Sara Willa Ernst, Houston Public Media

Sara Willa Ernst

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Houston, TX, United States

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Past articles by Sara:

Flu season hits Houston area earlier than usual

More than 3 percent of reported doctors visits in Harris County during the first week of November were related to the flu or other respiratory viral infections, compared to 1.7 percent in early October, according to the Houston Health Department. → Read More

Long COVID is pulling Texans out of work

The illness is contributing to a growing population of disabled Americans. → Read More

More than half of Houston households continue to face pandemic financial struggles, survey says

Nearly 60% of Houston households say they’re falling behind on basic expenses like rent, car payments, medical bills and food. → Read More

More Than 400,000 Lose Power As Tropical Storm Nicholas Moves Through Houston

According to the National Weather Service in Houston, the storm has reached sustained winds of 70 mph, and is expected to make landfall Monday evening and slowly travel Northeast along the Texas coast through Tuesday night. → Read More

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Visits Houston Food Bank After Raising $3 Million For Texas Winter Storm Relief

In just over one day the New York congresswoman raised $3.2 million, all of which she said would go to relief groups across the state. → Read More

Is It Safe To Eat Food From The Refrigerator After A Power Outage? Here Are Some Tips

Whether or not food is safe after an electrical outage can depend on a number of factors. → Read More

More Texas Outages Could Be On The Way As ERCOT Struggles To Manage Power Supply

While the grid manager said it regained some supply Tuesday, that was partially offset by the loss of other power generators. → Read More

Essential Workers Vie For Vaccine Priority As Texas Enters Phase 1C

Frontline essential workers were not part of the first two rounds of COVID-19 vaccine priority. Now, they want to make sure they're included in the next phase. → Read More

Coronavirus In Greater Houston: Texas Adds Vaccine Hubs In Galveston, Other Local Counties

Galveston and UTMB want to be the next COVID-19 vaccine hub. If given more doses, they plan to open two sites. → Read More

Coronavirus In Greater Houston: City Surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 Cases

With a vacine on the horizon, local officials are asking Houstonians to remain vigilant with social distancing and mask wearing, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. → Read More

Coronavirus In Greater Houston: Texas Hospitalizations Are Reaching July COVID-19 Peaks

Health experts are worried about a possible spike in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving holiday travel. → Read More

COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Breast Cancer Screening Delays At Houston Clinics

Some Houston-area clinics report experiencing as much as a 45% decline in mammograms, compared to pre-pandemic times. → Read More

How A Texas-Led Lawsuit Could Place The Affordable Care Act In Jeopardy

Amy Coney Barrett could cast a deciding vote on the law known as Obamacare if the conservative judge gets a fast-tracked confirmation. → Read More

‘They Build On Each Other’: Low-Wage Workers Feel The Brunt Of Harvey And COVID-19

Many of the populations most impacted by the pandemic are still reeling from Hurricane Harvey. → Read More

After First Week Of Class, Baylor University Dorm Sees COVID-19 Outbreak

About 100 students at one Baylor dorm are being asked to reside in place after a suspected COVID-19 outbreak. → Read More