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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 business on South Congress displays a closed sign during the coronavirus pandemic. Nonessential businesses have been told to close to slow the spread of the disease.
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Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls can reopen Friday provided they limit occupancy to no more than 25%, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

At a news conference Monday, Abbott said he was letting his stay-at-home order expire and allowing businesses to reopen in phases.  

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The Travis County District Attorney’s Office and Austin’s Office of Police Oversight are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Friday night in Southeast Austin. Local organizations have deemed the incident — which resulted in the death of a 42-year-old man — unwarranted, and members of the community protested Saturday. 

CommUnityCare conducts drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Hancock Center.
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Several public and private entities have set up drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites, so people can be tested for the disease without having to enter a clinic and risk exposure to the coronavirus. The setup is intended to protect health care workers from contracting the disease, too. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott said his team is working quickly on a program to get Texans back to work and that he’ll be making an announcement Monday about next steps to reopen the state's economy. 

“The good news is Texas is prepared to be taking very positive steps toward opening up our state and finally ensuring that we’re going to have more of our employees going back to work,” he said during a press conference Tuesday.

He did not say what types of businesses will be able to open.

The Austin skyline during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Austin Public Health says it’s investigating nine clusters of COVID-19 in the Austin-Travis County area. One was recognized last week at The Salvation Army's downtown Austin shelter, and the others are among eight senior living communities or long-term care facilities, the city said in a press release Sunday evening. 

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The San Marcos Police Department has identified the officer who was killed and the two other officers injured while responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday evening.

The Austin skyline during the coronavirus pandemic.
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La ciudad de Austin ha promulgado una orden de quedarse en casa para frenar la propagación de COVID-19. Sin embargo, el hogar no es un espacio seguro para todos. 

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As COVID-19 spread throughout Central Texas last month, Central Health, the local health care district, temporarily closed some of its smaller CommUnityCare clinics to consolidate services and conserve personal protective equipment during the pandemic.

The Austin skyline during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The City of Austin has enacted a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19 — but home isn’t a safe space for everyone.

The SAFE Alliance, which aids survivors of domestic violence or abuse, has seen a significant increase in calls to its help hotline amid the coronavirus pandemic, said SAFE’s co-CEO Kelly White in a conversation with Austin Mayor Steve Adler streamed on Facebook on Tuesday night. 

The Austin skyline during the coronavirus pandemic.
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El Condado de Austin-Travis ha extendido las órdenes de quedarse en casa hasta el 8 de mayo, se anunció este lunes. 

Las nuevas órdenes entraron en vigencia al expirar las órdenes originales a las 11:59 p.m.

Bajo las órdenes extendidas, se requiere que las personas usen protectores faciales de tela cuando realicen trabajos o actividades esenciales.

The Austin skyline during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Austin and Travis County are extending their stay-at-home orders until May 8, officials announced Monday. 

The new orders will go into effect when the original ones expire at 11:59 p.m.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media during a press conference on the coronavirus in February.
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Gov. Greg Abbott extended his disaster declaration for all Texas counties on Sunday in response to COVID-19.

He originally issued the declaration, which enables the state to secure resources to mitigate the spread of the disease, on March 13. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott is touting examples of Texans helping Texans during the coronavirus pandemic.

At a news briefing Wednesday, he said Texas companies have stepped forward to increase production of personal protective equipment. He cited Prestige Ameritech in North Richland Hills, which is working with the Texas National Guard to create 2 million face masks per week. Another company, Reyes Automotive in San Antonio, is expected to start making 5,000 face shields a day for health care workers in Texas.

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Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he feels more confident now than ever in regard to Texas' ability to acquire personal protective equipment.

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

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