COVID-19 & Texas: Your resource guide to living in the era of a pandemic

HOUSTON – This is the KPRC 2 resource guide to living in the COVID-19 pandemic. Within, you will find the latest news and numbers of the day, answers to your most pressing health questions, how to keep yourself and your family safe, and stories from the front lines.

Your Health:

FILE - This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus causes COVID-19. A new type of coronavirus test offers a cheaper, quicker way to screen for infections, moving the U.S. toward the kind of mass screening that experts say is essential to returning millions of Americans to school and work. But the first so-called antigen test _ announced Saturday, may 9, 2020 by the Food and Drug Administration _ is not quite the kind sought by top government health officials. It is less accurate than the current gold standard for testing and can only be run on specialized equipment. (NIAID-RML via AP)


Every day is a new set of data about COVID-19. KPRC 2 is breaking down that data every day and making it information that you can use to inform your daily life.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shows a new executive order regarding reporting data about the coronavirus during a news conference on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Business & Employment:

The coronavirus has taken its toll on businesses across the country, leading to massive layoffs in Texas and general economic hurt.

This May 16, 2020 photo provided by Kolache Factory shows the dining area of Kolache Factory in Houston. Businesses reopening across states after months of shutdown have been met with fanfare. But now that states like Texas, Arizona and elsewhere are seeing alarming surges in reported cases, businesses large and small face the quandary of deciding whether or not to close or scale back reopening, this time, with little government guidance. (via AP)


  • The world of professional sports is trying to muddle through the coronavirus era, and here’s how it is shaping up for baseball, football and basketball to name a few.
  • Take a look at how the big local teams are responding to the coronavirus shutdowns and reopenings: Astros, Rockets and Texans.
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, near Tokyo. Its been over three months since the commissioners of major sports cancelled or postponed events because of the coronavirus. Enough time for us to grade them on how theyve handled the virus so far. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


One of the biggest areas of impact from the coronavirus is on families. From education to childcare and home entertainment, parents and caregivers have faced incredible challenges over the span of the pandemic. KPRC 2 wants you to know we’re here to help with information.

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Finding and Giving Help:

Mister Rogers always said to look for the helpers. At KPRC 2, we want to be those helpers and help you find the help you need.

Workers fill bottles with hand sanitizer at the William Price Distilling Company Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Houston. The company, which started making hand sanitizer to help fight the coronavirus, is hiring out-of-work bartenders to help during the COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


It’s a new era when it comes to travel. However, KPRC 2 is helping viewers face that new reality.

An arriving passenger wearing a face shield, left, collects her luggage in the baggage claim area of LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in New York. New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. The "travel advisory" affects three adjacent Northeastern states that managed to check the spread of the virus this spring as New York City became a hot spot. Travelers from mostly southern and southwestern states including Florida, Texas Arizona and Utah will be affected starting Thursday. The two-week quarantine will last two weeks from the time of last contact within the identified state. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


Navigating official orders and guidance from authorities can be difficult as things change.

The heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of your lives amid COVID-19:

The one constant pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 is the resilience of people in the Houston area and beyond. There’s been heartbreak, but also stories of great triumph.

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About the Author:

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.