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The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday — reaching what was once the upper limit of some estimates for the pandemic's impact on Americans. Some experts now warn that the toll could nearly double again by the end of 2020.

"I hoped we would be in a better place by now," said Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. "It's an enormous and tragic loss of life."

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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Tuesday, Sept. 22. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A sign at drive-thru testing facility at the CommUnityCare clinic at the Hanock Center in July.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Monday, Sept. 21. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

UT Austin students wait in line to be tested for COVID-19 at DKR Stadium before the Sept. 12 football game against UT-El Paso.
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Austin Public Health’s interim health authority says he would’ve rather waited a few more weeks before easing capacity restrictions for businesses in the area.

A team of volunteers with P A R K S P A C E create an installation of seating spaces that are 6-feet apart at the Ann and Roy butler Hike-And-Bike Trail on Wednesday.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, Sept. 18. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Customers line up to enter Jeni's Ice Creams on South Congress.
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Retail stores, restaurants, gyms, office buildings, museums and libraries in regions where COVID-19 hospitalizations are under control can open at 75% capacity starting Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference Thursday. Hospitals in these areas can resume elective surgeries immediately, he said.

A sign at Mission Funeral Home reminds visitors that masks are mandatory.
Michael Minasi / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, Sept. 17. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A Texas State student walks on campus at the start of the fall semester.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Active COVID-19 cases in Hays County are on a steady decline, but there’s one age group still seeing small spikes in cases.

Central Texas Food Bank volunteers distribute boxes of food during the coronavirus pandemic.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, Sept. 16. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A women's health clinic in Texas.
Stephen Spillman for The Texas Tribune

State health officials walked back a plan to cut $15 million in funding from health and safety net programs, including services that offer low-income Texans access to birth control and cancer screenings, and support families of young children with disabilities or developmental delays.

Pedestrians walk past closed music venues in the Red River Cultural District in September.
Julia Reihs / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Tuesday, Sept. 15. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A sign outside Cheer Up Charlies explains the city's mask rules.
Julia Reihs / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Monday, Sept. 14. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Ashley Thompson of ACT Running leads an exercise class at Highland Park Elementary School in July.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, Sept. 11. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A sign at Galindo Elementary School in South Austin reminds people that face coverings are required.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, Sept. 10. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Chairs are stacked at an empty day care center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Austin and Travis County residents are doing a “great job” preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the area, Austin Public Health’s interim health authority said during a news conference Wednesday. 

A sign posted on the UT Austin campus says that face masks are required.
Michael Minasi / KUT

As COVID-19 has spread across the United States and around the world, it has been followed by a spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories. Given the proliferation and endurance of these theories, it’s worth taking a look at the psychology behind them.

A sign outside a home in Austin's Cherrywood neighborhood calls for an end to evictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, Sept. 9. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A temporary CommUnityCare Health Center in a modular home in Hornsby Bend in Eastern Travis County.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Central Health announced it was buying land for a new health and wellness center in Southeast Travis County at the end of August, marking another step in the health care district’s efforts to improve access to care in the underserved area.

A sign at St. Elmo Elementary encourages people to be safe during the coronavirus pandemic. School started remotely in Austin ISD on Tuesday.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Tuesday, Sept. 8. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Physicians Premier ER in Austin
Amna Ijaz / The Texas Tribune

When Dr. Zachary Sussman went to Physicians Premier ER in Austin for a COVID-19 antibody test, he assumed he would get a freebie because he was a doctor for the chain. Instead, the free-standing emergency room charged his insurance company an astonishing $10,984 for the visit — and got paid every penny, with no pushback.

Social distancing signage outside the Palmer Events Center during the City of Austin's budget hearing on Aug. 12.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Monday, Sept. 7. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

COVID-19 safety guidelines posted on the UT Austin campus on Aug. 21.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Local health officials are urging people to avoid gathering with others from outside their households during the holiday weekend. As case numbers trend downward, they say they're concerned people may think the threat of COVID-19 is diminished.

A sign tells construction workers to maintain social distance at a site in downtown Austin.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, Sept. 4. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Abby Strite, who is participating in a vaccine trial for COVID-19.
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As phase 3 trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine get underway this month, some are sounding the alarm that the process could be rushed.  

A sign requiring face masks is posted at Cappy's Cafe on the UT Austin campus on Aug. 21.
Michael Minasi / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, Sept. 3. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

The empty hallways of Crockett High School on July 22.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, Sept. 2. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Tuesday, Sept. 1. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Hand sanitizing stations and signs encouraging people to wear masks are placed around the UT Austin campus.
Michael Minasi / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Monday, Aug. 31. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Jesse Files talks to people about the 2020 Census during a food distribution at Navarro Early College High School on Monday.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, Aug. 28. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Hundreds of cars line up for a food distrubtion at LBJ High School in April.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, Aug. 27. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

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