Texas schools to get masks, sanitizer; coronavirus updates and more: Most popular news this week from Central Texas

The Texas Education Agency announced plans to distribute personal protective equipment to help school districts reopen for the 2020-21 school year, according to a news release. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The Texas Education Agency announced plans to distribute personal protective equipment to help school districts reopen for the 2020-21 school year, according to a news release. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Texas Education Agency announced plans to distribute personal protective equipment to help school districts reopen for the 2020-21 school year, according to a news release. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Read the most popular news from this week's coverage on Community Impact Newspaper's website.

See how many gloves, masks, gallons of sanitizer each Texas school district will receive for fall 2020

The Texas Education Agency announced plans to distribute personal protective equipment to help school districts reopen for the 2020-21 school year, according to a June 9 news release.

To date, the agency has ordered 50 million disposable face masks, 10 million gloves, 40,000 infrared and noncontact thermometers, and 500,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for distribution across Texas public school districts.

Higher number of Hays County coronavirus cases points to these 3 reasons



Protests, floating the local rivers and visiting bars packed with patrons have been three drivers of higher coronavirus cases in Hays County, according to the Hays County Local Health Department.

List: New Braunfels businesses respond to coronavirus cases

As COVID-19 continued to spread in New Braunfels, some businesses utilized social media to make customers aware of cases discovered among employees, and what measures were taken to protect staff and customers from the virus.

Employee at H-E-B in North Austin tests positive for coronavirus

An H-E-B employee at the grocery store’s location at North Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane in North Austin has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a June 15 news release from H-E-B.

New Braunfels' mayor issues COVID-19 statement after spike in cases

On June 17, the city of New Braunfels issued a statement from Mayor Rusty Brockman about the recent increase in coronavirus cases.

Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Joe Warner, Lauren Canterberry, Iain Oldman and Warren Brown contributed to this report.



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ERCOT board developing new emergency response measures, managing financial fallout from winter storm

An emergency meeting of an ERCOT advisory committee made up of independent advisers was convened March 5 after the resignations of several board and of ERCOT CEO Bill Magness. 

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Lane closures planned on I-35, US 183 in North Austin beginning this weekend

Lane closures on I-35 are planned in North Austin beginning March 7.

Cars wait their turn for a vaccine dose at the Texas Motor Speedway on Feb. 2. The hub was hosted by Denton County Public Health. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Texas doctor discusses first 3 months of vaccine distribution process

Texas is in its 12th week of statewide vaccine distribution, and an expansion of eligibility for vaccination could come later this spring.

Snow covers crops at Johnson's Backyard Garden in Austin. (Courtesy Johnson’s Backyard Garden)
Central Texas farmers are reeling after the winter freeze wiped out their crops. Here is how you can help

"Even though farmers prepared, I think people didn't anticipate how much damage would come," said Leigh'Ann Andrews of Billie and Jean's Farm in Kyle.

For a third consecutive semester, Texas public school districts will not be penalized financially due to declining enrollment and attendance as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, due to an extension of the hold-harmless guarantee, state leaders announced March 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas leaders ensure financial stability for public school districts through spring semester with hold-harmless extension

The guarantee also ensures that Texas school systems can retain their teachers for the 2020-21 school year for whom they originally budgeted.

Winter Storm Uri caused restaurants across Austin to close due to power outages and unsafe road conditions. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Energy GM Jacqueline Sargent resigns from ERCOT's board of directors in wake of winter storms

Sargent's departure follows a trend of resignations from the agency that oversees Texas' power system.

Central Texas Food Bank
Central Texas Food Bank announces distribution sites in March following winter storm

The Central Texas Food Bank is holding food distribution events throughout March for local residents experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lingering effects from damage caused by Winter Storm Uri.

Austin Marriott Downtown opens March 4. (Courtesy Austin Marriott Downtown)
31-story Austin Marriott Downtown opens March 4

The new hotel includes The Lobbyist, a two-story cocktail bar and Corinne Restaurant, a neighborhood dining and cocktail spot with an outdoor patio.

Courtney Manuel (center), I Live Here I Give Here executive director, and and board chair Kathy Smith-Willman (right) stand with Edward B. Burger, St. David's Foundation executive director, during Amplify Austin Day 2020. (Courtesy Trent Lee Photography)
Here's how to support Central Texas nonprofits during ninth annual Amplify Austin Day on March 4-5

The annual 24-hour giving campaign will begin at 6 p.m. on March 4.