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Coronavirus in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott has closed Texas bars twice since the pandemic began. Now he’s hinting at opening them again.

Abbott shut down bars for a second time in June, when the proportion of coronavirus tests with positive results was more than 18%. That number has dropped to just over 6%. Experts worry that opening bars will contribute to another surge.

Shuttered bars on Austin's iconic Sixth Street during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The concern is that we do know what conditions are more amenable for spread. Bars pretty much check off every one of them.”

— Catherine Troisi, infectious disease epidemiologist

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