04/11/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By Madyson Sanchez
Junior News Reporter

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Hays County Local Health Department reported no new COVID-19 cases overnight and today in an April 11 press release.  The county received 25 negative test results since yesterday.  

As of 4 p.m. today, there remains a total of 82 cases and six pending tests in Hays County.

San Marcos City council members unanimously approved an emergency ordinance at a meeting earlier this week that will allow renters additional time to pay rent.  

The law protects renters who have lost their job due to COVID-19 and provides 90 days for tenants to pay their balance before landlords can begin the eviction process.  Landlords will also be required by law to provide their tenants with a notice of proposed eviction and a statement notifying tenants of their right to a 90-day period to pay their delinquent balance.

The new ordinance follows the fourth emergency order for suspension of evictions issued by the Texas Supreme Court and will remain in effect until the city of San Marcos is no longer under local disaster by COVID-19.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is to issue an executive order next week with a time table for Texans to return back to work, as announced in an April 10 press conference.  

Abbott didn’t offer details on the expected executive order but said Texas is focusing on finding a balance between protecting lives and restoring livelihoods.

“We will focus on protecting lives while restoring livelihoods. We can and must do this. We can do both, expand and restore livelihoods that Texans want to have by helping them return to work. Texans enjoy working and I know that they want to get back to the workforce but we have to have strategies and ways that they can be doing this safely,” Abbott said in the press conference. 

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