Andy Jechow

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Andy Jechow is the social media coordinator for KUT News. After graduating from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in international studies, he returned home to Texas — in need of greasy Tex-Mex — and became a TV news producer. Before joining KUT in November 2018, he worked as a digital content producer at Austin NBC affiliate KXAN News. When he's not at work, Andy enjoys attending book signings and watching classic movies.

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Decenas de miles de mascarillas y botellas de hand sanitizer o desinfectante de manos se distribuirán gratis en zonas calientes afectadas por el coronavirus en el área de Austin, anunciaron este miércoles funcionarios de salud pública.

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Tens of thousands of face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer will be distributed for free in coronavirus hot spots in the Austin area, public health officials announced Wednesday.

The projected path of Hurricane Laura has it hitting the Texas-Louisiana border overnight Wednesday.
National Hurricane Center

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La ciudad de Austin ya no está rechazando a los evacuados por el huracán Laura después de que el Circuito de las Américas (COTA, en inglés) reabriera como área de descanso este miércoles a las 10 a.m.

Los evacuados que esperan en el hipódromo en el sur del condado de Travis recibirán habitaciones de hotel por orden de llegada, dijo la ciudad, añadiendo que se proporcionarán los servicios básicos a los que aguardan.

Hurricane Laura moves toward the Texas-Louisiana border Wednesday morning.
National Hurricane Center

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The City of Austin is no longer turning away Hurricane Laura evacuees after the Circuit of the Americas was reopened as a rest area Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The South First Street bridge in downtown Austin is closed in both directions as more than a dozen law enforcement units respond to a situation.
Cassandra Clark

A standoff between law enforcement officers and someone in a vehicle on the South First Street bridge in downtown Austin has ended.

Officers had closed the bridge and nearby Cesar Chavez Street, and the City of Austin was asking people to stay away from the area during the standoff.

A packed crowd listens to Abhi The Nomad at 2019's ACL Fest.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUTX

Austin City Limits Music Festival has been officially canceled this year, with the festival saying it's "the only responsible solution" given the current COVID-19 situation in Texas.

The organizers of the two-weekend event hope to return to Zilker Park to celebrate the festival's 20th anniversary Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10, 2021. 

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El Gobernador Greg Abbott ordenó el cierre de todos los bares en Texas ante el aumento de casos de coronavirus y hospitalizaciones en el estado.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered all bars to close in Texas as the state sees a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

All businesses that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcohol are required to close, though they may continue delivery and takeout, the governor said Friday.

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.

National Weather Service

A tornado watch is in effect until 5 p.m. for Travis and surrounding counties, as tornado warnings have been issued for Bastrop County and the surrounding area throughout Tuesday morning and into the afternoon. 

A van on I-35 has a sign on it that says "Rent Strike."
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La ciudad de Austin está proporcionando $1.2 millones en ayuda de emergencia por única vez para el alquiler de los residentes afectados por la pandemia del coronavirus.

A van on I-35 has a sign on it that says "Rent Strike."
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The City of Austin is providing $1.2 million in one-time emergency rental assistance to residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants, or RENT, program will distribute the payments through a lottery system. Residents in need of assistance can apply on the Housing Authority of the City of Austin's website from May 4 at 9 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. May 6. 

A line of storms moves through the Austin area around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
National Weather Service

A severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Travis and surrounding counties has expired, as a line of storms moves south at 40 mph.

National Weather Service

A tornado watch is no longer in effect for Travis and Williamson counties, but remains in place for Bastrop and Caldwell counties until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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Austin-Travis County will probably see a spike in COVID-19 cases two weeks after the Easter weekend, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said during a news conference Tuesday.

Students who live near the bus locations can access the free Wi-Fi on their school computers weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nathan Bernier / KUT

The Austin Independent School District says it has deployed 110 buses with Wi-Fi to neighborhoods and apartments where home internet access is least likely. Last Friday, the school district announced its school buildings are closed indefinitely as classes move online to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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La autoridad sanitaria provisional del condado de Austin-Travis dice que espera que la recomendación para que los austineses utilicen protectores faciales de tela cuando salgan de casa se convierta en un requisito.

The Butler Hike and Bike Trail is included on the list of trail and park closures over the Easter weekend.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Starting at sunset on Thursday, all City of Austin parks and trails will close for the Easter weekend to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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The interim health authority for Austin-Travis County says he expects a recommendation for Austinites to wear fabric face coverings when they're outside the home to become a requirement.

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A new interactive map on the City of Austin's website is aimed at helping people experiencing homelessness identify locations to get aid during the coronavirus pandemic.

National Weather Service

Southern Travis County and all of Hays County remain under a flash flood warning until 7:30 p.m. as a line of storms moves out of the Austin area.

The Trail Foundation is closing outdoor gym equipment around Lady Bird Lake.
Julia Reihs / KUT

The Trail Foundation recommends people exercise as close to home as possible and stay off the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

A man carries groceries on the UT Austin campus during spring break on Tuesday.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll keep this post updated on how people can help and get help in the Austin area during the coronavirus pandemic. Know of something missing from this list? Email Andy@KUT.org.

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Three presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 were confirmed in Austin on Friday, city health officials said. The cases are the first confirmed in Central Texas.

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The Americas Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas has been postponed until November due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, MotoGP said.

Dr. Mark Escott, interim director of Austin Public Health, gives an update on what public health officials are doing to protect the community from the new coronavirus.
ATXN screenshot

There is no evidence canceling South by Southwest will make the city safer from the spread of the new coronavirus, Austin public health officials said Wednesday, adding that they are reevaluating the situation on a daily basis.

Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson
Julia Reihs / KUT

State Sen. Kirk Watson, who has represented Austin in the Texas Senate since 2007, announced he's resigning this spring to become the founding dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston.

Julián Castro speaks at a rally at Cheer Up Charlies in Austin on June 28, 2019.
Michael Minasi for KUT

Julián Castro, the former U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama and mayor of San Antonio, announced Thursday morning he is dropping out of the race for the presidency.

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Austin's New Year's Eve festivities kick off tonight at 7:30 on the south shores of Lady Bird Lake. With street closures downtown and free public transportation options, here's what you need to know to get around smoothly.

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