 million grant to improve rural transit

The grant was awarded to help transit providers continue to operate throughout the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Dallas County Judge says he followed Gov. Abbott’s guidelines when issuing public health orders, AG Paxton calls them “unlawful”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released his response to the Attorney General’s letter, saying the public health guidelines were based on Governor Abbott’s recommendations; “never imagining he did not want his own guidelines followed,” he said.

Governor Abbott addresses testing in meatpacking plants, nursing homes

Governor Greg Abbott talked about three hot spots contributing to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas which are meatpacking plants, nursing homes, and correctional facilities.

Governor Abbott extends COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19.

AG Paxton warns Texas’ largest counties about unlawful COVID-19 orders

Letters were sent to Dallas, Bexar and Travis counties and to the mayors of San Antonio and Austin.

State to provide over $1 billion in pandemic food benefits to Texas families

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in food benefits through the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to families with chi

  WATCH: Gov. Abbott talks COVID-19 in Texas, President Trump meeting, nursing home directive

News Channel 6 interviewed Texas Governor Greg Abbott live Tuesday during our Noon newscast.

Governor Abbott directs Texas to test 100 percent of residents, staff in nursing homes

Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas Department of State Health Services to test 100 percent of residents and staff in Texas nursing homes.

  President Trump praises Texas coronavirus efforts as Gov. Abbott visits White House

Texas Governor Greg Abbott was at the White House on Thursday, talking about the state’s effort to contain the coronavirus. President Trump and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force praised the governor’s containment strategy and his plans to reopen the Texas economy.

  COVID-19 report for May 7 shows 1,370 cases in Amarillo area

The City of Amarillo released the daily report detailing cases in Potter and Randall counties.

Tattoo, piercing, massage businesses not allowed to open in Gov. Abbott’s executive order

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 he is allowing hair, nail and tanning salons to reopen on May 8, 2020. The executive order was issued with specific guidelines for each business. However, some businesses that were grouped together with the salons when they were closed in

Dallas salon owner jailed for defying virus shutdown order

A hair salon owner in Texas was ordered to spend a week in jail after she continued to operate her business despite restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Abbott: Salons open May 8, gyms open May 18

Gov. Greg Abbott will host a 2:30 p.m. news conference on Tuesday, his first since Texas entered the first phase of re-opening the economy.

Texas ends travel restrictions from Louisiana

The mandatory 14-day self-quarantine order for travelers entering Texas on roadways or by air from Louisiana was lifted Friday, May 1.

  Amarillo area cases reach 806 as of April 30

The City of Amarillo released the daily report for cases in Potter and Randall counties.

  WATCH: Gov. Abbott discusses nursing home COVID-19 cases, effort to re-open Texas

During an exclusive live interview Thursday afternoon about the effort to re-open Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott addressed recent spikes of confirmed COVID-19 cases at East Texas nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Gov. Abbott on alcohol to-go sales in Texas: ’We may just let this keep on going forever’

TABC confirmed that expanded to-go and alcohol delivery will continue after May 1.

  Gov. Abbott to allow stay-at-home executive order to expire

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday he will be allowing the stay-at-home executive order to expire on April 30.

Gov. Greg Abbott to let restaurants, movie theaters and malls open with limited capacity Friday

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday said he will let the state’s stay-at-home order expire at the end of the month and allow businesses to begin reopening in phases starting Friday, the latest ramp-up in his push to restart the Texas economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Man gets 18 months in prison for threatening to kill Trump

“I am waiting for Trump to visit Dallas before I attempt to assassinate him.”

Texas deputy dies when struck by vehicle on Interstate 35

Authorities say a Bell County, Texas, deputy sheriff was killed early Sunday when he was struck by a vehicle.

  COVID-19 cases in Amarillo reach 505 as of Sunday, April 26

The City of Amarillo released the daily report of cases in Potter and Randall counties.

Abbott’s retail-to-go order goes into effect today

During the news conference, he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening of the of the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. He also closed all Texas schools through the remainder of the school year.

  WATCH: News Channel 6 interviews Texas Governor Greg Abbott

News Channel 6 interviewed Texas Governor Greg Abbott live on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Governor Abbott provides update on Coronavirus response in Texas

Governor Greg Abbott is scheduled to hold a media briefing to provide an update on the response to COVID-19 in Texas Tuesday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend

The 2020 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday kicks off on Saturday

  Texas State Parks reopen with new rules

It’s part of the bigger effort re-open Texas but there are still some new rules though.

  SNAP applications increasing

Texans doubled the number of applications for SNAP benefits in March compared to last year.

Gov. Abbott launches small business webinar series

The first webinar was attended by over 3,000 Texans.

Gov. Abbott announces ‘small business initiative’

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small B

Gov. Abbott announces $50 million in loans for small businesses

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19.

Young County man dies from COVID-19 complications

A man in Young County has died from coronavirus complications.

Gov. Abbott: More than 1,700 have recovered from COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott has announced that 1,766 Texans have recovered from COVID-19.

Gov. Abbott announces emergency rule to allow for more nurses

The rule temporarily allow more nurse aides to serve residents in long-term care facilities.

First state prison inmate dies of COVID-19, lockdown expands

A 72-year-old is first Texas state inmate reported to be a possible COVID-19 fatality during the new coronavirus pandemic.

  Relief for small businesses being made available

Small businesses are getting options on ways to recover from coronavirus difficulties.

Texas Walgreens to offer drive-through testing for COVID-19, governor says

Walgreens in Texas will begin offering drive-through testing for COVID-19, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday.

Tiger among animals officials find in search of Texas home

Authorities seized animals including a white Bengal tiger, bobcat, kinkajou, porcupines, llamas, emus and deer.

San Antonio-area church holds sermons during deadly pandemic

A small-town church in Texas continues to hold in-person services despite warnings from health experts,

Gov. Abbott temporarily closes state parks

The closures will start at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

State has distributed 1.6M masks, 3.5M more coming

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave a personal protective equipment update Monday, saying over 1.6 million masks have been distributed and 3.5 million more will be distributed.

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

As Texas mayor orders closures, daughter gets COVID-19

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

  Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks with News Channel 6

Gov. Abbott speaks with News Channel 6.

Governor Abbot releases video message for Texans

Governor Abbott has released a video message for Texans.

  Gov. Abbott issues executive order closing all schools through May 4

Schools will remain closed to in-person classroom attendance until at least May 4.

  Gov. Abbott extends self-isolation executive order for new states and cities

The order comes from the advice of Dr. Anthony Fauci and the COVID-19 Task Force.

Wichita County confirms 26 cases of COVID-19

The public health district confirmed three more cases on Saturday.

  Texas man charged for threatening to shoot Speaker Pelosi, other government officials

If convicted, he faces up to five years in federal prison.

Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

President Trump approves Gov. Abbott’s major disaster declaration for Texas

"The President's action makes federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals in all areas of the state of Texas."

  Governor Abbott gives COVID-19 update, signs two executive orders

The announcement came on Tuesday afternoon.

  State Health Department releases new details on first coronavirus death in Amarillo area

The City of Amarillo has reported the first coronavirus death in the area.

Texas moves to ban most abortions due to virus outbreak

The governor and attorney general of Texas are moving to ban most abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak, declaring they don’t qualify as essential surgeries.