CORONAVIRUS LOCAL STORIES

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HOUSTON (AP) — Top officials in Houston are calling for the city to lock back down as area hospitals strain to accommodate the onslaught of patients sick with the new coronavirus.

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Texas' coronavirus surge continued unheeded on Saturday with a record number of people testing positive, and 99 new deaths related to the virus.

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As the coronavirus pandemic swept across Texas, disrupting the economy, hundreds of Kerr County business owners moved fast to borrow millions of dollars through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to data released by the Small Business Administration. 

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The Kerrville Independent School District released a draft document on Friday detailing how it planned to reopen school campuses for the fall on Aug. 17, but it also gives parents a choice to keep their children home by utilizing virtual learning tools. 

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After a huge response from its first coronavirus screening session at the Doyle School Community Center, Kerr County will offer another session on July 14 to the first 250 people who sign up. However, those who are interested need to make an online appointment, along with indicating symptoms. 

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Saying that the worst is yet to come, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that a lockdown could be in order to stop the spread of coronavirus across the state. 

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Kerrville police are enforcing the governor's mask order in the city limits, but doing so is a last resort, said KPD Chief David Knight on Friday.

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Local government officials will hold a public meeting on Monday where they'll consider making face masks mandatory in Kerr County. 

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County commissioners will consider closing the Hill Country Youth Event center for most events. 

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The National Guard will be in town again to conduct another round of free coronavirus testing, but this time it will be by appointment only.

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AUSTIN — Worsening coronavirus trends in Texas again set another grim milestone Thursday as the state reported more than 100 deaths in a single day for the first time, making this the deadliest week of the pandemic in what has rapidly become one of America's virus hot zones.

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Kerr County added 16 coronavirus cases on Thursday, and there were three new hospitalizations at Peterson Regional Medical Center. 

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As mass gatherings loom in Kerrville, the Kerr County sheriff took to social media to decry the governor’s refusal to let his deputies shut down the events

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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials on Wednesday canceled the Texas Republican Party’s in-person convention, saying the spread of the coronavirus made it impossible to hold the event as scheduled.

Demographic information has been released about many of Kerr County's COVID-19 cases, not counting the 10 recently announced by Peterson Health.

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As the coronavirus pandemic surges across Texas, almost no county has gone unscathed, but on Wednesday, Kerr County saw its worst day yet with 59 new cases of COVID-19. Overall, the day proved to be particularly bad for the state as a whole. 

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Rody Barker first heard about the Texas Showcase Circuit— one of the collegiate baseball leagues currently playing at D-BAT Kerrville’s facilities — from his Texas A&M teammate, Alex Magers.

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HOUSTON — A few weeks after more than 100 people attended her husband's funeral, the widow herself was on the brink of death.

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On the same day Texas reported its most new cases since the coronavirus pandemic, Kerr County caught a break with just one new case but local officials still urged caution to not take the virus lightly. 

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Texas hit new highs on Tuesday for new cases, deaths and hospitalizations for the coronavirus. 

CORONAVIRUS NATION & WORLD

AUSTIN — As Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his party charged ahead with plans for a massive convention this month in Houston, magnifying the conflicting responses in the Texas GOP to a rampant resurgence of the coronavirus.

Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients.

NEW YORK  — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players' union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to his agent.

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The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players ignored claims by clubs that they need to take additional pay cuts, instead proposing they receive a far higher percentage of salaries and a commit to a longer schedule as part of a counteroffer to start the coronavirus-delayed season.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but the numbers will be strictly limited, under a new order Thursday from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

HOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe was released from a Houston hospital Sunday after a stay in intensive care because of the coronavirus.

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