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Travis County residents wear masks while waiting in line to vote on Oct. 13.
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Austin’s top doctor said Wednesday there’s a 96% chance the COVID-19 epidemic is growing in the area, up from about 90% the day before.

New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise, but experts say Texas is better prepared to handle another surge.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

Cases of COVID-19 in parts of Texas surged to near catastrophic levels this summer as some hospitals were forced to put beds in hallways, intensive care units exceeded capacity and health officials struggled to stem the tide of the virus.

A COVID-19 testing site in Houston on June 27. Under the state's vaccine distribution plan, vulnerable people would likely be the first to get the vaccine in the early months that it's available.
Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

If a COVID-19 vaccine is ready next month, Texas health officials predict it won’t be widely available to Texans until at least July.

Austin Public Health operates a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site off I-35 in North Austin.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Austin Public Health will be administering about 800 free flu shots at two events in the coming weeks.

People are getting the results of coronavirus tests in the U.S. faster than they were in the spring, but testing still takes far too long to help with effective disease control measures such as contact tracing and quarantining, according to the results of a large national survey.

A voter wearing a face covering on the first day of early voting at the South Austin Recreation Center.
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Austin Public Health officials are giving their weekly update on the local impact of COVID-19. Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott, APH Director Stephanie Hayden and APH Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette will be answering questions from members of the media.

Pedestrians cross the street near bars on East Sixth Street in May.
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Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe said he’s not going to allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity Wednesday, citing a memo from the county's top doctor saying COVID-19 "continues to be a threat."

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

If a vaccine against the coronavirus became available at a low cost, 42% of Texas registered voters said they would try to get it, and 36% said they wouldn’t, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

That’s a significant drop from the 59% who said in a UT/Texas Politics Project poll in June that they would get vaccinated against the disease.

People wearing face coverings on the UT Austin campus on Oct. 1
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Monday, Oct. 12. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A doll on a toy stretcher at Dell Children's hospital.
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Texas’ uninsured rate among children dramatically spiked between 2016 and 2019, according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

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

How The Leading Coronavirus Vaccines Work

Oct 8, 2020
The oldest method for developing flu vaccines involves growing viruses in eggs, which takes time.
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There are now quite a few COVID-19 vaccines in the pipeline, but two seem to be making promising progress: the one designed by the US biotechnology company Moderna, and the one developed by the University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca.

People wear face coverings on the UT Austin campus.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, Oct. 8. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A crowd of people at the Blind Pig on Sixth Street in May.
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Texas bars can reopen at 50% capacity starting next Wednesday if the county judge where they are located approves, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday.

UT Austin students wear masks while walking on campus on Oct. 1.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin Public Health leaders are giving their weekly update on the local impact of COVID-19 at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott, APH Director Stephanie Hayden and APH Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette will be answering questions from the media.

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, Oct. 7. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A medical instrument for a child.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

More than 20 advocacy groups are asking Texas officials to reconsider proposed staffing cuts that could create delays for vulnerable populations seeking vital health services.

A sign in Pflugerville during the coronavirus pandemic. A Pflugerville high school is postponing its next two football games after a faculty member tested positive for COVID-19.
Michael Minasi / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Tuesday, Oct. 6. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A bar on Sixth Street in Austin.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Monday, Oct. 5. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

People wear face masks on the UT Austin campus in October.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin Public Health officials are encouraging residents to understand that if the president and first lady of the United States can contract COVID-19, anyone can.

Cars wait in line at a Central Texas Food Bank emergency relief food distribution at Toney Burger Center in April.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, Oct. 2. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

An empty Barton Springs Pool during a cleaning in August 2017.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, Oct. 1. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Demonstrators outside Austin City Hall on Monday demand that City Council allocate $10 million to a Music Venue Preservation Fund to save Austin music venues.
Julia Reihs / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, Sept. 30. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Dell Seton Medical Center in 2017.
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Almost a million low-income Texans would likely enroll in Medicaid if the state were to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing takes place at the CommUnityCare in Hancock Center in March.
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Travis County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve Central Health’s next budget, which includes a $20 million increase in funding for health care services for low-income residents.   

Some pedestrians wear face coverings while running along the Butler Hike-And-Bike Trail.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Tuesday, Sept. 29. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

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

The Central Texas Food Bank distributes boxes of food to families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, Sept. 25. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A sign outside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium outlines COVID-19 protocols for visitors.
Michael Minasi / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Thursday, Sept. 24. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A pedestrian walks along South Congress Avenue wearing a face covering.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, Sept. 23. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

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