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The University of Texas at Austin will require students, faculty and staff to wear masks inside campus buildings when the fall semester begins, interim President Jay Hartzell wrote in an email to the community, the Texas Tribune reports:


UT-Austin appears to be the first university in the state to implement a mandatory face mask policy for the fall semester. In an email to the UT community, Hartzell said students and faculty may remove their face coverings in a campus building if they are alone in a private office or in their residence hall room. Masks will be encouraged in outdoor areas of campus, and enforcement measures will be announced later.

UT will also screen for symptoms as people enter buildings and provide testing for those who are asymptomatic, according to the Tribune.

(Austin Public Health)

To help make sense of the all information emerging about COVID-19 in Austin, we're answering a few big questions:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 3 oz. sparkling water
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. agave
  • 4 strawberries

Directions: Muddle lime juice, agave, and sliced strawberries in a shaker. Add Tito's Handmade Vodka and ice. Shake and strain into a glass over ice and strawberries. Top with sparkling water and stir.

(Office of the governor)

Gov. Greg Abbott said on Friday that "the worst is yet to come" in the Texas COVID-19 surge. "If we do not slow the spread of COVID-19," Abbott said during a TV interview, "the next step would have to be a lockdown."

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The Austin Watershed Protection Department said in a statement that there is now some preliminary concern about algae found at Red Bud Isle yesterday, though so far results are not definitive.

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Fifteen people set to work during the July 14 election, including two election judges, have quit due to fears about the coronavirus pandemic, the Travis County Clerk's office confirmed.

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Fighting over child custody and visitation is painful under even the best of circumstances, but attorneys and parents say the coronavirus pandemic has brought more stress, more fear, and more "live ammunition" to the battlefield.

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