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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.


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Hays County introduces coronavirus dashboard with case statistics

Site shows statistics and map for coronavirus cases in Hays County

‘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.


Remote coursework underway at Texas State University, spring graduation ceremony moved to August

Texas State University will finish the 2020 spring semester with online courses due to the coronavirus outbreak.


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.


'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.



Kyle martial arts studio offers virtual jiujitsu classes amid coronavirus outbreak

Challenged with a global pandemic, Will Caldwell and Ryan Shinto, co-owners of Dojo Kyle Jiu-Jitsu, discovered that moving to a virtual classroom would allow them to continue teaching martial arts while keeping their students and staff safe.


The latest: Here is a breakdown of 24 coronavirus cases in Hays County

Hays County coronavirus cases include residents between 20 and 69 years old.


Austin Regional Clinic launches 5 drive-up coronavirus testing locations

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


Live updates: These restaurants in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle are offering curbside, delivery or takeout

Learn how area restaurants are adapting to restrictions that closed dine-in services.



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.


UPDATED: San Marcos CISD and Hays CISD board members vote to postpone May elections

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, San Marcos CISD board of trustees voted March 27 to postpone board elections until November.


Faculty member at Texas State University tests positive for coronavirus; bank employee tested for possible case

University officials at Texas State sent out a notice to faculty, staff and students announcing that a faulty member who was at the San Marcos campus March 9 and March 11 has since tested positive for the coronavirus.




Here is the latest news on stay-at-home orders across the Austin area

Find out if your locale is sheltering in place or what legal consequences the coronavirus is creating in the stories below.


Texas Tribune: Many Texans in Congress scrambled to join vote as US House passes coronavirus spending bill

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.


Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.


Shelter-in-place order FAQs: Find out what is and is not allowed under the order

A shelter-in-place order was issued by Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra on March 25 in an effort to reduce physical contact between residents during the coronavirus pandemic.



ABoR ‘strongly discourages’ real estate showings

The Austin Board of Realtors is recommending all of its realtor members suspend in-person real estate showings until further notice.


Central Texas officials: 90% reduction in interaction needs to happen immediately

New modeling from UT shows region could run out of hospital beds without reducing interaction.


Lower-risk arrestees may be released to reduce coronavirus risk at Hays County Jail

New policies are in place to keep coronavirus exposure chances lower.


JUST IN: Hays CISD extends suspension of school indefinitely

Curbside meals and in-home instruction to continue while Hays CISD remains closed



The Texas Tribune: Students no longer need to be present to pick up free meals from schools

After pleas from Texas school superintendents and lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted school districts more flexibility on how and what they feed students in free and reduced-price meals.


Austin-based company reports health insurance applications up more than 30% over past two weeks

Freelancers and independently contracted workers in Austin are flocking to the health insurance market to buy coverage, new numbers show.