Coronavirus stories readers might have missed from the Austin area

Here are nine stories Austin-area readers might have missed in our previous coverage.

Austin ISD approves new grading policy for coronavirus-impacted spring semester

Austin ISD will switch to a “pass or incomplete” grading policy for classes during its current spring semester instead of a traditional A-F grading scale.

Coronavirus update: There are now more than 500 confirmed cases in Travis County, Austin

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Austin and Travis County area rose to 502, according to an update posted April 6.

Williamson County receives 1,000 test kits from Georgia laboratory

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said the county received 1,000 additional coronavirus test kits early April 6 from AIT Laboratory in Georgia. The county initially had 113 kits.

‘OPEN FOR TAKEOUT’: With Austin’s restaurants in survival mode, one local sign shop is helping get out the message

Efforts to curb the coronavirus have forced restaurants and bars into a takeout and delivery model in order to earn income. To let would-be customers know, hundreds of local restaurants in Austin and beyond have prominently posted the same 2-by-3-foot, white, vinyl-like banner outside their establishment.

Survey finds Texas brewers losing more than 70% of revenue because of coronavirus

According to a survey distributed and assembled by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, craft breweries across the state have experienced an average 71% decline in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Williamson County reports third coronavirus-related death and four additional cases

Williamson County received notification of the third coronavirus-related death in the county April 6. The resident was a woman in her 60s. Privacy protection laws prevent the release of any additional information.

With Texas Workforce Commission overwhelmed by surging unemployment claims, Central Texas residents try to hang on

According to Cisco Gamez, media and public relations specialist at the TWC, just over 700,000 Texans filed for unemployment benefits in all of 2019, a mark that will be surpassed in just over a month if this pace continues. On March 26, the Texas Workforce Commission received 1.7 million calls in a 24-hour period.

City of Kyle extends day care closures, continues sanitation measures at gas stations

Kyle City Council members voted to extend the mayor’s order to close day care facilities and continue additional sanitation measures at gas stations at an April 3 meeting in an effort to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Where to go for coronavirus testing in Round Rock

As the number of confirmed cases for the coronavirus has steadily increased in Williamson County, patients exhibiting symptoms remain the priority for testing. For Round Rock-area residents with concerns about their symptoms, here is a list of drive-thru and in-person COVID-19 testing sites.

Ali Linan, Iain Oldman, Christopher Neely, Nicholas Cicale, Kelsey Thompson, Evelin Garcia and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.


A photo of a "sold" sign
Central Austin August housing market numbers show high dollar-volume sales

While housing inventory remains low, home prices continue to rise.

Lions Municipal Golf Course clubhouse (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
State-created Save Muny Historic District to take over concession responsibilities at historic golf course

Negotiations over the fate of the Lions Municipal Golf Course remain ongoing between the city and The University of Texas board of regents.

Central Health administrative building in Austin
Central Health finalizes budget with increased tax rate, more health care services for low-income residents

Local health care district Central Health is budgeting a nearly $20 million increase in health care delivery services for Austin’s low-income residents.

"This season is a big, black box, and there are a lot of unknowns, as far as what the season's going to look like," said Dr. Bradley Berg, a BSW pediatrics doctor in Round Rock. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Baylor Scott & White Health to host 9 Austin-area drive-thru flu shot clinics

"This season is a big, black box, and there are a lot of unknowns, as far as what the season's going to look like," said Dr. Bradley Berg, a BSW pediatrics doctor in Round Rock.

A band performs at the Mohawk on Red River Street. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Six months into pandemic, Austin officials scrambling to save music venues, child care facilities and restaurants

City Council is set to begin making choices on which businesses to try to save on Oct. 1.

Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.

student in mask
TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.

Austin City Limits Music Festival will present a free virtual broadcast from Oct. 9-11. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Free virtual broadcast of ACL Music Festival to be held Oct. 9-11 and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

Gov. Greg Abbott said Sept. 17 that data from Texas' 22 hospital regions will dictate when certain businesses can reopen at 75% capacity. (Screenshot of Sept. 17 press conference)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.

Austin City Limits Music Festival will present a free virtual broadcast from Oct. 9-11. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Limits Music Festival to present virtual broadcast Oct. 9-11

The in-person form of the 2020 festival was canceled for the first time since it began in 2002.

Army Futures Command leadership tour renovations to the Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus with ACC Chancellor Richard Rhodes and trustee Gigi Edwards Bryant. (Courtesy Austin Community College)
Austin Community College, Army Futures Command to launch software incubator program this winter

The program will be located at the renovated ACC Rio Grande campus in downtown Austin.