Health

Abbott mandate calls for use of face masks

Counties with 20+ cases impacted From The News-Courier staff with contributions by Texas Tribune— AUSTIN —With a spike in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order last Thursday that requires all residents in counties with 20 or more cases must wear masks in public places. “Wearing a face covering in public is proven to…

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UIL recommends stopping workouts

By James McAfee / The Knox County News-Courier— The University Interscholastic League stopped short of issuing a mandatory order to end summer workouts for Texas high schools but issued a recommendation last week that schools shut down programs from July 3-12. With the July 4 holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could…

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Hospital offers COVID-19 antibody testing

From The Knox County Hospital— KNOX CITY—As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the American way of life, government-approved antibody testing for the virus is now available at Knox County Hospital District. Antibody testing for COVID-19 is used to detect the presence of antibodies for the virus, indicating an immune system response to a previous…

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Dr. Sloan to open medical practice

By James McAfee / The Knox County News-Courier— MUNDAY—Dr. Randall Sloan, who has experience in family practice and emergency medicine, will open his medical practice in August at 341 West H Street. Sloan, board certified in emergency medicine with more than 30-years experience, was previously on the staff at the Knox County Hospital and will…

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Alzheimer’s research

Freedom from dementia? By Scott Finley / Special to The Hesperian-Beacon— Another Fourth of July has come and gone, and celebrations this year were certainly different from any other time people can remember. July 4, 1776 marked the Declaration of Independence by the original 13 colonies of their freedom from Great Britain’s King George III.…

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Abbott shuts down bars, scales back restaurant capacity

The Texas Tribune— AUSTIN—Gov. Greg Abbott took his most drastic action yet to respond to the post-reopening coronavirus surge in Texas last Friday, shutting bars back down and scaling back restaurant capacity to 50 percent. He also shut down river-rafting trips, which have been blamed for a swift rise in cases in Hays County, and banned outdoor gatherings of over…

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Knox has 3 active COVID cases

By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier— BENJAMIN—Knox County Judge Stan Wojcik, in a Facebook post Friday morning, urged residents to continue to take precautions as the numbers of coronavirus cases skyrockets across the country and in Texas. Wojcik confirmed Monday morning the county now has three active cases and one of the individuals is really…

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Tips for staying safe, healthy on 4th of July

From The Knox County Hospital— KNOX CITY—The Independence Day holiday is here, and many Americans will be celebrating with fireworks, food, and fun. No matter how residents choose to celebrate the upcoming holiday, officials at Knox County Hospital District encourage everyone to make health and safety a priority. “Fourth of July is always a festive…

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Hospital asking TDI to enforce prompt pay

Special to The News-Courier— KNOX CITY—The Knox County Hospital District, continuing its legal battle with Aetna, has submitted a Prompt Payment Protection proposal to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) in anticipation of the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature. KCHD also has called on state leaders to demand that TDI take a more aggressive…

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