As day cares reopen, a Texas parent weighs the risks of sending her kids back

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Quality journalism doesn’t come free Perhaps it goes without saying — but producing quality journalism isn’t cheap. At a time when newsroom resources and revenue across the country are declining, The Texas Tribune remains committed to sustaining our mission: creating a more engaged and informed Texas with every story we cover, every event we convene …

Coronavirus in Texas: Houston reopens first major art museum in nation since pandemic began

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What you need to know this weekend: Houston Museum of Fine Arts first major U.S. art museum to reopen Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts will reopen Saturday, becoming the nation’s first major art museum to do so since the coronavirus pandemic began, Texas Monthly reports. Among the planned safety measures are required masks for visitors …

After an “anticlimactic” virtual goodbye, Dell Medical School’s inaugural class heads to the front lines of the pandemic

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“Am I muted? Can y’all hear me?” That’s what 49 graduating medical students and more than 600 family members, friends and faculty members heard as Dr. Susan Cox, executive vice dean of academics, kicked off the live portion of Dell Medical School’s YouTube commencement ceremony Thursday. What followed was a seven-minute cacophony as the graduates …

Texas unemployment rate hits worst on record at 12.8%

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The state’s April jobless rate was 12.8% — Texas’ worst monthly tally on record. That number, included in the Labor Department’s monthly report released Friday, is the government’s clearest and most comprehensive look at the economic devastation in Texas since the coronavirus pandemic first swept the state in March. Previously, the state’s worst-ever monthly unemployment …

For some, forgoing masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic has become a political statement

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As Texas inches away from its economic shutdown and people resume sharing public and sometimes confined spaces, the question of whether to wear a face mask has become a way to pick sides in what’s quickly becoming a coronavirus culture war. The decision has led to everything from protests to the threat of criminal prosecutions …

Coronavirus in Texas: Bars, bowling alleys and other businesses can begin reopening Friday

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What you need to know Friday: Texas nursing homes receive nearly $400 million to battle COVID-19 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun distributing nearly $400 million to Texas nursing facilities impacted most by the novel coronavirus, that department announced Friday. The funds were released in 749 payments to nursing homes across …

They lost their jobs and insurance in the pandemic. Now they’re slipping through Texas’ health care safety net.

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Laci Crosson’s son doesn’t have pills to manage his attention deficit disorder. Betty Canales is worried about how she’ll pay for her diabetes medication. Stevie Smith saw a doctor after she was furloughed — and paid more than double her usual price. With the U.S. economy flailing as the country contends with the coronavirus pandemic, …

After blowback, Texas admits 6% of its reported tests were for antibodies, not active infections

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Texas health officials made a key change Thursday to how they report data about the coronavirus, distinguishing antibody tests from standard viral tests and prompting slight increases in the state’s oft-cited daily statistic known as the positivity rate. The positivity rate is the ratio of the confirmed cases to total tests, presented by the state …

Texas families filing for SNAP food assistance almost doubled in April

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The number of Texas families applying for federal aid to afford groceries almost doubled in April compared with an already high number the month before as record numbers of Texans continue to also request unemployment benefits because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, Texas received a staggering 417,468 applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. …

Gov. Greg Abbott lifts coronavirus restrictions for travelers from New York, Georgia and other hot spots

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Gov. Greg Abbott lifted air travel restrictions into Texas for those coming from states and major cities that have been considered COVID-19 hot spots. The change will take effect immediately, Abbott announced Thursday. The governor implemented air travel restrictions as part of his executive orders in late March. Travelers who came from specified states and …

Texas businesses returning during coronavirus are unlikely to spur fast economic recovery people need

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Serving San Antonio for more than 60 years, The Barn Door Restaurant has long prioritized treating patrons with warmth and friendliness. Donna Heath has proudly upheld that standard as a manager, and she often greets guests by name and sometimes with a hug. The impact on Texas’ economy The coronavirus pandemic has steered the economy …

Coronavirus in Texas: In Dallas County, “the numbers seem to be going our way”

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Thursday’s biggest developments: Dallas County judge expresses measured optimism as case numbers show improvement. 134,381 Texans filed for unemployment last week. Houston-area water park set to open, despite orders [9:55 a.m.] A Houston-area water park said it will defy Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders and reopen Saturday for Memorial Day weekend, The Houston Chronicle reported. While …

Texas doctors say their revenue has dropped by at least 50% since the pandemic, survey data shows

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As both a health care worker and a small-business owner, the coronavirus pandemic hit Austin pediatrician Ari Brown especially hard. “The public perception of health care right now is: You guys are inundated, and it’s like being in ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’” Brown said. While that was true for hospital and emergency room doctors, she said, for …