UPDATES: Declaration extended, third case reported and other San Marcos, Buda and Kyle coronavirus news

Updates continue from Hays County, San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Updates continue from Hays County, San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Updates continue from Hays County, San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

6:23 p.m. March 16

Emergency declaration extended


Hays County Commissioners Court voted to extend the state of emergency declaration for 120 days, unless rescinded by the commissioners. The original declaration put in place Saturday was good for seven days, according to the county.

6:19 p.m. March 16

Third case confirmed


Hays County epidemiologist Eric Schneider reported a third confirmed case of coronavirus in the county. The adult resident recently traveled to California and was tested upon return.

6:13 p.m. March 16

Center still available


The Hays-Caldwell Women's Center has temporarily suspended accepting all donations of items, volunteer activities, education services and community events. The center will still be available for those experiencing family violence, sexual assault, dating violence or child abuse. The 24-hour helpline is 512-396-4357.

5:30 p.m. March 16

Other San Marcos closures


As of 5 p.m. today, according to the city of San Marcos, the San Marcos Public Library, Activity Center, Senior Center and Discovery Center will be closed. Operations will also be adjusted at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter until May 11. City facilities and parks remain open for normal business hours.

5:20 p.m. March 16

Limit of 50 people


Mayor Jane Hughson signed an order to prohibit any public or private gathering of more than 50 people in the city limits, according to a release from the city. The order begins 2 a.m. March 17 and continues until May 11. The order does not apply to shopping centers and retail stores, malls, grocery stores, schools, or public transit.

2:56 p.m. March 16

New CDC protocol


According to Hays County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have changed protocol for coronavirus testing. All positive tests at commercial labs or state labs are now considered a confirmed positive case and don't require CDC confirmation.

2:17 p.m. March 16

Emergency meeting


The Hays County Commissioners Court will hold an emergency session to consider extending the emergency disaster declaration issued by Judge Ruben Becerra on March 15. Emergency declarations are only valid for even days, according to state law.

2:07 p.m. March 16

Second case in Hays


A second case of coronavirus was reported in Hays County, according to epidemiologist Eric Schneider. The adult patient was tested at a clinic and is under self-quarantine at home until they are without fever for 48 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

1:57 p.m. March 16

Buda library closed


Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the Buda Public Library will be closed to the public and volunteers, according to a release from the city. The library will continue curbside service and more details about making appointments to use library computers will be offered soon. No fines will accrue on any items while the library is closed.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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