MAY 23 ROUNDUP: Top stories from this week in Central Texas

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra is encouraging testing for residents. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra is encouraging testing for residents. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra is encouraging testing for residents. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular stories from the past week of Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of Central Texas.

Judge Ruben Becerra: If everyone was tested in Hays County, 50-70% of residents would test positive for COVID-19

As testing numbers rise in Hays County, Judge Ruben Becerra told fellow Commissioner Court members on May 12 that if all Hays County residents were tested, a large number would test positive for coronavirus.

Cedar Park home sales drop nearly 50%; Leander sales increase 6.4%

Cedar Park single-family home sales dropped by 49.6% in April as compared to the same month in 2019, according to Austin Board of Realtors monthly data released May 19.



Why local physicians say Austin is 'one plane ride away' from an outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases during the coronavirus pandemic

“We do still know people are traveling on planes. ... If vaccine rates drop in our community, then measles is just one plane ride away,” said Dr. Elizabeth Knapp, co-chief of pediatrics at Austin Regional Clinic.

Over 1 million surgical masks a day: Armbrust American sets up shop in Pflugerville

In a 15,000-square-foot facility near SH 130, an assembly line of machinery creates 120 surgical masks a minute. As the prototype proves successful, Lloyd Armbrust, founder and CEO of Armbrust American, plans to ramp up production to 1.2 million masks a day.

UPDATED: 24 Hour Fitness working with landlord to reopen Pflugerville location

Gym 24 Hour Fitness is working with its landlord in an effort to reopen its Pflugerville location, according to a May 20 statement issued to Community Impact Newspaper.

Joe Warner, Brian Perdue, Iain Oldman, Taylor Jackson Buchanan and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.