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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Gov. Abbott announces initiative to increase child care access for COVID-19 frontline workers

Gov. Abbott announces initiative to increase child care access for COVID-19 frontline workers

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 6, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced an initiative Monday to increase in-home child care access for workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Care.com, a website that provides jobs for caregivers and a place for parents in need of one, is offering 90 days of free access to its services, includ...

Gov. Abbott waives regulations to expand medical workforce

Gov. Abbott waives regulations to expand medical workforce

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

April 5, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott temporarily waived certain regulations for medical health officials to enter the workforce, expanding the healthcare workforce in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The waiver allows licensure candidates for Physician Assistants, Medical Physicists, Perfusionists and Respiratory...

Four additional COVID-19 cases in Hays County, bringing total to 54

Four additional COVID-19 cases in Hays County, bringing total to 54

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

April 5, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department confirmed four additional cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Hays County to 54. According to a press release from the county, there is a total of 41 active cases and 12 pending cases in Hays County as...

Gov. Abbott discusses COVID-19 with White House Coronavirus Task Force doctor

Gov. Abbott discusses COVID-19 with White House Coronavirus Task Force doctor

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 4, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spoke with doctor of the White House Coronavirus Task Force Anthony Fauci on Saturday about Texas' response to COVID-19. According to a press release from Abbott's office, the two discussed the significance of following federal guidelines, which include the need for social distancing and staying home if travel isn't essential. Fauci,...

San Marcos receives $6 million in coronavirus relief funds

San Marcos receives $6 million in coronavirus relief funds

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

April 3, 2020

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett announced April 3, San Marcos will be receiving over $6 million in federal funding for housing and transportation. The funding originates from a coronavirus relief package known as the CARES Act. Of the funds, $6.4 million will be dedicated to public transportation in San Marcos,...

Total number of COVID-19 cases reaches 45 in Hays County

Total number of COVID-19 cases reaches 45 in Hays County

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 2, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported three additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 45. Ten of the 45 cases in the county have recovered, with 18 still pending test results. A total of six cases have required hospitalization with four still...

Bobcat Shuttle schedules set to change

Bobcat Shuttle schedules set to change

Paris Peterson, News Reporter

April 2, 2020

Texas State Transportation Services announced adjustments to the Bobcat Shuttle service schedule beginning Monday, April 6. The new Bobcat Shuttle schedule is Monday through Friday 7 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. with an approximate frequency of 20 minutes. According to an email sent from Transportation Services,...

SWAT, San Marcos police arrest “documented gang member”

SWAT, San Marcos police arrest “documented gang member”

Daniella Carrera, Reporter

April 1, 2020

San Marcos police arrested a convicted felon and "documented gang member " with help of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and the Hays County Crisis Negotiations team Tuesday night, March 31. The San Marcos Police Department responded to a call at approximately 9 p.m. for an unconsc...

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