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Digital Producer

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Marisa Charpentier joined KUT as a digital producer in January 2020. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors in 2018, she worked as a reporter for Community Impact Newspaper, covering the Central Texas communities of Cedar Park and Leander.

 

She is originally from St. Louis but grew up in Flower Mound, Texas.

 

A sign outside a Quaker meeting house in Austin encourages people to worship at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Cuando el Gobernador Greg Abbott emitió el martes su orden ejecutiva restringiendo las actividades no esenciales, se aseguró de señalar que los servicios religiosos se considerasen esenciales.

A sign outside a Quaker meeting house in Austin encourages people to worship at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Julia Reihs / KUT

When Gov. Greg Abbott issued his executive order Tuesday restricting nonessential activities, he made sure to note religious services are considered essential.

But in a time when people aren’t supposed to gather, what can and can’t houses of worship do? The governor’s office and the Office of the Attorney General released some guidance Wednesday.

Rep. John Bucy loads a car with donated food to be delivered to households in need in House District 136.
Courtesy of Bucy's office

Many residents in Texas House District 136 got a robocall last week – but it wasn’t a campaign message. 

In an effort to help the community’s most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic, some local leaders are turning to the political tool, which is typically reserved for campaign season.

The Texas Capitol Building in downtown Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order Tuesday requiring Texans to limit personal interactions that could lead to the spread of COVID-19. The order states schools will remain closed until at least May 4.

An Austin Public Health sign explains ways to prevent the spread of disease.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin Public Health announced Monday that its new nursing home task force is setting up sites to house nursing home residents who test positive for COVID-19. The city says these isolation facilities will give COVID-19 patients who don’t need hospitalization a safe place to recover while staying away from other nursing home residents and staff.

Kinokuniya Austin is closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
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La agencia que maneja el sistema de beneficios por desempleo en Texas dice que la situación causada por la pandemia del COVID-19 es diferente de cualquier otra que haya tenido que manejar antes. 

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media at a press conference on COVID-19.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

People flying into Texas airports from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days, or the duration of their stay in Texas, whichever is shorter.

Kinokuniya Austin is closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Julia Reihs / KUT

The agency that handles Texas' unemployment benefits system says the situation unfolding because of the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything it has ever dealt with before.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media at a press conference on COVID-19.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Hospitals must submit daily reports on bed capacity and COVID-19 tests to the state health department, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday. The department will in turn submit reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Drive-thru screening takes place at the CommUnityCare Hancock Walk-In Clinic during the coronavirus pandemic.
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La vida diaria de los tejanos ha cambiado drásticamente en la última semana. Distritos escolares han cerrado al menos por lo que queda del mes. Varias ciudades -y después el gobernador- han ordenado el cierre de bares y los comedores de los restaurantes. Las aglomeraciones de gente están limitadas a no más de 10 individuos. Grandes eventos anuales han sido cancelados. 

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media at a press conference regarding COVID on Feb. 27.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sunday he is issuing orders to increase health care and hospital capacity as COVID-19 spreads throughout the state. He said he was not, however, going to issue a "shelter-in-place" order for Texas, as many other governors have done.

Drive-thru screening takes place at the CommUnityCare Hancock Walk-In Clinic during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Daily life for Texans has changed drastically in the past week. School districts have closed for at least the rest of the month. Several cities – and then the governor – ordered bars and restaurant dining rooms to close. Mass gatherings have been limited to no more than 10 people. Big, annual events have been canceled. 

Dr. Mark Escott speaks during a news conference March 6 when South by Southwest was canceled due to health safety concerns.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Austin-Travis County has evidence of community spread of COVID-19, Dr. Mark Escott, the interim medical director and health authority for Austin Public Health, said Friday.

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.

Flower Child in downtown Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Restaurants are limited to drive-thru, pick-up and delivery service; bars must close; and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in Austin effective noon Tuesday.

 Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra speaks during a joint press conference at the Hays County Courthouse on Sunday declaring a state of disaster due to the coronavirus.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Hays County and San Marcos declared a local state of disaster amid coronavirus concerns during a press conference Sunday morning. 

Rosa Montalvo, a cafeteria employee, delivers food to parents parked outside Dawson Elementary school.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin Independent School District is preparing meals to hand out to students while school is closed amid COVID-19 concerns. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Austin Independent School District is canceling large gatherings and other events through April 3 in response to COVID-19, Superintendent Paul Cruz announced Thursday.

Martin Do Nascimento / KUT

UT Austin is extending its spring break by one week in response to the coronavirus, UT President Greg Fenves announced Wednesday. Classes were originally scheduled to resume March 23, but will now resume March 30.

Dr. Mark Escott, interim medical director of Austin Public Health
Julia Reihs / KUT

Austin Public Health is mandating that nursing homes, assisted living and long-term care facilities in Austin-Travis County secure building access and screen all individuals – including employees, volunteers and visitors – for fevers before allowing them to enter.

A South by Southwest sign in the Red River Cultural District.
Julia Reihs / KUT

South by Southwest laid off a third of its full-time staff Monday, a SXSW spokesperson said. 

The company employs about 175 people. The layoffs come three days after the City of Austin canceled the festival due to concerns over COVID-19. 

Music industry members in the Red River Cultural District met on Saturday to discuss organizing to help people affected by the cancellation of South By Southwest.
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Líderes comunitarios se está uniendo para ayudar a los dueños de pequeños negocios, camareros, trabajadores del sector turístico, artistas y otros afectados por la cancelación de South by Southwest.

Music industry members in the Red River Cultural District met on Saturday to discuss organizing to help people affected by the cancellation of South By Southwest.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Organizers are coming together to help small-business owners, bartenders, hospitality workers, artists and others grappling with the cancellation of South by Southwest.

Voters wait in line to vote on Super Tuesday at Randall's on Braker Lane.
Julia Reihs / KUT

We're following a number of federal, state and local races throughout Central Texas as results are tallied on Super Tuesday.

The new voting machines in Travis County produce a marked paper ballot. Voters scan and drop the ballot into the ballot box before they leave the voting center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

From Texas Independence Day to Super Tuesday, here's what's going on in Central Texas this week.

Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd in Austin Sunday evening. He held four rallies across Texas this weekend.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

With Super Tuesday approaching, Bernie Sanders made the rounds in Texas this weekend, traveling to El Paso, San Antonio, Houston and Austin to rally support for his campaign to win the Democratic nomination for president. 

Paul Cruz is resigning from his position as superintendent of Austin Independent School District.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Paul Cruz, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, announced Wednesday he is resigning to take a position at UT Austin.

Texas Standard, KUT, KVUE-TV and The Texas Tribune held a debate with the candidates running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate Tuesday night.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Eleven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas faced off in Austin on Tuesday night. Guns, immigration, health care and marijuana dominated the debate.

Training at SAFE Alliance in Austin shows police detectives how nurses administer forensic evidence exams for sexual assault survivors.
Julia Reihs / KUT

A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit alleging the Austin Police Department and Travis County District Attorney’s Office mishandled eight women’s sexual assault cases.

Thomas Phifer and Partners

An outdoor amphitheater is opening in Austin this fall and two entertainment companies, C3 Presents and Live Nation Entertainment, are set to bring live music and entertainment to the stage.

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