Hays County flu cases declining and four other things to know this week in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

For the second week in a row, Hays County saw a decline in positive flu cases.

For the second week in a row, Hays County saw a decline in positive flu cases.

Here's what you need to know to start your week in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle.


1. Epidemiologist: Hays County flu numbers on the decline
Positive Hays County flu cases have gone down for the second week in a row, according to Epidemiologist Eric Schneider.

"Hopefully, this signals the downslope of the peak flu season, but flu season does officially
continue until May, so people are still encouraged to wash their hands with soap and warm water, cover their
coughs and sneezes, and stay home from work/school if they are feeling symptomatic," Schneider said in a news release last week.

As of Feb. 20, nearly 2,500 positive flu cases were reported in the county since September.

The Hays County Local Health Department at 401 Broadway, San Marcos, offers free flu vaccines for anyone over four years old. Contact the local Health Department office at 512-393-5520 to schedule an appointment.





2. New Baylor Scott & White Health hospital coming to Buda
Last week, the Buda Economic Development Corp. signed an agreement with Baylor Scott & White Health to bring a 77,525-square-foot hospital to Buda by the end of 2019. The $35 million investment will bring about 150 jobs to the area.





3. Animal welfare advocate proposes special taxing district for San Marcos regional shelter
In an impassioned speech to a room of animal welfare advocates on Feb. 21, a Buda police officer serving on the San Marcos Animal Shelter Advisory Board shared preliminary details on how he wants to fund the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter and make it a no-kill shelter.

His proposal: Create a special taxing district that would put dedicated funds toward shelter services and capacity.





4. Early voting ends March 2
Hays County residents have another week to vote early in the primary elections. Election Day is March 6. Polling locations and candidate listings can be found here.





5. Texas State University, San Marcos CISD partner on teacher fellowship program
In a move that will save the district about $11,000, San Marcos CISD trustees voted last week to partner with Texas State University to bring teacher fellows to school campuses.

The fellows program partnership allows three students pursuing their master’s degree to serve as regular classroom teachers. For every three fellows hired, the district will also be required to employ one exchange, or mentor, teacher from SMCISD that will model teach, collaborate on lesson planning, discuss classroom-management issues and provide feedback to the fellows.




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