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As of Monday, Aug. 10, the number of COVID-19 cases in Austin County was at 242 with 145 of those recovered and four people dead of the virus. “While cases in Austin County continue to rise, … more
At a pair of press conferences on Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed optimism about the recent decline of hospitalizations. Still: He warned Texans to stay cautious. more
Economists said canceling football would be devastating to local businesses that rely on the huge influxes of cash from home games. Meanwhile, athletics officials weigh whether they can risk the health and welfare of student athletes. more
The order could face legal challenges, and Texas might have to chip in a quarter of the cost. State leaders have not said how they'll respond. more
Dr. Jose Vazquez resigned from his position as health authority after members of the commissioners court rejected increasing his pay from $500 a month to $10,000. more
Texas' low number of tests and large percentage of positive results suggest inadequacies in the state's public health surveillance effort at a time when school reopenings are certain to increase viral spread, health experts said. more
The administration has used infection risk to justify expelling thousands of children without legal protections. But it’s only expelling kids who’ve tested negative. more
The nonbinding opinion comes as housing experts and advocates fear that the COVID-19 recession will prompt a surge in evictions across the state. more
The news comes as Texas resumes limited visitations in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities that meet certain requirements. more
It's impossible to foretell the coronavirus pandemic's full financial impact on state universities, public and private, but some have already faced millions in lost revenue and unexpected costs. Things will only get worse. more
Abbott’s decision to curb the role of local health authorities in school reopening decisions has added to the ongoing conflict between him and local governments during the pandemic, with mayors and judges voicing frustration over having their hands tied by the state’s response. more
On Wednesday, the NCAA released guidelines intended to protect collegiate athletes, while expressing “serious concerns about the continuing high levels of COVID-19 infection in many parts of the nation.” more
The university plans to test all of its campus residence hall students by the beginning of September. It will continue to identify individuals or groups on campus strategically to test those at a higher risk of disease spread and perform random testing. more
“The Texas Constitution requires a separation of powers, and that separation leaves policy-making decisions with the Texas Legislature,” argues a lawsuit from five of the Legislature’s most conservative members. more
With the consistently inconsistent and ever-evolving way the state of Texas reports COVID-19 case information, the number of reported deaths from the virus in Austin County has dropped from four to three. more
The Census Bureau on Monday lopped a month off the time people have to respond to the 2020 count. Texas is already lagging behind the country in response rates, with low-income and Hispanic Texans at high risk of being missed. more
Abbott said the state will provide schools with personal protective equipment to prepare for the new year. more
It’s hard to collect good numbers on an unknown virus, and Texas health officials have made errors. But experts say the state’s coronavirus data is useful as long as users understand its limitations. more
A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six figures to their insurance. more
The city's first program, launched in May, received overwhelming demand and ran out of funds in 90 minutes. more
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