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Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks at a press conference on March 19.
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COVID-19 Live Blog: 120 Cases In San Antonio-Area; City, County Playgrounds To Close

Texas Public Radio is updating the latest information on COVID-19 in the San Antonio area, along with how local businesses are adjusting , how you can help those in need and what you can do to stay entertained at home . See more reporting on COVID-19 here .

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President Trump Signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package Into Law

Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET President Trump has signed a historic $2 trillion economic recovery package into law Friday afternoon, shortly after the House of Representatives approved the bill. In an Oval Office ceremony Friday, the president thanked Republicans and Democrats "for coming together, setting aside their differences and putting America first" to pass the legislation. Trump was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. No Democrats...

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks at a press conference on March 19.
Domininc Anthony | Texas Public Radio

Texas Public Radio is updating the latest information on COVID-19 in the San Antonio area, along with how local businesses are adjusting, how you can help those in need and what you can do to stay entertained at home.

See more reporting on COVID-19 here.

Courtesy National Association of Latino Arts & Culture

Many Bexar County residents are reeling from job loss or work hours being cut back. Artists have suffered major losses too, due to canceled concerts, art shows and other events. 

NEXU Science Communication via Reuters

The United States is now the new global epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak and now leads the world in confirmed cases. As of Thursday more than 82,000 people have been identified as infected and nearly 1,200 people have died in the United States.


From Texas Standard:

As of Friday, Dallas County had the most positive COVID-19 cases in the state, at more than 300. At least seven of those cases are in Dallas County Jail.

While those in lockup are confined, they are no less vulnerable to disease outbreaks than others. Indeed, there are unique challenges to protecting inmates from disease compared to the general population, says Keri Blakinger, a reporter who covers criminal justice for the news organization The Marshall Project.

A young man works at his Apple computer during a weekend Hackathon event in San Francisco, California, U.S., July 16, 2016.
Gabrielle Lurie | Reuters

Updated Thursday, March 27, at 2:45 a.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

If you're going stir-crazy hunkered down at home, consider these great ideas. You can refocus morbid thoughts to all kinds of endeavors and arts. Some are classical music performances. Some are Broadway plays. And some are museum virtual tours.

The sign outside San Antonio ISD's Lamar Elementary directs parents to Facebook for the latest coronavirus updates.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

During emergency school closures, hourly employees often suffer a loss of income because they’re unable to work. When Hurricane Irma struck Florida in 2018, thousands of hourly school employees went without pay.

But over the past two weeks, San Antonio’s school boards have approved emergency resolutions to pay all staff, preventing loss of income from happening here.

Carson Frame / TPR News

The COVID-19 outbreak has strained the social supports and routines that help recovering addicts stay clean — and put new people at risk. As more cities and counties in Texas issue shelter-in-place orders to stop the spread, some in recovery are finding new ways to connect and maintain sobriety. 


The Washington Post

There are nearly 26,000 people experiencing homelessness in Texas. With limited or no access to everyday hygiene products or information on how to protect themselves from contagion, this population is at a high risk for COVID-19. A Washington Post reporter recently visited one of the largest homeless shelters in the country to profile a worker putting herself on the frontline to help this vulnerable population.

Then, two border communities have conflicting public responses on how to control the spread of the coronavirus in the shared region.

Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET

President Trump has signed a historic $2 trillion economic recovery package into law Friday afternoon, shortly after the House of Representatives approved the bill.

In an Oval Office ceremony Friday, the president thanked Republicans and Democrats "for coming together, setting aside their differences and putting America first" to pass the legislation. Trump was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. No Democrats were present at the signing.

Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Unemployment in San Antonio could hit up to 14% this month according to projections from the City of San Antonio. There’s also a drop in revenue expected for the city’s 2020 budget amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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Musical Bridges Around the World, whose piano competition The Gurwitz 2020 dazzled San Antonio in January and February with amazing performances by pianists from around the globe, will be rebroadcasting the first three rounds of the competition starting Monday, March 30 on their Facebook and YouTube channels.

Courtesy National Association of Latino Arts & Culture

Many Bexar County residents are reeling from job loss or work hours being cut back. Artists have suffered major losses too, due to canceled concerts, art shows and other events. 

A young man works at his Apple computer during a weekend Hackathon event in San Francisco, California, U.S., July 16, 2016.
Gabrielle Lurie | Reuters

Updated Thursday, March 27, at 2:45 a.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

If you're going stir-crazy hunkered down at home, consider these great ideas. You can refocus morbid thoughts to all kinds of endeavors and arts. Some are classical music performances. Some are Broadway plays. And some are museum virtual tours.

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Music has been linked to moviemaking since the birth of the cinema. Before recorded sound, live musicians would accompany silent films to enhance the mood of a scene, and to this day, the right score can elevate a film, and a great score can sear itself on your heart.

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