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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Graphic visualization of coronavirus
UT experts predict a 96% chance of worsening COVID-19 rates in Travis County in coming weeks

Travis County's health authority says individual actions can still turn the tide.

Early voting at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple
Some Austin-area polling locations have recorded 10,000-plus votes through first week of early voting

Three Williamson County polling locations have each reported more than 10,000 ballots cast in the first week of early voting.

Capital Metro celebrated the opening of a renovated and expanded downtown Austin MetroRail hub Oct. 19. (Courtesy Capital Metro)
Capital Metro opens downtown Austin station and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

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More than 30% of Travis County voters have cast their ballot in first week of early voting

Both in-person voting and by-mail voting in Travis County are up compared to the first week of early voting in 2016.

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Expanded MetroRail station opens in Austin's downtown

Captial Metro hosted a grand opening for the new station Oct. 19.

Callie Speer opened Holly Roller at 590 Rio Grande St., Austin, in 2017. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Downtown brunch and biscuit joint Holy Roller closes its doors

Owner Callie Speer opened the popular restaurant in the West Sixth Street area in 2017.

Photo of a "for sale" sign in front of a house
Austin home sales are on the comeback after bottoming out in early spring

Low inventory and a delayed summer boom in home sales resulted in high sales for Austin in September.

The public-access lagoon will serve as the centerpiece for more than 1 million square feet of commercial development, including a full-service hotel and conference center planned for the property. (Rendering courtesy city of Leander)
'Game changer' development with lagoon coming to Leander and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular news from the Austin area from the past week.

Austin City Council unanimously supported aiming its local stimulus package toward the long-term viability of local at-risk businesses. (Courtesy ATXN)
Austin City Council wants limited local stimulus package to help small businesses outlast pandemic, not just pay rent

Austin's mayor said he wants businesses helped by the program to be better off than they were before the pandemic.

The public-access lagoon will serve as the centerpiece for more than 1 million square feet of commercial development, including a full-service hotel and conference center planned for the property. (Rendering courtesy city of Leander)
4-acre lagoon coming to Leander and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

With the coronavirus pandemic still active across the country, traditional fall activities could be seen as risky in 2020. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Planning to trick or treat this year? Local doctors weigh in on dangers, suggestions for fall activities

With the coronavirus pandemic still active across the country, traditional fall activities could be seen as risky in 2020.