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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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Portable bathrooms and hand washing stations installed near an encampment at the Terrazas Library just across I-35 in downtown.
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City leaders on Thursday approved a plan to expand the use of hotels for people who can't safely quarantine because of COVID-19.

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The ACLU has sued Gov. Greg Abbott, alleging his move to block people accused of violent crimes from receiving personal bonds is unconstitutional.

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With courts largely shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, attorney Steve Brand wasn't working at his usual breakneck clip.

Then on Sunday, that peace was disturbed.

It was the governor who disturbed it. Specifically, a statewide order on Gov. Greg Abbott's letterhead.

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UT Austin says a total of 44 students have tested positive for COVID-19 after chartering a flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico over spring break.

Austin Public Health says, along with UT Health and University Health Services, it's investigating 70 people who chartered a plane to Mexico for spring break. Twenty-eight have tested positive for COVID-19.
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Seventy young adults are being investigated for COVID-19 exposure after taking a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for spring break roughly 10 days ago, Austin Public Health says.

Of those 70, 28 have tested positive for COVID-19, and dozens are under investigation by the public health authority; four had no symptoms.

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City and county officials have set aside hotel rooms and the Austin Sobering Center to quarantine or isolate homeless Austinites who have or present symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The Salvation Army shelter in downtown Austin.
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A person staying at its downtown homeless shelter tested positive for COVID-19, Austin Salvation Army said Friday.

The person was sharing a living space with 19 other people, but has been transferred from the shelter to a local hotel.

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La venta de armas puede continuar incluso cuando ciudades y condados están cerrando negocios no esenciales en vista del COVID-19, dijo el fiscal general de Texas Ken Paxton. 

En una opinion emitida el viernes, Paxton dijo que a pesar de que la declaración de desastre del gobernador Greg Abbott le da poderes a las ciudades y condados para restringir algunas actividades, las leyes estatales no permiten la restricción de las ventas de armas. 

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Gun sales can continue even as cities and counties curb nonessential business in light of COVID-19, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said.

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People accused of nonviolent felonies like possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, theft and prostitution can now be automatically released on bond – on the condition that they return to court.

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If the new coronavirus has proved anything, it's that uncertainty is the only certainty, that action is better than inaction, and that it's important to have hope in light of a pandemic.

Just ask Tim Mercer.

South Congress is devoid of people and cars on Friday.
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Many of you are probably (hopefully) sitting at home right now, selflessly isolating and socially distancing. And, some of you are probably bored; Netflix and puzzles can only go so far. If you've got a smartphone, you're likely (more than you'd care to admit) staring at Instagram – a lot.

Now, you have the option to actually help some of those folks who are out of work because of the coronavirus and assuage that bone-deep pang of guilt that comes with that glut of screentime.

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For older folks and people with compromised immune systems, going to get groceries in this outbreak of COVID-19 is more than a chore. It's a gamble. 

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media at a press conference regarding COVID on Feb. 27.
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Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that temporarily closes schools, bars and gyms – and limits restaurant service to takeout and delivery orders only amid COVID-19 concerns. The order, which goes into effect at 11:59 Friday night and lasts until April 3, also limits gatherings to 10 people.

A sign telling people how to stay healthy.
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As Central Texas prepares for an inevitable spike in COVID-19 diagnoses, medical professionals are calling on local officials to address unmet needs and implement tighter restrictions on public gatherings.

Families sit on blankets during KUTX's Rock the Park at Mueller Lake Park last fall.
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The City of Austin has banned events with more than 250 attendees in an effort to stave off the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Empire Control Room and Garage
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UpdateOfficials announced a ban on events with more than 250 people in attendance. Read more here.

Original story: Health officials are urging venues to cancel or reschedule events with more than 250 attendees in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Austin Public Health has capped large-scale events at 2,500, but issued a statement late Friday asking organizers to reconsider these smaller events, citing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"I am at this moment declaring a state disaster for all counties in the state of Texas," he said at a news conference Friday. 

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With South by Southwest canceled, a collective of downtown clubs led by the Red River Cultural District announced a series of shows Wednesday that they're calling "We Can Do Magic."

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Click here to read this story in English. 

Ahí estaban, casi 30 de ellos reunidos alrededor del bar, lamiéndose las heridas, hablando de hojas de cálculo y huérfanos.

A person uses hand sanitizer.
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A man who was in the Austin area last month has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Southern India, officials say.

Austin's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department says the unidentified man was in the area Feb. 28, then traveled to Bengaluru in the Indian state of Karnataka before showing symptoms of the disease six days later. Dell Technologies confirmed Monday night that the man was an employee of Dell India, and that he visited the company's headquarters in Round Rock before heading back home.

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There they were, close to 30 of them, gathered around the bar, licking their wounds, talking about spreadsheets and orphans.

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South by Southwest is canceled.

Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and public health officials said the concerns surrounding COVID-19 were too great.

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Texas' first case of white-nose syndrome in bats has been confirmed.

The fungus that causes the disease was first detected in Texas bats in 2017, but the disease itself, which has killed millions of bats on the East Coast, hadn't been found by Texas Parks and Wildlife until Feb. 23 in Gillespie County.

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We followed four key Travis County races on election night: district attorney, county attorney, county sheriff and county commissioner for Precinct 3. Of the four, only one avoided a runoff on May 26: the Travis County sheriff's race.

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Health officials are testing "one or more" individuals for COVID-19 in the Austin-Travis County area, Austin Public Health's interim health director said.  

Voters look at sample ballots while waiting to vote at Randalls on Braker Lane on Tuesday.
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Citing fears of the new coronavirus, election workers in Travis County didn't show up to some polls Tuesday, hobbling or delaying the opening of some voting locations on Election Day.

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State officials agreed Thursday to lease state-owned land to an Austin nonprofit for $1 a month to house homeless Austinites, with the goal of ultimately building a shelter on the 6.7-acre tract.

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Operators field roughly a million calls for emergency services in Austin a year.

A new city report says those operators do a serviceable job of answering that glut of calls, but found a disconnect between those calls and the delivery of crucial services.

Following the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol in November 2016, a demonstration by White Lives Matter supporters was met with large counterprotests by Smash Fascism Austin.
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Displays and demonstrations in support of white supremacy doubled in the United States last year, according to a new study, and Texas led the country in incidents.

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