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The coronavirus pandemic that led to a three-month shutdown has flared up and taken more social event victims with it. This year there will be no public fireworks displays in Austin County and the … more
Austin County saw a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases from last week. “Friday, June 26, the county count was at 57 while by Monday, June 29, the count was 67,” Bellville … more
As hospitalizations and positive test rates for COVID-19 in Texas continue a dramatic rise, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday to re-close bars, rafting and tubing businesses and put … more
Austin County Judge Tim Lapham’s Wednesday update announced the total COVID-19 case number in the county is up to 55 with 30 cases remaining active. Lapham also announced at least one resident had been hospitalized with a possible second hospitalization coming soon. more
While COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, case counts, hospitalizations and deaths increased last week, more and more Texans ventured out of their homes with the deadly coronavirus showing no sign of abatement. more
Enforcement methods will largely focus on persuasion, but schools say they may discipline students or professors who don't comply. more
The governor also moved for the first time to allow the tightening of two kinds of restrictions that had been eased under his reopening plan. more
Tuesday evening, the Major League Baseball Players Association finalized an agreement to report to camp on July 1 for a 60-game season beginning either July 23 or 24. more
Regionally, some hospital officials are reporting that intensive care units are near or over capacity, and local leaders have warned that hospitals could get overwhelmed if the number of infections keeps climbing. more
Gov. Greg Abbott also issued an order allowing local officials to regulate public outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people. Those officials previously could only regulate events of over 500 people. more
Texas education officials delayed an expected announcement of school reopening guidelines Tuesday, but a draft plan shows the state taking a light-handed role in coronavirus prevention measures. Masks and distancing are recommended but not mandatory. more
On June 17, first responders in the Katy area held a parade in their vehicles for health care workers at the Texas Children’s Hospital. Vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars drove by, sirens blaring and horns honking, as health care workers stood outside and waved. more
Three Texas doctors didn’t know about the coronavirus when they filed to run for Congress this year, but now the pandemic has upended their professional and political lives. more
Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced in a Monday update that the total COVID-19 case number sat at 45 as of that afternoon, with an estimated 18 of those cases remaining active. more
Thousands more Texans tested positive for the new coronavirus over the weekend, and the state has reported 11 consecutive days of record-high hospitalizations. more
When Gov. Greg Abbott let businesses start reopening, he pointed to two metrics as encouraging signs: the hospitalization rate and the infection rate. Both of those metrics are on the rise in Texas. more
President Donald Trump's administration could severely limit approvals of the visas Texas companies use to fill specialized roles. more
Runoffs to set party tickets for November were postponed in May as coronavirus took hold. Early voting now starts June 29, and voters are being largely left on their own to balance their voting rights with the health risks of going to a polling place. more
State Rep. Tan Parker also said that he will file a bill in the upcoming legislative session to extend to-go alcohol sales past the coronavirus pandemic. more
More than 4,400 positive cases were reported Saturday. The state also set its ninth consecutive record for hospitalizations, but officials say hospital capacity isn't a concern. more
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