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San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg banned gatherings of more than 50 people, but the order doesn’t apply to restaurants and bars.
Dominic Anthony | Texas Public Radio

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. TPR is also providing live updates on the Rio Grande Valley.

As of Friday in Texas, you can go to a tanning salon. In Indiana, houses of worship are being allowed to open with no cap on attendance. Places like Pennsylvania are taking a more cautious approach, only starting to ease restrictions in some counties based on the number of COVID-19 cases.

By Monday, at least 31 states will have partially reopened after seven weeks of restrictions. The moves come as President Trump pushes for the country to get back to work despite public health experts warning that it's too soon.

Dominic Anthony | Texas Public Radio

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. TPR is also providing live updates on the Rio Grande Valley.

An eating area alongside the San Antonio River Walk.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

As businesses in San Antonio take down those big, hand drawn signs that say “closed for quarantine,” they’re grappling with the lingering possibility of a second wave of COVID cases.

One small business that never closed its doors has been navigating those same fears for two months, and has struck an uneasy balance between safety and economic survival.


For weeks Texas has been locked down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The efforts to implement social distancing and slow the spread of the deadly virus forced schools and many businesses to close. This also drove political campaigns to freeze just as Texas was gearing up for one of the toughest general elections in decades. But now that Governor Greg Abbott is allowing more businesses to open their doors, what is happening with political campaigns and their efforts to persuade potential voters.  Are the candidates ready to get back on the stump, shake hands and kiss babies?


Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

COVID-19 has taken a toll on minority and high-risk communities, especially those with underlying medical conditions. One of those conditions is diabetes.

Tracey D. Brown, President and CEO of the American Diabetes Association, explains having diabetes doesn’t necessarily make someone more susceptible to contracting the virus, but the recovery process is a steeper uphill battle for diabetics.

The San Antonio City Council approved to give $25 million to residents in need on Thursday, April 23.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

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. TPR is also providing live updates on the Rio Grande Valley.

Peterson Regional Medical Center is a private, non-profit hospital. It just confirmed the first cases of coronavirus community spread in Kerr County.
Aaron Yates

The City of Kerrville is cutting costs amid a projected multimillion dollar budget shortfall due to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Medical workers wearing protective masks and suits treat patients at the pulmonology unit at the hospital in Vannes where patients suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated.
Stephane Mahe | Reuters

There is a glimmer of hope in the search for treatments for COVID-19.  The Food and Drug Administration has approved the antiviral remdesivir for emergency use for hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

Steve Peterson in his editing suite.
Madison Perington

The San Antonio Symphony is sidelined until their new season in September. Nonetheless they've found a way to continue playing together — in a sense.  They’re not doing it in person, but in video. How it happens starts with this guy.


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