Health

16 active cases

The number of active cases of the virus remained about the same last week as Knox County Judge Stan Wojcik reported the Knox County had 16, raising the total to 277.

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Knox OKs water line

The News-Courier staff— BENJAMIN—The Knox County Commissioners Court approved a request by Lyndle Reeves to lay a water line across CR 3671 during its December meeting. The addition, the commissioners approved a bid of $1,200 from Sonya and Gabriel Ruiz for property in Knox City, adopted rules of procedure for the court and OKed an…

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FDA approves Pfizer vaccine

The News-Courier staff— WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally granted emergency approval last Friday for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for widespread distribution of the long-awaited vaccine to sites across the U.S. starting Monday. The vaccine, which proved effective in 95% of trials, was expected to be distributed first to hospital healthcare personnel and…

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Family and low airfares too much of temptation

By Paul Schattenberg /Texas A&M AgriLife — In spite of various medical warnings and other attempts to persuade people to remain at home during the holidays, the draw of family and of discounted airfares is proving to be too much of a temptation for many. The roads have already been busy with people going to…

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Bulky coats, car seats don’t mix

Texas A&M AgriLife— Despite the ongoing pandemic and warnings to avoid travel, many families will be traveling with children to celebrate the holidays. This is a good time to stop and think about making sure that your child is safe in their car seat before planning your trip. The two important considerations are that your…

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11 active cases

The News-Courier staff— BENJAMIN—Knox County Judge Stan Wojcik reported Monday that the county had 11 active cases of the virus, raising the total to 258. No details available about when the county will get any doses of the vaccine.

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TEA reduces virus quarantine

Texas Education Association— AUSTIN—The Texas Education Association announced changes to quarantine procedures on Friday, reducing the previous 14-day requirement as the CDC as recommended. On day 10 after close contact with individual with virus, a person can return to class or work at school. If you get a negative test, the period can be reduced…

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Vaccines coming soon

Vaccines coming soon Texas Tribune AUSTIN—Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Texas could receive coronavirus vaccine doses to give an initial dose to up to 1.4 million Texans in December, assuming U.S. health officials approve coronavirus vaccine candidates from drug makers Pfizer and Moderna. The vaccines require two doses per person, and state health officials have…

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16 active cases

Knox County Judge, Stan Wojcik reported— Monday morning that the county had 16 active virus cases, raising the total to 246.

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Annual wellness visits even more important

Knox County Hospital District— KNOX CITY– Have you scheduled an annual wellness visit with your primary care provider this year? These critical healthcare appointments are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans and are a critical step in protecting your health – which is especially important this year. “COVID-19 continues to dominate news headlines, especially…

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