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The number of people in Texas hospitalized with COVID-19 has declined more than 28 percent in the past month, according to the Texas Department of Health Services. As of Feb. 7, Texas hospitals were treating 9,957 COVID-19 patients, down from nearly 14,000 a month ago. The number of new cases in the past week was 123,239 — a 22 percent drop from the record high of 158,922 the week of Jan. 10, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.

The Marshall News Messenger received several awards over the weekend at the North and East Texas Press Association (NETPA) Better Newspaper Contest 2021. The inaugural convention between NETPA and the West Texas Press Association was held April 8-11 at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Dallas Rockwall.