05/06/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By Hector Montemayor-Perez
KTSW Senior News Reporter 

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Hays County Local Health Department reported 12 new COVID-19 lab-confirmed positive cases in Hays County, the second-highest spike in cases in the past month. This brings the total amount of active cases in Hays county to 77.

117 cases have recovered in Hays County. Currently there are 8 individuals hospitalized in Hays County due to COVID-19.

The City of San Marcos is accepting qualified applications from for-profit entities, non-profit organizations, government agencies and city departments for COVID-19 relief through a $425,261 Community Development Block Grant for Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

According to the City, these funds must be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus. They can include responding to the economic effects as well as the health impacts of the ongoing pandemic. 

According to a press release today “Eligible projects and programs must satisfy a national CDBG program objective and should address one or more of the following designated priority needs: Public Services, Economic Development, Affordable Housing, Public Facilities/Infrastructure/Transportation, or Clearance Activities. Projects benefiting low and moderate-income individuals will be prioritized. Up to 100% of the funds can be used for public services.”

Applications will be accepted through May 20. The City of San Marcos urges citizens and organizations to participate in a couple of events so that they can receive input on how to better allocate these funds. 

These events are:

  • June 2: City Council Meeting Public Hearing to review applications and receive comments.
  • June 7-13: Public comment period on the proposed CDBG-CV programs and projects.
  • June 16: City Council Meeting Discussion on CDBG-CV funding allocations.

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