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Roberto Martinez

The virus sweeping across the planet right now is frightening, in part, because there is so much we don't know about it. In the first episode of Petrie Dish, TPR's explainer podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, Bonnie Petrie talks to a virologist about what exactly the coronavirus is and how scientists are studying it. 

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Jeff Tully has been practicing medicine for six years. The 32-year-old is healthy and has no underlying medical issues, but he is still concerned about COVID-19.

As an anesthesiologist in the intensive care unit, Tully says it's only a matter of time before he and his colleagues are exposed to the virus.

Petrie Dish

Mar 26, 2020

Stay tuned for a new podcast about how the coronavirus is changing our world, with Texas Public Radio Bioscience-Medicine reporter Bonnie Petrie. 

Look for Petrie Dish on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

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.

Small playdates, especially to outdoor places like Benavides Park on the West Side, are okay during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Dr. Ruth Berggren of UT Health San Antonio
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Update: During a press conference, President Trump advised against gatherings of 10 or more people for the next 15 days.

Many schools across Texas are closed this week as the new strain of coronavirus spreads across the country. That means parents and kids are facing some alone time, which can make everyone a little stir crazy. Are playdates OK? 

A sign telling visitors at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin to alert staff if they’ve traveled to a region with cases of COVID-19 and have certain respiratory symptoms.
Julia Reihs | KUT

El Paso health officials confirmed the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in the area late Friday. 

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Jury trials are being delayed across Bexar County and beyond due to COVID-19, the disease that is expected to affect an more than 100 million Americans. 

A person wears a mask at the Houston Rodeo on March 9, 2020.
Lucio Vasquez | Houston Public Media

This story is part of Houston Public Media’s ongoing coronavirus coverage. For more stories and information about the coronavirus, visit the Houston Ready Hub.

The Houston Rodeo will shut down for the first time in more than 80 years as the city and Harris County prepared to declare a health emergency over community spread of the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.

Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

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.

Harris County Confirms Two New Coronavirus Cases

Mar 5, 2020
A sign telling visitors at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin to alert staff if they’ve traveled to a region with cases of COVID-19 and have certain respiratory symptoms.
Julia Reihs | KUT

Last updates 3:17 p.m. CT

Harris County on Thursday reported two new cases of the coronavirus in the county’s unincorporated northwest area, outside of Houston.