Coronavirus

Jonesboro Evangelist pushes for virtual visitation for inmates in the Craighead County Detention Center

A Jonesboro Evangelist, who is also the Founder of Future For Felons, is pushing a new initiative because of the pandemic.

Arkansas reports more than 1K new confirmed COVID-19 cases

NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

  Mo. Gov. Parson gives update on his condition after testing positive for COVID-19

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

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United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

  Canceled A-State game puts damper on Homecoming

  Craighead County sees 79 new COVID-19 cases, other NEA counties report increases

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

Organizers say New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements and be scaled down and socially distant on site in response to the coronavirus.

1,580 new cases of COVID-19 in Mo.

The health department reported a total of 116,946 cases, including 1,947 deaths and 989 hospitalizations.

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

Officials say they’ve joined forces with the city of Austin to still plan for physical events, in case they can be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Limited-service restaurants and bars preparing to welcome back customers

  Local teacher juggles virtual, in-person learning

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

  ‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

  NE Arkansas has the highest growth rate in the state since Sept. 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, State Epidemiologist, provided an update to the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  Tennessee reports 28 more deaths, 739 more cases Tuesday

According to TDH data, there are 15,109 active cases in the state.

Douglas MacArthur Junior High switching to remote learning

Jonesboro Public Schools announced Tuesday students that its Douglas MacArthur Junior High would “pivot to remote learning” beginning Wednesday.

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

Collector, assessor offices closed due to COVID-19 outbreak

If you go to the tax collector’s or assessor’s offices in Izard County, expect to be met by a locked door.

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

Sizzler USA, one of America’s first casual restaurant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

  Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires.

  Newport virtual football ticket sales presents challenges

For the previous games this season, there were packets and pre-sale tickets that went to parents first before the general public. However, today all tickers were put up as a first come, first serve.

Poinsett County Health Department hosts week long drive-up flu shot clinic

The Poinsett County Health Department is having a drive-thru flu shot clinic at all three of their locations. Monday was the first day of a week long event.

  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

  NE Arkansas school district keeps COVID-19 cases down

Armorel School District has been keeping its COVID-19 cases down for the past two weeks.

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pine-Sol’s original cleaner as a product that can kill coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

The plan permits limited shore excursions and requires passengers to wear masks and stay apart from other people during those excursions. Passengers who don’t comply won’t be allowed to reboard.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

  More than 800 new COVID-19 cases, 15 more deaths reported in Tennessee

Health officials have identified 895 new coronavirus cases and 15 additional deaths in Tennessee as of Monday.

1,463 new cases of COVID-19 in Mo.

DHSS reported a total of 114,307 cases in Missouri, including 1,807 deaths.

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

Arkansas reports 549 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

The state of Arkansas saw 549 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, with no deaths reported statewide, according to state health officials.

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the coronavirus.

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

More than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths reported in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Heath reports 183,514 cases with 2,218 deaths and 662 hospitalizations.

Arkansas reported coronavirus cases rise by 803, deaths by 8

The number of reported coronavirus cases has increased by 803 in Arkansas and there are eight more deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the disease.

  St. Bernards possibly changing prenatal appointment guest policy

Expectant parents with St. Bernards might soon be allowed to bring a guest with them to their appointments again.

  Not just Halloween masks will be worn at Pumpkin Hollow

A beloved Halloween attraction in Clay County plans to open this weekend. While being in a pandemic, they’ve had to work hard to ensure safety.

Why are some COVID-19 patients suffering for months?

Medical studies are showing some coronavirus patients are suffering full body effects months after getting sick.

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people who didn’t feel sick didn’t need to get tested.

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

The same measures we've been using to slow the spread of COVID-19 – like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – can also help stop the spread of flu.

  Kindergarten classes quarantined after student tests positive for COVID-19

The school district announced Friday on social media that a student was on campus during their contagious period.

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin.

Canada extends U.S. border restrictions to Oct. 21

Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure.

  Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

Switzerland-based Roche reported the results for tocilizumab, sold now as Actemra and RoActemra for treating rheumatoid arthritis and some other diseases.

883 new COVID-19 cases reported in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday reported 883 new COVID-19 cases.

  City Youth Ministries provides a place of ‘normalcy’ during virtual learning

The ministry is helping students navigate through virtual learning with their day program.

  Walnut Ridge football team adapts to COVID-19 challenges

Head Coach Jeff Blake says it has been a challenge to prepare his team with the unknowns that COVID presents.

  Researchers struggling to get Black participants in COVID-19 vaccine trials

COVID-19 vaccine trials are happening all over the country, but they need more participants.

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don’t use our song

In a tweet Wednesday, Snider called the stunt “moronic,” and shared a video that was recorded by an upset customer inside the Target at Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale.

Amnesty offered to those who missed court

For those who have missed their court dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Circuit Court of Craighead County is offering amnesty.

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

The House has voted to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

  Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.

‘The Batman’ resumes UK production after positive COVID case

The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

  COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

Sen. Hawley asks DOJ to file suit against restrictions on houses of worship

The senator sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging him to immediately file suit in federal court.

  August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April.

North Pemiscot Junior High, High School goes virtual due to COVID-19.

Students will be learning via Google Classroom, and can access the assignments with a phone, computer, laptop, or some other type of device as long as you have access to the internet.

  Heartland football team scrambles to add games to calendar

Poplar Bluff football team is heading to Rolla.

  Gov: Jackson Co. has highest growth rate in the Northeast region

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero provided a COVID-19 update Wednesday from Batesville.

  A-State students protest for online class option

Three Arkansas State University students stood outside the Administration Building to protest for all classes to have an online option. The students are part of the “Students for an Online Option” group, which has around 40 members. They have also created an online petition that has over 130 signa

  COVID-19 vaccine trial underway in Memphis as feds ready nationwide vaccine deployment plans

The federal government is laying out its plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine nationwide, as medical experts in Memphis advise it’s just the beginning of a very long process.

  In town hall, Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was defensive but resisted agitation as he was pressed on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and why he doesn’t more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease.

Health official on leave amid political interference furor

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that Michael Caputo was taking the time “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

1,191 new cases of COVID-19 in Mo.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 1,191 new COVID-19 cases.

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.

  Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year.

  Supreme Court to stick with arguments via telephone, for now

With 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being treated for cancer and five of her colleagues also age 65 or older, the court is taking no chances that putting the justices in close proximity to each other might make them more vulnerable to catching the virus.