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Anti-vaccine North Texas evangelist Marcus Lamb dies from COVID-19

BEDFORD, Texas - Marcus Lamb, leader of one of the world’s largest religious networks, has died after a battle with COVID-19. Lamb and his wife Joni founded Bedford-based Daystar Television in 1997. It now reaches a global audience of 680 million households. The evangelical Christian broadcaster was known for his...
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Texas Health Official On Omicron Variant

Texas health experts say people vaccinated against COVID-19 should have some protection against the Omicron variant. Dr. Julie Trivedi at U-T-Southwestern in Dallas thinks we could also see customized booster shots to deal with new variants. She says it’s also possible to design new vaccines to help people develop antibodies against many different virus variants.

Navy Reservist from Texas Is Latest Service Member to Die from COVID-19

A 47-year-old Navy reservist is the latest member of the U.S. armed forces to die from complications of COVID-19, the coronavirus respiratory disease. Petty Officer 1st Class William E. Matthews, an electronics technician from Lewisville, Texas, died Nov. 24, according to a Navy Reserve Force news release issued Monday. Matthews,...
Texas Politics Digest

While Abbott’s Negligence Orphans Texas Kids, President Biden Continues To Be There For Texans With Science-Based Response to Pandemic

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on President Biden’s update on the new Omicron variant:. “I’m grateful for President Biden’s continued steady leadership as we respond to the new Omicron variant. Once again, President Biden is prioritizing the health, safety, lives, and livelihoods of Americans — and taking a science-based approach to keep Americans safe.

North Texans Are Better Prepared For An Unwanted Holiday Guest

Back in December 2019, there were rumblings among the healthcare community of a problem. It was regarding an outbreak of a virus in China that was making its way to Europe. At best, it garnered a small item on the back page of some major American newspapers. It sounded like a case of the flu. Besides, it was on the other side of the world. But by March that situation had drastically changed, with the virus finding its way to this country. The “bug” was now the lead stories resulting in such things as masks, thermometers, gloves, hand sanitizers and cleaning agents becoming scarce.
Dallas News

Irving to give $1M to Baylor Medical Center to help offset COVID-19 costs

The city of Irving will give its local Baylor Scott & White Medical Center $1 million to help offset staffing costs related to COVID-19. The city council voted this month to direct money it received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the Irving branch of the hospital.

Masks now optional for all in Westlake schools

The Eanes school district announced Tuesday that masks are now optional for students, staff and visitors across all campuses. The district made masks optional for students 12 and older on Nov. 10, as well as staff who work with students in that age range, citing falling cases in the area at the time. Those recent changes came after the district said Sept. 16 that it would no longer enforce its mask mandate although at the time the mandate remained in place.
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth

UT Southwestern to Pay $4.5M For Opioid ‘Compliance Failures': DOJ

UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas will pay $4.5 million in penalties for failing to have adequate safeguards in place to prevent the diversion of dangerous drugs, including fentanyl, federal prosecutors say. The settlement, announced Tuesday by the Department of Justice, comes after a three-year investigation into the medical center's...