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Portraits of the Pandemic: Part Two

One year in, we revisit Texans who shared their COVID-19 stories last summer.

By Texas Observer Staff Illustrations by John Jay Cabuay From the March/April 2021 issue. O ne year into the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Texans have now been...Read More

Clockwise from top left: Casandra Gonzalez with Yolanda Reyes; Daniel Morales, an El Paso nurse who died in August, with family; Jessica Fajardo, an Odessa phlebotomist who died in April, with a friend; Pwar Gay, an Amarillo meat processing worker who died in May; Maurice Dotson; Margaret Ferguson, who worked for a roofing company in Allen and died in October. by

COVID-19’s Deadly Toll on Texas Workers

As COVID-19 devastates workers unable to stay home, families are left struggling for justice.

Graveyard Shift As COVID-19 devastates workers unable to stay home, families are left struggling for justice. By Gus Bova January 18, 2021 From the January/Febr...Read More

Chris Mabe, left, with her husband Jim, holding a photo of her 81-year-old mother, Jewel Bergan-Brumbaugh, who died this March. by

For Families That Lost Loved Ones or Jobs to the Pandemic, Thanksgiving Carries an Extra Weight This Year

This year’s pandemic has brought untold suffering to families across Texas. Making things worse: At a time when they might take solace in the company of friends or family, public health authorities are urging them to stay apart.

This story was originally published by the Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans—and engages wit...Read More

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How We Got Here

Texas’ health system has been underfunded, understaffed, and unprepared for years. Here, COVID-19 found the perfect place to spread.

Texas’ health system has been underfunded, understaffed, and unprepared for years. Here, COVID-19 found the perfect place to spread. By Sophie Novack November...Read More

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A West Texas Nursing Home Sent Its COVID-Positive Residents Elsewhere. Now Two of Them Are Dead.

Texas allows nursing homes to voluntarily accept COVID-positive patients from hospitals and other nursing homes. But there are no additional safeguards for the people sent there, and some of the facilities have a history of breaking rules.

John Wayne McDermett used to manage nursing homes. Now he lives in one. After serving 12 years as a rural county judge and working a stint as a disc jockey at a...Read More

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The Forgotten Children of Texas

Each year, thousands of foster children in Texas are shuffled into little-known “treatment centers” where they are frequently neglected and abused. State officials have largely ignored allegations of wrongdoing and calls for reform.

The Forgotten Children of Texas Each year, thousands of foster children in Texas are shuffled into little-known “treatment centers” where they are frequentl...Read More

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