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.

Community Impact staff


Virginia Waldrup watches her UT Dell Medical School graduation ceremony from her laptop on May 21. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact)
From academic to pandemic: UT Dell Medical School's inaugural class graduates into historic moment

The Dell Medical School at the Univeristy of Texas at Austin graudated its first class on May 21.

May 25 specifically saw 86 new coronavirus cases, the single largest one-day jump in the county during the pandemic. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)
172 new COVID-19 cases in Travis County, two new deaths over Memorial Day weekend

May 25 specifically saw 86 new coronavirus cases, the single largest one-day jump in the county during the pandemic.

Iconic Austin Brands, which operates stores such as Toy Joy, is offering shoppers who donate to the Austin Fun   Learning program a 15% discount. (Courtesy Iconic Austin Brands)
Community updates: Iconic Austin Brands offering discount for items donated to Austin children, Nixta Taqueria joins pop-up grocery project and more

The YMCA of Austin is launching an employee relief fund, and eight women-owned Austin businesses received $10,000 grants to help them survive through the pandemic.

Renderings show plans for a transit station as part of Capital Metro's Project Connect. (Rendering courtesy Capital Metro)
Changes to Project Connect plan add $60 million to local cost estimate

Capital Metro Board Chair Wade Cooper called the upcoming June 10 meeting to finalize the technical aspects of the plan "one of the most consequential votes this board has taken in its history."

A new partnership between Capital Metro and Austin B-Cycle could rebrand the bikeshare service as Metro Bike and allow residents to purchase passes to use public transit and the bicycles together. (Courtesy Austin B-Cycle)
Capital Metro staff present plan to bring Austin B-Cycle underneath public transit agency’s umbrella

If the city of Austin and Capital Metro come to an agreement, users could buy a one-day pass to use both public transit and the city-owned bicycles

Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community have sewn more than 100 masks for essential workers and have donated them to The Mask Brigade of Williamson County. (Courtesy Mubaraka Malbari)
Austin Islamic community Dawoodi Bohra provides financial assistance, face masks during pandemic

The Dawoodi Bohra community of Austin has worked to provide financial assistance and offered support to first responders and essential personnel during the health crisis.

LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.

New Braunfels is the third-fastest-growing city in the U.S. from 2010-19, according to the latest census numbers. (Community Impact staff)
These 5 Central Texas cities are among the fastest-growing in the U.S.

Four of the five cities represent notable growth in Williamson County.

Lost Creek Limited District will begin charging a fee to enter at its entrance to the Barton Creek greenbelt. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lost Creek board explains decision to charge fee for access to its entrance at Barton Creek greenbelt

Following a May 13 meeting during which Lost Creek Limited District officials voted unanimously to begin charging nonresidents to access the greenbelt from the Barton Creek low water crossing entrance point, board members have put out information further explaining their decision.

High 5 locations in Austin and Lakeway will open slightly later than was originally planned. (Courtesy High 5 Entertainment, LLC)
High 5 locations in Lakeway, Austin delay opening to June 1

High 5 Family Entertainment Center locations in Austin and Lakeway will reopen to guests slightly later than initially planned.

On a nearly empty South Congress Avenue, a resident plays guitar March 25. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Unemployment rate in Travis County shoots to 12.4% in April; Austin metro jumps to 12.2%

The local unemployment rate remains below the statewide and national rates.

Vic and Al's opened at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, on May 22. (Courtesy Vic and Al's)
Vic and Al's, new spot from Patrizi's team, opens May 22

The team had previously used the brick-and-mortar spot on Manor Road as a spot to make community meals for those in need this spring.