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Bellville Medical Center announced Austin County’s first death related to COVID-19 in an update Friday afternoon. Austin County Judge Tim Lapham confirmed the report in his update later in the … more
On Tuesday, Tarrant County joined the list of other officials, including those in Dallas, who are mandating delayed school reopening. more
Distillery, winery and some restaurant owners say their businesses are different from traditional bars, which Abbott closed after COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations began to climb in June. more
Conflicting mandates pingponging between state and local officials are frustrating many parents, students and teachers trying to plan for a fall semester during a raging pandemic. more
Up to 15,000 test kits will be available per month across its 11 universities. The system has set aside $16 million to pay for the testing program. more
School districts won't lose state funding if they stick with virtual classes this fall because a local health authority has mandated that classrooms remain closed. more
According to numbers reported by the state to Austin County Judge Tim Lapham, the number of COVID-19 cases in the county skyrocketed in the last week from 90 to 133 with 87 of those still considered … more
The pandemic-driven economic downturn has left more than 5.4 million Americans with no job and no insurance. Texas has one of the largest shares of this increase. more
The repeal follows outspoken criticism from universities, legal experts and higher education advocates, who deemed the rules unfairly punitive for foreign students. more
Many Texas hospitals are no longer accepting transfer patients in order to maintain space for a surge that’s expected to come. In some parts of the state, it’s already here. more
At one prison, more than 750 inmates were actively infected with the coronavirus Monday, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. more
An unnamed Austin County Commissioner was informed Monday after meeting in commissioners court that he had tested positive for COVID-19. On Tuesday morning it was reported that a second test came … more
Disabled and older voters have encountered the most problems navigating mail-in balloting as they try to avoid going to polling places. In-person voting has been generally smooth so far in the low-turnout runoffs. more
More than 3,000 Texans have died from the coronavirus and counties are preparing for even more deaths by expanding their capacities to store bodies. more
Abbott has repeated that warning multiple times in local television interviews this week. more
The busiest hospitals in Houston are increasingly telling emergency responders they cannot safely accept new patients as hundreds of coronavirus patients crowd emergency rooms, and hospitals scramble to open more intensive care space. more
Many Texas Education Agency employees are working from home, but the agency is requiring schools to open five days a week for in-person instruction this fall. Teachers say that mandate has grave implications for their health. more
The governor allowed counties with 20 active cases or fewer to opt out. more
Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to not require voters to wear masks is driving away some poll workers, officials say. more
Paul Quinn College serves more than 500 students. In a statement, university President Michael Sorrell announced measures it would take to appease students for the loss of campus resources, including a $2,000 tuition reduction. more
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