Live updates: San Marcos businesses respond to new COVID-19 cases

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Rebecca Harrell

As of March 31, 2020, the confirmed cases by city in Hays County is: Austin, 3; Buda, 9, Dripping Springs, 2; Kyle, 12; San Marcos, 12; Wimberley, 0; Woodcreek, 0; Driftwood, 0.

Daniel Weeks and Daniella Carrera

Editor’s Note: We are working to provide updates on businesses in San Marcos responding to new COVID-19 cases in Hays County. If there is a business we may have missed or you have any tips, please reach out to us on social media @universitystar or email [email protected] 

Gumby’s Pizza

Gumby’s Pizza announced its temporary closure June 22 due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

The staff member last worked June 14 and showed no symptoms of the virus. The restaurant will remain closed until further notice and in the meantime, said it would disinfect the building and ensure the diagnosed staff member did not come in contact with any other employee.

Black’s Barbecue

Black’s Barbecue in San Marcos announced it will be closed June 17 due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked June 7. The restaurant says it will conduct additional cleaning and sanitizing; staff will also be tested.

San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental

In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental announced June 16 it will no longer allow walk-ins and will require customers to book tube rentals in advance.

Beginning June 20, Lions Club will move to its online reservation system. More information about the tube rental process is said to be released by Lions Club soon.

First Step:

The First Step daycare center is closed from June 12-19 and is aiming to reopen June 22 following a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. The staff last worked four hours June 5 in the infant room. She started feeling ill two days later. Due to potential exposure to the children, First Step is recommending everyone quarantine until June 19.

Roughhouse Brewing:

Roughhouse Brewing announced June 14 that it would be closing after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee’s last day of work was June 7 and did not show any symptoms while at work. It is believed the employee contracted the virus outside of the facility from a friend who tested positive for the virus.

While closed, Roughhouse Brewing will have all its employees tested and conduct a deep cleaning of the facility. According to the brewery, it will not reopen until all its employees test negative.

Sonic Drive-In (Aquarena Springs location): 

Sonic Drive-In’s Aquarena Springs location had one employee test positive for COVID-19, manager Alejandro Luongo confirmed.

The employee’s last day of work was June 7. The restaurant will remain open; however, it has conducted a deep cleaning of the restaurant and has cut back on employee hours. The location will now only operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Current employees are undergoing testing.

Gold’s Gym:

Gold’s Gym announced June 12 that two team members tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a social gathering outside of the gym. They are currently self-quarantined and will return to work after cleared by medical professionals. The gym will remain open and will test members if they are experiencing symptoms of fever or fatigue.

Deep cleaning takes place every night and multiple cleanings take place each day, including a one-hour intermission.

Stonewall Warehouse:

Stonewall announced by Facebook post that it will remain closed to have employees tested. In this process, one employee tested positive for the virus. Some results are still pending as of the Facebook post at 9 p.m. June 12. The employee has reportedly not been in the business since the weekend of June 6.

Mochas and Javas (Wonder World Drive location):

Mochas and Javas on Wonder World Drive announced it will remain closed until June 12 due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

The coffee shop said it was made aware of the positive test June 8 and that the team member contracted the virus outside of the workplace. The individual last worked June 3 and showed no symptoms.

While closed, the shop said it will sanitize and secure barista team members from other locations in the city while the Wonder World Drive staff social distances and awaits COVID-19 testing results.

Stellar Coffee Co.:

Stellar Coffee announced in an Instagram post that it will close from June 10-14. During this time, employees will be tested and the shop will be deep cleaned. The shop plans to reopen June 15 if employees do not test positive.

Crafthouse:

Crafthouse announced in an Instagram post it will be closed until 11 a.m., June 11, allowing for staff to receive tests and professional cleanings to take place.

Pure Barre update:

Pure Barre San Marcos closed its doors and recommended its staff receive tests after a desk staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Additional details can be found in the story.

The Marc:

The Marc announced it will close June 9 in order to give the entire staff the opportunity to get tested for COVID-19. According to a post from The Marc, deep-cleaning services will occur throughout the venue.

The Vault and Sake:

A member of the security team at The Vault San Marcos has tested positive for COVID-19 on June 7. The Vault issued a statement saying they will close the bar for business. No staff members will return to work until they have been tested for COVID-19 and receive their results.

According to a statement issued June 8, The Vault will be taking the necessary measures to sanitize the entire location in order to provide a safe environment for their staff and customers.

Texas State Tubes:

Texas State Tubes announced June 9 it will close for 48 hours after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
The venue announced in a Facebook post the employee was diagnosed June 8. The post said the venue will conduct a deep cleaning while closed.

Kobe:

Kobe announced it will remain closed until June 12 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Additional details can be found in the story.

Grins:

Grins Restaurant in San Marcos announced its temporary closure amid rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in San Marcos. Additional details can be found in the story.

Mendez Elementary curbside meals:

San Marcos CISD announced it will be suspending curbside meals at Mendez Elementary June 9 until further notice after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Additional details can be found in the story.

Menchie’s:

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in San Marcos announced temporary closure after one of its team members tested positive for COVID-19. Additional details can be found in the story.

The University Star will continue to provide COVID-19 updates as any additional information is released.

Individuals concerned about possible exposure to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider or the Hays County Local Health Department at 512.393.5520. For additional information about COVID-19, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services or the Centers for Disease Control website.

The University Star’s COVID-19 coverage can be found here.


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