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Andrew Weber is a digital reporter for KUT News. A graduate of St. Edward's University with a degree in English, Andrew has previously interned with The Texas Tribune, The Austin American-Statesman and KOOP Radio.

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People line up for drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin surpassed a crucial threshold for COVID-19 hospitalizations Tuesday, which could signal possible restrictions on businesses and nonessential travel.

(Left) Julia Reihs | KUT; (Right) Photo courtesy of Laurie Eiserloh

The Travis County attorney does thankless work. That's a bleak descriptor, but it's not wrong.

Both Laurie Eiserloh, a career attorney and longtime staffer at the county attorney's office, and Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza want to take on that thankless work and are competing in the Democratic runoff for the position that has no Republican challenger.

CommUnityCare conducts drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Hancock Center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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De cara al fin de semana del 4 de julio, funcionarios de salud dicen que Austin está al borde de un pico de casos de COVID-19 que podría llevar a otro cierre completo de negocios y de la actividad social.

CommUnityCare conducts drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Hancock Center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, health officials say Austin is at the precipice of a spike in COVID-19 cases that could lead to another full shutdown of businesses and social activity.

A sign at the entrance of Austin Public Health's drive-thru testing site in North Austin.
Michael Minasi / KUT

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Mientras Texas ve picos récord en los nuevos casos de coronavirus, el conteo de las infecciones en Austin y el Condado de Travis se está quedando atrás. El aumento récord de casos es en parte responsable, pero hay otro culpable: el fax.

A sign at the entrance of Austin Public Health's drive-thru testing site in North Austin.
Michael Minasi / KUT

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As Texas sees record spikes in new coronavirus cases, Austin and Travis County's accounting for infections is lagging. A record-breaking surge in cases is partly to blame, but there's another culprit: the fax machine.

A mural of Everett Givens at Givens Park in East Austin.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

As hundreds of Black Austinites flocked to Givens Park on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Michael "Malik" Williams was working. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Remember last year, when we only had to worry about dog-killing algae?

Well, on top of the pandemic, Austinites also still have to worry about dangerous algal blooms in local waterways.

Painters outline "Black Austin Matters" on Congress Avenue early Tuesday morning.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Parts of Congress Avenue were closed Tuesday as crews painted "Black Austin Matters" across several blocks of the downtown Austin street.

Brenda Ramos at her home in South Austin.
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Brenda Ramos no está quebrada.

Se estira en una silla en su casa de South Austin, ajustando las almohadillas de alivio para el dolor justo debajo de su hombro, desplazando el rosario que ha llevado alrededor de su cuello desde que su hijo, Mike, muriera. Está rodeada de cartas de pésame y flores. Un crucifijo dice: "Estoy contigo".

Brenda Ramos at her home in South Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Lee esta historia en español. 

Brenda Ramos is not broken.

She strains in a chair in her South Austin home, adjusting the pain-relief pads just below her shoulder, displacing the rosary she's been keeping around her neck since her son, Mike, died. She's surrounded by sympathy cards and flowers. A crucifix reads, "I am with you."

Rania Lewis helps distribute donations for individuals experiencing homelessness under I-35.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Peaceful protests outside Austin police headquarters two weekends ago were marred by destruction as people set fire to a car and the belongings of Austinites living under I-35.

Michael Minasi / KUT

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Joshua Howell quiere que escuches. Quiere que escuches a la gente de color cuando hablan y documentan la violencia policial y el racismo. Quiere que lo vivas como lo vivieron ellos.

Y quiere que conozcan el nombre de su hermano: Justin Howell. El domingo 31 de mayo casi lo matan cuando un policía de Austin le disparó en la cabeza con perdigones de plomo.

Michael Minasi / KUT

Lee esta historia en español. 

Joshua Howell wants you to listen. He wants you to listen to people of color when they talk about and document police violence and racism. He wants you to experience it as those folks did.

Liz Brake, a volunteer medic, poses outside Austin Police Department headquarters during nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Lee esta historia en español. 

Liz Brake had a long day Saturday. A lot of people did. One could argue the entire country did

As a volunteer medic on the streets of Austin, she worked through waves of pepper spray, waves of "beanbags" fired off by law enforcement, and hours of chanting by demonstrators targeted by those beanbags.

A line of Austin Police officers block the front of police headquarters Sunday as thousands protest in the street.
Michael Minasi / KUT

A 20-year-old black man is hospitalized in critical condition after police shot him with beanbag rounds outside police headquarters Sunday night, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday.

Demonstrators protesting police brutality marched onto I-35 from Austin Police headquarters on Saturday.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Hundreds of people protesting the police killings of George Floyd and Mike Ramos demonstrated outside Austin Police headquarters and on I-35 on Saturday, temporarily blocking all lanes of traffic.

A list of rules outside a bar that has reopened.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin and Travis County officials are urging people to wear face coverings and to avoid large gatherings as the city and the state reopen for business.

If that refrain sounds familiar, it's because you've heard the song – and it bears repeating, officials say, lest Austin see a surge in hospitalizations for COVID-19 that could cripple the region's health care infrastructure.

A busy South Congress Street on Friday, the first day bars were allowed to reopen in Texas.
Michael Minasi / KUT

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Los latinos representan las tres cuartas partes de todas las hospitalizaciones relacionadas con el COVID-19 en el área, un aumento "sustancial" en la última semana, según funcionarios de salud.

A busy South Congress Street on Friday, the first day bars were allowed to reopen in Texas.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Latinos account for three-fourths of all COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the area – a "substantial" increase in the last week, according to health officials.

CommUnityCare conducts drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Hancock Center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Latinx communities in Austin have been hard-hit by the coronavirus. Latinx patients account for nearly two-thirds of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Austin area, and at some sites they are nearly four times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus. 

Officials said Wednesday they're forming a task force to address that disparity, which was news to the Latinx advocates who called for one in the first place.

A crowd from the ACL Music Festival in 2018.
Julia Reihs / KUTX

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Salvo que haya un avance inesperado en las pruebas o el tratamiento del COVID-19, los funcionarios de salud pública de Austin dicen que es poco probable que eventos a gran escala como el ACL Fest o los partidos de fútbol del UT Longhorn ocurran en lo que queda del año.

A crowd from the ACL Music Festival in 2018.
Julia Reihs / KUTX

Barring an unforeseen breakthrough in COVID-19 testing or treatment, Austin public health officials say, it's unlikely large-scale events like ACL Fest or UT Longhorn football games will happen for the rest of the year.

Julia Reihs / KUT

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Austin hit a 10-year-high in 2020, according to a new report.

I-35 in Austin in April. The Texas Department of Transportation experienced a ransomware attack last week.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Texas Department of Transportation's website is down because of a ransomware attack last week.

Oakwood Cemetery is Austin's oldest city cemetery.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

For a century and a half, their graves went unmarked, their lives unconsidered, and their legacies paved over. They are survived by buttons, by buckles and by beads – by the things with which they were interred.

But now, those 59 people buried in Oakwood Cemetery are being reconsidered, their legacies unearthed, because of the things they took with them to the grave.

A worker handles paperwork at CommUnityCare's drive-thru coronavirus testing site at the Hancock Center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Los pacientes latinos en los sitios de pruebas de Central Health están dando positivo en COVID-19 tres veces más que los pacientes que no son latinos, dijo este jueves la agencia de salud respaldada por el condado.

La agencia añadió que 1 de cada 5 pacientes en general ha dado positivo en las últimas dos semanas en los sitios administrados por su proveedor de servicios de salud, CommUnityCare.

A worker handles paperwork at CommUnityCare's drive-thru coronavirus testing site at the Hancock Center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Latinx patients at Central Health's drive-thru testing sites are testing positive for COVID-19 three times more often than non-Latinx patients, the county-backed health agency said Thursday.

A construction site on South Congress Avenue is one of two cited for violations related to the city's stay-at-home, work safe order.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Austinites complained to 311 about people – and businesses – violating the city's and county's stay-at-home orders more than 3,400 times since they were issued in March, according to recently released data from the city.

Of those thousands of complaints, two ended in someone getting a ticket – both of which were for not properly social distancing at a construction site.

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