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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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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.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

La tasa de hospitalizaciones por COVID-19 es casi el doble entre la población hispana del condado de Austin-Travis, dijeron funcionarios de salud.

El Dr. Mark Escott, director médico interino y responsable de la Autoridad de Salud Pública de Austin (APH, en inglés), dijo este martes al Tribunal de Comisionados del Condado de Travis que la APH está luchando por contener el impacto desproporcionado de la enfermedad causada por el nuevo coronavirus entre las comunidades hispanas y latinas, sugiriendo que es necesario una mayor intervención pública.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations is nearly double among the Latinx population in Austin and Travis County, health officials say.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Texas Office of Court Administration, which manages data for courts across the state, says it was the target of a ransomware attack late last week.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Autoridades de la zona de Austin extendieron este viernes las órdenes de quedarse en casa, mientras los negocios en Texas vuelven a abrir bajo reglas estatales.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin area officials extended their stay-at-home guidelines Friday morning as businesses reopen under new state rules.

Ralph Lee, who has been chronically homeless for three years, received a pre-loaded flip-phone from the city last month.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Amy Price lives in red tape. She thrives in it. And she's been at it for 25 years.

Price works at Front Steps, which manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. A couple months back – before she was sheltered-in-place with her cats – she hatched a plan. A cowboy operation, she calls it, a grant application as blunt as it was simple.

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Daniel Wrapp is in debt to a llama.

He's never met her, but the UT Austin grad student has his fingers crossed that one day he'll be able to personally thank the 4-year-old llama named Winter, an unlikely linchpin in the fight against COVID-19.

Julia Reihs / KUT

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Los niños de 11 códigos postales del centro de Texas corren un alto riesgo de inseguridad alimentaria debido al COVID-19, según un nuevo estudio. Y la situación se agrava aún más por la falta de acceso a Internet de alta velocidad mientras intentan continuar su educación en línea.

Julia Reihs / KUT

Children in 11 Central Texas ZIP codes are at high risk of food insecurity because of COVID-19, a new study finds. And the situation is further compounded by a lack of access to high-speed internet as they try to continue their education online.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

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Austin Recovery, una organización sin fines de lucro que provee tratamiento para el abuso de sustancias en el centro de Texas desde 1967, dice que está cerrando sus puertas debido al coronavirus.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Texas Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order that limits judges' ability to grant personal bonds to people with a history – or people who are accused of – violent crimes.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Austin Recovery, a nonprofit that's provided substance abuse treatment in Central Texas since 1967, says it's closing its doors because of the coronavirus.

Dr. Mark Escott, interim medical director for Austin Public Health, will announce the new online COVID-19 testing form Friday morning.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Austin public health officials say they're finalizing an online public enrollment form for COVID-19 testing that's slated to launch next week.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

As COVID-19 narrowed the capacity of groups that feed Austin's homeless, many were going hungry or simply afraid to get food at places that typically offer meals because it meant risking close contact with others.

The Salvation Army's downtown homeless shelter
Julia Reihs / KUT

Salvation Army Austin's downtown shelter was closed this weekend after 12 people there tested positive for COVID-19. All 187 people staying at the shelter have been moved to a city-leased hotel.

KUT has also confirmed the first case of COVID-19 at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless next door.

The Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Court House in downtown Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A Travis County judge has temporarily blocked Gov. Greg Abbott's order limiting judges' ability to grant personal bonds under the state's disaster declaration.

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