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Federal and state governments have important roles when it comes to fighting COVID-19 in the United States, but the rubber really meets the road at the local level.

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Coronavirus concerns have led to bare store shelves across the country. People are stocking up on supplies they might need if they have to stay home for weeks. But stocking up costs money, and not everyone can even buy the basics, let alone extra.

That’s an issue non-profits are trying to address. In San Antonio, the local food bank serves nearly 60,000 people a week. Among them is Carol Lisette Castilla. Like most Americans, she has coronavirus on her mind.

A woman walks into a pharmacy to purchase N95 face masks in advance of the potential coronavirus outbreak in Manhattan on Feb. 27, 2020.
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The first case of COVID-19 in the United States not linked to travel or contact with someone known to have the virus has been confirmed in California. This is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned about last week, and again Tuesday: Community spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States. 

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The San Antonio Symphony will perform Hollywood Hits this Friday at the Tobin Center. Before they do, they’ll perform the show for a special crowd: people with dementia and their caregivers. 

It’s part of the Memory and Music program at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. The Symphony and the Tobin Center welcome those with dementia and their caregivers to certain rehearsals so they can enjoy the music in an environment more suited to their needs.

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Bexar County will test a new drug treatment program for county jail inmates that uses a medication that costs $1,000 a dose, but members of the county’s Joint Opioid Task Force think it will be worth the expense.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

There is a plane headed for Texas from China. Onboard are Americans who are evacuating the city of Wuhan, ground zero for the novel coronavirus that is circing the globe. They are at risk of infection, and will be quarantined on Lackland Air Force Base for two weeks. If, after two weeks, they show no symptoms of the virus, they will be allowed to leave.

Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

A choir concert at a San Antonio senior living community brings holiday cheer to the audience, but for the singers, performing is a comfort and a joy.