04/22/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By Hector Montemayor-Perez
Senior News Reporter

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Hays County Local Health Department reported three new COVID-19 lab-confirmed positive cases in Hays County, bringing the total amount of active cases to 77. 

There have been 29 new negative test results, and a total of 65 recovered cases. In San Marcos there are currently 21 active cases.

The United Way for Greater Austin has awarded Texas State University a $10,000 as part of COVID-19 rapid response efforts. 

The grant will directly aid Bobcat Bounty in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by replenishing the food pantry and ensuring it is staffed through the summer.

Curated bags containing non-perishable items such as high-protein foods, healthy carbohydrates and fresh produce will be distributed every Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

During the distribution process Bobcat Bounty staff members and volunteers will be following extensive guidelines to help ensure the safety of recipients and staff alike.

Mayor Jane Hughson has ordered parks to remain closed until further notice. Natural areas will remain open, but visitors must observe Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing recommendations.

“Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and requires us all to do our part,” Hughson said in a press release today. “The measures encouraged by the CDC can save lives — but we have to be diligent in following them.”

Natural areas, like the Purgatory Creek Natural Area, will remain open but visitors must remain six feet apart between individuals not in their household and are prohibited from gathering in groups of more than five people. 

People violating the park closure can receive a fine of up to $1,000 and possible arrest charges of criminal trespass if a person refuses to leave after being warned to do so by a peace officer.

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