Hays County to issue new COVID order

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra is holding a news conference this afternoon to discuss his new COVID-related order.

The news conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. in front of the Historic Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos.

The new order comes as Hays County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases as businesses have begun to reopen.

On June 17, Judge Becerra says there were 145 new confirmed positive cases, two new hospitalizations, and eight cases of new recoveries.


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The numbers also show that people between the ages of 20 and 29 account for 42 percent of all the cases in Hays County since March. That age group rate jumped to 70 percent with the recent cases.

Officials are asking people to wear masks, wash their hands, and practice social distancing. But people are also being asked to get tested.

Pop-up mobile testing sites are being set up by the state emergency management agency in order to reach out to minority communities.

RELATED: Free COVID-19 testing scheduled in San Marcos on June 14 & 20

One is being held at McCormick Middle School in Buda on Friday, June 19 and another will be held on Saturday, June 20 at Bowie Elementary in San Marcos. There will be drive-thru and walk-up lanes and appointments are not required. 

TDEM continues to offer free testing sites across the state and the locations can be found online.



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