Latest COVID-19 News Updates

For Dripping Springs, Wimberley, and Surrounding Areas

Hays County Reports 12th & 13th Positive COVID-19 Cases

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From Hays County press release: The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to 13. All 13 positive cases are adults. One is a resident of Dripping Springs and one is a resident of Kyle. In addition, as of 4 p.m.…

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Hays County Issues Stay at Home Order

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Hays County stay at home order goes into effect 11 p.m. March 26 through 4 a.m. April 10, 2020. The complete order is available as a PDF download by clicking here. Updated – From Hays County press release: Hays County Judge Implements ‘Stay at Home, Work Safe’ Order and Curfew for Hays County Residents beginning…

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Hays County Reports 10th COVID-19 Case

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From Hays County press release: The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of an additional confirmed case of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to 10. All 10 positive cases are adults, and the 10th case is a resident of Buda. The breakdown of cases by city as of 12 p.m.…

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Hays County Reports 8th & 9th COVID-19 Cases

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From Hays County press release: The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to nine. All nine positive cases are adults. One of the new positive cases and one who previously tested positive live in two separate households in Buda…

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COVID-19 Hotline Available for Hays County Residents

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Press release from Hays County: To address a rising tide of questions and concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Hays County Local Health Department, in conjunction with the City of San Marcos, has established a call center to respond to questions from Hays County residents. Residents may call the hotline at 512.393.5525 with…

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Hays County Reports 7th COVID-19 Case

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Update from Hays County: The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of one additional case of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to seven. The person had contact with someone who had already tested positive. The adult person was on the San Marcos High School campus on March 12, 2020 and…

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Friends Foundation Serving “Elderly in Need” in Dripping Springs

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Here is an update from the The Friends Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the elderly in need, whether living in a nursing home, an independent living center, or aging in place at their own home in the greater Dripping Springs area. If you can donate, visit their website at http://www.thefriendsfoundation.org. If you know someone…

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Regional Animal Shelter for Hays County Needs Fosters, Adopters

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Despite being closed to the public the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, which serves all of Hays County, including Dripping Springs and Wimberley, still has an abundance of cats and dogs needing permanent homes or foster homes.  Staff can help adopters and fosters find their special friend virtually. Take a look and fall in love! …

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Hays County Reports Sixth COVID-19 Case

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From Hays County press release: As of March 20, 2020, the Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of one additional case of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to six. The breakdown of cases by city are: Austin (some Hays County addresses are Austin) – 1 Buda – 1 Dripping Springs…

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Ways to Help

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Small businesses and members of our community are taking a gut punch right now. We’ve created a dedicate page with a round up of ideas to help folks, many of whom have been there for us all along. We’ll update that page as we see and think of more. GO TO WAYS TO HELP

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Five Lab-confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Hays County

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From Hays County press release: As of March 18, 2020, the Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of 5 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. Four of the patients had recent travel days before their symptoms began, so it is believed that they came into contact with a positive COVID-19 case…

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Dripping Springs Cancels Founders Day and Other City-sponsored Events

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Statement from City of Dripping Springs: “Following an order by Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra and the recently released guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, and to protect the health and safety of our community, employees, volunteers, and visitors to our area, at tonight’s City Council meeting, the City Council complied with the Judge’s…

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Hays County Judge’s Order Restricting Gatherings

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On March 17, 2020, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra signed an order limiting gatherings in Hays County. The restrictions begin at 2 a.m. March 18 through 5 p.m. May 14, 2020. This applies to the unincorporated area of Hays County. If a municipality already has an order that is at least as restrictive (e.g, San…

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Operations Update from PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

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PAWS Shelter of Central Texas provided the following update for their Dripping Springs and Kyle locations: In response to national and local government guidelines and CDC recommendations, PAWS Shelter of Central Texas is temporarily changing our methods of operation. KYLE LOCATION Due to the limited space available at our Kyle shelter location, we have implemented…

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Hays County Commissioners Court Extends Emergency Disaster Declaration

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Hays County Commissioners Court voted today (March 16, 2020) in an emergency meeting to extend the disaster declaration issued by Judge Ruben Becerra on March 15. By state law, the extension will be for 120 days, unless rescinded or extended by the Commissioners Court. The declaration allows Hays County governments access to funds and resources…

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Third Confirmed Hays County COVID-19 Case

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Update, 8:24pm, March 16, 2020: We asked Hays County for information about the guideline stated in their press releases for those who test positive for COVID-19 being “under self-quarantine at home until they are fever-free for 48 hours without using fever reducing medication.” In a response we just received from the county, we were informed…

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Second Hays County COVID-19 Case

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Per a press release from the county on March 16, 2020, Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider says a second case of coronavirus, COVID-19, is reported in Hays County. The adult Hays County resident was tested at a clinic and is under self-quarantine at home until they are without fever for 48 hours without using fever-reducing…

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Hays County Sheriff Update

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Changes in handling calls for service and jail operations March 15, 2020 7:20 pm Press release from the Hays County Sheriff’s office: The Hays County Sheriff’s Office recognizes the fact that the COVID-19 virus is present in Hays County and that the spreading of the virus is most likely inevitable. It is imperative that the…

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CDC Issues Guidance for Events

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just issued new guidance for events of 50 or more people, plus guidance for events of smaller size, planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals. Here is what the CDC says: “Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of…

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DS Helping Hands Schedule Changes

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Local food pantry, Dripping Springs Helping Hands, announced schedule changes on March 15, 2020, due to coronavirus. The pantry will be open Wednesday, March 18, 1:30-3:00, and Thursday, March 19, 5:00-6:30. They will then close food distribution until April 7th (or further notice). They also put out a request for extra volunteers to pre-bag on Tuesday…

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