5 recent coronavirus stories from the Austin area readers should know

Austin and Travis County's orders went into place March 25 and require residents to stay home for everything but essential travel. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin and Travis County's orders went into place March 25 and require residents to stay home for everything but essential travel. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin and Travis County's orders went into place March 25 and require residents to stay home for everything but essential travel. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Austin is quarantining up to 18 coronavirus patients at undisclosed hotel

In addition to the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the local Sobering Center, Austin is leasing another hotel that is housing up 18 coronavirus patients, but the city is declining to release the hotel’s location.

How 4 local businesses are innovating daily operations during the coronavirus pandemic

With in-person shopping and dining experiences prohibited during the coronavirus pandemic, area businesses and restaurants have turn to new and innovative ways to generate revenue and serve clientele. Here are four Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto small businesses that have upgraded business strategies in the age of social distancing.



Four Capital Metro employees test positive for coronavirus, including three bus operators

Capital Metro announced April 2 that one bus mechanic and three bus operators have contracted the coronavirus. The four Capital Metro employees are the first from the public transit agency to test positive.

55 ways to volunteer in the Central Austin community

Volunteer opportunities included in this guide are available year-round and range from caring for the elderly to beautifying parks.

Here’s why New Braunfels is allowing limited, in-person religious services, despite coronavirus concerns

An email exchange between New Braunfels Mayor Barron Casteel and a retired physician sheds new light on the city's enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott's most recent executive order.

Kelsey Thompson, Jack Flagler and Warren Brown contributed to this report.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations also increased to 97 in the Austin metro. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
88 new coronavirus cases in Travis County on June 1 set single-day high

COVID-19 hospitalizations also increased to 97 in the Austin metro.

Director of Elementary Schools Monica Gonzalez said June 1 that the district is looking into training teachers this summer to prepare for partial or full-time virtual learning. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD planning for blended teaching approach for school year beginning Aug. 18

A blended approach would allow the district to switch from in-person learning to virtual learning when needed.

Protesters and Texas Rangers stood face to face during demonstrations at the Texas Capitol on May 31. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
National, state, local officials continue to blame outside agitators for turning protests violent over the weekend

As violence erupted in Austin and cities across the country over the weekend, leaders from all ranks said outside groups usurped the demonstrations and turned them chaotic.

Richard Rhodes, the president and CEO of Austin Community College, said June 1 that the district is prioritizing the hiring of a new chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer. (Courtesy Austin Community College)
Austin Community College prioritizing hiring equity officer despite ongoing hiring freeze

The district brought up the hiring during a discussion about protests and demonstrations that have taken place over the past weekend.

Businesses shuttering their doors due to coronavirus restrictions lowered the sales tax revenue collected by cities in May compared to May 2019. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas comptroller reports 13.2% year-over-year state sales tax revenue drop in May

Tax collection revenue fell significantly in several sectors from May 2019 to May 2020, according to the comptroller's office.

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Study finds municipal water runoff responsible for more than half of stream flow in parts of Bull Creek

A recent study found municipal water sources, such as irrigation runoff or wastewater leakage, account for at least half of Bull Creek’s stream flow in some urban areas.

Austin-based taco restaurant Veracruz All Natural added a downtown walk-up window location in late May. (Courtesy Veracruz All Natural)
Veracruz All Natural opens new walk-up window at The Line Hotel

The other locations of the local taco restaurant remain open.

Demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol on May 31 to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas officials respond to demonstrations, unrest in wake of George Floyd killing

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster in Texas on May 31, while various city officials and law enforcment responded to protests and violence over the weekend.

Austin City Hall was one of several downtown buildings to be vandalized during this past weekend's protests. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin leaders, representatives react to weekend protests

Local, state and federal representatives took to social media throughout the weekend to voice their opinions.

Wanderlust Wine Co. is now open in downtown Austin. (Courtesy Wanderlust Wine Co.)
Wanderlust Wine Co. now open in downtown Austin

The self-pour wine bar is open in a limited capacity. Owner Sammy Lam said he is planning a grand opening once coronavirus restrictions are lifted completely.

Protesters march toward the Texas Capitol. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
PHOTOS: Demonstrators gathered in front of the Texas Capitol as protests against police brutality continued nationwide

Protests against the killings of Goerge Floyd and Michael Ramos took place throughout the weekend in Austin.

There have been 1,168 coronavirus recoveries in the county since mid-March, and active cases in Travis County are estimate at 2,011. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Weekend update: Austin metro coronavirus hospitalizations drop to lowest level since April 28

There have been 1,168 coronavirus recoveries in the county since mid-March, and active cases in Travis County are estimate at 2,011.