In addition to COVID-19 case numbers, Texas Public Radio is updating information on how local businesses are adjusting, how you can help those in need and what you can do to stay entertained at home. TPR is also providing live updates on the Rio Grande Valley.
Tuesday was a runoff election day, finally resolving the indecision of March primary races and setting the stage for November. But now, it seemed less a cornerstone of a democracy and more an artifact of a long lost world. The toll of COVID-19 marched forward.
Bexar County officials reported 854 more positive cases, raising the overall total to 21,067. They also reported six more deaths, raising the death toll to 201.
In local hospitals, there are 1,237 COVID-19 patients — 417 in intensive care and 260 on ventilators.
As the number of deaths surges in Texas, multiple counties including Bexar, are relying on refrigerated trucks to expand their morgues’ capacities.
Also on Tuesday, some schools and colleges announced their plans for the coming months.
San Antonio ISD plans to push back its first day of school to August 17 and keep all classes online until after Labor Day to help keep students and staff safe from COVID-19.
The Harlandale school district plans to change its first day of school from August 5th to August 24th. Harlandale district leaders sent a letter to families Tuesday announcing the change.
And about 90% of classes at the Alamo Colleges District will be online for the fall semester starting August 24th. Up to 10% of classes that require face-to-face learning will be in person, including career and technical courses and some arts and science classes. District leaders say the Alamo Colleges will return to an almost completely online model after Thanksgiving.
Also on Tuesday, the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to remain closed to all but essential travel for another month. Mexico’s foreign relations office announced Tuesday that it requested for the border restrictions to continue until August 21st because of the spread of the coronavirus.
The restrictions were first imposed in late March and have hurt the economies of border cities. Texas business leaders and officials had called for them to be lifted in June. But under a recent rise in cases and hospitalizations, officials on both sides of the Texas border have tried to clamp down on movement.
Gov. Greg Abbott said the increasing number of fatalities related to COVID-19 in Texas may lead to a statewide shutdown.
He issued an executive order requiring Texans to wear a face masks in public spaces in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases.
The State of Texas says people who don't follow the mask orders may be fined $250.
As of Monday, Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 275,000 confirmed cases across the state — with Harris, Dallas and Bexar counties among those reporting the highest numbers of cases. Almost 3,500 people have died in Texas.
There are almost 11,000 patients with COVID-19 in Texas hospitals.
Find the latest national and international updates on COVID-19 from NPR's live blog.
Zoom in and scroll to find data on areas across the globe. Find more information at Johns Hopkins coronavirus resource center.