Sarah R. Champagne
is a master’s student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a summer reporting fellow at The Texas Tribune. Sarah has contributed as a freelance reporter to publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and the Globe and Mail, filing stories from 15 countries in three languages. She has also worked for Le Devoir and the CBC in Montreal, and she is the winner of an Overseas Press Club Foundation Award. Sarah speaks French, Spanish and Italian.
"We are now at the point of grave concern," said the CEO of one hospital system in deep South Texas as local hospitals began diverting patients away from their emergency rooms amid a crush of COVID-19 infections. Full Story
For a second time since the start of the pandemic, Abbott banned elective surgeries to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients. But this time the hold on the nonessential procedures is only in effect for Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis counties. Full Story
In early May, Gov. Greg Abbott pointed to the positivity rate — a ratio of positive COVID-19 tests to all tests — and said anything over 10% was cause for alarm. As of Wednesday, Texas exceeded that mark for the first time since April. Full Story
Regionally, some hospital officials are reporting that intensive care units are near or over capacity, and local leaders have warned that hospitals could get overwhelmed if the number of infections keeps climbing. Full Story
When Gov. Greg Abbott let businesses start reopening, he pointed to two metrics as encouraging signs: the hospitalization rate and the infection rate. Both of those metrics are on the rise in Texas. Full Story