CORONAVIRUS LOCAL STORIES

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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. 

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Information released to county commissioners this morning indicates as many as 38 coronavirus infections may have been detected since Friday in Kerr County, but officials are still sorting through the data to get an accurate figure.

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The Fourth of July prove to be another record day for the state of Texas when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic with a record number of new cases. 

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday afternoon that all Texans who live in counties with 20 or more active coronavirus infections must wear a mask in public. 

Ingram’s Evodio Medrano was the man who could get the job done, often working long hours before taking up the accordion to play with his band at local dance clubs. He seemed invincible to those around him. 

Kerr County released data this morning indicating 85 of the coronavirus infections occurred in Kerrville. 

Want to bounce into H-E-B for that last-minute item before dinner? You better have a mask handy, because starting on Wednesday the grocery chain will require masks in all stores — no matter if there is an order or not from local officials. 

Businesses will not be required to mandate the wearing of face masks for their employees and customers — at least not at this time. Kerr County Commissioners Court decided unanimously on Monday to refrain from supporting such a face-mask order, but the city of Kerrville could take its own action.  

Kerr County saw its single biggest day for coronavirus cases yet with 28 new cases since Saturday, but 17 of those fell on Monday afternoon. 

CORONAVIRUS NATION & WORLD

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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.

WASHINGTON — How accurate are the coronavirus tests used in the U.S.?

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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