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Hays County Commissioners Court voted to extend the state of emergency declaration for 120 days, unless rescinded by the commissioners.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.


A variety of road projects in Buda may be funded by a November bond referendum, which could be valued at more than $50 million. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)
Buda considers transportation bond package for November election

A variety of road and park projects in Buda may be funded by a November bond referendum, which could be valued at more than $50 million.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a call for Texans to conserve energy June 14. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy with generation outages 2.5 times higher than normal

"This is unusual for this early in the summer season," said Woody Rickerson, ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations, in a news release.

UT Austin football stadium filled with fans
In Austin and the rest of the nation, the business of college sports is changing

If Gov. Greg Abbott signs SB 1325 into law, Texas will join a number of other U.S. states in allowing college athletes to profit off their names, images and likenesses.

Lingering symptoms, long-term impact of COVID-19 will take time to fully understand

Dr. Mary Katherine Theoktisto answers questions regarding the virus.

Hip hop dance (Courtesy Hill Country Tippi Toes Dance Studio)
Kyle dance studio aims to build confidence sans competition

Hill Country Tippi Toes Dance Studio teaches a variety of styles, such as jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet, tumble and pom dance.

MAIN PHOTO: Buda's Brightside CEO and Director Christina Trevino founded the facility as a nonprofit in July 2020. (Photos by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper
Buda's Brightside provides ample growth opportunities for area's special needs population

Located on Goforth Road in west Buda, the nonprofit is not a school, but for people with special needs it facilitates growth through numerous methods of social interaction and activities.

Photo of Congress Street
The Moontower Comedy Festival will return in September

Headliners for the four-day festival include Margaret Cho, Dave Attell and others.

Texas Ramp Project for Hays County coordinator Gary Nelson has been with the group for about two decades. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local chapter of Texas Ramp Project dedicated to helping disabled people be more mobile

Through donations and volunteers, local chapters of the TRP throughout Texas build ramps for disabled people and have so far built more than 20,000 statewide since its creation.

Juneteenth BBQ Cookoff. (Courtesy San Marcos Juneteenth Foundation)
From musicals to pro wrestling, events abound in the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle area in June and July

Throughout June and into July, the cities of San Marcos, Buda and Kyle have plenty of recreational activities and events to attend.

In Hays County and beyond, Central Texas community comes together to drive up vaccination rates

Convincing hesitant people to get vaccinated is the goal for Central Texas health authorities, volunteer groups and physicians. Working in conjunction to reach these pockets of vaccine-hesitant Texans, they hope to boost vaccination rates past the threshold for herd immunity.