Hays County flu cases declining and four other things to know this week in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

For the second week in a row, Hays County saw a decline in positive flu cases.

For the second week in a row, Hays County saw a decline in positive flu cases.

Here's what you need to know to start your week in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle.

1. Epidemiologist: Hays County flu numbers on the decline
Positive Hays County flu cases have gone down for the second week in a row, according to Epidemiologist Eric Schneider.

"Hopefully, this signals the downslope of the peak flu season, but flu season does officially
continue until May, so people are still encouraged to wash their hands with soap and warm water, cover their
coughs and sneezes, and stay home from work/school if they are feeling symptomatic," Schneider said in a news release last week.

As of Feb. 20, nearly 2,500 positive flu cases were reported in the county since September.

The Hays County Local Health Department at 401 Broadway, San Marcos, offers free flu vaccines for anyone over four years old. Contact the local Health Department office at 512-393-5520 to schedule an appointment.

2. New Baylor Scott & White Health hospital coming to Buda
Last week, the Buda Economic Development Corp. signed an agreement with Baylor Scott & White Health to bring a 77,525-square-foot hospital to Buda by the end of 2019. The $35 million investment will bring about 150 jobs to the area.

3. Animal welfare advocate proposes special taxing district for San Marcos regional shelter
In an impassioned speech to a room of animal welfare advocates on Feb. 21, a Buda police officer serving on the San Marcos Animal Shelter Advisory Board shared preliminary details on how he wants to fund the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter and make it a no-kill shelter.

His proposal: Create a special taxing district that would put dedicated funds toward shelter services and capacity.

4. Early voting ends March 2
Hays County residents have another week to vote early in the primary elections. Election Day is March 6. Polling locations and candidate listings can be found here.

5. Texas State University, San Marcos CISD partner on teacher fellowship program
In a move that will save the district about $11,000, San Marcos CISD trustees voted last week to partner with Texas State University to bring teacher fellows to school campuses.

The fellows program partnership allows three students pursuing their master’s degree to serve as regular classroom teachers. For every three fellows hired, the district will also be required to employ one exchange, or mentor, teacher from SMCISD that will model teach, collaborate on lesson planning, discuss classroom-management issues and provide feedback to the fellows.

By Marie Albiges

Marie Albiges was the editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covered San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France. She has since moved on from Community Impact in May 2018.


Austin Regional Clinic has observed an increasing number of total number of flu cases since the beginning of 2020. (Courtesy Flickr)
Doctors warn flu season has not yet peaked as flu type rates switch prominence

Local doctors continue to caution residents to get vaccinated against the flu as confirmed cases of both types of the flu have yet to peak, according to Austin Regional Clinic data.

Ike's opened a location in San Marcos. (Courtesy Ike's Love & Sandwiches)
Ike's Love & Sandwiches now open in San Marcos

The San Francisco-based chain now has a location on North Guadalupe Street.

Co-owners Susan Guerra and Sinead Whiteside said they hope the center will become a hub of artistic activity in Buda. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
Inspired Minds Arts Center in Buda holds grand opening

The center will provide classes for various types of art such as drawing, ceramics, photography, painting, textiles and more.

The GSMP is asking stakeholders for input on Vision 2025. (Courtesy Top Prop Aerial)
Greater San Marcos Partnership asks for input on regional economic development plan

Vision 2025 will be put together over the next six months.

Nellie's provides one-on-one appointments for dogs who may have special needs. (Courtesy Nellie's Dog Grooming)
Nellie’s Dog Grooming now open on Old RR 12 in San Marcos

The grooming shop offers all-natural and hypoallergenic products.

San Marcos City Council voted to buy 102 acres not far from Windemere Farms, also along Sink Creek, in 2017. (Marie Albiges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Windemere Farms partners with Colorado River Land Trust to preserve property

The land borders Sink Creek, which flows into Spring Lake.

The project will bring water from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer to San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and other consumers in the region. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Alliance Regional Water Authority begins construction on Buda-Kyle segment of regional water supply pipeline

The $213 million project will eventually supply water for San Marcos, Buda and Kyle.

Complete Autoworks opened Jan. 6 in Kyle. (Courtesy Complete Autoworks)
Complete Autoworks now open in downtown Kyle

The new shop opened on Front Street on Jan. 6.

Texas Disposal Systems presented a symbolic check for $1.5 million to the city of Kyle. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Texas Disposal Systems renews contract with city of Kyle, donates $1.5 million to veterans memorial

Kyle City Council renewed its contract with Texas Disposal Systems and accepted a $1.5 million donation from the company at its Jan. 21 meeting.

The second opportunity for the community to give input in the transit plan will be Jan. 28. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of San Marcos seeks input from the community as it advances transit plan

Residents attending the meeting will have the opportunity to address the proposed transit redesigns routes and other concepts based on feedback from a previous community meeting back in Oct. 2

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