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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. 

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that doesn't require employers to give their workers paid time off when they're sick — an urgent concern during the health crisis, especially when one of the main directives from city officials has been "stay home."

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. 

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. 

 The entrance to the 2016 Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas. The 2020 in-person party convention in Houston was canceled due to the coronavirus, spurring legal battles.
Bob Daemmrich | The Texas Tribune

A Houston federal judge ruled Friday that the Republican Party of Texas may proceed with its in-person convention, a striking last-minute development as party officials have struggled to get a virtual gathering underway. But soon after the ruling, party Chair James Dickey said the party will continue with its plans for a virtual convention, saying it would provide the best opportunity for delegates to participate.

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.