ROUNDUP: Central Texans' efforts to provide masks to those who need them

The sportswear company is offering fabric masks for individuals and in bulk. (Courtesy Sand Socks Inc.)
The sportswear company is offering fabric masks for individuals and in bulk. (Courtesy Sand Socks Inc.)

The sportswear company is offering fabric masks for individuals and in bulk. (Courtesy Sand Socks Inc.)

Read more about Central Texans who are contributing masks to front-line workers and other residents alike.

Sportswear company in Buda shifts gears to make masks

Sand Socks Inc., a small beach sportswear company in Buda, has switched its business model to offer fabric masks for individuals and in bulk during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of Sun City residents volunteer time to make masks for Williamson County

Hundreds of Sun City residents have volunteered time, materials and skills to make masks for the Williamson County Mask Brigade, according to a news release.

VIDEO: Meet 2 Hutto residents creating face masks during the coronavirus pandemic

During a global pandemic that has had firsthand effects on Hutto's local businesses, schools, city operations and community, one mother-daughter duo has taken it upon themselves to provide masks for those on the front lines.

Southwest Austin organizations churn out masks for neighbors, essential workers

With the city of Austin and Travis County’s announcements that masks covering the nose and mouth are now mandatory for residents when out in public, a number of local businesses and groups have begun selling and donating cloth masks. Here are a few local sources for cloth masks in South Austin in Dripping Springs who are working to get masks to neighbors and essential workers in need.

Williamson County seeks volunteers to help make masks

Williamson County is asking for residents' help to make masks for first responders and medical personnel as they fight against the coronavirus.

MAP: 3 places to drop off homemade masks for Round Rock health care workers, first responders

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, surgical masks remain in short supply across the world and close to home. Volunteers who are sewing surgical masks now have three drop-off locations in Round Rock to donate masks to local first responders and health care workers.

Georgetown High School teacher 3D-prints 500 face shields for Williamson County health care workers

Robert Thomas, the facilitator of the Eagle Innovation Center at Georgetown High School, is working to custom face shields to help protect front-line workers in Williamson County using the center's 3-D laser cutter machine, a news release said.

Dripping Springs ISD engineering program makes 3-D printed face shields for the medical community

Jad Jadeja, a Dripping Springs High School engineering teacher, said his goal is to prepare students to hit the ground running when real-life applications of their learning come into play—and during the coronavirus pandemic, they have done exactly that. Jadeja and several of his students are using 3-D printers to produce face shields—clear coverings used in addition to nose and mouth masks that prevent splatter from coughs as health care professionals treat infected patients.

Evelin Garcia, Ali Linan, Kelsey Thompson, Olivia Aldridge and Taylor Jackson Buchanan contributed to this report.


Travis County is approaching Stage 5 risk with 69 new hospitalizations July 6. (Community Impact staff)
Travis County reports 7 new coronavirus deaths July 6

Travis County is appoaching Stage 5 risk with 69 new hospitalizations July 6 and 64.6 per day this past week.

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Travis County reopens some parks after holiday weekend, warns more closures could come

Seventeen Travis County parks will reopen following Fourth of July weekend closures.

Austin Community College President and CEO Richard Rhodes
Austin Community College resumes some in-person classes July 6

The district is continuing to offer most classes online, but some classes have resumed in-person activities.

Pharmacist Emily Smith opens a cooler for a patient to place their self-swab coronavirus test at a Walmart drive-thru testing site in McKinney on June 29. (Shelby Tauber/The Texas Tribune)
Poll says Texans' hopes for quick return to pre-coronavirus life are fading

Texans remain focused on the coronavirus pandemic and are less optimistic about returning the state to normal quickly, according to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently backed a movement calling for the reopening of winery and distillery tasting rooms and brewery and brewpub taprooms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Agriculture Commissioner joins voices calling for reopening of tasting rooms, taprooms

In a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said demand from distilleries and breweries provides an important revenue stream to the state's farmers.

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With its first signing, Austin FC looks to develop a young forward

With the beginning of its inaugural season less than a year out, professional soccer club Austin FC has officially begun building its roster.

Volunteers help load food at an event hosted by the Central Texas Food Bank at Del Valle High School in April. (Courtesy Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food bank announces four drives in July

Families in need can pick up free produce, milk, protein and shelf-stable items, as available, on four dates.

Travis County added 670 new coronavirus cases July 4-5.
Austin metro COVID-19 hospitalizations rise to 446 after holiday weekend

Travis County added 670 new coronavirus cases July 4-5.

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Travis County adds 571 COVID-19 cases; new restriction put in place ahead of holiday weekend

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.

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Travis County Judge supports state masking order, says county will enforce

After Gov. Greg Abbot's statewise mandate to wear masks that cover mouth and nose, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe voiced his support.