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Gov. Greg Abbott said shutting down was a "last option" in a briefing on June 22.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" of COVID-19 that may mean additional limits to slow the spread of the virus.


"There is a massive outbreak of COVID-19 across the state of Texas,' Abbott said in an interview with KFDA-TV in Amarillo on Wednesday. "We are looking at greater restrictions."

The state of Texas once again reported a record number of positive cases, but another key metric, the positivity rate, also hit a level that the governor previously said would serve as a "warning flag," the Texas Tribune reports.

The seven-day average positivity rate passed 10% on Wednesday, a level not seen since mid-April. Abbott said during a briefing in May that he would consider a positivity rate higher than 10% to be a red flag.

Earlier this week, Abbott said that while COVID-19 is spreading at an "unacceptable rate" in Texas, he would consider starting to shut down the state again a last option.

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Barton Springs pool will reopen on Saturday after being closed since late June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools will reopen this Saturday on a modified schedule after being closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gov. Greg Abbott help a press conference Sept. 24 to announce new legislative proposals.

By Jolie McCullough

At a campaign event in Dallas on Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a string of new legislative proposals to raise penalties and create new crimes for offenses committed at protests.

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Elijah Wood's Austin home goes on the market.

It may not be The Shire, but Elijah Wood is selling the next best thing: his 130-year-old classic Victorian home in Austin.

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Rapid antigen tests are popular because they return results in 15 minutes. But positive results are considered "probable" rather than "confirmed," per CDC guidelines.

When the University of Texas at Austin hosted its first home football game of the season, administrators required student attendees to be tested for COVID-19 before entering the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Of the 1,198 students who were tested that day, 95 returned positive results, according to a university spokesperson. But none of these cases were logged on the Austin-Travis County COVID-19 dashboard or counted toward official totals.

Why?

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Hiram Garcia, on the right with a white mask, talks to a protester after he is shoved to the ground for live streaming.

After a Kentucky grand jury ruled not to charge two of the three police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor, protesters across the country took to the streets, including at the Texas Capitol and Austin City Hall to stand against the decision.

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Forty-one states have passed laws allowing online voter registration; Texas is not one of them.

By Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff

When Jarrod Stringer updated his driver's license address in 2014, the Texas Department of Public Safety website asked if he wanted to register to vote. He clicked yes and thought he was registered. That fall, when he went to vote in San Antonio, he was denied. According to the system, he had never registered. It was past the registration deadline, so he couldn't vote.

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