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A masked server drops off food at a table at Perla's in South Austin on March 12, 2021. Experts caution that a major increase in cases could still come and it may still be too early to tell whether Abbott’s decisions to lift the statewide mask mandate and allow businesses to fully reopen could prompt a new wave of infections. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

Texas coronavirus cases haven't surged since Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask order. Experts warn it's too soon to celebrate.

More than a month has passed since Gov. Greg Abbott ended virtually all statewide restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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San Marcos Consolidated ISD nurse Dyanna Eastwood administers a COVID-19 Moderna vaccine to San Marcos High School administrative assistant Amber Nevarez on March 4. Daily Record photo by Lance Winter

All Texas adults to become eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine next week

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced that all Texas adults will become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning on Monday, March 29. 

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Long lines formed Jan. 11 in Fair Park, where Dallas County opened its first "mega" vaccination site. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

Progress in the fight against the coronavirus is coming, but Texas is a long way from herd immunity

The mythic idea of "herd immunity" from COVID-19 in the long journey back to normal may be out of reach for Texas any time soon, state health officials and medical experts say.

Laredo, Abilene, Bryan-College Station, coronavirus, covid-19

Hospitals in the Abilene, Bryan-College Station and Laredo areas have run out of intensive care unit beds as the number of coronavirus infections continue to soar throughout the state. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

“Lives are at stake”: Three Texas regions battered by coronavirus are out of intensive care beds

Health officials in Laredo — one of three Texas regions whose intensive care unit beds are full — are pleading with residents to stay home and prevent coronavirus spread as the

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An illustration created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of COVID-19. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Photo by Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC

WHO declares that virus crisis is now a pandemic

ROME (AP) — Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic.

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