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Over 40 percent of Amarillo’s 940 total COVID-19 cases reported Friday – mostly in Potter County – are being attributed to meatpacking plants, prompting Amarillo’s mayor to ask for the state’s assistance, as the city’s total number of cases has risen drastically over the past few days.

Potter County has seen the biggest jump in cases – from 396 on Monday to 684 on Friday.  Randall County reported 256 cases on Friday, up from 191 on Monday.

State Rep. Carl Sherman, a DeSoto Democrat, was leaving the house to take soup to his mother when a neighbor stopped him with a question.

Her friend was recently laid off from her job and needed to file for unemployment but couldn’t get through.

Daniel Wrapp is in debt to a llama.

He's never met her, but the UT Austin grad student has his fingers crossed that one day he'll be able to personally thank the 4-year-old llama named Winter, an unlikely linchpin in the fight against COVID-19.

From Texas Standard:

Most Texans have likely experienced some hardship because of the pandemic. But it's hit some harder than others, including those who've actually had COVID-19.

Ray Benson is a guitar player, singer and frontman for the band Asleep at the Wheel, and he has recovered from the disease. He told Texas Standard host David Brown on Thursday that it took a toll, but he's feeling better.

Restaurant servers, retail cashiers and movie theater concession workers in Texas could be called back to work as soon as Friday, in the first phase of the state's emergence from a coronavirus shelter-at-home order.

Citing the threats of the coronavirus, six Texas voters filed suit in federal court Wednesday challenging restrictions that limit age eligibility for voting-by-mail to those 65 and older.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas will allow some businesses — like retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls — to open as early as Friday, with new rules outlined by the governor's taskforce.

This story was updated on May 1 with statements from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

While much of the country has been on lockdown because of the coronavirus, construction of President Trump's border wall has continued.

Democrats on Capitol Hill have called for a full-stop on construction. But the administration has accelerated some efforts to build the wall, and Trump is using the pandemic to justify his push for it.


From Texas Standard:

What happens to a town whose very livelihood relies on galas, weddings and special events when a pandemic hits, forcing all those scheduled vows to be put on ice?

If you're the wedding capital of Texas – the Hill Country town of Dripping Springs – you work madly to hold on to bookings. You also look for ways of pivoting part of your business to supply emergency first responders.


Texas is ending restrictions on travelers from Louisiana that began a month ago to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls can reopen Friday provided they limit occupancy to no more than 25%, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

At a news conference Monday, Abbott said he was letting his stay-at-home order expire and allowing businesses to reopen in phases.  

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Las tiendas, restaurantes, cines y centros comerciales de Texas podrán reabrir a partir del viernes siempre y cuando limiten la ocupación a no más del 25%, dijo el lunes el gobernador Greg Abbott.

En una conferencia de prensa el lunes, Abbott dijo que aguardaba a que su orden de quedarse en casa expirara para permitir a los negocios reabrir en fases. 

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Con tantos tejanos sin trabajo debido a las órdenes de quedarse en casa por el COVID-19, los bancos de alimentos se han sumado a los esfuerzos en  la primera línea de respuesta en el estado. El aumento de la demanda está empujando a los bancos de alimentos de Texas al límite, ya que ellos también esperan que les llegue la tan necesitada ayuda estatal y federal.

Claudia Garza and her husband Rick own Bright and Early Productions, a photography and videography company targeting the real estate industry. In an effort to keep employees safe from COVID-19 they’re currently only photographing unoccupied homes. They’ve lost business as a result and had to reduce their employees’ hours.

When they found out that $349 million was set aside for the first Paycheck Protection Program, they wanted to apply through the bank where they have their business and personal accounts, Wells Fargo. But they couldn’t.

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Claudia Garza y su esposo Rick son dueños de Bright and Early Productions, una empresa de fotografía y video dirigida a la industria de bienes raíces. En un esfuerzo por mantener a salvo del COVID-19 a sus empleados, actualmente solo están fotografiando casas sin personas. Por esto, perdieron oportunidades de negocio y tuvieron que reducirles las horas de sus empleados.

Daily updates on new cases of COVID-19 and deaths related to the illness often include people 65 and older. Why do the elderly tend to be more susceptible to viral infections?

Last month, as Texas began to shutter businesses and cancel public events, counties across the state began cutting the number of people in local jails, concerned that the facilities offered a particularly deadly breeding ground for the pandemic. On March 1, there were more than 68,000 people in Texas jails, including people being held pre-trial and those who’d been convicted and sentenced. On April 1, there were just over 58,000.

Maria Hernandez isn’t a household name. She’s not famous. She was never a mayor or a congresswoman. But, her family says, the 91-year-old was tough.

The Hays County Commissioners Court has revoked permits it issued to let Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline project bore under county roads.

Retail businesses can reopen in Texas today – as long as they’re only doing curbside or delivery. On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to announce the next phase in the state’s loosening of restrictions put in place to contain the coronavirus.

But are we ready?

Texas state parks reopened this morning – albeit with some limitations, and retail stores can re-open Friday for delivery and pickup orders. These are the first steps in Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to re-open the Texas economy and begin easing back on social distancing.

Clinics that provide abortions have resumed providing the procedure after a state ban on nonessential medical procedures expired.

Unprecedented Demand Strains Texas Food Banks

Apr 22, 2020

From Texas Standard:

With so many Texans out of work because of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, food banks are the state’s newest first responders. And the soaring demand is pushing Texas food banks to the limit as they, too, wait for sorely needed state and federal aid to arrive.

After facing intense criticism for suggesting on Fox News last month that he’d rather perish from the new coronavirus than see instability in the state’s economic system, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Monday night that he’s thankful Texas is beginning the process of reopening its economy because the restrictions are currently “crushing small businesses” and the economic market.

Gov. Greg Abbott said his team is working quickly on a program to get Texans back to work and that he’ll be making an announcement Monday about next steps to reopen the state's economy. 

“The good news is Texas is prepared to be taking very positive steps toward opening up our state and finally ensuring that we’re going to have more of our employees going back to work,” he said during a press conference Tuesday.

He did not say what types of businesses will be able to open.

Amarillo Stay-At-Home Order Extended To End Of April

Apr 14, 2020
City of Amarillo

Correction: A previous version of this story contained incorrect data about COVID-19 cases in Amarillo. 

Amarilloans are being asked to stay at home for at least another couple of weeks.

The Amarillo City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an extension to the city’s stay-at-home directive through April 30. Mayor Ginger Nelson said the directive has helped and will continue to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Moore County Hospital District

While the rate of COVID-19 cases has remained fairly flat in most counties in the Texas panhandle, one county is continuing to see an uptick in cases.

Moore County reported 36 confirmed cases of the disease Tuesday, up from 21 cases reported on Friday, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services dashboard.

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Amarillo health officials are asking people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma for treating more seriously ill patients. The Amarillo City Council is also expected to extend the city’s shelter in place order on Tuesday, when the current order expires.

In a press conference broadcast on the City of Amarillo’s Facebook page Monday, Dr. Scott Milton, with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo Public Health Authority, asked people who received positive COVID-19 tests – but completely recovered – to donate plasma.

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