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Fitness, well-being, disease, medical research and issues related to Seton and St. David's Healthcare, Austin Regional Clinic and other health care providers in Austin and Central Texas

Stasia Erickson busks on South Congress Avenue on May 22.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Monday, Aug. 10. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Medical supplies is stored at Austin Public Health's Alternative Care Site, which is a field hospital set up at the Austin Convention Center to treat COVID-19 patients if needed.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, Aug. 7. 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, Aug. 6. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Austin Public Health has set up an alternate care Site at the Austin Convention Center to take in COVID-19 patients, if needed.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednedsay, Aug. 5. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Cars line up for CommUnityCare's drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Hancock Center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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

Sarah Riffel sits on a couch.
Ben Powell for The Texas Tribune

Tampons and pads are no longer contraband at the upcoming bar exam for aspiring lawyers in Texas.

Medical supplies are stored at the Austin Convention Center, which has been turned into a field hospital if area hospitals get overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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

The Hays County Courthouse.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, July 31. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A field hospital is set up at the Austin Convention Center to handle coronavirus patients if hospitals in the area get overwhelmed.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin Public Health officials say Austin and Travis County residents have done a great job to help lower COVID-19 numbers over the last few weeks, but caution there is still a lot to be done – especially with colleges and schools reopening in the coming weeks.

Austin Public Health has set up an Alternate Care Site at the Austin Convention Center to take in COVID-19 patients, if needed.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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

UT Austin's DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium undergoing renovation work on May 28.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, July 29. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

People in Austin protest racism and police brutality.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

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2020 has been a difficult and upsetting year so far. The coronavirus pandemicpolice killings of Black people, reckonings with racism and a militantly divided electorate ahead of the presidential election have some people looking for bright spots. But it's possible to go too far in that optimistic search for a little good news.

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There has been a huge drop in the number of Texans calling state regulators over surprise medical bills in the past six months.

A new law went into effect at the beginning of the year requiring medical providers and insurance companies to figure out payment disputes themselves – instead of sending bills to patients.

Medical equipment sits at the field hospital located at the Austin Convention Center on July 24.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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

A sign requiring face coverings at the entrance of Galindo Elementary School in South Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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

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The Austin Convention Center will be ready next week to take in COVID-19 patients, if needed, local health officials say, but ideally, they hope that never happens.

As the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly throughout the U.S. and beyond, many are wondering: How on earth will this end? In an interview televised this week, President Trump reiterated his belief that sooner or later the virus will burn itself out. "I will be right eventually," the president told Fox News host Chris Wallace. "It's going to disappear, and I'll be right."

Some people wear face coverings while exercising along the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail in Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Nearly a month after face masks were mandated and bars closed, Austin’s COVID-19 situation appears to be plateauing. New cases are down over the past week or so. Hospital admissions have leveled off.

Charlton Schrieber cools off on a July afternoon.
Mose Buchele / KUT

Ask people camped on Cesar Chavez Street by the Terrazas Branch Library how it’s going, and you won’t be surprised by the answer.

“It’s hot, very hot,” says a man named George, who didn’t want to give his last name.

Medication abortions are administered through pills.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

During a ban on abortion services in Texas earlier this year, more women sought out a telemedicine abortion service called Aid Access.

Coronavirus Numbers Confusing You? Here's How To Make Sense Of Them.

Jul 21, 2020
Cars line up for drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Turn on the TV news, or look at a news website, and you’ll see charts, graphics, and dashboards that supposedly indicate the latest with COVID-19 – statistics revealing the number of tests, cases, hospitalizations and deaths, along with where they happened and whether they are rising or falling.

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

Austin Public Health says a pool of mosquitoes in Central Austin has tested postive for West Nile Virus.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT News

A pool of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has been detected in Central Austin, health officials announced Thursday. 

Weston and Lorri Boyd hold signs outside the Capitol on Wednesday.
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This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wedensday, July 15. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

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Hospitalizations for the coronavirus in Austin-Travis County are plateauing, local public health officials said Wednesday.

At a news briefing, Dr. Jason Pickett, the city’s alternate health authority, described the leveling off as a “glimmer of hope,” but said it’s too early to tell if that trend will continue.

Cars line up at CommUnityCare's drive-thru testing site in Hancock Center earlier this month.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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

A person with a face mask on South Congress.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, July 10. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Cars in line for drive-thru testing at the CommUnityCare Hancock Clinic on July 2.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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What questions do you have about health care disparities during the coronavirus pandemic? Dr. Jewel Mullen joined us for a live conversation Wednesday afternoon to answer those questions.

Cars line up for CommUnityCare's drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Hancock Center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has local news on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, July 8. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

People cross the Lady Bird Lake pedestrian bridge under MoPac Expressway on July 1.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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With average daily hospitalizations in the Austin metro area ticking above a key threshold of 70 per day Tuesday, public health officials are weighing whether to recommend the region move to stage 5 of their “risk-based guidelines.” The guidelines at that stage call for closing all but essential workplaces and having even low-risk individuals avoid gatherings outside the household.

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