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Hays County reports no new cases of COVID-19, no recoveries

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 24, 2020

The Hays County Health Department reported no new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 May 24, leaving the total lab-confirmed cases at 270 and total active cases at 109. As of 1 p.m. May 24, no new individuals have recovered from the virus, totaling 158 recovered cases. The total number of received negative...

Vehicle rollover accident on IH-35 leaves two dead

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Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

May 24, 2020

The San Marcos Police Department responded to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover accident on IH-35 on May 23 that left two dead. Witnesses said a 2002 white Ford Explorer left IH-35 and flipped multiple times, causing the SUV to land on the East Access road, resulting in the ejection of nine of...

Hays County reports eight new cases of COVID-19

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 22, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported eight new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 May 22, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 266 and total active cases to 105. As of 4 p.m. May 22, no additional individuals have recovered, totaling 158 recovered cases. The total number of...

Gov. Abbott suspends in-person visitations in county jails

A room in the Hays County Jail March 11. Photo by Cameron Hubbard

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 22, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order May 22 suspending in-person visits to all county and municipal jails in the state. The restrictions do not apply to attorneys meeting with a client or religious leaders and clergy members. The order aims to contain COVID-19 hot spots and protect staff...

Hays County Task Force concludes COVID-19 testing at nursing facilities

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Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

May 22, 2020

The Hays County Task Force will complete COVID-19 testing for all residents and employees across six Hays County nursing facilities May 22. The task force consisted of 18 testing personnel and eight support personnel who were able to test up to 100 people per hour at facilities in Dripping Springs,...

Texas businesses and services able to open today

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 22, 2020

Editor's Note: Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order allows certain businesses and services to open today under certain guidelines, but it is up to respective businesses/services to decide whether or not they want to open or remain closed. Gov. Greg Abbott's Phase II of reopening Texas includes a variet...

Gov. Abbott updates from May 21

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 21, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced new COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites, a limited reopening of driver license offices, an executive order terminating air travel restrictions and an expansion of COVID-19 testing to all state hospitals. Abbott announced 44 new drive-thru testing sites located in Austin,...

Hays County reports eight new COVID-19 cases, three recover

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 21, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported eight new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, May 21, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 258 and total active cases to 97. As of 4 p.m., May 21, 158 individuals have recovered. According to Epidemiologist Eric Schneider, the number of...

Hays County hosts virtual town hall for input on highway planning

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 20, 2020

Hays County residents can now take part in a virtual town hall regarding long-range planning along the State Highway 21 corridor that connects east Hays County with Caldwell County. The virtual town hall runs through May 31. The town hall is a cooperation between Hays and Caldwell counties to gather pu...

SMPD headquarters evacuated due to gas leak

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 20, 2020

The San Marcos Police Department headquarters was evacuated after an auto accident caused a gas leak at 8:13 p.m. May 19. A San Marcos police officer suffered a medical issue while driving and crashed into a gas main and nearby infrastructure building, causing an evacuation of the SMPD headquarters. The...

Gov. Abbott directs Texas universities to reduce budgets

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 20, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott directed state agencies and institutions of higher learning to reduce respective general and general revenue-related appropriations by 5% for 2020-2021. State leaders urged institutions of higher education to enact cost-saving strategies that will not affect the state's COVID-19 response....

San Marcos announces reopening of river parks

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Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

May 20, 2020

The City of San Marcos will reopen riverfront parks to active recreation seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting May 22. Park visitors are advised and expected to exercise caution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, park visitors are advised and expected...

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