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Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday said all entities in Texas were banned from requiring employees and consumers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. At Galveston's cruise port, where such mandates exist, there's no plan to change things immediately.

Since mid-August, the number of fully vaccinated people in Galveston County has grown by 23,000 people. Another 20,000 county residents have received protection-boosting third doses. 

Normally, we would think early October is way too soon for a “shop local” editorial. But this year, like last, will be far from normal and will pose special problems when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for family, friends and other loved ones.

Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill for treating COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic.


The Galveston National Laboratory tried to convince the Wuhan Institute of Virology to ship a sample of COVID-19 to the United States in early 2020.

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Eleven Galveston County nonprofits will get hundreds of thousands of dollars from the county. Some groups are calling the grants a "miracle."