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Hays County epidemiologist provides updates on rising COVID-19 cases

The Hays County epidemiologist speaks into a microphone at a press conference over COVID-19.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 17, 2020

Epidemiologist Eric Schneider held a virtual press conference to address the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Hays County. Schneider said since the June 10 report, 58% of new reported COVID-19 cases in the county are San Marcos residents between the ages of 20-29. He said positive tests have stemmed...

UPDATE: SMPD officer shot in line of duty returns to work

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 17, 2020

Update, June 17: Officer Mueller returns to work The San Marcos Police Department announced officer Justin Mueller, one of the officers shot in an April 18 shooting, returned to work. Mueller's return comes eight weeks after the incident that left him and officer Franco Stewart wounded and officer Jus...

Hays County announces temporary closure of two offices

Hays County Seal

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 17, 2020

Hays County announced it will temporarily close its Justice of the Peace 1-1 and County Clerk offices until further notice. The closings are out of caution for employees that have been in contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19. The county says employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 wi...

Hays County reports 155 new cases of COVID-19

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

June 16, 2020

The Hays County Health Department reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 June 16 along with 55 recoveries, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases to 1,093 and active cases to 766. According to Epidemiologist Eric Schneider, the total number of received negative tests in the county is 5,065 with...

Gov. Abbott addresses hospital capacity in Texas, accused of inaccurate statements on Hays County

Gov. Abbott speaks into a microphone with two people behind him.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 16, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference June 16 to address hospital capacity in the state, reporting the highest daily number of new positive cases since June 10. State Rep. Erin Zwiener stated Abbott's comments on Hays County were inaccurate. Abbott said 2,622 new cases of COVID-19 were reported...

San Marcos COVID-19 testing site tests over 700, more tests scheduled

People standing in line.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 16, 2020

The free COVID-19 testing site at Bonham Pre-k school on June 14 tested at least 701 people. As of June 16, results are expected within 10-25 days following the testing. Additional free testing opportunities will be available throughout Hays County this week. The sites listed below will have access...

Hays County reports 265 new COVID-19 cases

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 15, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported 265 new cases of COVID-19 since June 13, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in the county to 938 and active cases to 666. Hays County reported 196 cases over the weekend and 69 new cases today, June 15. San Marcos has the highest number...

Hays County reports 142 new COVID-19 cases

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 13, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported 142 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 June 13, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 815. Two additional hospitalizations were reported. Due to the volume of new cases, specific details about cities, age, gender and ethnicity will be...

Hays County reports 99 new COVID-19 cases, 215 active in San Marcos

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 12, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported 99 new cases of COVID-19, June 12, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in the county to 673 and active cases to 402. San Marcos now has the highest number of active cases at 215, gaining 80 since the June 11 report. Kyle and Buda have 131...

Hays County reports 82 new COVID-19 cases, San Marcos with most active

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 11, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported 82 new cases of COVID-19, June 11, bringing the total new number of lab-confirmed cases in the county to 574 and active cases to 306. San Marcos now has the highest number of active cases, gaining 64 from Wednesday. County Judge Ruben Becerra reported...

San Marcos to offer free COVID testing June 14 and 20

Hays County Historic Courthouse

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 11, 2020

The Texas Division of Emergency Management announced it will offer free COVID-19 testing in San Marcos June 14 and June 20 as part of the Governor’s new initiative to test under-served communities. The June 14 free testing will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bonham Pre-k School, 1225 TX-123...

Back-to-back protests: Texas State students and Athletics speak up for Black lives

Protestors stand out in front of the Hays County Historic Courthouse with signs and fists up, in solidarity.

Jaden Edison and Colton McWilliams

June 11, 2020

The San Marcos community held two protests June 10, one organized by Texas State students and the other by the university's Athletic Department, advocating for Black lives lost at the hands of police. The first, put together by Malina Sutton and Kyla Finchum, took place at the Hays County Historic...

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