5:47 PM Jul 31, 2020 CDT

Williamson County confirms 99 new COVID-19 cases July 31; Round Rock total surpasses 2,000

The WCCHD also reported 23% of hospital beds, 19% of ICU beds and 74% of ventilators are available.



Decreased tax rate, 2 new hires: What's proposed in Pflugerville's FY 2020-21 budget

Pflugerville's proposed fiscal year 2020-21 budget correlates to a 14% increase over the city's current fiscal year budget, as outlined in the preliminary budget proposal. Features of the proposed budget is a decreased tax rate and two new positions.



Despite downward trend in COVID-19 cases, health officials say Travis County has 'long way to go'

Maintaining Stage 4 health restrictions may help the county prepare for the coming school year.


Travis County adds 278 new coronavirus cases July 30

Austin Public Health also confirmed 46 new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Austin area.


Georgetown seeking mural artists, more on Kalahari opening in Round Rock: News from Central Texas

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.


Attorney General Ken Paxton threatens action if Round Rock refuses to hold local election in November

In a July 30 letter, Paxton said that "local officials cannot postpone local elections that were scheduled to be held on May 2, 2020 beyond November 3, 2020."



Texas Association of School Administrators asks state for more local control, clear guidelines in 2020-21

TASA leaders said in the letter that changing guidelines coming from the state are overly complicated and have only created confusion.


Texas Education Agency to fund online program supporting schools, parents in 2020-21

Teachers, students, parents and administrators can access classes, assignments and grades through the system whether learning from the classroom or elsewhere.


Allergies or COVID-19: How to decipher underlying causes of symptoms

Suffering from a cough or chest pressure? Here is how to tell the difference between allergies, asthma and COVID-19.


Charter school plans to launch complete virtual program for all Texas students in August

All classes will be conducted live, giving students the opportunity to engage with teachers and fellow classmates.




How Kalahari will open U.S.'s largest indoor water park during a pandemic

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is expected to open in Round Rock on Nov. 12.


Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.


Williamson County sees highest number of new daily coronavirus cases in past 11 days July 29

The WCCHD also reported 22% of hospital beds, 11% of ICU beds and 68% of ventilators are available.



Williamson County and Cities Health District issues statement on school reopenings

Health District officials said remote or virtual learning carries the least risk for the spread of COVID-19 due to reduced social contact.


Travis County exceeds 20,000 total coronavirus cases

Austin Public Health reports that the local coronavirus case total has reached 20,187.



First probable case of West Nile Virus in two years confirmed in Travis County

This is the first time a resident in Travis County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus since 2018. Williamson County has not had a human case since 2017.



Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.


Find out which transportation, parks projects could be on Pflugerville's November ballot

Due to the sticker price of the proposed $191.3 million bond, projects are divided into three categories: transportation, parks and a recreation center.


Round Rock Chamber names Jordan Robinson as new vice president of economic development

Robinson, who currently serves as the senior director of regional economic development for the Greater Houston Partnership, will fill a role left vacant by Ben White in October 2018.


Decreased tax rate on the table in Pflugerville's fiscal year 2020-21 budget discussion

Pflugerville City Council is considering a potential tax rate decrease, from the current $0.4976 per $100 valuation to a potential $0.4970 per $100 valuation.