04/13/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By Hector Montemayor-Perez
News Reporter

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Hays County reported its first fatality due to COVID-19.

According to the Hays County Local Health Department, the first county fatality was a woman in her ’80s who had been living in Buda with a relative.

There are four new COVID-19 lab-confirmed positive cases overnight in Hays County. That brings the total currently active cases to 50.

There are seven cases pending, and 42 have recovered from the coronavirus in Hays County. Only one case is currently hospitalized. 

There are 18 active cases in San Marcos as of 4 p.m. today. In total, there have been 29 cases.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Goldman Sachs, LiftFund, and other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas.

The loans will be made through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. 

In a press release today, Gov. Abbot said the loans are meant to aid businesses who have been affected by COVID-19.

“Small businesses and their employees are at the heart of the Texas economy, and they need support during these difficult times,” Gov. Abbott said. “These loans will help us revitalize our economy and restore Texans’ livelihoods as we respond to COVID-19.”

LiftFund and other CDFIs will administer the funding to qualified small businesses, and Goldman Sachs will provide the capital. More information on the program can be found at the LiftFund Website.

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