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The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy, decimating American jobs and small businesses.

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Assistant City Manager Colleen Bridger will once again lead the San Antonio Metropolitan Health, a role that now includes coordinating pandemic response efforts, in an interim capacity following her previous successor's resignation last week.

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Dennis Bonnen, a conservative Republican and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, is urging “so-called patriots” to wear facial coverings to prevent transmission of the highly contagious novel coronavirus and its disease COVID-19.

A mask at Freeman Coliseum's alternate care facility.
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Kerr County residents recently criticized new orders in some cities and counties where businesses must require customers and staff to wear masks.

At first it seemed the global pandemic could be a unifying moment; a universal experience to bring us all together. But with each passing week, the virus is less of a common enemy and more of a magnifying glass for existing inequalities and partisan divides.

Roberto Martinez

A huge swath of the American workforce is unable to work from home, and the repercussions of a crowded workplace, rather than one that is social-distanced, are gradually becoming clear. This week on Petrie Dish, Texas Public Radio's explainer podcast about the coronavirus, we hear from essential workers about their worries on the job and their struggle to stay safe.

The coronavirus pandemic has many Texans worried about voting in person in the state's mid-July primary runoff election. Mail-in voting could be a gamechanger, especially in a public health crisis -- why is it so controversial? What are the pros and cons of expanding access to absentee voting?

Pregnancy is already a nerve-wracking time for expectant mothers and families, but the coronavirus pandemic is taking this to a whole other level. For many, the momentous experience and joy of new life is overshadowed by fear and uncertainty.

This week, Dr. Ruth Berggren answers questions about the virus' infection and mortality rates, antibody tests, and how to safely reopen San Antonio in the wake of COVID-19.

Dominic Anthony / Texas Public Radio

Life as we knew it is being held hostage by the coronavirus pandemic. When the outbreak reached San Antonio, local leaders took decisive action to slow the virus’s spread.