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News and events in and around San Antonio, as well as Bexar, Comal, Kendall, Guadalupe, Wilson, Atascosa and Medina counties.

A policeman wearing a face mask warns a driver on the road between Codogno and Casalpusterlengo, which has been closed by the Italian government due to a coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy, February 23, 2020.

Alamo Plaza is empty days after the mayor's stay-at-home order.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

A vendor in Market Square sweeps.
Rob Martinez | Texas Public Radio

There's a COVID-19 outbreak at the Southeast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Dominic Anthony | Texas Public Radio

Courtesy VIA Metropolitan Transit

A VIA bus driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, according to an internal letter sent to VIA employees.  

The Washington Post

There are nearly 26,000 people experiencing homelessness in Texas. With limited or no access to everyday hygiene products or information on how to protect themselves from contagion, this population is at a high risk for COVID-19. A Washington Post reporter recently visited one of the largest homeless shelters in the country to profile a worker putting herself on the frontline to help this vulnerable population.

Then, two border communities have conflicting public responses on how to control the spread of the coronavirus in the shared region.

The San Antonio Zoo has more than 1 million visitors every year, but this spring, they've closed their doors until further notice. The zoo has had to furlough half of its staff, leaving only those who care directly for the animals.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Zoo has laid off much of its staff and is closed until further notice, according to zoo officials. In fact, the only employees still working are those who directly care for the animals.

Alamo Plaza is empty days after the mayor's stay-at-home order.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Just before midnight on Tuesday night, a stay-at-home order went into effect in the Alamo City. The order, intended to crub the reach of COVID-19 asks that citizens only leave their homes if necessary. As San Antonio residents adjust to an altered way of life, the city has never looked more different. Originally published on Wednesday, March 25, at 4:31 p.m.

A photo of an empty Market Sqaure on March 20, 2020.
Nathan Cone | Texas Public Radio

Officials with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County have issued "Stay Home, Work Safe" orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the area. The orders by the city and county were issued simultaneously.

The stay-at-home order will go into place on Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m. and — pending city council approval — will last until April 9, at 11:59 p.m.

Tourists are still out and about in San Antonio, even after CDC updated its guidelines Monday to recommend against gatherings of more than 10 people. Go Rio Cruises — the city’s exclusive River Walk boat tour contractor — said Tuesday it will continue tou
Dominic Anthony | Texas Public Radio

As the nation’s top public health officials tell people to stay home, many tourists are still coming to San Antonio and going out on the River Walk, a hub of tourism.