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Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will remain on the job for now

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley tested positive for COVID-19 last week, quarantining since Wednesday, KVUE first reported this weekend.


After the TV station broke the news on Twitter, Manley responded to keep the focus off of his diagnosis and instead on frontline workers.

The police chief contracted the virus just before the Austin Police Department will begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

Multiple officials have tested positive for the virus, mostly at the state level. The Texas Tribune most recently reported that State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, also tested positive for the virus this weekend.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services will allocate 332,750 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 212 providers this week, with the bulk assigned to hub providers that are focused on widespread community distribution events. Six of those providers are in Travis County.

With the latest allocation of 16,450 sent to Travis County this week, the county will have received 104,275 doses of the vaccine. Local public health officials estimate that there are 285,000 area residents who fall in the 1A and 1B priority groups, meaning that around 37% of them should have access to doses seven weeks into the rollout process.

Here's where the latest allotment is going:

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The California exodus has made headlines for several years now, and even more recently, with thousands of West Coasters seeking tax relief, less-expensive real estate and a simpler lifestyle in Texas' capital city.

However, a California man's scathing review of Austin, which was published in Business Insider on Wednesday, reveals that some are less than satisfied with their move.

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Austin may soon be home to a tech plant that would dwarf the Tesla Gigafactory in both investment and job creation.

Samsung Electronics Co. is considering starting construction on a $10 billion memory chip plant in Austin as soon as this year, Bloomberg reported Friday.

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