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H-E-B urges calm shopping amid COVID-19, plus more San Antonio stories

H-E-B urges calm shopping amid COVID-19, plus more San Antonio stories

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H-E-B encourages preparedness, not stockpiling, for Texas shoppers. H-E-B/Facebook

Editor's note: Welcome to our weekly roundup of the top stories in San Antonio. Each weekend, we share five pieces that captured the attention of the Alamo City over the past seven days.

1. H-E-B asks customers across Texas to halt ‘panic’ purchases spurred by coronavirus. As coronavirus fears swept across the state, San Antonio-based H-E-B asked Texans to be mindful of their purchases, reassuring that shelves would be restocked. “Customers shouldn’t panic, we continue to restock shelves. We encourage preparedness, not stockpiling — please buy what you need & leave some for your neighbor behind you,” the grocer tweeted.

2. 6 Texas state parks near San Antonio offer escape from coronavirus-induced cabin fever. If you’re suffering from cabin fever but want to adhere to social distancing guidelines, you might consider venturing out to a Texas state park, many of which remain open (with some limitations).

3. Coronavirus continues to affect San Antonio in a flurry of canceled events and closures. The cancellations and closures related to coronavirus are vast. We've compiled this running list of temporarily shuttered spaces and events that have either been postponed or canceled altogether. 

4. San Antonio Toyota truck plant gears up for 2-day shutdown in response to COVID-19. On March 23 through April 3, Toyota Motor North America will suspend production at all North American plants, including the one in San Antonio, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Production should resume on April 6.

5. San Antonio opens new coronavirus testing site at Freeman Coliseum. The new testing site, announced March 18, will administer up to 16 tests per hour. All patients must be pre-approved by a doctor.