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Hays County reports 18 active COVID-19 cases

Hays County reports 18 active COVID-19 cases

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 30, 2020

Hays County Local Health Department officials have been notified of two additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in Hays County to 18. According to a press release by the county, a total of 24 cases have been lab-confirmed, six of whom have recovered. All...

Gov. Abbott gives update on COVID-19 in Texas

Gov. Abbott gives update on COVID-19 in Texas

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 29, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott reported that as of March 29, 2020, 25,483 Texans had been tested for the novel coronavirus, COVID–19.  Of those tested 2,552 are confirmed positive for COVID-19, the governor reported from the state Capital today.  Abbott announced that the State is working with The ...

Texas State faculty member tests positive for COVID-19

Texas State faculty member tests positive for COVID-19

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

March 27, 2020

A Texas State faculty member tested positive for COVID-19 according to an email from Student Health Center Director Dr. Emilio Carranco. According to the email, the faculty member became ill March 17 while away from campus during spring break. A full recovery is expected. The faculty member was...

COVID-19 hotline available for Hays County residents

COVID-19 hotline available for Hays County residents

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 26, 2020

The City of San Marcos announced that in an effort to address a rising tide of questions and concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), The Hays County Local Health Department, in conjunction with The City of San Marcos, has established a call center to respond to questions from Hays Cou...

Second COVID-19 case in a day, total now at 11

Second COVID-19 case in a day, total now at 11

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 25, 2020

A second case of COVID-19 was confirmed today by the Hays County Local Health Department, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 11. All 11 positive cases are adults. The newest case is a resident of Dripping Springs. The total number of cases by city, as of 12 p.m. March 25 is: Austin – 1 Buda...

City to close playscapes, dog park, skate park and restrooms due to COVID-19

City to close playscapes, dog park, skate park and restrooms due to COVID-19

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 25, 2020

The City of San Marcos announced yesterday in a press release that it would be closing the Children’s Park Playscape, City Park Playscape, all neighborhood park playscapes, Dog Park, and Skate Park; in an effort to encourage social distancing and discourage social gathering. "Out of an abundance of caution...

Hays County closes all County parks in response to COVID-19

Hays County closes all County parks in response to COVID-19

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 25, 2020

Hays County announced via their website that county officials were closing all county parks until further notice. Parks affected by the closure include Five Mile Dam Parks, Jacob's Well Natural Area, and the Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve. Since March 24, the county has reported nine cases ...

Hays County to issue a stay-in-place order

Hays County to issue a stay-in-place order

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 25, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra is expected to make an official announcement today on a stay-in-place order with an 11 p.m. curfew to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Last night, March 24, Hays County residents received an emergency update text from the judge informing them the announcement...

Texas State closes Sewell Park

Texas State closes Sewell Park

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

March 24, 2020

Texas State is closing Sewell Park Tuesday, March 24 at sunset until further notice. The email from Vice President for Finance and Support Services Eric Algoe announcing Sewell Park's closure states: "Please remember these declarations and enforcements are to protect our community as we all work together...

Hays County confirms two new COVID-19 cases

Hays County confirms two new COVID-19 cases

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 24, 2020

Two additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Hays County Local Health Department, bringing the total cases in Hays to nine. All nine positive cases are adults. The two cases are connected to Hays CISD's Carpenter Hill Elementary School, but it is believed the persons who...

Gov. Abbott issues new executive orders

Gov. Abbott issues new executive orders

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 24, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference March 24, updating the public on the COVID-19 situation in the state and issuing two new executive orders. The Texas State Department of Health reported 715 Texans have tested positive for the virus, with a total of 11 deaths. Only 65 of the 254 counties...

SMPD Officer struck by vehicle on I-35

SMPD Officer struck by vehicle on I-35

Sarah Martinez, News Reporter

March 23, 2020

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25 According to a San Marcos Police Department Facebook, officer Beller is recovering from surgery and is now beginning the recovery process. A San Marcos Police Department officer was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 35 on Monday, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Officer Paul...

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