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No new clients are being accepted at the Friends in Crisis Homeless Shelter in north Killeen — at least for now. Shelter officials confirmed Tuesday there are four cases of the coronavirus, prompting a lock down.

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The World Health Organization chief says the coronavirus remains a global health emergency. It comes after a key advisory panel found the pandemic may be nearing an “inflexion point” where higher levels of immunity can lower deaths related to the virus. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the annual meeting of its executive board meeting Monday that “there is no doubt that we’re in a far better situation now” than a year ago — when the highly transmissible Omicron variant was at its peak.

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Delaware Gov. John Carney has tested positive for COVID-19. The governor's office said Saturday that Carney tested positive late Friday using an at-home antigen test after experiencing mild symptoms. The 66-year-old Carney says he’s “feeling fine” and is isolating himself, and will work from home. This marks Carney’s second publicly announced bout with coronavirus in the past several months. He tested positive last May. Carney is barred by term limits from seeking reelection in 2024.

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The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that's been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. New tribal President Buu Nygren had pledged to do so while campaigning for the office. He was sworn in earlier this month. The mandate was one of the longest-standing anywhere in the U.S. It applied broadly to businesses, government offices and tourist destinations on the vast reservation, which extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. The change was announced late Friday evening. A public health order says masks are still required in schools, nursing homes and health care facilities.

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After receiving more than $134 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds, the Killeen Independent School District is changing its spending plan to include funding for capital improvement projects like new heating and air-conditioning units and flooring.