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Conductor Mate Hamori conducts the Danubia Orchestra without an audience in the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music as the Hungarian government bans events hosting more than 100 people to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
BERNADETT SZABO | Reuters

Updated Thursday, March 27, at 8:59 a.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

If you're going stir-crazy hunkered down at home, consider these great ideas. You can refocus morbid thoughts to all kinds of endeavors and arts. Some are classical music performances. Some are Broadway plays. And some are museum virtual tours.

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.

Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Unemployment in San Antonio could hit up to 14% this month according to projections from the City of San Antonio. There’s also a drop in revenue expected for the city’s 2020 budget amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.

El Paso And Its Sister City Take Different Approaches To Coronavirus Threat

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A vendor sells newspapers on Avenida Juárez.
Angela Kocherga | El Paso Matters

Health authorities in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez pride themselves on working together as a region on a range of public health issues that span the border. But the response to the COVID-19 threat has exposed differences in the approach of the U.S. and Mexico in trying to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. 


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.
Reuters

Texas Public Radio is updating the latest information on COVID-19 in the San Antonio area, along with how local businesses are adjusting, how you can help those in need and what you can do to stay entertained at home.

See more reporting on COVID-19 here.

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.

Jack Morgan

Among growing cases of COVID-19, protecting our physical health by maintaining social distance, hand-washing and being mindful about what we touch is essential. But managing mental health can be just as important. 


Nikki McIver Brown Speaks with an expectant mom.
Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

New rules at hospitals around birthing aim to limit new moms’ exposure to COVID-19. Those rules combined with outright fear of the virus, have some pregnant moms looking for alternatives to the hospital.

Updated at 11:47 p.m. ET

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a $2 trillion relief package Wednesday night designed to alleviate some of the worst effects of the swift economic downturn currently underway as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ahead of the 96-0 vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told lawmakers, "Our nation obviously is going through a kind of crisis that is totally unprecedented in living memory."

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