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County residents demand release of jail inmates amid COVID-19

A protester rides his bike behind a caravan. He has a sign attached to his backpack that says, 'Protect our prisoners from COVID-19'.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2020

Demonstrators organized a caravan outside the Hays County Historic Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center June 30 demanding the release of pretrial detainees from jail amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The demonstration, organized by Karen Muñoz and Tomas Diaz de Leon, was in response to reports of inmates...

Q&A with President Trauth about Texas State’s ‘Roadmap to Return’

Texas State President Denise Trauth speaks at an Alumni Luncheon during 2018 Homecoming Week. Photo courtesy of Chandler Prude.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2020

On June 25, Editor-in-Chief Jaden Edison spoke with President Denise Trauth, Dr. Lisa Lloyd and Sandy Pantlik about Texas State's 'Roadmap to Return' to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Obviously, you know, with everything going on, the big question that I just want to go ahead [and put forth] rig...

Five Mile Dam Park closed until further notice

People swimming in five mile dam

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 25, 2020

The Hays County Parks Department reported that Five Mile Dam Park is closed to the public as of June 25. Countywide Operations Director Tammy Crumley said the move was necessary to prevent overcrowding and help slow the spread of COVID-19. “With the City of San Marcos closing its river parks,...

Hays County to offer additional free COVID-19 testing

Cars lined up at the San Marcos free testing drive.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 25, 2020

Hays County will offer two new free COVID-19 testing locations in Kyle and San Marcos in partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Army National Guard. The walk-up locations will not require pre-registration. Anyone aged five and up can be tested, with or without symptoms. The...

San Marcos transit services to require face masks

City of San Marcos brick sign

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 24, 2020

The City of San Marcos will expand the interurban and the fixed-route transit services starting July 6 to meet transit needs as Texas State University students resume on-campus and virtual classes. New safety measures include requiring masks and encouraged social distancing. Passengers are now required...

Hays County’s COVID-19 response evolves as cases surge

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra speaks at a podium, with two men standing behind him with face masks.

Daniel Weeks

June 23, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic initially made its way to Hays County, the daily case count increased slowly until testing capabilities began to increase and Texas started to reopen in phases. Since then, the county uncovered a second wave of virus cases, forcing its leaders to respond quickly. On June 10, Hays County reported 27 new cases of COVID-19, totaling 492 lab-confirmed cases in the county. B...

Live updates: San Marcos businesses respond to new COVID-19 cases

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Daniel Weeks and Daniella Carrera

June 22, 2020

Editor's Note: We are working to provide updates on businesses in San Marcos responding to new COVID-19 cases in Hays County. If there is a business we may have missed or you have any tips, please reach out to us on social media @universitystar or email [email protected]  Gumby's Pizza Gumby's...

(Audio Story) ‘We built this country’

A group marching with signs led by a woman with a megaphone.

Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

June 20, 2020

San Marcos native Desyre Collier gathered locals in celebration, commemoration, remembrance and reflection outside of the Hays County Courthouse June 20 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Collier is a politics and human rights student at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Growing...

San Marcos river parks to close following COVID-19 case surge

Tubers float down a river.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 19, 2020

The City of San Marcos river parks will close June 25 until further notice due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases. The dog park, skate park and natural areas will remain open, but visitors to those areas are recommended to observe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on...

Hays County reports 210 new cases of COVID-19

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

June 18, 2020

The Hays County Health Department reported 210 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with eight recoveries, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 1,448 and active cases to 1,105. San Marcos has the highest number of active cases in the county at 749. Kyle and Buda have 224 and 93...

State Rep. Zwiener discusses COVID-19 testing shortcomings in Hays County

Cars lined up at the San Marcos free testing drive.

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

June 18, 2020

State Rep. Erin Zwiener held a town hall June 16 to address healthcare policy and COVID-19's effects on state and local healthcare, saying Hays County has not done a good job telling people where they can get tested. San Marcos hosted COVID-19 testing sites June 14, where 1% of the city's p...

City postpones Fourth of July fireworks, announces holiday closures

Fireworks pop off in the dark night sky, illuminating smoke and casting shadows

Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

June 18, 2020

The City of San Marcos postponed its yearly Fourth of July firework display until further notice due to concerns over the increase in COVID-19 cases. City staff will continue to monitor and discuss the situation to determine when the celebration can be rescheduled. The City expects people to attend...

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