Tag Archives: Coronavirus

Marfa Schools Close After Students And Staff Member Test Positive For COVID-19

By Carlos Morales Five students and one employee at Marfa Independent School District have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, forcing officials to close the district’s two campuses and shift to remote-instruction for the next week.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Says Bars Can Reopen Next Week At 50% Capacity If Counties Opt In

By Alex Samuels and Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday afternoon that county officials may begin working with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to allow bars to operate with in-person service.

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Brewster County Health Authority Steps Down, Officials Begin Search For Replacement

By Carlos Morales Brewster County’s local health authority, Dr. Ekta Escovar, has formally stepped down from her role, which she’s held for the last seven months. Dr. Escovar’s work included guiding the region’s response to the pandemic, providing regular updates … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Moves Into Next Phrase of Reopening

By Carlos Morales After partially reopening in August, Big Bend National park officials are moving forward with their next stage of reopening, allowing backcountry camping and giving visitors access to nearly all trails. The latest reopening phase for the far-flung … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas’ Elimination Of Straight-Ticket Voting

By Alex Samuels, Texas Tribune Less than three weeks before early voting begins in Texas, a U.S. district judge has blocked the state from eliminating straight-ticket voting as an option for people who go to the polls this November. In … Continue reading

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Forced Closure At Alpine High School Ends Early, Students Can Return Monday

By Carlos Morales Beginning Monday, Alpine Independent School District officials say it’s safe for students at Alpine High School to return to campus for in-person instruction.  The campus was originally supposed to be closed for two weeks after administrators said … Continue reading

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Possible COVID-19 Exposure Sends Alpine High School Classes Online

By Ari Snider Alpine High School is moving to remote learning for two weeks after students may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19. The campus closure comes as the number of active coronavirus cases in Brewster County has … Continue reading

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Gov. Greg Abbott Loosens Coronavirus Restrictions For Restaurants And Other Businesses In Most Regions Of Texas

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that most of Texas will be able to loosen some coronavirus restrictions, including letting many businesses increase their capacity to 75%, as soon as Monday.

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Update: Ashton Medical Lodge Outbreak Reaches 100 Coronavirus Cases

By Mitch Borden Over the last month, a Midland nursing home has transformed into a coronavirus hot spot, resulting in dozens of infections and leading to the death of almost 20 people. The outbreak at Ashton Medical Lodge is reminiscent … Continue reading

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After Summer Surge, Virus Cases in Rural Texas County Drop to Zero

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News ALPINE, Texas (CN) — As the coronavirus continues to circulate across the Lone Star State, having killed more than 11,000 Texans since the pandemic began, one far-flung county in the state’s remote western region hit … Continue reading

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