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

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 26, 2020

The Hays County Health Department reported nine new cases of COVID-19 May 26, bringing the total lab-confirmed cases to 279 and total active cases to 115. As of 4 p.m. May 26, three new individuals have recovered from the virus, totaling 161 recovered cases. The total number of received negative tests...

Gov. Abbott announces new openings under phase II

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 26, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation adding additional services and activities that can open under Texas's phase II of reopening. The services include: water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs and food court dining areas within shopping malls. Beginning...

San Marcos honors fallen soldiers through virtual Memorial Day ceremony

Three United States flags sit in a grassy area, in the morning, at the Hays County Veterans Memorial.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

May 25, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos honored servicemen and women who lost their lives serving the country through a virtual Memorial Day ceremony May 25. The yearly event, usually taking place in-person at the Hays County Veterans Memorial in San Marcos, was moved online due to precautions...

First-generation graduates persevere despite cancellation of in-person commencement

A first generation graduate watches the virtual commencement ceremony.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

May 25, 2020

Walking the stage at college graduation was something Ahkilah Armster anticipated her entire life. After finally arriving at Texas State, the day her name would echo through Strahan Coliseum and her family would be able to celebrate seemed inevitable. "It would’ve been a life-changing moment. ...

Opinion: Texas State owes the Class of 2020 an in-person commencement

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Delilah Alvarado

May 25, 2020

Over 6,000 Bobcats looked forward to the day they were supposed to receive their college degrees in person this summer despite the hardships COVID-19 brought to the university community. However, on May 11, President Denise Trauth announced the cancellation of in-person commencement ceremonies for the spring and summer 2020 graduates, placing the final nail in the coffin.Students were tasked ...

Two San Marcos restaurants close after employees test positive for COVID-19

An orange cone sits in the drive-thru of Fuego Tortilla Grill in San Marcos.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 25, 2020

Fuego Tortilla Grill and Garcia's Restaurant-Wonder World, in San Marcos, announced closures until further notice after employees at both restaurants tested positive for COVID-19. One employee tested positive at Fuego, located at 913 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, and two at Garcia's, located at 1917...

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...

Hays County reports four new cases of COVID-19

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

May 23, 2020

The Hays County Health Department reported four new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total amount of cases in the county to 270 and total active cases to 109. As of 2 p.m. May 23, no new individuals have recovered from the virus, totaling 158 recovered cases. The total number of received...

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...

2020 Census operations to resume in Hays County

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

May 22, 2020

In coordination with federal, state and local health officials, the U.S Census Bureau will begin a phased restart of field operations in certain areas of Texas next week, including in Hays County. Also known as Operation Update Leave, Census Bureau employees will resume dropping off 2020 Census invitation...

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,...

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