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.



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Rendering of an apartment complex
Ground breaks on Capitol Quarters, Austin's first car-free multifamily housing development

Developer Weaver Buildings said the project is aimed at urban commuters who are committed to getting around wiithout cars.

Hays County opened its COVID-19 vaccine portal Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vaccine portal opens in Hays County; read Austin business news and more Central Texas info

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

The Austin Community College District's 28,000-square-foot culinary arts wing is now open at ACC Highland. (Courtesy Austin Community College)
Second phase of ACC Highland campus opens in Central Austin

The campus is home to the Austin Community College District's Culinary Arts Department.

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said those who wish to return to campus can do so beginning Jan. 25. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD families can return to campus after 2 weeks of encouraging virtual learning

Austin ISD has seen a 28% decrease in weekly coronavirus cases since the first week of January.

The legality of reinstating tighter restrictions on public camping, solicitation, and sitting and lying down remains vague. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott floats ‘statewide camping ban’ as homeless debate heats up

The legality of reinstating tighter restrictions on public camping, solicitation, and sitting and lying down remains vague.

Teal House Coffee & Bakery’s menu includes items such as the cinnamon roll croissant. (Courtesy Teal House Coffee & Bakery)
Teal House Coffee & Bakery opening South Congress brick and mortar in Austin Jan. 30

The location will be the food truck's first brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Dr. Judith L. Thompson recently took the time to answer several general questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
'We still have a long way to go': Central Texas physician answers questions about COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Judith L. Thompson recently took the time to answer several general questions for Community Impact Newspaper related to the coronavirus vaccine, its efficacy and costs, and other related matters.

Goodwill Central Texas opened a location at 2415 S. Congress Ave., Austin, on Jan. 14. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
New South Congress Goodwill now open

The new store is open for retail services and also accepts donations.

Lawmakers have returned to the Capitol. The Texas Legislature began its 2021 session Jan. 12. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
School funding once again a major focus for Austin ISD during legislative session

The district will also be watching for legislation regarding charter schools, accountability, pandemic relief and local control.

Photo of a doctor handling a vaccine
As community waits anxiously, here is where Travis County stands with COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Demand still exceeds supply for vaccines in the Austin area, even for those in Phase 1 of distribution.