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The Texas Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with local officials, will launch a new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center in Waco. The infusion center has been provided with monoclonal antibodies to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19 who have a referral from a doctor.

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Many blood donors say they give blood because they know someone whose life was saved. Carter BloodCare invites those who donate with a patient or loved one in mind to share those stories by emailing tellusyourstory@carterbloodcare.org.

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Carter BloodCare will host another blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Navarro Regional Hospital, due to the huge response to the Dec. 22 blood drive, which has been fully booked.

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Rent A Center is helping boost the local blood supply by hosting a drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 10 at 842 W. Seventh Ave. in Corsicana in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. 

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The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management reported 278 people were tested for COVID-19 Sunday at the walk-up site at Carroll Elementary School in Corsicana. Testing continued Monday at the school campus and will return Wednesday to Rice.

No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. But producing an effective annual flu shot relies on accurately predicting which flu strains are most likely to infect the population in any given season. It requires the coordination of multiple health centers around the globe as the virus travels from region to region. Once epidemiologists settle on target flu strains, vaccine production shifts into high gear; it takes approximately six months to generate the more than 150 million injectible doses necessary for the American population.