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This post has been updated. It was originally published on Aug. 7 at 6:52 p.m.

The Northside Independent School District is one of many in Bexar County heeding the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's guidance to wait until after Labor Day to reopen campuses for in-person learning. 

The San Antonio City Council approved to give $25 million to residents in need on Thursday, April 23.
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San Antonio's 1/8-cent sales tax currently goes to the Edwards Aquifer, but the deal is set to expire this year. Prior to COVID-19 and subsequent economic fallout, Mayor Ron Nirenberg wanted to reallocate that portion of the tax for transit initiatives, pending voter approval. 

There have been 326 total positive COVID-19 cases in Bexar County's jail.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

As COVID-19 rages and populations rise, jails are struggling to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. And when they do occur, facilities have trouble keeping sick inmates separate from others in the general population. 

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In the past seven months, San Antonio has experienced losses of both life and economic stability due to COVID-19; employment, housing and food insecurities; and a racial reckoning that culminated in weeks of protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

People wait in line to be tested for COVID-19 at a pop-up site outside of Las Palmas Library in San Antonio.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

Contact tracing has been consistently recommended as one of the best tools to slow the spread of COVID-19. The San Antonio area was promised a robust contact tracing department, but internal disagreements on how best to build such a team has led to the few contact tracers on staff overwhelmed by a surge of coronavirus cases.

National Guard members pack baked goods. The guard work Monday through Friday at the San Antonio Food Bank.
Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

For food banks across Texas, August will be a busy month. Millions are unemployed and food need has skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

On top of everything else happening in 2020, it's also the year of the decennial census, when the government tries to collect basic information about every person living in the United States to make data-informed decisions for the future.

The highly contagious coronavirus is incompatible with many normal pre-pandemic activities, but few more so than a live show in a crowded venue.

Independent entertainment venues were among the first to close their doors due to the pandemic and will likely be among the last to reopen, if they're able to survive its economic fallout at all. 

*This post was updated on Monday, July 20, at 4:10 p.m.

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black individuals during encounters with law enforcement officers sparked protests and renewed calls for police reform in cities throughout the U.S. 

UT Health’s School of Public Health and San Antonio Metro Health are now hiring 250 case investigators and contact tracers in the battle against COVID-19.