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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.

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.

A face mask hangs in the rearview mirror of a car.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Tuesday with the latest local news on the coronavirus pandemic. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Monday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

CommUnity Care conducts drive-up COVID-19 screening at the Hancock Center on March 18.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Monday, April 20. Read Tuesday's live updates here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

The Austin skyline during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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. 

Residents look at maps of Austin's proposed new land development code, at an information session in October.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The City of Austin on Thursday appealed a Travis County judge’s order voiding votes taken in an ongoing process to adopt a new land development code.

Last month, Judge Jan Soifer of the 345th District Court ruled the city had violated state law when it failed to inform individual property owners of potential changes to their land under the proposed new land code. A code would determine what can be built in the city and where.

Former Assistant Police Chief Justin Newsom has been accused of racism, but an independent investigation could not corroborate the accusations.
Emree Weaver for KUT

An outside investigator hired by the City of Austin to look into allegations of racism and homophobia against two assistant police chiefs has largely been unable to corroborate the accusations.

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.

Jeff Levine places a face covering over the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Auditorium Shores.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Friday with the latest local news on the coronavirus pandemic. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Thursday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

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.

A construction site in Ausin.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Kara says she's been having regular panic attacks over the past couple weeks knowing her husband, a commercial plumber in Austin, is going to work.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, April 16. Read Friday's live updates here. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Wednesday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A health worker screens a driver at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in South Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We Are Blood collected plasma Wednesday from a third person who has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. The plasma – the part of blood without red blood cells – could contain antibodies to help current patients with the coronavirus disease.

Hundreds of cars line up to receive a box of free food from the Central Texas Food Bank, at LBJ High School on Wednesday.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, April 15. Read Thursday's live updates here. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Tuesday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

The Austin skyline during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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.

Downtown Austin parking garages sit mostly empty during the city's stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Tuesday, April 14. Read Wednesday's live updates here. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Monday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

The Austin skyline during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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.

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.

Julia Reihs / KUT

 

Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that reopening the Texas economy will be a "slow process" guided by public health concerns as he continued to preview a forthcoming executive order that will detail his strategy to reignite business in the state.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Monday, April 13. Read Tuesday's live updates here. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Friday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

San José Catholic Church in Austin.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

For many people of faith in Austin, not being able to come together to celebrate religious holidays is one of the most painful concessions of the coronavirus pandemic, especially in a time filled with so much fear and uncertainty.

St. David's South Austin Medical Center
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A breakdown of hundreds of coronavirus cases in Austin-Travis County closely mirrors the current racial and ethnic demographics of the city.

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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.

People ride bikes in a Cedar Park neighborhood during the coronavirus pandemic.
Julia Reihs / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Friday with the latest local news on the coronavirus pandemic. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Thursday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A lone person crosses the street in the rain in Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin City Council members have approved a $15 million relief fund to aid residents affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Portable bathrooms and hand washing stations installed near an encampment at the Terrazas Library just across I-35 in downtown.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

City leaders on Thursday approved a plan to expand the use of hotels for people who can't safely quarantine because of COVID-19.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Thursday with the latest local news on the coronavirus pandemic. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Wednesday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

No matter what you do (or did) for a living before the COVID-19 pandemic, it's probably safe to say your work life has changed dramatically since its arrival. If you haven’t lost your job, you may be working from home. Or you may find yourself working out in the world, in sectors deemed “essential” by stay-at-home orders.

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