Coronavirus in Austin

Maria Ortega holds a photo of her mother Rachel Luna at her home in north Austin on Wednesday May 6, 2020. Luna, a resident at West Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, died of COVID-19.
People wait in a line of cars at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Community Care clinic at the Hancock Center on June 27, 2020.
Jose Medellin tries his luck winning a roll of toilet paper from a claw machine arcade game at Wizard Hat Smoke Shop in Pflugerville, Texas, on Sunday March 15, 2020. The arcade game was filled with rolls of toilet paper as a lighthearted reaction to the toilet paper shortage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Medellin said he just returned from a weeklong trip to California, and he’s getting low on toilet paper. “I couldn’t find any toilet paper at H-E-B, and Sam’s Club is out,” he said. “For 50 cents, why not?”
David Rodriguez, top, and Joseph Alberts, of the City of Austin Transportation Department, take down a South by Southwest street banner on East 7th Street outside the music venue Barracuda on Tuesday March 10, 2020, after SXSW was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Gusto Monterrosa cries after talking through a window with his daughter who lives at Park Bend Health Center on Sunday March 22, 2020. Nearly all visitors were prohibited in hospitals and nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Congress Avenue is devoid of its usual heavy traffic in this photo taken around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday March 17, 2020, amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Kayleigh Tansey and Justin Smith, of Kyle, watch the movie “The Invisible Man” at EVO Entertainment on Monday May 4, 2020. The movie theater in Kyle reopened Monday after Gov. Greg Abbott last week lifted the shelter in place order and allowed retail stores, restaurants and some other businesses to open to the public at no more than 25% capacity.
Austin High seniors and best friends, clockwise from top left, Brooke Peterman, 17, Maddy McCutchin, 18, Lucia Saenz, 17, Reese Simek, 18, and Lily Tickle, 18, visit with each other in the parking lot at the school on Sunday April 5, 2020. In the midst of a shelter in place order due to the coronavirus pandemic, the girls sat in the back of their cars to chat at a safe distance.
Kristopher McCoy frolics in the cool waters of Barton Creek on Wednesday March 25, 2020. Dozens of people gathered at near Barton Springs Pool on the first day of the shelter in place order in Austin due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s kind of scary what’s going on,” McCoy said. “Everybody just needs to start loving one another so we can fix this quickly.”
Empty shelves devoid of paper towels hold a six-pack of Corona beer at a Walmart on West U.S. 290 in southwest Austin during the coronavirus outbreak on Monday March 16, 2020.
Construction worker Luis Terry takes a lunch break on Waller Street on Wednesday April 8, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. ???We need some help,??? he said. ???But as long as everybody cooperates and does social distancing we should be okay.???
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is nearly empty on Tuesday March 31, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jorden Stanley, right, runs past a hopeful message on a boarded up bar on East 6th Street on Monday April 6, 2020, during a shelter in place order due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Light traffic flows on MoPac Boulevard and U.S. 290 in southwest Austin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday March 25, 2020, the first day of the shelter in place order in Austin due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pat Koem wears a homemade mask ??? one she made out of a bandana and two hair elastics ??? while walking her dog, Lucy, on South Congress Avenue on Monday April 6, 2020. Austin and Travis County are recommending the use of fabric face coverings when away from home to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Students line up on the first day of school at Rough Hollow Elementary School in Spicewood on September 8, 2020.
Boys at the IDEA Rundberg charter school wash their hands on Wednesday April 1, 2020. Ten children of first responders and essential workers are being taught at the school amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Clay Padgett, 17, a senior at Smithville High School, hangs banners to honor each of the graduating seniors on Main Street in Smithville on Tuesday May 5, 2020. The Smithville community raised over $4,500 to fund 114 banners that are going up this week along Main Street.
Texas Army National Guard Specialist Nicholas Cisneros takes a sample at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in Smithville on May 5, 2020. Seventeen service members with the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, who have been traveling around the state doing testing since since April 18, were in Smithville for the daylong testing before continuing their deployment in other Texas towns.
People affected by the coronavirus pandemic line up in their cars at Central Texas Food Bank drive-through food distribution at Del Valle High School on Thursday May 7, 2020. Hundreds received an emergency food box containing about 28 pounds of shelf stable food items.
Jackie Smith hangs face masks from a Christmas tree in front of her home on Arbor Knot Drive in Kyle on Thursday May 7, 2020. Smith sews the masks herself and then shares them with neighbors who pass by her house. ???I wanted to do something to protect my family and friends and the people in my community,??? said Smith, who has made approximately 200 face masks during the pandemic.
Dr. Andrew Moore, middle, Chief Medical Officer at St. David???s Medical Center, along with other doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators who served in the military, salute as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over St. David???s Medical Center to honor front-line workers and health care professionals serving in the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday May 13, 2020. The air demonstration squad performed a 35-minute flyover in the Austin metropolitan area.
Nurses work at a free testing site for construction workers at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on June 20, 2020. The Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, the U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association and the Austin Latino Coalition hosted the free COVID-19 testing site for 300 construction workers. In addition to the tests, the construction workers received financial assistance and personal protective equipment.
A medical worker gets her temperature checked before entering Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas on July 8, 2020.
Pharmacy student Kevin Park prepares the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to be administered to hospital staff members at the University of Texas Health Austin Dell Medical School on Tuesday December 15, 2020.
Dr. Margaret Coates reacts after getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the University of Texas Health Austin Dell Medical School on Tuesday December 15, 2020.