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With the national death toll from COVID-19 passing the grim 150,000 mark, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds broad support for a single, national strategy to address the pandemic and more aggressive measures to contain it.

Two-thirds of respondents said they believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other countries, and most want the federal government to take extensive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, favoring a top-down approach to reopening schools and businesses.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler
Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, Politico and ABC News confirmed Wednesday morning.

An alarming spike in U.S. coronavirus cases is prompting McDonald's to require customers to wear face masks at all of its more than 14,000 domestic-market restaurants, the company announced Friday. The policy takes effect on Aug. 1.

The U.S. now has more than 4 million known coronavirus cases; 1 million infections were diagnosed in just over two weeks.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in late June. He announced a statewide mask order on July 2.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

At the Republican Party of Texas’ virtual convention this past weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott knew he had to talk about his executive order requiring — in most cases — facemasks in public.

While there is widespread consensus that more people wearing face coverings in public will slow viral spread, researchers disagree over how much credit to assign to Texas' statewide mask order.
Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

Three weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott required Texans to wear masks, epidemiologists and disease modelers say they are cautiously optimistic that the mandate is helping the state turn a corner in its efforts to contain an outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 Texans.

mural of nurse posed like Rosie the Riveter
LM Otero / Associated Press

New research from the University of North Texas Health Science Center shows wearing masks is a highly effective way to bring COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations down. 

David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Friday is the last day of early voting in the primary runoff election. And while face masks are in wide use at the polls, Gov. Greg Abbott isn’t requiring them. It’s one of the exceptions to his executive order to wear masks in public places

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In mid-April — about a month after Texas Gov. Greg Abbot declared a statewide disaster in response to COVID-19 — frustration was growing in Austin.

City streets filled with protesters complaining about stay-at-home orders.

Travelers wear masks as they wait at the American Airlines ticket counter at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Associated Press

American Airlines has banned a man who was kicked off a plane for refusing to wear a face covering, among the first such incidents since airlines promised this week to step up enforcement of their mask rules.

Tamara Owsley wipes down life jackets at the city-owned waterpark in Grand Prairie on May 29.
LM Otero / Associated Press

Starting at 11:59 p.m. Friday, businesses in Dallas County must require all customers and employees to wear face masks.

In an emergency session Friday morning, county commissioners voted 3-2 on an order requiring masks when entering businesses.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the mayors of other major Texas cities are asking the governor to allow them to enact and enforce public health emergency declarations that require the use of face masks.

Art on Sixth Street in downtown Austin has coronavirus-related themes.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

As Texas inches away from its economic shutdown and people resume sharing public and sometimes confined spaces, the question of whether to wear a face mask has become a way to pick sides in what’s quickly becoming a coronavirus culture war.