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Coronavirus in Texas

Photos of a state in crisis: Deserted highways, swamped food banks and health care workers at risk

COVID-19 has changed the world in ways few imagined possible. As the virus spread across the globe and found its way to Texas, Tribune journalists and photojournalists have been there every step of the way, documenting the changes the new coronavirus has brought into all our lives.

Downtown Austin during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 12, 2020.
Memorial Hermann Southeast employees are greeted by dozens of people honking their horns and flashing their lights in appreciation of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 10, 2020.
Protesters at the State Capitol building defied city and state mandates of social distancing and mandatory face coverings to demand the reopening of the Texas economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A handful of cars drive down Grant Avenue Thursday evening as an advertisement from Medical Center Hospital urges community members to stay home in Odessa on April 9, 2020.
The Central Texas Food Bank hosts a food drive at the Toney Burger Activity Center in Austin on April 30, 2020.
At the Waco ISD stadium, thousands of people waited in line to receive disaster relief food boxes from the Central Texas Food Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A volunteer coordinator prepares boxes of food at the Kelly Memorial Food Pantry in Central El Paso, which serves 700-1000 families a day during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Worshippers sing during an Easter service at the Glorious Way Church in Houston. Attendees maintained social distance during the two services and used hand sanitizer upon entry and exit.
An aerial view of Houston. Highways were empty as a result of the coronavirus outbreak . April 1, 2020.
A shortage of items inside of an H-E-B grocery store in Austin.
David Aguirre’s mother, Estela, died March 28 at The Waterford at College Station, an assisted living facility in Texas. His brother, Art Aguirre, has been fighting for Texas leaders to disclose the locations of long-term care centers where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred.
A sign over U.S. Route 54 in El Paso cautions social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ector County Health Department workers narrow down the numbers of contact exposures while the screen projects positive case numbers and recovered patients at the Ector County Emergency Operations Center in Odessa. April 9, 2020.
Montoya Thomas, 23, outside of her apartment in Houston on April 1, 2020. Thomas was recently let go of her bartending job and is only taking one online class at Lone Star College. She is trying to navigate her new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic.
G.W. Carver Middle School seventh grade student Tabitha Hawkins, 13, left, and mother Tobie release balloons in front of a memorial outside of the school for Principal Phillip Perry, 49, who died from coronavirus  on March 31.
Customers visit La Gran Plaza in Fort Worth on the first day that  shopping malls, restaurants, retail outlets and movie theaters were reopened on May 1, 2020.
Carly Eaves poses for a portrait at her parent's home on April 15,
A spray painted sign at Practice Yoga Austin in East Austin refers to the recent coronavirus outbreak that has impacted the city. March 25, 2020.
Party Time Bar outside of Temple is closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
A coronavirus related mural on Sixth Street in downtown Austin on April 12, 2020.
Shoppers line up with carts outside an H-E-B prior to opening. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused HEB to shorten its store hours in order to restock its inventory and better serve customers. March 21, 2020.
Medical personnel walk along an elevated walkway at the Dell Seton Medical Center on March 30, 2020.
Nurses Amber Phillips, left, and Kristen Howell administer COVID-19 tests at the Austin Regional Clinic drive-up testing center in Kyle on March 31, 2020.

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