Health

Gov. Abbott loosens COVID-19 restrictions

Visits possible to nursing homes From The News-Courier staff— AUSTIN—Gov. Greg Abbott announced last Thursday that he would allow businesses to expand capacity in much of the state, citing a decline in coronavirus hospitalizations that he credited to Texans taking the pandemic seriously. The order allowed businesses operating at 50% capacity to move to 75%…

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Take control of cholesterol with lifestyle changes

Knox County Hospital District— KNOX CITY– Most people know that high cholesterol is a leading cause of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Recent studies have shown that those with underlying health issues, including heart disease, are also at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Managing your cholesterol and cardiovascular health is more…

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3 active cases

Dr. Rodney Sholty, the medical authority for Knox County, reported early Monday morning that the county now has three active virus cases. Anyone who has been in contact with them has been quarantined for 14 days.

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Frank urges allowing nursing home visits

From The News-Courier staff— WICHITA FALLS—Rep. James Frank believes visitation is essential to the health and safety of those most vulnerable Texans who now are in nursing homes. He said in a recent post that only 25 of the more than 1,200 nursing homes in Texas have met the requirements put in place by the…

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Dispose of PPE items correctly

Texas Department of Transportation— AUSTIN – With a growing number of discarded face masks, gloves and sanitizing wipes found littering roadways and parking lots, Don’t Mess with Texas called on the help of some celebrity friends to remind fellow Texans that the only safe way to dispose of used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in…

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Test water wells after flooding

By Paul Schattenberg/Texas A&M AgriLife— The Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, is reminding Texas residents in flood-prone areas  that if their water wells become flooded, they should have their well water tested. With heavy rains already falling this month, it is likely some more rural residents will have their water wells submerged in the resulting…

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Three active cases

From The News-Courier staff— Dr. Rodney Sholty, the Knox County health authority, reported on Monday that the county had only three active cases of Knox County Hospital District. COVID-19.

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Hospital officials encourage residents to check cholesterol level

Knox County Hospital District— KNOX CITY– While COVID-19 continues to remain top of mind, and with good reason, residents are reminded  by Knox County Hospital officials to not forget about other health dangers that pose a threat to millions of Americans. September is National Cholesterol Education Month and Knox County Hospital District urges the community…

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Mac’s views

Fans need to follow UIL guidelines After watching some of the video coverage of the opening high school football game on television, it became obvious to me that the fans were not all following the pandemic protocols of the University Interscholastic League as they were not wearing masks and using proper social distancing. The UIL…

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Haskell Memorial welcomes new physician

HASKELL—Haskell Memorial Hospital welcomes John Rose, D.O., R. Ph., as a family practice physician and OB/GYN. With more than 25 years of experience in medicine, Rose specializes in family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and is a licensed pharmacist. “I am excited to join HMH as a family practice provider,” said Rose. “I look forward…

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