Coronavirus updates from Austin, Travis County; governor bans 'vaccine passports' and more top Central Texas news

Austin Public Health holds a vaccination clinic at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Public Health holds a vaccination clinic at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin Public Health holds a vaccination clinic at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from Central Texas.

Austin-Travis County

Austin vaccine updates: More than 20,000 Johnson & Johnson doses coming to Travis County providers; Austin Public Health expands registration

On April 5, Austin Public Health expanded registration access for coronavirus vaccine appointments to include people age 40 and up and announced the agency's intention to expand access incrementally moving forward.

Explaining the May 1 ballot: What a yes or no vote means on all 8 propositions in Austin



Austin voters have eight decisions in front of them, seven to change the city charter and one proposed amendment to the city code.

Statewide

New order from Gov. Greg Abbott bans government-mandated 'vaccine passports' in Texas

State agencies, cities, counties and other government entities in Texas will not be able to institute rules that require state residents to show documentation proving they have been vaccinated in order to receive services or enter a public place. Gov. Greg Abbott issued the executive order banning governments from mandating such "vaccine passports" on April 5.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

11 events in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto for April-May

Things to do during April and May for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto include a crawfish festival, environmental clean-up day and Round Rock Express opening day.

Georgetown

Georgetown restaurant Blue Corn Harvest expands to Leander

The restaurant offers authentic Southwestern and Mexican cuisine.

Olivia Aldridge, Jack Flagler, Christopher Neely, Claire Ricke and Ali Linan contributed to this report.



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Lakeside Municipal Utility District No. 9 is planned near the Williamson County and Travis County lines. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Hutto community to feature nearly 1,000 lots, dedicated elementary school site

Developers for Lakeside Municipal Utility District No. 9 are working through a land swap with Hutto and Pflugerville ISDs.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

Teyan Allen will be the new principal at Dessau Elementary School. (Courtesy Pflugerville ISD)
Pflugerville ISD hires former teacher as new principal at Dessau Elementary School

Teyan Allen previously worked as a fourth grade teacher at the school.

Here is what you need to know today about COVID-19 in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Nearly 60% of Williamson County residents have received one dose, plus more COVID-19 news

Here is what you need to know today about COVID-19 in Williamson County.

Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopened to the public in April. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopens in Austin; turf fields open in Pflugerville and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

I-35 traffic
State now accepting public input on North Austin I-35 overhaul project

The public now has the ability to review and provide feedback on planning materials for a $400 million I-35 project.

The new synthetic turf athletic fields opened May 8. (Courtesy Travis County)
4 synthetic turf fields open in Northeast Metropolitan Park in Pflugerville

The synthetic turf helps with temps on the field and improves drainage after it rains.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

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TxDOT to demolish I-35 ramp in North Austin early Saturday morning

State crews will perform controlled implosions of the northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover between 6-8 a.m. in the morning on May 8 and May 15.

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What a potential election recount would look like at Pflugerville ISD

A race to determine a seat on the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees is separated by only 2 votes. What happens if a recount is requested? Read here to find out.