April 6: 8 coronavirus stories Austin-area readers need to know

(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

Catch up on some of the latest coronavirus updates for the Austin metro below.

DATA: See how coronavirus has spread across the state and a breakdown of how the pandemic has hit Central Texas

Explore data on coronavirus cases in Texas since it first appeared in the state March 4.

Hays County cases stand at 54, with 20 in Kyle, 18 in San Marcos

Read a breakdown on the case numbers as of April 5 for Hays County, where 404 tests have been administered so far.

Thousands of construction workers this week returned to work in Austin. What are developers doing to ensure safe work sites?

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order April 2 classifying residential construction work as essential, overturning Austin’s order from a week prior that required most sites to close. Contractors across the city are returning to work while following additional safety mandates.

‘We’ve got this’: Central Texas librarians step up to help their communities amid coronavirus pandemic

Despite local libraries being closed to comply with shelter-in-place orders, librarians across Central Texas are still hard at work maintaining their collections and connecting the community to resources.

Capital Metro employee who tested positive for coronavirus dies

A Capital Metro bus mechanic who was diagnosed with the coronavirus last week has died, the transit agency announced April 5. The employee did not interact with the public as part of their job duties.

Georgetown High School student mural put on hold due to coronavirus pandemic

A public art project slated to be painted by 120 Georgetown ISD art students on a building in the Georgetown Square has been suspended after the district shut down until at least May 1.

VIRTUAL TO-DO LIST: 9 Round Rock, Pflugerville-area activities to stream from home April 6-12

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Leanderthal Distilling donates hand sanitizer to first responders, purifies water for medical devices

Leanderthal Distilling in Leander is one of the many breweries and distilleries across the county that are shifting operations to producing hand sanitizer as traditional retailers struggle to keep disinfecting products stocked. The business is also offering distilled water to the public for those who need it for medical reasons.

Iain Oldman, Joe Warner, Brian Rash, Jack Flagler, Ali Linan, Taylor Jackson Buchanan and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.

Community Impact staff


A screen image of Sam Biscoe at a meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court
Travis County allocates $7.3 million in coronavirus relief aid to small cities

Commissioners voted to issue $55 per capita to the county's small cities, significantly less than mayors had lobbied for.

There have been a total of 3,501 coronavirus cases in the county and 95 deaths since the pandemic began locally March 13. (Community Impact staff)
Travis County’s first two coronavirus deaths of June bring total to 95

There have been a total of 3,501 coronavirus cases in the county and 95 deaths since the pandemic began locally March 13.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Phase 3 of his Open Texas plan June 3. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott's June 3 guidelines allow most Texas businesses to operate at 50% capacity

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues to lift coronavirus-related business restrictions.

Alta Alexander shows the fire damage at her boutique on East 12th Street, Altatudes. (Photo by Jack Flagler, design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Altatudes and Kane's Barbershop, 2 black-owned businesses on East 12th Street, look to rebuild after fire

The Austin Fire Department said a fire that started in the early morning of June 1 at Kane’s Barbershop was accidental and caused by an electrical failure.

Legendary baseball player Nolan Ryan has long enjoyed ranching. Now, he and his team are preparing to open a butcher shop in Round Rock to showcase Goodstock, Nolan Ryan Beef and other Texas-made products. (Photo courtesy Nolan Ryan)
Nolan Ryan to open Round Rock butcher shop and 20 other Central Texas business updates to know

Read the latest news on Central Texas businesses from Community Impact Newspaper's latest coverage.

Protesters march toward the Texas Capitol. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin health officials: All who attended weekend demonstrations should get tested for coronavirus

Concerns over the coronavirus pandemic took the passenger seat, but health officials emphasized those health concerns have not subsided.

Barton Springs Pool
Closed since March, Barton Springs Pool to reopen with reservations June 9

After being closed for close to three months, Barton Springs Pool will open with limited hours beginning June 9.

Census reinstates some field operations in Texas following coronavirus delay. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
Census reinstates some field operations in Texas following coronavirus delay

Operations began in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio beginning May 25.

A graphic outlining aims of Travis County's climate action plan
Travis County approves first ever climate action plan

Travis County commissioners voted June 2 on a collection of short to long terms goals to ward off climate change on the local level.

Protesters march toward the Texas Capitol. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
City Council will seek answers from Austin Police Department over response to the weekend's violent protests

Austin City Council will bring Austin Police Chief Brian Manley in for questioning on June 4 at 3 p.m.

A view of Downtown Austin from Lady Bird Lake (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Experts: Coronavirus has magnified long-held inequities of Austin’s health care system

Black and Hispanic communities outside of nursing homes have suffered the worst from the coronavirus, according to new data from Austin Public Health.

Travis County had an estimated 2,044 active coronavirus cases June 2. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)
Austin metro COVID-19 hospitalizations at 97 as Travis County cases increase by 73

Travis County had an estimated 2,044 active coronavirus cases June 2.