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With Central Texas facing a nursing shortage, new rules could help more nurses join the fight against the coronavirus

With a potential shortage of 20,000 hospital beds in the local area by June, it is unclear if hospitals will be able to provide adequate staffing.


Austin and Travis County sobering center will provide quarantine for high-risk homeless individuals as shelter-in-place continues

Homeless individuals at risk of developing complications with the coronavirus will be sheltered at The Sobering Center in downtown Austin.




‘It is important to recognize how our mental health can be affected by the pandemic': Statewide mental health support line established in light of COVID-19

Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or other emotional challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic will now be able to utilize a 24-hour mental health support line.


4 Austin-area coronavirus stories from March 31

Here are four Austin-area stories pertaining to the coronavirus that you may have missed March 31.


Round Rock ISD to pay teachers, staff during extended school closures, now to last until at least May 4

The RRISD board of trustees met in an emergency, virtual meeting on March 31 to discuss payment for staff and to authorize emergency expenditures during extended school closures related to the coronavirus pandemic.



U.S. Census 2020: When and where college students should be counted

As colleges and universities move to distance learning, here is how to students can make sure they are counted accurately in the 2020 census.


Hutto city audit reveals 'pronounced decline' in fund balance levels, city revenue

Under Hutto’s current conditions, prior to its recent layoffs, the city has a fund balance level equivalent to 25 days.


'Now is the time to redouble our efforts': Abbott issues executive order for state on COVID-19 extending school closures, clarifying essential services

Gov. Greg Abbott updated Texans and issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis during a March 31 afternoon press conference.




Williamson County has 50 cases of coronavirus as of March 31

The county has still only reported one coronavirus-related death.


Austin, Williamson County realtors get creative, using digital tools to show homes; sales data coming soon

The Austin Board of Realtors and Williamson County Association of Realtors said showings have decreased, but sales remain robust.


MAP: Round Rock ISD transitions to once-daily curbside meal distribution at 13 locations

Amid extended school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, RRISD is now providing curbside meal pickups once per day, rather than offering separate breakfast and lunch time slots.


4 Williamson County churches set up donation drop-off centers to help vulnerable populations

The churches are asking for nonmedical supplies in their original packaging.



Pflugerville to consider May bond election postponement at virtual council meeting

Pflugerville City Council will host a virtual meeting April 2 at 5 p.m. to determine whether to postpone the city's May 2 bond election.


Austin secures 292-room hotel lease as coronavirus quarantine resource

The hotel in North Central Austin will be used for "quarantine and isolation purposes," according to city staff.


Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce to host April blood drive

The Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce will host a blood drive April 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Hutto postpones May elections to November

The May 2 elections, including those for both city officials and Hutto ISD, have been delayed until Nov. 3.



Williamson County working to get more test kits, predicts late April peak for coronavirus

Williamson County epidemiologist Justine Price said she predicts the county’s coronavirus peak will hit between April 24-May 15.


Facilities to isolate nursing home residents who test positive for coronavirus will be set up in Travis, Williamson counties

The facilities will be for individuals living at nursing homes who do not need hospitalization or have already been discharged from the hospital.


How Congress' $2 trillion economic relief package could assist Hutto's laid-off city employees

Hutto City Council members are looking to the federal economic stimulus legislation signed March 27 to see whether and how it can help the 48 city workers laid off last week.


Austin Regional Clinic launches 5 drive-up coronavirus testing locations

Austin Regional Clinic will open drive-up COVID-19 testing sites across five sites.



Elections, closures, instruction: See what Austin-area schools are doing in wake of coronavirus

During the coronavirus situation, schools have had to make changes in how they deliver instruction, meals, elections and more. Below is a roundup of what local schools are doing to serve students and families.


Lake Pflugerville Park, including trails and pavilion, temporarily closed as nine cases of coronavirus confirmed in 78660 ZIP code

Closures include the lake, fishing piers, pavilion, restrooms and trails around the lake and park.