CORONAVIRUS LOCAL STORIES

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Although it’ll take some time for local tourism to be as healthy as it was last year, there’s been considerable improvement, according to the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that most of Texas will be able to loosen some coronavirus restrictions, including letting many businesses increase their capacity to 75 percent, as soon as Monday.

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Peterson Health reported no new cases of coronavirus on Monday but said one person had been admitted to Peterson Regional Medical Center due to the virus. Two people who had been admitted last weekend were discharged. All told, 467 people have had the virus in Kerr County since April.  

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Stephanie Coates has been an athlete her entire life. 

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Faced with a low number of confirmed COVID-19 infections and large-scale, public disregard for the governor’s face-covering order, County Judge Rob Kelly asked the governor’s office to exempt Kerr County from the order.

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Peterson Health reported that seven people tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday — one of the biggest one day jumps since Aug. 13.

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A Schreiner University freshman says she’s medically unable to comply with Schreiner University’s face mask requirements and is threatening legal action to overturn the school’s mask mandate. 

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Kerr County had its 10th death related to the coronavirus reported over the weekend, but there were no details released from the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 3,488 new coronavirus cases Friday and 144 deaths.

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AUSTIN (AP) — Texas health officials on Thursday reported 3,852 new cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and the deaths of 161 people sickened by the virus.

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Texas will soon begin regularly releasing information on COVID-19 cases in public school among students and staff members, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told school superintendents Thursday afternoon.

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As universities across the country have reopened for classes many of them have been swamped by coronavirus outbreaks, including three major universities here in Texas, but that has not been the case here in the Hill Country. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell sharply in August to 8.4% from 10.2% even as hiring slowed, with employers adding the fewest jobs since the pandemic began.

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Peterson Health said two people tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, and one person was admitted to Peterson Regional Medical Center due to the virus. 

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You probably saw the social media post last weekend that announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had “quietly” walked back its coronavirus death toll by 94%, which sounded alarming to those who have questioned data about the pandemic. 

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Peterson Health announced Tuesday that it had five new cases of coronavirus, including one who is hospitalized. 

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The Kerrville Independent School District said that a child at the Early Childhood Campus has tested positive for the coronavirus, but not before exposing others to the virus. 

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In a bit of good news for Kerr County on Thursday, Peterson Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since June 30. 

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Peterson Health reported four new positive cases of coronavirus infection on Tuesday, along with two new admissions to the hospital due to the virus. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans newly diagnosed with the coronavirus is falling — a development experts credit at least partly to increased wearing of masks — even as the outbreak continues to claim nearly 1,000 lives in the U.S. each day.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The marquee National Finals Rodeo is moving this year from Las Vegas to Arlington, Texas, due to coronavirus restrictions, event officials announced Wednesday.

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NEW YORK — In the early days of the pandemic, doctors noticed something about the people severely ill from COVID-19: Many were obese.

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A growing number of studies suggest many COVID-19 survivors experience some type of heart damage, even if they didn't have underlying heart disease and weren't sick enough to be hospitalized. This latest twist has health care experts worried about a potential increase in heart failure.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday sent letters to the governors of New York and three other Democratic-led states, seeking data on whether they violated federal law by ordering public nursing homes to accept recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals — actions that have be…

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FRISCO — Ezekiel Elliott wondered for several weeks during the NFL's coronavirus shutdown how his COVID-19 infection would affect training camp a year after the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys missed the entire preseason over his contract.

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BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, President Donald Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coron…

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Schlumberger is cutting more than 21,000 jobs as the global coronavirus pandemic quashes demand for energy and oil prices are routed.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that the "nasty horrible'" coronavirus will get worse in the U.S. before it gets better, but he also tried to paint a rosy picture of efforts with governors to conquer the disease that has claimed more than 140,000 American lives in just …

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans in Congress were expecting to meet Monday with President Donald Trump on the next COVID-19 aid package as the administration panned more virus testing money and interjected other priorities that could complicate quick passage.

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