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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...

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

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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...

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 reports 12 new cases of COVID-19, one recovers

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

May 20, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported 12 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 250 and active cases to 92. The number of those recovered from the virus and out of quarantine is 155, up from 154 on Tuesday. According to Epidemiologist Eric...

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...

Hays County reports three new cases of COVID-19, two recover

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 19, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reports three new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, May 19, increasing the total number of cases in the county to 238 and active cases to 81. As of 4 p.m., May 19, 154 individuals have recovered from the virus and are out of quarantine. The number of received...

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