New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

Health authorities in New Zealand were scrambling Wednesday to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation’s largest city went back into lockdown.

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

  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

Two Snyder high school students test positive for COVID-19

  Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

COVID-19: Lubbock reports 73 new cases, 2 additional deaths Tuesday

COVID 19: Floyd County reporting 1 new cases, 1 new death

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March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

Duke scientists rate which masks work and which don’t

COVID-19: Scurry County reports 4 new cases, 239 total

  WATCH: Governor Abbott holds August 11 COVID-19 news briefing

  How to protect kids from digital eye strain during pandemic

  What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Anxious parents around the country are looking to schools that have already opened for signs of how it might go.

Yoakum County reports 4 new COVID-19 cases, 106 total cases

Yoakum County provides updates on the current COVID-19 cases in the county.

COVID-19: Lynn County reports 6 new case, 73 total cases

Lynn County provides an update of the current COVID-19 cases in the county.

COVID-19: Dawson County reports 12 new cases, 157 total

Dawson County provides an update on current COVID-19 cases in the county.

Gaines County reports 11 new cases of COVID-19, 172 total

Plainview/Hale County reports 154 new cases of COVID-19, 1439 total cases

  Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

  90% increase in COVID-19 cases seen in US children over last month, report says

  Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

  States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Terry County reports 2 additional COVID-19 cases, 161 total cases

Terry County reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world reach 20 million

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.

  In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, Democratic leaders are holding firm. They are using their leverage to force President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans.

Crosby County reports 3 new cases of COVID-19 as of Aug. 10, 77 total

Get the latest COVID-19 information for Crosby County here.

COVID-19: Bailey County reports 29 active cases as of August 10, 213 total

Bailey County provides an update on COVID-19 cases in the county.

COVID-19: Hockley County reports 6 new cases, 204 total cases as of Aug. 10

Hockley County provides an update on COVID-19 cases in the county.

Garza County reports 99 total cases of COVID-19, 3 deaths

Garza County officials provide an update on current COVID-19 cases in the county.

COVID-19: 5 total cases confirmed in Dickens County, 1 death

Dickens County provides an update on current COVID-19 cases in the county.

Cochran County reports 32 total cases of COVID-19, 9 total cases

Cochran County provides an update on current COVID-19 cases in the county.

Cottle County COVID-19: 18 total cases, 2 deaths

Cottle County officials update the latest on COVID-19 in the county.

Motley County reports 6 total cases of COVID-19

Motley County provides an update on COVID-19 cases in the county.

COVID 19: Lamb County reports 226 total cases, 11 deaths

Lamb County officials update the latest on COVID-19 in the county.

  Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for coronavirus

Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine.

  Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; conference spokesman says otherwise

The Sunday vote by school presidents was 12-2 to call off fall sports because of the pandemic.

  New Zealand marks 100 days of coronavirus elimination

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health.

Police: Rape suspect killed accuser after release from Va. jail due to COVID-19

After a car chase, authorities say they found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken into custody but died from his injuries just days later.

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early afternoon are expected to be rescheduled, while voting would continue elsewhere, the commission said.

  Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

After negotiations with lawmakers on the next package of pandemic economic assistance hit a wall, Trump used what he said were the inherent powers of the presidency to forge ahead on tax and spending policy that Congress says it is granted by the Constitution.

  Georgia school with large crowds reports positive virus cases, closes for cleaning

The principal of North Paulding High School in a suburb west of Atlanta sent a letter Saturday to parents disclosing the positive tests.

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies.

  US tops 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, to Europe’s alarm

The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Bypassing Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

  Safety is first priority as Texas Tech students return to student housing

Slow and steady, that's how students are moving back into student housing on the campus of Texas Tech.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump.

  Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

The question of whether an infected student or staffer should trigger an automatic shutdown has divided school officials.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.

  Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

  Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began.

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

  US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

The coronavirus has exposed racial fractures in the U.S. health care system, as Black, Hispanic and Native Americans have been hospitalized and killed by COVID-19 at far higher rates than other groups.

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process.

  Suspension lifted of Georgia student who took crowded hallway photo

A Georgia high school student says she was suspended after she posted a photo of a crowded school hallway on social media.

  Texas boy delivers care packages to essential workers

Five-year-old Wilburt Coleman has been going door to door, giving care packages to families with essential workers and those most vulnerable to the virus.

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

  Lubbock pediatrician urges vaccinations ahead of school, even virtual school

With school approaching, a Covenant Health pediatrician is urging parents to get their children vaccinated, even if they’re attending school from home.

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

President Donald Trump is engaging in a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

Both sides have set a goal of reaching a deal by week’s end.

Principal’s Rap Video Goes Viral

A principal at an Alabama High School has figured out how to bring some humor to the pandemic as kids return to school.... but the message is still strong.

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

Were you exposed to COVID-19 at work? In most states, your employer isn’t required to tell you.

Employees say they were exposed to coworkers who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never informed by their employers. In most states, companies don't have to disclose cases.

  TABC offering bars, breweries a chance to reclassify and reopen

The TABC is offering a new chance for businesses to reopen, by changing the balance of food and alcohol they serve.

Texas Health and Human Services announces limited visitation at nursing facilities and long-term care facilities

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced limited visitation rules for nursing facilities and long-term care facilities. HHSC is also issuing enhanced emergency rules requiring additional actions by nursing facilities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Texas Tech Regents discuss COVID plans as students prepare for return

The Texas Tech Board of Regents met in a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting on Thursday to discuss details for the upcoming fall semester at their four institutions.

  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

  Mental health issues rise in children during pandemic, expert says

One child psychologist said he's seeing a significant increase in mental health issues among children.

  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

David Nagy, 79, of Jefferson, died a needless death, his family pointed out in his obituary.

Texas Tech Athletics completes 168 COVID-19 tests, 0 positives

Texas Tech Athletics announced Thursday it has completed 168 additional tests for COVID-19 among its football student-athletes, coaches and support staff with no positive results.

CDC: People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people are getting sick and even dying from ingesting hand sanitizer.

Free Walgreens drive-thru testing site to open Aug. 7

The drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Walgreens location at 602 Avenue Q will begin testing Friday, August 7, 2020.

  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

The league made changes to its 2020 operations manual after outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals led to 21 postponements in the first two weeks of a shortened 60-game season.

  Rockettes cancel Christmas show due to coronavirus pandemic

All tickets sold for the 2020 show will be automatically refunded.

  COVID-19 recovery can be a long journey

Dr. Cook says there is no indication that those symptoms will be permanent. He says the best way to get rid of that brain fog and other persisting problems is to get back to your normal routine.

Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division.

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill.

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

The State Department says Russia is using social media, state-funded media and a loose network of proxy websites to amplify conspiracy theories and misinformation, most recently around the coronavirus.