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For Weeks Midland Nursing Home And Health Department Kept Quiet About Coronavirus Outbreak

By Mitch Borden For two weeks, as the coronavirus spread among residents and staff at a Midland nursing home, the city’s health department and the facility didn’t publicly acknowledge the outbreak. While the first reported coronavirus case at the facility … Continue reading

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Big Bend Region To See Additional Rounds Of Mobile Testing This Week

By Public Radio Staff Communities around the Big Bend will receive new rounds of coronavirus testing this week. The announcement of state-run mobile test sites in Alpine, Marfa and Presidio comes shortly after Presidio County officials announced several new cases … Continue reading

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Ector County ISD Staff Test Positive For COVID-19 Days Before Classes Start

By Mitch Borden For the first time since last spring, students rushed to make it to classes before the final bell rang at public schools scattered across Odessa on Wednesday. But this time around, hallways were bare since the pandemic … Continue reading

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After COVID Recover, Big Bend National Park Will Reopen Friday

By Carlos Morales Big Bend National Park will partially reopen this week now that an employee who had previously been diagnosed with the coronavirus has recovered. The employee tested positive late last month and is now “feeling fine,” according to … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Will Remain Closed As An Employee Tests Positive

By Carlos Morales A newly confirmed case of coronavirus at Big Bend National Park has halted plans to reopen, according to an official familiar with the decision.  This is the second confirmed case of the virus within the park community … Continue reading

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Food Banks Across Texas, U.S. Brace For ‘Perfect Storm’ Of August Challenges

By Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio With millions of people out of work because of the coronavirus, food banks have seen a major surge in demand since March. But August is set to be one of the busiest months yet … Continue reading

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With New Guidance From The State, Marfa ISD Weighs Options as School Year Looms

By Carlos Morales With the start of the school year only weeks away, parents with children at Marfa Independent School District are eying the fall with trepidation as administrators struggle to navigate the latest guidance from the state.

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A Second Big Bend Resident Has Died From COVID-19 While Receiving Treatment in The Permian Basin

By Carlos Morales A second Big Bend resident has died from the coronavirus after local health authorities transferred him to an Odessa hospital to receive treatment. The patient, an 87-year-old man, was transferred Wednesday from Big Bend Regional Medical Center … Continue reading

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Gov. Greg Abbott Recommends Texans Stay Home As Coronavirus Cases Surge

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune With cases of the coronavirus surging to record levels in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott recommended Tuesday that Texans stay home as much as possible and for the first time moved to allow the tightening of two kinds of restrictions … Continue reading

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In the Permian Basin, Coronavirus Response Varies In Seriousness As Case Counts Rise

By Mitch Borden As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Permian Basin and across the state, the response from elected officials in the region’s two largest cities is markedly different.  Since last Thursday, Midland and Odessa have recorded 184 … Continue reading

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