Read the latest coronavirus news from Central Texas

Yaghi's New York Pizzeria (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
Yaghi's New York Pizzeria (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

Yaghi's New York Pizzeria (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest Austin-area coronavirus updates here.

After 35 years in Austin, Vulcan Video says goodbye

After fighting through decades of rising rent and industry shifts, local video rental institution Vulcan Video has announced its closure.

LIVE UPDATES: Learn which Cedar Park and Leander restaurants are offering curbside, delivery and takeout services

Community Impact Newspaper is regularly contacting Cedar Park and Leander restaurants to learn the latest updates on how they are managing new regional, state and federal regulations for social distancing.



Austin’s Jewish community prepares for Passover observance under quarantine

Chabad of Greater Austin, along with thousands of Jewish residents across the city, are preparing to celebrate Passover, which begins April 8, under a stay-at-home order.

Victory Medical now offers 10-minute coronavirus tests

Victory Medical, a medical clinic with locations through the Austin area, is now offering 10-minute finger-prick tests for COVID-19.

Old Town Street Festival in Leander postponed until Aug. 29

The Old Town Street Festival, Leander's biggest event of the year, has been postponed until Aug. 29, according to Leander Chamber of Commerce CEO Bridget Brandt.

Olivia Aldridge, Brian Perdue and Iain Oldman contributed to this report.



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Dell Children's Medical Center sleep lab
Dell Children’s Medical Center doubles size of pediatric sleep program

The newly expanded, six-bed sleep lab at Dell Children’s now has the ability to offer diagnostic sleep studies and therapeutic studies for children with potential sleeping disorders.

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Travis County reports 753 new coronavirus cases July 8

The Austin MSA is still hovering near Stage 5 risk with 67 new hospital admissions in the past day.

Education Austin President Ken Zarifis hosted an online press conference with Austin ISD teachers July 8. (Screenshot courtesy Education Austin)
Austin ISD teachers demand keeping classes online for start of school year

Education Austin says that keeping all classes online is in the best interest of district employees, students and families.

Census worker
2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.

Capital Metro celebrated its 35th anniversary serving the Austin area July 1. (Courtesy Capital Metro)
Central Austin business anniversaries: Capital Metro celebrates 35 years and more

Local real estate company Urbanspace is also celebrating 20 years in business.

A new art installation called Parkspace was installed in Austin parks before the Fourth of July weekend. (Courtesy Jen Konrad)
New art installation in Austin parks encourages residents to enjoy outdoors, keep distance

The installation, called Parkspace, features painted squares in city parks, each located 6 feet apart from each other.

Cultivate is a new company from brothers Nathan and Luke Heath that helps local residents get started with an at-home garden. (Courtesy Cultivate)
New service to help residents grow food at home now operating in Austin area

Cultivate was started by two brothers who want to help support more small farms by helping home gardeners get started growing food.

Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, said in a July 8 news conference that officials are "desperately trying to avoid" both overcrowding hospitals and shutting down the economy with another shelter-in-place order. (Courtesy ATXN)
If new shelter-in-place orders are needed in Austin, local officials hope to have 'productive dialogue' with Gov. Abbott

With area ICU beds at 85% capacity, officials are preparing the Austin Convention Center to accept hospital patients and are calling on health professionals from around the country to assist in Texas.

Stage 5 is not triggered by an exact number but could be triggered anywhere above 70 hospitalizations per day over the past seven days, depending on the recent rate of the increase. (Courtesy Travis County)
With 74.8 new hospitalizations per day over past week, Travis County could move into coronavirus risk Stage 5

Under Stage 5, Austin Public Health could suggest only essential businesses remain open.

A screen capture of a virtual meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court, feauring Gerald Daugherty and Sam Biscooe sitting in the courtroom
UPDATE: Travis County postpones public discussion on Tesla economic incentives until July 14

County commissioners will continue discussions on Tesla with economic development staff at their next regular voting session.

The Texas Education Agency released guidelines about on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.