11 Central Texas hospitals could get vaccine next week and more area news

Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas is one of eight Travis County hospitals set to receive an allotment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas is one of eight Travis County hospitals set to receive an allotment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas is one of eight Travis County hospitals set to receive an allotment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Central Texas

Health care workers at 11 Central Texas hospitals could receive COVID-19 vaccine in the next week


Eight hospitals in Travis County are set to receive allotments of the Pfizer vaccine the week of Dec. 14, as are two in Williamson County and one in Hays County. Pending emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, these facilities may begin administering the vaccine to high-priority health care workers.

Travis County



Travis County at risk of entering Stage 5 under COVID-19 guidelines, which could include curfew


Travis County could reach Stage 5 coronavirus risk in a matter of days if upward transmission trends continue, Austin-Travis County interim Health Authority Mark Escott said at a Dec. 10 meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court.

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Following the cancellation of its two-day event due to "growing safety concerns" with the coronavirus pandemic, the Pflugerville Pfall Pfest Craft Show has returned as a virtual event.

New Braunfels

No hospitals in New Braunfels area make the cut for first round of coronavirus vaccines


During the first week of vaccine availability, which could be as soon as the week of Dec. 14, 224,250 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be distributed to 109 hospitals in 34 counties across Texas.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Hays County hospital to receive 975 Pfizer vaccine doses in first allocation


According to a news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Seton Medical Center in the city of Kyle will receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the first-week allocation of 224,250 doses of the vaccine to Texas hospitals.

Murpho’s Rods and Customs in Buda takes automotive restorations to a new level

Vintage muscle cars, hot rods and classic automobiles fill most of the floor space at Murpho's Rods and Customs in Buda, where they receive new life through expert restorations and modifications.

Georgetown

New restaurant coming to the Georgetown Square, plus more business news

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Lake Travis-Westlake

Sammataro is now serving New York-style pizza in the Lost Creek neighborhood


Sammataro, a new pizzeria serving New York-style slices, is now open in Austin’s Lost Creek neighborhood, according to a Dec. 11 press release. Located in a food trailer at 1158 Lost Creek Blvd., Austin, Sammataro features wood-fired pies made with 48-hour fermented dough, Bianco Di Napoli tomatoes, and a topping of gouda and fresh basil.

Southwest Austin

New bar and outdoor entertainment venue opens in South Austin


Joining the likes of Moontower Saloon and South Austin Beer Garden along Menchaca Road, the Armadillo Den opened Dec. 10 offering both an indoor bar and outdoor entertainment area.

Amy Rae Dadamo, Ali Linan, Kelsey Thompson, Warren Brown, Lauren Canterberry, Nicholas Cicale and Olivia Aldridge contributed to this report.



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