MAY 18 IMPACT ROUNDUP: Latest news from Central Texas

Emler Swim School facilities have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Emler Swim School)
Emler Swim School facilities have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Emler Swim School)

Emler Swim School facilities have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Emler Swim School)

Read the latest business and development news from Central Texas.

Emler Swim School in Southwest Austin to reopen for lessons May 25

Emler Swim School, with a location at 7100 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. A, Austin, announced it will be reopening facilities for swim lessons beginning May 25.

New Prime Pet location in East Austin now open

Prime Pet opened its new location in March at 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St., Ste. 102, Austin.



YMCA of Austin will distribute free produce to families in North Austin, East Austin

Beginning May 19, local families in need can access free produce during distribution events at YMCA locations in North Austin and East Austin.

Surf Thru Express Carwash is coming soon to Bee Cave

Surf Thru Express Carwash is coming soon to Bee Cave at 16600 Sweetwater Village, Bee Cave. The business offers an express exterior car wash allowing customers to remain in their vehicles through the wash process.

300-unit Palo Alto Luxury Apartments under construction in Pflugerville

Palo Alto Luxury Apartments, a 300-unit complex, is set to open in Pflugerville this summer, Kaleigh Wallace, JCI Residential marketing coordinator, confirmed in a May 14 email.

Nicholas Cicale, Jack Flagler, Amy Rae Dadamo and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.






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Travis County is approaching Stage 5 risk with 69 new hospitalizations July 6. (Community Impact staff)
Travis County reports 7 new coronavirus deaths July 6

Travis County is appoaching Stage 5 risk with 69 new hospitalizations July 6 and 64.6 per day this past week.

A photo of two women walking on a trail
Travis County reopens some parks after holiday weekend, warns more closures could come

Seventeen Travis County parks will reopen following Fourth of July weekend closures.

Austin Community College President and CEO Richard Rhodes
Austin Community College resumes some in-person classes July 6

The district is continuing to offer most classes online, but some classes have resumed in-person activities.

Pharmacist Emily Smith opens a cooler for a patient to place their self-swab coronavirus test at a Walmart drive-thru testing site in McKinney on June 29. (Shelby Tauber/The Texas Tribune)
Poll says Texans' hopes for quick return to pre-coronavirus life are fading

Texans remain focused on the coronavirus pandemic and are less optimistic about returning the state to normal quickly, according to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently backed a movement calling for the reopening of winery and distillery tasting rooms and brewery and brewpub taprooms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Agriculture Commissioner joins voices calling for reopening of tasting rooms, taprooms

In a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said demand from distilleries and breweries provides an important revenue stream to the state's farmers.

Rodney Redes
With its first signing, Austin FC looks to develop a young forward

With the beginning of its inaugural season less than a year out, professional soccer club Austin FC has officially begun building its roster.

Volunteers help load food at an event hosted by the Central Texas Food Bank at Del Valle High School in April. (Courtesy Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food bank announces four drives in July

Families in need can pick up free produce, milk, protein and shelf-stable items, as available, on four dates.

Travis County added 670 new coronavirus cases July 4-5.
Austin metro COVID-19 hospitalizations rise to 446 after holiday weekend

Travis County added 670 new coronavirus cases July 4-5.

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Travis County adds 571 COVID-19 cases; new restriction put in place ahead of holiday weekend

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.

A photo of a person wearing a medical mask
Travis County Judge supports state masking order, says county will enforce

After Gov. Greg Abbot's statewise mandate to wear masks that cover mouth and nose, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe voiced his support.