Latest on the Coronavirus

Governor urges flu shots as Texas reports 300 new deaths

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials warned Thursday that the approaching flu season threatens to further strain hospitals...

Valley reports 39 more COVID-19 deaths 

The Rio Grande Valley reported another 39 COVID-19 deaths Thursday.  Twenty-two more people died in Hidalgo County, increasing the death toll there to 765, according...

Texas to allow limited visitation in nursing homes with no active virus cases

By Sarah R. Champagne and Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune For the first time in nearly five months, visitors will be allowed in Texas nursing homes...

UT-Austin to offer virus testing free to student; plan to test 5K people weekly

By Reese Oxner, Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the...

McAllen ISD details fall online learning curriculum

McALLEN — If the tail end of the 2019-20 school year was a dress rehearsal for virtual instruction at Texas school districts, the curtains...

Official: 19 dead due to virus at Texas nursing home

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) — Nineteen people at a Texas nursing home have died due to the coronavirus and 24 employees have been infected,...

Officials clear ‘snag’ to patient transfers; Casa de Amistad ‘temporary COVID-19 field hospital’

HARLINGEN — Officials are clearing up a “snag” holding back hospitals from transferring recovered COVID-19 patients to the state’s second-largest recovery center set up...

UTRGV fall financial relief deadline approaching

Some students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be eligible to receive grant money to help them with expenses this fall,...

Hidalgo Co. judge extends shelter order as Valley counts 1,086 new COVID cases

As an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the region, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez extended the shelter-at-home order he issued...

Hidalgo Co. receives $225K grant for first responders

The Moody Foundation awarded Hidalgo County $250,000 to provide personal protective equipment for first responders and front-line workers, county officials announced Monday. The grant was...

BISD agrees upon raises; District also set to buy wifi hotspots

The Brownsville Independent School District made good Tuesday on a pledge to teachers and librarians by funding a full $2,000 raise for the coming...

Wendy’s new breakfast menu increases sales 

Wendy’s customers are liking the company's new breakfast offerings. Unlike other fastfood restaurants that have suffered trying to sell breakfast, Wendy's same-store sales have fully...

Rio Grande Valley virus death toll tops 1,000

The Rio Grande Valley has surpassed a grim milestone after exceeding 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday evening. The Valley’s virus death toll is now at 1,073. This comes after Hidalgo County suffered 45 additional COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday, raising the toll there to 727. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Private schools in Texas limit enrollment to reopen classrooms

By Stacy Fernández, Texas Tribune While debate about how to safely reopen public schools in Texas raged through the summer, Kim Olstrup was preparing to...

State reports almost 9,200 new coronavirus cases, 245 deaths

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials reported almost 9,200 confirmed new coronavius cases Tuesday as a convention center in the hard-hit Rio Grande...

Murder suspect who cited COVID-19 gets lower bond

An Edinburg teen who argued his bond was excessive and also that it should be lowered because of the presence of the novel coronavirus...

Local contact tracing efforts broad in scope

EDINBURG — You may not have heard of contact tracing before COVID-19, but the long-practiced method of finding individuals who have highly infectious diseases...

EDITORIAL: No delay: Even pandemic not cause to interfere with election

President Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of postponing the November election — the election that will decide if he gets another four-year term. We...

Church members distribute produce to residents

HARLINGEN – In less than an hour, 240 boxes of food and 48 gallons of milk were handed out. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, located at...

Cameron County hospitals sending patients to Casa de Amistad

HARLINGEN — Hospitals Tuesday afternoon were preparing to begin transferring recovered COVID-19 patients to Casa de Amistad, which Texas officials have transformed into one...

Free COVID-19 testing for uninsured resumes at Starr County site

Starr County is resuming free COVID-19 tests for individuals without insurance at its drive-thru testing site. Starr County Judge Eloy Vera announced Friday that free...

Willacy virus case count surpasses 600

RAYMONDVILLE — Five months after health officials identified Willacy County’s first case of the coronavirus, the rural county’s total case count has climbed over...

City reports first employee death associated with the coronavirus

The City of Brownsville reported its first employee death, a 68-year-old man, associated with COVID-19 on Monday. To protect the family's privacy, the city will...

Like the Valley, virus ravages California county on border

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, The Associated Press CALEXICO, Calif. — Dr. Tien Vo's last stop of the night is the home of a 35-year-old woman who has...

Texas medical board warns physicians who claim COVID-19 cure

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas board that licenses doctors has warned physicians that it could take action against anyone who falsely advertises a cure...

Lawmakers reconsider approach to virus after Texas Rep.’s diagnosis

By Paul Cobler The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON - Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are rethinking the way they operate following Texas...

Figuring out spending for schools, police in midst of pandemic

By Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune Property valuations in Texas are supposed to be complete now that the July deadline has passed. The next step is...

Pandemic Care: Medical facilities stepping up to help hospitals

HARLINGEN — The skyrocketing rate of COVID-19 cases has flooded local hospitals to capacity, putting intense stress on rooms and medical professionals. The extreme need...

Gov. Abbott to visit makeshift hospital in McAllen

McALLEN — Gov. Greg Abbott will be in town again on Tuesday to witness the opening of a temporary medical facility inside the convention...

8 Willacy residents test positive

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found two girls among eight Willacy County residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus, driving this rural...

Young adults in South Texas still make up majority of COVID-19 cases

Of the COVID-19 cases throughout most of Public Health Region 11, the majority of them continue to be among the younger population. Collected data shows...

Young adults in South Texas still make up majority of COVID-19 cases

Of the COVID-19 cases throughout most of Public Health Region 11, the majority of them continue to be among the younger population. Collected data shows...

Houston to enforce masks with fines; Texas deaths top 7,000

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's mayor on Monday instructed police to begin issuing $250 fines for flouting statewide mask orders in hopes that August will...

Willacy officials: game rooms complying with COVID-19 orders

SEBASTIAN — For years, residents have worried the area’s eight-liner game rooms were breaking the law, bringing organized crime into this farming community some...

UTRGV to provide $1,000 cash grants to eligible students  

By Melissa Vasquez, UTRGV Staff To provide UTRGV students with even more financial support this coming semester, the university has revamped its Fall Relief Package to give all...

Lopez, Segovia units account for about 20.6% of active COVID-19 cases in TDCJ

Hidalgo County’s Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisons lead the state in the total number of active COVID-19 cases, state jail records show. The Lopez...

McAllen clinic one of 89 in US to begin COVID-19 vaccine trial

McALLEN — Inside an office just behind Valley Medical Art Clinic, a construction crew worked to add final touches to a workspace where clinicians,...

Artist paints, donates part to Feeding America

Bartosz Beda, an artist who has exhibited at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, created a project where he creates one painting every day...

Plasma still in high demand for Valley coronavirus patients

Plasma collected from recovered COVID-19 patients is in great need in the Rio Grande Valley, where cases continue to rise. The treatment, using the liquid...

Valley still breaking records in virus case activity

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez reported 12 deaths related to COVID-19 and 347 additional cases in a news release Sunday, as the county’s...

East Valley 4A football coaches deal with UIL decisions

LYFORD — The University Interscholastic League decided not to delay the football calendar for Classes 1A through 4A on July 21, and 4A coaches...

Uncertainty remains for East Valley 6A football programs

LYFORD — The University Interscholastic League granted Class 6A and 5A athletic programs something very valuable when it pushed back the fall calendar one...

New Guidelines San Benito police implement COVID-19 measures

SAN BENITO — In-person contact protocols have changed since COVID-19, especially for law enforcement. According to a press release by the San Benito Police Department,...

HHS sends supplies for McAllen convention center hospital

McALLEN — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent a cache of medical supplies to the McAllen Convention Center earlier this week...

At 1,106, Cameron Co. COVID-19 cases skyrocket to new single-day record

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. reported 10 COVID-19 related deaths and 1,106 new positive cases in a news release Saturday. The jump in cases...

Schools prepare to start year remotely; Parents have options for their children

Teachers, parents, students and school officials got a better idea late last week of how Texas will approach opening schools safely as coronavirus infections...

Handmade helpers: Brownsville residents receive free hand cleanser

More than 20,000 hand cleanser bottles by Tito’s Handmade Vodka were given away for free Saturday morning at the Brownsville Sports Park as hundreds...

RGV COVID-19 cases soar to 30,500

The Rio Grande Valley has now surpassed 30,000 COVID-19 cases, according to data released by officials from the four counties Friday. A total of 30,500...

Rio Grande Valley becomes Texas site for COVID-19 recovery centers

HARLINGEN — The Rio Grande Valley is Texas’ only region in which state officials are setting up COVID-19 recovery centers in such facilities as...

Amid COVID-19, boutique offers unique items

HARLINGEN — Featured in a leopard pattern, military green or even a floral design, a new portable door opener is making it easier to...

Doctor: COVID causing strokes in younger population

HARLINGEN – The stroke incidents keep increasing, but the hospital visits keep falling. Since the COVID pandemic struck several months ago, hospitals have seen fewer...

Catching up: County working through virus numbers backlog

On its face, the numbers are alarming: 2,328 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 29 additional deaths in Cameron County between July 27 and July...

Teachers group raps state guidelines on opening schools

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The state's top teachers group criticized state guidelines for starting the school year Friday, saying they would unfairly punish districts...

5 more BPUB employees test positive for COVID-19

BPUB says five additional employees tested positive for COVID-19. Their test results all came back positive this week and that all of the employees...

Abbott: Local health officials can shut schools only in limited circumstances

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune In a statement Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said local health authorities can shut down schools if there’s evidence of an...

Prayer vigil held for hospital patients and front line workers

Medical staff at Valley Regional Medical Center gathered outside the hospital’s entrances on a recent evening for a mobile church service and prayer vigil...

State to move mobile COVID-19 testing center to San Benito

SAN BENITO — State health officials are ready to give residents here a chance to test for the coronavirus. Next week, a state mobile testing...

Bass Pro permanently closes café, bowling alley

HARLINGEN — Grabbing a bite to eat and a beer are all in the past at Bass Pro Shops Harlingen following the permanent closing...

State adjusts surging total COVID-19 deaths slightly lower

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State health officials have lowered their surging total COVID-19 death count slightly, saying an automation error in a switch in...

Salvation Army rushes to serve 5,000 meals as outages add to food insecurity

McALLEN — Lt. Adolph Aguirre, commanding officer for the Salvation Army in McAllen and Hidalgo County, never seemed to catch his breath Thursday as...

Sergio Muñoz Sr., former state rep ill with COVID-19, dies at 68

Former state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Sr. has died after recently becoming ill with COVID-19, the Hidalgo County Democratic Party announced via social media Thursday...

Hidalgo Co. reports 40 COVID-19 deaths

Hidalgo County confirmed 40 additional deaths linked to COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the death toll here to 616.  “Each day we continue to lose more...

DHS’ public charge rule blocked nationwide amid pandemic

U.S. District Judge George Daniels blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to implement a “public charge” rule that opponents say would impact Latino and immigrant...

Donna schools to install a dozen Wi-Fi towers across city

The Donna school district will launch a multi-million dollar effort to install a dozen Wi-Fi towers across the city in hopes of providing internet...

VA to accept COVID-19 patients from Starr County hospital

Starr County has received a life-line through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs which has agreed to accept COVID-19 patients who require advanced levels...

UT students asked to self-quarantine before classes begin

Students planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin this fall are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to their arrival at...

53 new COVID-19 deaths recorded in Valley

Hidalgo County confirmed 45 additional deaths due to COVID-19, along with 287 new cases of the disease on Wednesday in a county news release. This...

State turning facilities in COVID-19 recovery centers

HARLINGEN — State officials are converting Casa de Amistad and the McAllen Convention Center into COVID-19 recovery centers as part of a plan to...

Virus patients are sicker; Chronic conditions exacting a heavy price in RGV

Reporting on a Tuesday teleconference with the Brownsville City Commission and Brownsville hospital CEO’s Leslie Bingham and Art Garza, City Commissioner Dr. Rose M.Z....

Texas AG says schools trump health officials on class start

By JIM VERTUNO, The Associated Press AUSTIN — Local health officials in Texas do not have the authority to close schools to prevent spread of the...

TSC to hold first virtual graduation

Texas Southmost College will hold its first virtual commencement ceremony celebrating graduates of the 2020 Spring Semester at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Originally scheduled for...

Baylor students must test negative for virus before returning to campus

By Raga Justin, Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the...

Lack of oxygen concentrators delays discharge of virus patients

EDINBURG — Hospitals are having difficulty discharging COVID-19 patients due to a shortage in oxygen concentrators, preventing hospitals from freeing up beds for incoming...

Texas GOP lawmaker tests positive for virus, cancels Trump trip

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, forcing him to abruptly cancel his plan...

Texas AG says schools trump health officials on class start

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Local health officials in Texas do not have the authority to close schools to prevent spread...

Coronavirus cases in Texas nursing homes more than doubled in July

By Sarah R. Champagne, Texas Tribune COVID-19 infections have exploded in Texas nursing homes this month, with 8,291 confirmed cases through Monday — four times...

H-E-B launches meal donation initiative to combat rising food insecurity

H-E-B will be donating a meal to Feeding Texas with every purchased H-E-B product, an initiative called “Summer of Giving.” The Texas-based grocer will be...

Free hand sanitizer giveaway set for Saturday

Tito’s Handmade Vodka will be providing free hand sanitizers to the public Saturday at the Brownsville Sports Park. The company said 20,000 bottles of 375...

3 new Willacy COVID-19 cases reported

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found three more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, driving this rural county’s total case...

AEP crews work to restore power; Valley outages keep 30,000 in dark

HARLINGEN — Linemen Tuesday continued to work to restore power to thousands of homes across the Rio Grande Valley after Hurricane Hanna’s winds tore...

Record 64 virus deaths in Hidalgo County

Hidalgo County broke another grim record Tuesday. The county reported a single-day record of 64 deaths due to complications related to COVID-19, bringing the total...

BISD readies for new school year; Classes will start with distance learning

Parents, students, teachers and staff in the Brownsville Independent School District know this much about the 2020-2021 school year: It will begin on Aug....

McAllen Convention Center to serve as COVID-19 care facility, governor says

Gov. Greg Abbott pledged more state support for recovery efforts in the Rio Grande Valley related to Hurricane Hanna and in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic after touring the area and meeting with local leaders in the Mid-Valley on Tuesday. Abbott said he viewed hurricane damage in the Valley in the air and on the ground, commenting on agricultural damage, property damage and ongoing power outages. He said he issued a waiver on certain regulations related to commercial trucking in the state meant to address those power outages Tuesday afternoon. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Farmers to Families: Thousands line up for free boxed chicken

Residents started lining up about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday to receive boxes of fully-cooked, frozen chicken. In all the BISD food services department distributed more...

McDonald’s: No face masks, no burger & fries

NEW YORK (AP) - If you're walking into a McDonald’s to pick up your Big Mac, make sure you're wearing your face masks. Beginning Saturday, Aug....

State to set up virus care facility; Recovery area would free hospital space

At a Monday press conference, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. said a “step-down” care facility for recovering COVID-19 patients could be operational by...

Cameron, Hidalgo counties report 17 deaths, 841 new COVID cases

Hidalgo County reported 11 more COVID-19 related deaths Monday, raising the total to 467. The county also reported 596 additional cases of the coronavirus, increasing...

Task force supports local hospital through storm, COVID-19

McALLEN — For the past week, a medical task force of dozens of personnel from across the nation have been added to McAllen Medical Center’s...

1,000 new coronavirus fatalities in Texas in just 6 days 

By Alana Rocha, Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the...

Hidalgo County delaying COVID-19 reports until Monday 

Don’t expect to hear any new data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in Hidalgo County until sometime Monday as Hurricane Hanna prevented officials from...

Cameron Co. reports 8 more COVID-19 related deaths 

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. reported eight COVID-19 related deaths and 341 new positive cases in a news release Saturday.  The death toll there...

Seven more Willacy residents COVID-19 positive

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found seven more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, driving the rural county’s total case...

Willacy County closes its South Padre Island section

RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County Judge Aurelio Guerra on Friday ordered the closure of the county’s section of South Padre Island to prevent the spread...

Crisis nurses, first deployed to New York, now on COVID-19 front lines in the RGV

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, The Los Angeles Times EDINBURG - Crisis nurse Catrina Rugar was in full protective gear, checking a ventilated patient at a new COVID-19...

More county employees test positive for the coronavirus

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. on Friday announced that an additional 59 county employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees work in the...

Additional BPUB employees test positive for COVID-19

Brownsville Public Utilities Board has announced five additional BPUB employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases were confirmed July 17 -24, and the last...

Judge details governor meeting; Abbott says RGV virus fight is top priority

As the Rio Grande Valley reels from its new status as a major COVID-19 hot spot, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. said a...

Hidalgo Co. reports 23 COVID-19 fatalities as testing surpasses 100,000

EDINBURG — Announcing that coronavirus testing had surpassed the 100,000 mark, Hidalgo County reported 23 additional deaths related to the virus and another 564...

Ants, bodies and oxygen — DHR releases documents addressing social media allegations

EDINBURG — Doctors Hospital at Renaissance released hundreds of documents Thursday that address claims of impropriety made on social media last weekend, providing a...

Pointing to Valley virus surge, Dems call on Abbott to lock down portions of state

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen Two Rio Grande Valley congressmen called for Gov. Greg Abbott to institute or allow some kind of lockdown or stay-at-home...

Valley’s religious turns to faith without framework as virus ravages

Relatives of a newly ordained priest kneel during the priestly Mass at the Basilica on June, 20 in San Juan. (Delcia Lopez | dlopez@themonitor.com) During...

16 more virus deaths reported in Cameron County

Sixteen more Cameron County residents have died from COVID-19 related causes, the county health department reported Thursday night. The individuals include a 97-year-old woman and...

National/World News

Texas is spending $45 million on virus tests prisoners administer themselves

By Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune Texas is spending $45 million on 300,000 new coronavirus tests to largely be used in the infected state prison system,...

How a Dallas salon owner changed Texas’ reopening debate

By Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune By April 27, when Gov. Greg Abbott announced that hair salons and barbershops would have to remain shuttered, Shelley Luther’s...

Court: Eviction proceedings, debt collections can resume this month

By Emma Platoff and Juan Pablo Garnham, Texas Tribune Evictions and debt collection proceedings can resume in Texas next week, the Texas Supreme Court has...

Patrick pens op-ed saying sports should return with fans in the stadiums

The Texas Tribune AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick thinks sports fans should be able to attend games as long as some guidelines are in...

Tensions rise as Texas governor readies to lift more rules

By PAUL J. WEBER and JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two weeks into the reopening of Texas, coronavirus cases are climbing. New...

More virus testing in Texas prisons, Houston furloughs 3,000

By JUAN A. LOZANO and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Texas will begin widespread coronavirus testing in state prisons where at least...

Analysis: Reopening just a little bit isn’t really a big boon for the economy

By Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune Really opening Texas would require the governor and like-minded officials to actually put businesses in a situation where they could...

Houston officials use poop to track the spread of COVID-19

By JASPER SCHERER Houston Chronicle HOUSTON (AP) — City health officials and Rice University scientists have begun testing Houston wastewater samples for COVID-19, a process...

More than 1,000 new virus cases, 39 more deaths in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — At least 1,000 more people in Texas have tested positive for COVID-19 as the number of cases continues to climb...

Lawsuit: Texas rules for mail-in voting won’t work during pandemic

By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune A coalition of voters and civil rights groups opened a new front Monday in the legal wars over mail-in voting...

Mental health hotline is helping Texans navigate the pandemic

By Elvia Limón, Texas Tribune Within the first month of its launch, the state’s new mental health support line received nearly 2,000 calls from Texans...

More than 1,000 new virus cases, 39 more deaths in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials on Sunday reported more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus and 39 additional deaths due to COVID-19,...

Language barriers, no bank loans leave Latino small-business owners struggling

By Juan Pablo Garnham, Texas Tribune FORT WORTH — As Texas restaurants and retail stores began welcoming customers back through their doors last week, a...

Experts: Business has reopened in Texas, but economy won’t be back soon

By Mitchell Ferman and Anna Novak, Texas Tribune HOUSTON — The Texas economy has been protected unlike elsewhere in the country during some of the...

Trump praises Abbott as states roll back limits

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, JILL COLVIN and PAUL WEBER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised another Republican governor for rolling back state coronavirus...

Green flag: IndyCar to open its delayed season in Texas

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas next...

With DACA down to the wire, immigrant health care workers worry about deportation

By Jeff Gammage, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA _ When hospital CT technologist Louise Rogenski scans patients known or suspected to have COVID-19, she's close enough to...

Why are some planes crowded even with air travel down?

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer Every once in a while, social media lights up with photos or video from flights that are nearly full,...

Justices wary of ‘Obamacare’ birth control coverage changes

By JESSICA GRESKO and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Wednesday about the sweep of Trump administration rules that...

Big 12 schools intend to open in fall, giving football hope

By CLIFF BRUNT and STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writers All 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference expect their campuses to be open in the...

Texas outlines guidelines to allow socially distant graduations to resume

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune A jam-packed auditorium or gymnasium. Hugs from fellow graduates. Rows of family members and friends whooping and standing to watch their...

70% of Texas prisoners tested have the coronavirus

By Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune Within the walls of Texas prisons overrun with the new coronavirus, information on its spread is still scarce, and the...

Texas hair salons to reopen Friday, gyms to open May 18

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott will allow hair salons in Texas to reopen Friday — and gyms will be allowed to open...

Texas tops 2 million unemployment claims during outbreak

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has passed the 2 million mark in unemployment claims filed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said...

NASA begs spectators for astronaut launch: Please stay home!

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA and SpaceX on Friday urged spectators to stay home for the first home...

As daily virus deaths spike, Texas reopens door for business

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas charged toward reopening Friday despite the grim milestone of the state's deadliest single day...

Texas A&M, Texas Tech to reopen campuses, resume football in the fall

By Carrington Tatum, Texas Tribune Students, and football, are expected to return to College Station and Lubbock this fall. Texas A&M intends to reopen its 11...

COVID-19 diagnoses, fatalities continue to climb in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of reported illnesses diagnosed as caused by the new coronavirus continued to climb Wednesday, as did the death...

Lawsuit: US citizens with immigrant spouses should get help

By ASTRID GALVAN The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has sued the federal government over its denial...

AP Exclusive: Texas AG helped donor fight virus lockout

By PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When a small county in the Colorado mountains banished everyone but locals...

COVID-19 risk against a paycheck

By Clare Proctor, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott’s Monday announcement that retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls will be allowed to reopen Friday means...

Census says restart to field operations will be in phases

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau's return to field operations for the 2020 national head count will take...

Texas to allow some into restaurants and retail on May 1

By JIM VERTUNO and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott outlined Monday a slow reopening of one of...

COVID-19 deaths in Texas increase by 25, now stands at 648

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of deaths in Texas due to COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus, has risen by 25, the...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a $484 billion bill that aids employers and hospitals under stress from the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Texas accuses US’ largest egg producer of price gouging

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' attorney general has accused the nation's largest egg producer of price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic. A lawsuit filed Thursday by...

Governor defends testing levels as Texas begins reopening

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday renewed his defense of coronavirus monitoring in Texas, which...

Governor defends testing levels as Texas begins reopening

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday renewed his defense of coronavirus monitoring in Texas, which...

Doctors: Execution drugs could help COVID-19 patients

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Secrecy surrounding executions could hinder efforts by a group of medical professionals who are asking the...

Oil price goes negative as demand collapses; stocks dip

NEW YORK — Oil prices plunged below zero on Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders don’t want to...

Reports suggest many have had coronavirus with no symptoms

A flood of new research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms, fueling hope that it will turn out...

As mail voting pushed, some fear loss of in-person option

ATLANTA — Scrambling to address voting concerns during a pandemic, election officials across the country are eliminating polling places or scaling back opportunities for...

Lockdowns ease worldwide, but political heat rises in US

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Tattoo parlors and hair salons in Denmark. Beaches in Australia. Bookstores in Germany. Countries around the world that have seen...

Texas governor begins easing restrictions to reopen economy

AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday began a slow reopening of Texas with orders that allow retail shops to sell items curbside,...

Texas governor begins easing restrictions to reopen economy

By PAUL J. WEBER and JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday began a slow reopening of Texas with...

Abbott issues order closing classrooms for the rest of the school year

Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he is ordering school classrooms to be closed for the remaining of the 2019-2020 school year. It applies to...

`LIBERATE!’: Trump goads states to lift virus restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after laying out a roadmap for gradually reviving economic activity, President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “LIBERATE” three...

Texas universities are getting millions in federal money to offset coronavirus losses

By Raga Justin, Texas Tribune Texas universities and colleges are steeling themselves against the financial impact from a list of losses related to the new...

Facebook to warn users who ‘liked’ coronavirus hoaxes

NEW YORK (AP) — Have you liked or commented on a Facebook post about the COVID-19 pandemic? Facebook is about to begin letting you know...

US relief checks begin arriving as economic damage piles up

WASHINGTON — Government relief checks began arriving in Americans’ bank accounts as the economic damage to the U.S. from the coronavirus piled up Wednesday...

Texas coronavirus deaths pass 300

DALLAS (AP) — The coronavirus death toll passed 300 in Texas Tuesday, as the state's juvenile prisons announced they will temporarily stop accepting young...

Texas governor says economy won’t reopen all at once

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas businesses won't all reopen at the same time, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday, even as President Donald Trump itches...

Court lifts part of order blocking Texas abortion ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday partially rescinded a lower-court order that had largely blocked the enforcement of an abortion...

Astros’ Alex Bregman launches $1M campaign to feed Houstonians

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has launched FEEDHOU, a $1M fundraising campaign to help feed Houston-area residents impacted by COVID-19. Proceeds from the...

Important Lists

Current Reopening Guidelines

As the state, counties and cities begin to attempt to reopen, we’ll post their provided guidelines here. If a document for your city is not...