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Roberto Martinez

To rein in the invisible spread of the virus, a special branch of science has exploded: Contact tracing. It's the careful, sometimes intimate task of figuring out where the coronavirus might have spread in a community, and who is at risk. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's podcast about the science of the pandemic, we hear from the disease detectives who are tracking down possible Covid-19 carriers before they even get sick. We also dig into state-by-state plans to ramp up contact tracing to safely restart the economy, and compare U.S. contact tracing efforts with those across the world.

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Since the coronavirus outbreak began in Texas, state and local officials have had to make difficult decisions to protect Texans' health and safety. Some of those decisions have had dire economic consequences.

El Paso And Its Sister City Take Different Approaches To Coronavirus Threat

Mar 26, 2020
A vendor sells newspapers on Avenida Juárez.
Angela Kocherga | El Paso Matters

Health authorities in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez pride themselves on working together as a region on a range of public health issues that span the border. But the response to the COVID-19 threat has exposed differences in the approach of the U.S. and Mexico in trying to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. 

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. 

Carlos Morales/ Marfa Public Radio

Twenty-nine people died as a result of two mass shootings in Texas last month. What is the response from Texans and their political representatives? Will these latest violent episodes move the needle on gun policy?

Norma Martinez | Texas Public Radio

Hispanic Heritage Month comes a little over a month after an act of violence targeting Mexicans and Mexican Americans claimed 22 lives in El Paso. Activists want communities across Texas and the U.S. to have more profound observations to elevate Hispanic history and culture.

Tony Diaz, a Houston-based writer, says the rich culture should not be recognized and appreciated for just 30 days, but all year long.

Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Many El Pasoans are grieving through their own spiritual and religious traditions following the mass shooting at a Walmart that killed 22 people on Aug. 3. 

A memorial outside the store first began as a few flowers and candles but has grown into a massive display of community support. Dozens of posters line the fence above hundreds of religious candles and people continue to share their own methods of comfort. 

Norma Martinez | Texas Public Radio

In the last week, El Pasoans have written songs, poems and created artwork to commemorate the victims of the Aug. 3 mass shooting. Some of that artwork is the kind you carry through a lifetime.

Chicana historian Yolanda Chavez Leyva sits outside one of the remaining homes in Duranguito, one of El Paso's oldest neighborhoods.
Norma Martinez | Texas Public Radio

The gunman who killed 22 people in El Paso specifically targeted Latinos in a city that's nearly 80% Hispanic. A deep fear among some El Pasoans has cast a chilling shadow over their defiant shows of strength and unity. For others, the tragedy offers opportunities to elicit bittersweet smiles, express their love for each other and confront this nation's darkest truths.

El Paso Church Mourns At Sunday Service After Mass Shooting

Aug 5, 2019
Carlos Morales | Marfa Public Radio

The country is reeling in the aftermath of three recent shootings that took place in California, Ohio and Texas during the span of one week.

On Saturday in the border city of El Paso, a violent rampage at a Walmart became one of the deadliest in Texas history, leaving 22 dead and dozens more injured.