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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Demonstrators marched in the streets in front of the Texas Capitol on May 31. (Chris Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Council hears from community on police response to weekend protests

"He is in so much pain, and I can't help him," said the brother of a 16-year-old injured in the weekend's protests.

CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to see its COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
CMS reports 321 coronavirus deaths in Texas nursing homes, nearly 32,000 nationwide

CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to its COVID-19 cases.

The annual Texas 4000 ride from Austin to Anchorage has gone virtual this year. (Courtesy Texas 4000)
Texas 4000 ride goes virtual, aims to raise $1 million in fight against cancer

Riders from the University of Texas usually trek from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, each summer, but they will not make the journey this year due to safety concerns around the coronavirus.

A 323-unit apartment complex will be opening in 2020 off East Riverside Drive in Austin. (Rendering courtesy Aspen Heights Partners)
New 323-unit apartment complex coming to Austin's East Riverside area

Leasing is expected to begin in November for the new building.

Manor Road Peruvian restaurant Yuyo closes permanently

Chef Maribel Rivero is offering recipes and cooking classes through her website.

A screen image of Sam Biscoe at a meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court
Travis County allocates $7.3 million in coronavirus relief aid to small cities

Commissioners voted to issue $55 per capita to the county's small cities, significantly less than mayors had lobbied for.

FDA testing
Austin Public Health director cautions residents against unauthorized antibody tests

Residents who use some unauthorized antibody tests to determine if they have contracted COVID-19 may be vulnerable to receiving false test results.

There have been a total of 3,501 coronavirus cases in the county and 95 deaths since the pandemic began locally March 13. (Community Impact staff)
Travis County’s first two coronavirus deaths of June bring total to 95

There have been a total of 3,501 coronavirus cases in the county and 95 deaths since the pandemic began locally March 13.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Phase 3 of his Open Texas plan June 3. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott's June 3 guidelines allow most Texas businesses to operate at 50% capacity

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues to lift coronavirus-related business restrictions.

Alta Alexander shows the fire damage at her boutique on East 12th Street, Altatudes. (Photo by Jack Flagler, design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Altatudes and Kane's Barbershop, 2 black-owned businesses on East 12th Street, look to rebuild after fire

The Austin Fire Department said a fire that started in the early morning of June 1 at Kane’s Barbershop was accidental and caused by an electrical failure.

Legendary baseball player Nolan Ryan has long enjoyed ranching. Now, he and his team are preparing to open a butcher shop in Round Rock to showcase Goodstock, Nolan Ryan Beef and other Texas-made products. (Photo courtesy Nolan Ryan)
Nolan Ryan to open Round Rock butcher shop and 20 other Central Texas business updates to know

Read the latest news on Central Texas businesses from Community Impact Newspaper's latest coverage.