5 coronavirus stories Austin-area readers might have missed

Austin and Travis County adopted new guidelines, recommending local residents wear face masks or fabric covering when out in public. (Christopher Neely/Community impact Newspaper)
Austin and Travis County adopted new guidelines, recommending local residents wear face masks or fabric covering when out in public. (Christopher Neely/Community impact Newspaper)

Austin and Travis County adopted new guidelines, recommending local residents wear face masks or fabric covering when out in public. (Christopher Neely/Community impact Newspaper)

Readers might have missed the following five coronavirus-related stories.

Pregnancies won't stop in a pandemic, but growing precautions leave expecting mothers uncertain and anxious

As the highly contagious coronavirus tightens its grip on Austin, the United States and much of the world, inevitable human events such as pregnancy and childbirth are having to proceed and adapt in the new, cautious and socially distanced reality.

Williamson County recommends residents start using face coverings

Williamson County is encouraging all county residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to wear face coverings when they are out in public, according to an April 6 news release.



Williamson County predicts 100,000 sick, deaths in the hundreds during coronavirus pandemic

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell informed the commissioners court April 7 that the county predicts it will see 100,000 confirmed cases during the course of the coronavirus pandemic with deaths in the hundreds, according to county projection models.

5 new coronavirus patients reported in Comal County, largest single-day increase so far

Comal County announced April 7 that five new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the county's total to 27.

It was the largest single-day increase in cases so far. Two of the new patients are hospitalized in New Braunfels, which is also a first.

Austin health officials are tracking 8 clusters of confirmed coronavirus cases

Travis County has 554 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and seven deaths, as of April 7. Health officials told City Council on April 7 they were aware of and tracking eight clusters of confirmed cases in the community.

Christopher Neely, Warren Brown and Ali Linan contributed to this report.



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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.

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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.