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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.

It's getting hotter and hotter outside, but that's no reason to feel stuck inside. You don't need to be an expert to garden, but it doesn't hurt to get some tips from one.

On top of financial stressors caused by the pandemic, public health has become a partisan issue. What are the implications of injecting politics into public health responses?

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. 

A new FRONTLINE documentary explores how the COVID-19 crisis has affected vulnerable populations of immigrants and undocumented workers in the United States through stories of crucial farm and meat-packing workers — the pandemic's invisible victims.

*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. 

At the beginning of July, the City of San Antonio opened a new Financial and Housing Recovery Center to provide a myriad of assistance programs and services for residents financially affected by COVID-19.

Bexar County voters cast ballots in local, state and federal races in the July 14 runoff election. More than 100,000 registered voters turned out during early voting and on Election Day.

The San Antonio Water System is having a busy summer. In the span of three months, SAWS completed their 142-mile Vista Ridge pipeline, approved a sewer main to boost West Side service and signaled Stage 1 water-use restrictions for the first time since 2018.

According to guidelines issued last week by the Texas Education Agency, students will be able to return to campus for in-person instruction or continue learning remotely in the fall.