By Madyson Sanchez
Senior News Reporter
SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Hays County Local Health Department reported no new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases overnight and today, keeping the total number of cases in Hays County to 165. Of the positive cases, 96 are recovered and out of quarantine.
There are 19 tests still pending and awaiting results.
The Hays County Commissioners Court will hold a special meeting this May 1, at 3:30 p.m. at the Hays County Courthouse. Judge Ruben Becerra and commissioners will discuss COVID-19 related items and a new economic development project.
The meeting will be live-streamed on the county website and archived. The Commissioners Court will not meet on May 5.
Texas State University extended first-year, transfer and international student application deadlines and for the Bobcat Cares Emergency Fund.
The fund offers financial assistance to students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and helps eligible students offset by expenses related to housing, food, tuition, technology and required course materials. According to the university, emergency relief grants are based on need and will not affect a student’s future financial aid or apply towards outstanding Texas State balances.
The Texas Workforce Commission issued a new guidance today concerning unemployment benefits eligibility for Texans who choose not to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the new guidance, Texans can apply for a review to receive unemployment benefits and stay home if they qualify for certain reasons as noted by TWC. Each unemployment claim is evaluated on a case by case basis.
“As the Lone Star State begins the process of safely and strategically opening the economy, our top priority is protecting the health and safety of all Texans—especially those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” Governor Abbott said. “This flexibility in the unemployment benefit process will help ensure that Texans with certain health and safety concerns will not be penalized for choosing not to return to work.”
Reasons for refusal to return to work include if you or a household member is at high risk for COVID-19, you or a household member has tested positive for COVID-19, you are self-quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19 or no childcare is available.