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From Performing Arts To Shipyard Workers To Hair Salons: How The Coronavirus Is Affecting Texas

Verónica G. Cárdenas for Texas Public Radio
Alex Chavez, a pipe fitter working on a ship at Keppel AmFELS, poses for a photo after work on April 30, 2020 in Brownsville.

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting Texas — from the arts scene in North Texas to a shipyard in Brownsville and a hair salon near Abilene.

There are nearly 12,000 cases of COVID-19 in the four largest counties in North Texas. Officials in Dallas County on Monday reported 253 new cases for a total of more than 6,100 countywide. There were two additional deaths. Across the county, 145 people have died. Tarrant County announced 50 new cases for a total of more than 3,700. The county also reported its 104th death. Denton County announced 24 new cases for nearly 950 countywide. Collin County has 21 new cases for a total of 939.

  • Coronavirus and performing arts: What are known as the "live arts" — theaters, choral groups, dance troupes and orchestras — are all facing the same stark question: Will they still be alive by the end of this summer?
  • Coronavirus and shipyard workers: The number of COVID-19 cases in Texas continues to rise as the state reopens. This has some workers across the state worried, but essential workers have been on the job for weeks. Worker rights' advocates say there has been a lack of protections for employees during the pandemic. Some workers at a shipyard in Brownsville have been concerned about workplace conditions and wonder what the further opening of the state means for them.
  • Coronavirus and hair salons: On Friday, Texas hair salons finally joined restaurants and movie theaters in reopening. They’re opening with safety and cleaning protocols that will affect how much profit those in the industry will make at first. Salon workers are glad to be back to work.