Tag: Austin

Rate of positive virus cases soars in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — The rate of positive virus cases in Texas has soared to the highest levels of the pandemic and state officials are...

Texas passes 500K cases; infection rate soars to new high

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott suggested family and...

Governor says virus tests may increase as schools reopen

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that coronavirus testing in Texas could increase as schools reopen amid a sharp drop-off...

7,000-plus new COVID-19 cases in Texas; 293 deaths reported

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Official numbers in new COVID-19 infections were down slightly in Texas on Friday compared to the day before, but the...

Abbott: Local health officials can shut schools only in limited circumstances

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune In a statement Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said local health authorities can shut down schools if there’s evidence of an...

State adjusts surging total COVID-19 deaths slightly lower

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State health officials have lowered their surging total COVID-19 death count slightly, saying an automation error in a switch in...

Texas GOP lawmaker tests positive for virus, cancels Trump trip

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, forcing him to abruptly cancel his plan...

Texas AG says schools trump health officials on class start

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Local health officials in Texas do not have the authority to close schools to prevent spread...

State comptroller projects $4.58 billion revenue shortfall

HARLINGEN — Coronavirus and other economic disruptions mean Texas is looking at a $4.58 billion revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year, state officials...

TEA: Schools can stay closed without losing funding if local health officials order it

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune Local public health officials will be able to keep Texas schools closed for in-person instruction this fall without risking state...