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.



MOST RECENT

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.

Pflugerville ISD administrative building
Facing possible budget constraints, Pflugerville ISD exploring energy conservation program

District officials are mulling over a program that may save the district more than $2 million in utility costs.

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Pflugerville ISD officials working to get off-schedule middle school construction back on track

The contractor on the Bohls Middle School project has requested an extension on the timeline to substantially complete construction.

The agreement swaps comparable-sized parcels of land in extraterritorial jurisdictions of the cities of Hutto and Pflugerville along the Williamson County and Travis County lines. (Courtesy Tiemann Land and Cattle Development Inc.)
Hutto to annex 456 acres for new homes, municipal utility district

The annexation includes a land swap deal with the city of Pflugerville.

Regarding the removal of Steven Harris, Council Member Robin Sutton said the lack of transparency and disrespect for the dais contributed to her agreement for the decision. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hutto City Council removes Steven Harris as economic development chair

Council decided to remove Harris after a lack of transparency with finances.

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Here is what you need to know about COVID-19 in Williamson County

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

SH 130 and Pecan Street intersection project in Pflugerville (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
3 transportation projects to follow in Pflugerville, Hutto

Construction continues on Pecan Street and Limmer Loop/FM 1660.