Reasons for local coronavirus case hike and more: News from Hays County

Floating the area's rivers is a popular way to cool off, but overcrowding the river may also be the cause of coronavirus spread for Hays County residents. (Courtesy San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce)
Floating the area's rivers is a popular way to cool off, but overcrowding the river may also be the cause of coronavirus spread for Hays County residents. (Courtesy San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce)

Floating the area's rivers is a popular way to cool off, but overcrowding the river may also be the cause of coronavirus spread for Hays County residents. (Courtesy San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce)

Read the latest news from the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle area.

Higher number of Hays County coronavirus cases points to these 3 reasons

Protests, floating the local rivers and visiting bars packed with patrons have been three drivers of higher coronavirus cases in Hays County, according to the Hays County Local Health Department.

840 coronavirus cases of 1,238 in Hays County have come in the last 10 days

The numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to climb in Hays County. The county reported 145 cases on 177 tests June 17, raising the number of confirmed cases to 1,238 on 6,419 tests since the pandemic began.



Gov. Greg Abbott talks Hays County coronavirus spike, but numbers don’t match health department report

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told viewers of his June 16 press conference regarding coronavirus hospitalizations that Hays County, while setting a record for new cases that day, had zero cases reported for two straight days prior to the record. Not so, according to Hays County Local Health Department Epidemiologist Eric Schneider at his own press conference June 17.

San Marcos CISD suspends summer workouts after positive COVID-19 test

San Marcos CISD announced June 16 it is suspending its Rattler strength and conditioning summer workouts after an individual who was in attendance June 8 tested positive for the coronavirus.

Joe Warner and Evelin Garcia contributed to this report.



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Air quality would be measured employees of the city of San Marcos when residents make complaints of air pollution or unwanted smells, which could result in fines. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos City Council considers ordinance to control air pollution and odors

Air quality would be measured employees of the city of San Marcos when residents make complaints of air pollution or unwanted smells, which could result in fines.

A rendering shows two new buildings planned for Airstream and ExploreUSA in Buda. (Courtesy city of Buda)
22-acre RV sales facility in Buda on path to major renovations

In order to facilitate the changes, Buda officials on May 4 passed the first readings of a two-part approval consisting of a rezoning of the site to B3, or I-35 business, as well as a specific use permit application for automobile and other vehicle sales in the B3 district.

Kyle City Council approved child safety zones during its May 4 meeting. (Courtesy city of Kyle)
Kyle approves child safety zones to restrict sex offender residency within city

After several months of discussion and amending guidelines, the city of Kyle has approved implementation of child safety zones that would restrict where registered sex offenders may reside.

Supporters of the grant say the public defender's office and another program the grant would launch would improve the legal defense of those in Hays County who cannot afford their own lawyer. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hays County Commissioners Court applies for grant to fund a public defender's office

Supporters of the grant say the public defender's office and another program the grant would launch would improve the legal defense of those in Hays County who cannot afford their own lawyer.

(Courtesy San Marcos Main Street Program)
Vietnamese restaurant Pho Tran88 now open in San Marcos

The business specializes in pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, but has several other menu items including bahn mi sandwiches, wonton soup and appetizers.

In addition to a proposed municipal utility district in Hays County passing roughly $205 million in bonds with a single voter, it elected its directors with single votes to each candidate. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Election day 2021: Results show one Hays County voter approved $205M in bonds for a municipal utility district

In addition to a proposed municipal utility district in Hays County passing roughly $205 million in bonds with a single voter, it elected its directors with single votes to each candidate.

Three of Hays CISD's six bond propositions failed, but the largest one, with $147,959,876 on the line, was passed by Hays County voters. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Election day 2021: Incumbents win races in San Marcos CISD, Hays CISD elections; bond propositions split

Three of Hays CISD's six bond propositions failed, but the largest one, with $147,959,876 on the line, was passed by Hays County voters.

The grant application to be considered by the Hays County Commissioners Court on May 4 would partially fund a public defender office and managed assigned counsel system. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Hays County to consider grant application for public defender office

The grant application to be considered by the Hays County Commissioners Court on May 4 would partially fund a public defender office and managed assigned counsel system.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened a new location featuring a drive-thru pickup Chipotlane in Round Rock. (Courtesy Chipotle Mexican Grill)
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A portion of federal funding will be released by the state Legislature to Hays CISD, but millions are still in limbo. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Some federal funding for Hays CISD released day after resolution passed

A portion of federal funding will be released by the state Legislature to Hays CISD, but millions are still in limbo.