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Due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Austin County and across the state, the mask order that County Judge Tim Lapham rescinded four weeks ago may need to be put back into effect. Giving his … more
There has been a sharp uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in Austin County in the last week, especially in the schools. Brazos ISD closed Brazos Elementary School for a week due to the number … more
Brazos Elementary School has been closed through Friday, Nov. 20, due to COVID-19. “Due to the number of elementary students and staff who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or were … more
Austin County continues to defy the odds with low pandemic numbers even as cases continue to spike across the state. “According to the DSHS (Texas Department of State Health Services) … more
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to safely providing patient care and cancer screenings throughout the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In light of emerging … more
As of Tuesday morning, Austin County was down to just three active cases of COVID-19, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. more
A noisy election year from the presidential race at the top of the ballot to the congressional and legislative races attracting money from partisans all over the U.S. has reached the decision point. In-person early voting in Texas starts today. more
City and county officials said the increase is largely due to residents letting their guard down. more
While Denton County is moving forward, Dallas and Harris counties officials almost immediately declined the offer to allow bars to reopen. Many others are taking a wait-and-see approach. more
The order temporarily blocks a lower court’s ruling that would have gone into effect Oct. 14 and forced Texas to provide more protective measures against the coronavirus at a geriatric prison. more
State officials are asking doctors, nurses and pharmacists to identify “critical populations” as they predict an initial shortage of coronavirus vaccine doses. more
Texas colleges and universities spent the summer months bulking up their testing capacity to catch COVID-19 outbreaks fueled by students who are infected but don’t show symptoms. more
Gov. Greg Abbott teased in a tweet Monday that he would soon allow “more openings” of Texas businesses, setting off speculation that he will allow bars to reopen a second time because he ended the message with the word “Cheers!” and included an image of two beer mugs clinking. more
Gov. Greg Abbott has touted that Texas is set to receive millions of new rapid antigen coronavirus tests every month that deliver results in as little as 15 minutes. more
"The COVID-19 pandemic and low price of crude oil continue to weigh on the Texas economy and sales tax revenue," Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. more
Two new trials in the Houston area are recruiting participants to study whether giving people infusions of blood from recovered COVID-19 patients can help treat early-stage infections or even prevent people from catching the disease. more
In counties where four-year college students make up at least 10% of the population, cases have grown 34% since Aug. 19, according to a Texas Tribune analysis. That’s compared with 23% in counties with a smaller proportion of students. more
Working at polls is going to look different this year. Find out what poll workers do, who qualifies to be one and how to become one yourself. more
Photojournalists are regularly in the thick of things when they cover stories, but 2020 has made their jobs even more difficult. Here's a look at the work of five Tribune photographers in this extraordinary year — and some of the gear they've used. more
While restaurants are allowed to expand to 75% capacity, those in the bar industry worry prolonged shutdowns could lead to 30% of its businesses closing within six months. more
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