COVID-19 Information and Prevention

JUNE 26 - Governor Abbott places limits on certain businesses and services with direct link to infections 

Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The order includes the following:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM Friday, June 26. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. 
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.

Further Protocols:

All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit http://open.texas.gov.

Reminders for those going out:

  • Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings.
  • People should not be in groups greater than ten when possible.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
  • People are still asked to avoid nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.

View the Governor’s Executive Order.

26 de junio: el gobernador Abbott pone límites a ciertas empresas y servicios con un enlace directo a las infecciones

El gobernador Greg Abbott emitió una orden ejecutiva que limita ciertas empresas y servicios como parte de los esfuerzos del estado para contener la propagación de COVID-19.

El orden incluye lo siguiente:

Se require que todos los bares y establecimientos similares que reciben más del 51% de sus ingresos  por la venta de bebidas alcohólicas deben cerrar a las 12:00 p.m. del viernes 26 de junio. Estos negocios pueden permanecer abiertos para la entrega y la comida para llevar, incluso para los alcohólicos. bebidas, según lo autorizado por la Comisión de Bebidas Alcohólica de Texas.

Los restaurantes pueden permanecer abiertos para el servicio comidas, pero a una capacidad que no exceda el 50% del total de la ocupación interior incluida, a partir del lunes 29 de junio de 2020.

Las empresas de rafting y tubing deben cerrar.

Las reuniones al aire libre de 100 o más personas deben ser aprobadas por los gobiernos locales, con ciertas excepciones.

Protocolos adicionales:

Todas las empresas deben seguir los protocolos mínimos de salud estándar de DSHS. Para obtener detalles y una lista completa de pautas, aperturas y fechas relevantes, visite http://open.texas.gov.

Recordatorios para los que salen:

Se recomienda a las personas a usar cubiertas faciales adecuadas.

Las personas no deben estar en grupos mayores de diez cuando sea posible.

Se recomienda a las personas mayores de 65 años a quedarse en casa tanto como sea posible.

Todavía se pide a las personas que eviten los hogares de ancianos, los centros de vida con apoyo estatal, las instalaciones de vivienda asistida o las instalaciones de atención a largo plazo.

Stay updated on park openings and safety precautions

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Hays County COVID-19 Dashboard

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Hays County offering free testing to uninsured and underinsured residents with symptoms

Hays County has partnered with two Live Oak medical facilities to offer free COVID-19 testing for individuals with symptoms who are uninsured, underinsured, or indigent.

Beginning Wednesday, April 29, those individuals with symptoms who cannot afford to pay for testing can begin the screening process by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 512-393-5525 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m.  The hotline remains open for general COVID-19 questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Following the screening, Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic will contact the individual to discuss whether the screening indicates a test should be given and if it is, to schedule an appointment at its 401 Broadway, San Marcos, location or Live Oak Health Partners Primary Care in Wimberley.

Qualifications for a free test:

  • Be uninsured, underinsured, or financially unable to pay for testing/laboratory fees
  • Meet the assessment criteria for testing, which will be determined during the screening call
  • Be a resident of Hays County

Click here for more information

Mayor's Public Health Advisories and Orders

CARES ACT

Information on the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is posted online here.

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COVID-19 HOTLINE:  512.393.5525

Available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Residents may call the hotline at 512.393.5525 with non-emergency COVID-19 questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Spanish speakers will be available.

Callers will be placed into an automated system when calling in to the hotline. If you are a Hays County resident, select one (1). You will then be placed in the queue for the next available operator to assist in answering any questions. Call Center personnel will answer frequently asked questions about symptoms, possible testing, and self-isolation.

If you are experiencing symptoms or concerned that you have been exposed to the virus, please call your health care professional to determine next steps. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.