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Gov. Abbott utilizes Texas National Guard to increase face mask production

Gov. Abbott

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

April 8, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a partnership between the Texas Military Department and Prestige Ameritech in order to speed up the production of masks for health care workers. Texas National Guard members will be a part of Prestige Ameritech's 24-hour operation near Fort Worth, aiming to produce 2 million...

San Marcos H-E-B partner tests positive for COVID-19

HEB Graphic

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

April 7, 2020

A San Marcos H-E-B partner has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a press release by the Texan grocer. The positive case was confirmed to have worked at the big H-E-B, located on 641 E. Hopkins St. The individual has not been back to the location since March 24. Released...

County reports two additional COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 61

Hays County seal

Paris Peterson, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department confirmed two additional cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Hays County to 61. According to a press release from the county, there are 43 active cases and nine pending cases in Hays County as of 5:30...

Gov. Abbott waives regulations to speed up transfers of prescription information

Gov. Abbott

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott temporarily waived certain regulatory requirements for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns to ensure pharmacies can efficiently serve the community during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Pharmacy technicians can now accept prescription drug orders over the phone and...

Student workers now eligible for paid leave under new federal act

Texas State pre-nursing sophomores Andrea Poblete (left) and Sofia Yanez hang an informational poster about an upcoming event at the Bobcat Bounty food pantry Oct. 24, 2019, in the Family and Consumer Sciences building. Included among student workers are Bobcat Bounty workers, Alkek library workers, ITAC assistants and more.

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

April 7, 2020

Student workers will now be receiving paid sick leave during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in accordance with a new federal act. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) became effective April 1 and requires "certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or...

Court rules that Texas can continue COVID-19 abortion ban

Court rules that Texas can continue COVID-19 abortion ban

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

April 7, 2020

The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Governor Abbott's COVID-19 related abortion ban is enforceable by the state in a pandemic, nullifying District Judge Lee Yeakel's temporarily blocked enforcement of the ban and temporary restraining order March 30. The decision follows Abbott’s executive...

Gov. Abbott announces rule to help healthcare facilities implement social distancing

Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds up his plans for school safety

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 7, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission adopted an emergency rule Monday, allowing End-stage Renal Disease facilities to treat patients more effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule grants health care providers more flexibility in taking care of d...

County Judge Becerra: 61 positive cases of COVID-19 in Hays County

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra holds up a paper with instruction on how to combat coronavirus.

Chase Rogers, News Editor

April 7, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra reported two additional cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hays County in a Tuesday morning tweet, bringing the total number of cases to 61. In addition, Becerra encouraged citizens to utilize protective face masks to mitigate the potential spread of the virus...

Gov. Abbott orders Texas historic sites and state parks to close in response to COVID-19

Gov. Abbott

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 7, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission to close all state parks and historic sites as part of the state's effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. State parks and historic sites will close at 5 p.m. Monday, April 7, and will remain closed...

CDC recommends wearing cloth face masks in public, county considering making it required

Graphic depicting the area of the face the masks should cover to best mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus virus (COVID-19).

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

April 7, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control advises all people to wear cloth face masks in public to prevent asymptomatic individuals from unknowingly spreading COVID-19 Saturday, April 4. The CDC specifically recommends fabric masks, noting surgical masks should be reserved for health care workers. Social distancing...

Hays County confirms five additional lab-confirmed positive cases, brings total to 43 active cases

Hays County Seal

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

April 6, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported five additional lab-confirmed positive cases overnight and today, according to a press release. As of April 6, 2020, at 4 p.m. (note that the COVID-19 online Dashboard is updated twice a day, so may show different numbers than this daily snapshot): Lab Confirmed Ne...

(Photo Gallery) Residence halls abandoned amid COVID-19 pandemic

A green triceratops stuffed animal sits on the floor of a long hallway.

Rebecca Harrell, Assistant Multimedia Editor

April 6, 2020

Texas State dorm occupants were forced to permanently move out of their residence halls due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Students moved in allotted times from March 28-31, in order to limit the number of people in one space.

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