Latinx patients at Central Health's drive-thru testing sites are testing positive for COVID-19 three times more often than non-Latinx patients, the county-backed health agency said Thursday.

City of Amarillo

Se está identificando un número alarmantemente alto de casos de COVID-19 en una planta empacadora de carne en Amarillo, ya que los resultados de las pruebas continúan llegando.

Durante la sesión informativa en video del miércoles de la Ciudad de Amarillo, Casie Stoughton, directora de salud pública, dijo que se identificaron 155 casos positivos de COVID-19 de las pruebas de la Guardia Nacional de Texas de la semana pasada en la planta de Tyson Food.

"La boleta de calificaciones de hoy reflejará 255 resultados positivos adicionales", dijo Stoughton.

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State health officials say the JBS Beef plant rejected its efforts to test all employees. The company switched gears Wednesday afternoon after the Tribune reported on the lack of testing at a plant tied to a rapidly growing cluster of coronavirus cases.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the Texas Supreme Court to weigh in on the state's vote-by-mail laws, bypassing a state appeals court.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff are firing back at Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over a letter Paxton’s office sent them claiming the city and county’s public health orders are unlawful and unconstitutional.

Texas is moving into a new phase in the coronavirus outbreak: managing transmission while partially reopening non-essential businesses. And still, the rate of testing for the disease remains low. 

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La reapertura gradual del estado de Texas por parte del gobernador Greg Abbott tiene como objetivo que los tejanos vuelvan a trabajar por fases. Pero ese proceso no ha sido ni sencillo ni coherente.

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Even as much of American life has been on pause over the past few months, a plan to move radioactive nuclear waste to West Texas continues forward, with the support of the federal government. The proposal for a facility at a remote part of the Texas-New Mexico border has been up in the air for years, but a new federal report says it should be approved because environmental risks are low.

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The traditional farm-to-table path for food has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many people staying home and out of work, food supply chains can't operate as before. Demand for certain goods has also changed.

Is 2020 The Year Texas Becomes A Battleground State?

May 12, 2020

Texas has voted for a Republican in every presidential election since 1980. But that decades-long hold may be eroding, according to some political experts.

Donald Trump won Texas by less than 9% of the vote in 2016. And the margin was even smaller for Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, the year of the last statewide contest.

Texas Doubles Early Voting Period For July Primary Runoff Elections

May 12, 2020

Ahead of the first statewide election during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott has doubled the length of the early voting period for the upcoming July primary runoff elections.

A coalition of voters and civil rights groups opened a new front Monday in the legal wars over mail-in voting in Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic.

The Texas Office of Court Administration, which manages data for courts across the state, says it was the target of a ransomware attack late last week.

It’s been more than a month since Marissa Hudler hugged her kids. Fearful of accidentally bringing the new coronavirus home, she and her husband — both health care workers — sent their two sons to stay at their grandparents’ house in March and don’t expect they’ll return for weeks.

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En el episodio de esta semana de "Ask a Doctor" (Pregúntale al Doctor), el médico del Centro de la Salud de la Universidad de Texas en San Antonio Fred Campbell responde a las preguntas más urgentes de los oyentes del Texas Standard sobre el coronavirus.

After five weeks on a ventilator, a Vietnam veteran with COVID-19 has been released from Methodist Richardson Medical Center.

As Texas restaurants and retail stores began welcoming customers back through their doors last week, a few dozen people walking the hallways of this city's normally bustling La Gran Plaza shopping mall passed reopened stores whose windows featured quinceañera dresses, Mexican ranchero boots and cellphones. 

New data out from the Dallas Federal Reserve show a Texas economy in “tailspin.” Words like “plunged” and “decimated” pepper the report that paints a bleak picture of the state’s 2020 prospects.

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A couple of months ago, 30 dead rabbits were found near Fort Bliss.


That's when Ken Waldrup, who works for the Texas Department of State Health Services, as a regional zoonosis control veterinarian in El Paso, where Fort Bliss is located, got a call.

Texas A&M Researchers Hope Tuberculosis Vaccine Might Prevent Coronavirus Deaths

May 7, 2020

The research Jeffrey Cirillo is leading at Texas A&M University won't produce a vaccine to prevent people from contracting COVID-19, but while other labs pursue a full-blown preventive, his work could offer a critical bridge to help keep more infected people alive.

The Texas Civil Rights Project has asked a court to order state officials not to interfere with a previous court order that opened up mail-in voting in the state.

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El Partido Demócrata de Texas pidió a un tribunal que ordene a los funcionarios estatales no interferir con una orden judicial previa que habilitó el voto por correo en el estado.


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As Gov. Greg Abbott continues lifting restrictions on Texas businesses and activities, coronavirus infection rates are exploding in Panhandle communities near meatpacking plants.

Despite an explosion of new coronavirus cases in the Texas Panhandle tied to local meatpacking plants, Gov. Greg Abbott indicated Tuesday that he will not reimpose stricter stay-at-home rules for Amarillo and surrounding communities, relying instead on “surge response teams” to deal with growing outbreaks.

Two weeks ago, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stood before a podium at TranStar wearing a face mask, to announce she was signing an order requiring people to wear face coverings in public.

The family of a man who died of COVID-19 has sued the West Dallas meat processing plant where he worked. The suit alleges Quality Sausage Company didn’t take the virus seriously or protect its workers. 

The Permian Highway Pipeline Project faces another legal challenge, this time from the Sierra Club. The lawsuit, filed in federal court on April 30, seeks a temporary injunction against construction of the pipeline and a more thorough environmental impact study. 

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Salones de belleza, barberías, salones de uñas y de bronceado pueden reabrir a partir del viernes, anunció el gobernador Greg Abbott. Gimnasios, fabricantes no esenciales y negocios que trabajan en edificios de oficinas podrán reabrir el 18 de mayo, con ciertas restricciones.


Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and tanning salons can reopen starting Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. Gyms, nonessential manufacturers and businesses that work out of office buildings will be allowed to reopen May 18, with certain restrictions. 

For months, the state agency that regulates oil and gas in Texas has considered reducing the amount of crude companies can pump from the ground. Supporters of the plan hoped it would reduce a supply glut and stabilize oil prices. But the proposal died Tuesday without a final vote.