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California boy, 11, fatally shoots self during online class

Deputies were called to the 11-year-old boy's home, where they found him with a self-inflicted head wound. He died at a hospital.

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Committee approves $50 million funding for DHS

Ritter Communications announces opening of new technology center

  Lawrence Hall, months after over 180 total cases, now COVID-free

2,212 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, hospitalizations rise

  VFW awarded $100,000 in CARES Act grant

Gov. Parson announces partnership with Vizient, additional hospital staff, expand statewide hospital capacity

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  Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

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

  Shelter full due to rise in domestic violence around the holiday season

  Shelby County Health Department director ‘disappointed’ weekend party was not shut down

  TDH reports nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

  Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

  Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urges

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect others is to stay home.

  Amarillo hospitals starting to see COVID-19 and flu coinfections

City leaders and health experts gave an update on COVID-19 in a news conference Wednesday morning.

  COVID risk at ‘historic high,’ Arkansas remains in Red Zone

“We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high COVID baseline and limited hospital capacity,” the report warned. “A further post-Thanksgiving surge will compromise COVID patient care, as well as medical care overall.”

Face masks now required for Memphis Zoo, Botanic Garden guests

Face coverings are now required for all guests older than 2 while on zoo grounds and at the Garden.

  Nurse on leave after apparent rejection of public mask wearing in TikTok video

  Osceola High School pauses on learning new concepts

  US panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes

Van Buren schools offer free rapid testing

  FedExForum makes safety changes ahead of Grizzlies, Tigers basketball games

  Chamber of Commerce hosts “25 Days of Shopping Local”

  CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to shorten the recommended length of quarantine after exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19, as the virus rages across the nation.

Canada: US border measures to last until virus under control

Canada and the U.S. have limited border crossings to essential travel since March.

Dining rooms empty by choice, not bad business

A couple of restaurants decided to shift their services to be better off financially by closing dining rooms.

  ‘Very dark couple of weeks’: Morgues and hospitals overflow

Nearly 37,000 people died of COVID-19 in the U.S. in November, the most since the dark early days of the pandemic.

  Arkansas sees new record for hospitalizations at 1,074

Hospitalizations in the state of Arkansas are at a record high.

  EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

The European Medicines Agency will convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved, the regulator said Tuesday.

  TDH reports over 5,000 new virus cases, 36 additional deaths statewide

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 609 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths.

  Study says COVID-19 likely came to US in 2019

CDC researchers analyzed blood donations collected by the American Red Cross from Dec. 13, 2019 through Jan. 17, 2020.

Some Christmas parades are still on, some are not

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to ramp up in Northeast Arkansas, some communities are canceling their holiday parade plans while others say the show must go on.

  Michigan great-grandparents die of COVID-19 one minute apart

Like the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, Leslie and Patricia McWaters died a minute apart.

  Study: Students falling behind in math during COVID-19 pandemic

The findings confirm expectations that students are losing ground during the pandemic, but show those losses are not as great as projections made in spring.

  Doctor seen comforting elderly COVID-19 patient in heartbreaking photo speaks

Thankfully, the patient in the picture is doing better and may be able to leave the hospital soon.

  ABC board says ’trouble normally starts later at night’ concerning compliance checks

Every Monday, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board releases its compliance report and for the last week, every business that was inspected was in full compliance.

  Dr. Romero addresses Arkansas hospitalizations, reassures vaccine safety

He says the state could have its first allotment of Pfizer’s vaccine by the end of next week.

  Highland School District returns to in-person learning

When Highland went virtual in mid-November, it wasn’t due to COVID cases among students.

  Hospitalizations put strain on Jonesboro hospital

Two Jonesboro hospitals react to an increase in hospitalizations.

  NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Just months after the start of a new school year, several Northeast Arkansas school districts have begun reporting positive COVID-19 cases among their students and faculty.

  Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Health experts had pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving and not gather with anyone who didn't live with them.

Governor: “Hospitalizations will continue to strain our health care system”

Another day for record hospitalizations in Arkansas with 1,063 hospitalized, up 33 from Sunday.

  Active virus cases surpass 41,000 in Tennessee with more than 7,000 new cases reported

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 283 new coronavirus cases two more deaths.

  Great ways to enjoy winter during a pandemic

Traveling, dining out and holiday parties might not the best idea this year as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still plenty of fun ways you and your family can enjoy this winter season.

  Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

Dictionary.com on Monday declared “pandemic” its 2020 word of the year.

  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to use that desperation to their advantage, federal investigators say.

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

The car parade, which included appearances by Santa Claus, superheroes and dinosaurs, lasted nearly an hour.

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund.

  Santa’s North Pole opens with a few COVID-19 friendly adjustments

This is the sixth year Santa has opened up his home to Jonesboro, but this year is different because of the pandemic.

Arkansas reaches new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of total active cases dropped by nearly 60 Sunday as Arkansas saw a record in hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 virus, state health officials said.

  Church distributes over 100 boxes of food

Hispanic church Betel La Casa in Jonesboro gave away over 100 boxes of food to families in need on Sunday.

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see a “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks.

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

  Active coronavirus cases nearing 36,000 in Tennessee, over 3,000 new cases reported

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,052 new COVID-19 cases Saturday with the addition of 13 virus-related deaths.

  Small Business Saturday more important than ever because of pandemic

Several customers and owners had the same idea- it’s important to shop locally year-round. Not just on Small Business Saturday.

Court orders France to rethink 30-person limit on worship

The measure took effect this weekend as France relaxes some virus restrictions, but it faced opposition by places of worship and the faithful for being arbitrary and unreasonable.

  Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus

Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, both have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the governor said in a statement Saturday night.

  BBB issues warning about COVID-19 vaccine trial scams

The Better Business Bureau wants to warn you about scams surrounding COVID-19 vaccine trials.

Hospitalizations fall, total active cases increase as new COVID-19 numbers released

The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 fell slightly Saturday while the number of total active cases went up as officials urged caution with Thanksgiving now over.

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation’s response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours.

Active cases drop statewide as Arkansas releases new COVID-19 numbers

The state of Arkansas saw the number of total COVID-19 cases increase by 1,052, while total active cases fell by nearly 700 Friday as state health officials released new numbers.

  Corning Christmas in the Park set to start

According to a post on the Corning Christmas in the Park Facebook page, planning and preparations have gone on this week for the event.

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending.

  TDH: More than 4,000 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths in Tennessee

The Tennesee Department of Health reports 4,340 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths across the state as of Friday.

  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing.

Arkansas reports nearly 2,400 COVID-19 cases, as both hospitalizations go down

The state of Arkansas saw nearly 2,400 COVID-19 cases reported on Thanksgiving, as both hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators went down statewide.

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots.

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

  County health department overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases

The Dunklin County Health Department has had a high volume of COVID-19 cases.

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

Hospitalizations reach 1,000; nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases

The state of Arkansas reported over 150,000 total cases of COVID-19 as we approach Thanksgiving, with state health officials saying 1,028 people remain hospitalized due to the virus.

  Missouri stores prepare for Black Friday

Before you go Black Friday shopping know the stores COVID-19 safety guidelines

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

  Walnut Ridge to host ‘reverse’ Christmas parade

A Lawrence County Christmas tradition has been altered due to COVID-19.