03/24/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Updated March 24, 2020- 3:35 p.m.

By Juan Garcia & Lauren Jurgemeyer
News Director & Web Content Manager

SAN MARCOS, Texas – After a seventh reported case of COVID-19, Hays County officials continue monitor the virus with the institution of a non-emergency hotline, and a warning against fraudulent test kits and scams.

A seventh case of the novel coronavirus was reported in Hays County on March 22. The patient was asymptomatic, meaning the individual did not show symptoms, on March 12 while on the San Marcos High School campus. Later, the individual developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19.

The San Marcos CISD has notified employees and student families. The Hays County Local Health Department recommends that all staff and students monitor for symptoms until March 26.

In order to address questions and concerns about COVID-19, the Hays County Local Heath Department and the city of San Marcos have established a non-emergency hotline.

Residents may call the hotline at 512-393-5525 with non-emergency COVID-19 questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Spanish speakers will be available.

The FDA is warning consumers about fraudulent COVID-19 test kits that are said to be able to test for the virus at home.

At this time, the FDA has yet to approve any test that is available for purchase to test for the virus at home. Fake tests can give people a false sense of security and may keep people from seeking treatment.

If you are aware, or become aware, of fraudulent test kits for COVID-19, please report them to the FDA at FDA-COVID-19-Fraudulent-Products@fda.hhs.gov or by calling the Dallas FDA Office at 214-253-5237.

In order to encourage social distancing, the city of San Marcos closed the Children’s Park Playscape, City Park Playscape, all neighborhood park play-scapes, the Dog Park and Skate Park.

The closures went into effect Monday night and is in effect until further notice from the city. All other natural areas remain open for active use, but groups will be limited to 10 or fewer people. 

Governor Greg Abbott announced March 22 that he would like to refrain from a statewide shelter-in-place order, and would leave the decision to city and county leaders.

Currently, several cities and counties have issued orders for their residents to stay home:

Cities:

  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • San Antonio
  • El Paso
  • Waco

Counties:

  • Bell County
  • Bexar County
  • Collin County
  • Dallas County
  • Denton County
  • Harris County
  • Hays County
  • Hunt County
  • McClennan County
  • Tarrant County
  • Travis County
  • Williamson County

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