According to a statement from Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra released last week included language that masks were mandatory and included a $1000 fine for businesses, their employees, and customers for each violation.
On Friday, June 19, Becerra walked back the threat of the fine against businesses.
The latest Executive Order GA-26 issued by Governor Greg Abbott stated there would be no civil or criminal penalty that will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering.
However, for individuals and businesses who cannot keep the 6-foot suggested social distancing, it is strongly suggested to wear masks.
On June 26, Governor Greg Abbott rolled back reopening efforts to “contain the spread of COVID-19.”
The executive order signed Friday morning included 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 today. 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.
The decision came after the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, according to the Governor’s Office.
The rollback on reopening came one day after Gov. Abbott announced a temporary pause to additional reopening phases.
On Thursday, June 25, Abbott’s office announced businesses that were permitted to open under the previous phases could continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Abbott also issued an executive order Thursday, which immediately suspended all elective surgeries in four of Texas’s largest counties: Travis, Bexar, Dallas and Harris.
The order is made in an effort to preserve hospital capacity as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
HAYS COUNTY CASE TOTALS
*UPDATED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26, AT 4:50 PM
* Disclaimer: As this is a fast-moving situation, the information included below is provisional and subject to change.
Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said the County’s total of lab-confirmed cases includes 50 additional tests from the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).
NOTE: If residents were tested at a TDEM site, they will receive their results directly from that agency, not the Hays County Local Health Department.
NEWS ALERT UPDATE
|JUNE 25, 2020||JUNE 26, 2020|
|TOTAL TESTS (includes pending cases)||
|NEW DAILY TESTS (*estimated)
|TOTAL CONFIRMED (*estimated)||
|NEW DAILY CONFIRMED
DAILY CHANGE IN NEW CASES FOR HAYS COUNTY
|CITY||TOTAL CASES||ACTIVE CASES||RECOVERED||FATALITIES|
*Note: Some Hays County residents have Austin and Maxwell addresses. Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.
HAYS COUNTY POSITIVE TEST BY AGE AND GENDER
|> 80 YEARS||16||12||28|
|TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES
DRILL DOWN OF ETHNICITY & GENDER
|ETHNICITY||FEMALE||MALE||TOTAL||PERCENTAGE OF CASES|
DRILL DOWN BY RACE
|RACE||PERCENTAGE OF CASES|
/ PACIFIC ISLANDER
LATEST TEXAS COVID-19 CASE TOTALS
*UPDATED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26, AT 3:50 PM
Disclaimer: All Texas data below is provisional and subject to change. As this is a fast-moving situation, the information included below is provisional and subject to change.
* These numbers are an estimate based on several assumptions related to hospitalization rates and recovery times, which were informed by data available to date. These assumptions are subject to change as we learn more about COVID-19. The estimated number does not include data from any cases reported prior to 3/24/2020.
*If listed as N/A or TBA, the latest information has not been released by state agencies; the table will be updated when the data is available.
|TOTALS||JUNE 25, 2020||JUNE 26, 2020|
|HOSPITALIZATIONS *Currently hospitalized lab-confirmed cases||
|TOTAL POSITIVE CASES REPORTED||
|NEW CASES FROM PRIOR DAY(S) *Estimated||
|TOTAL RECOVERED *Estimated||
|FATALITIES OVER LAST 24 HOURS
|COUNTIES REPORTING CASES||
243 of 254
244 of 254
|COUNTIES WITH FATALITIES||131 of 254||131 of 254|
NOTE: Case and fatality information is updated daily at 1 pm and is compiled from information reported publicly by local health departments and through the DSHS public health regions. Counts are current as of that morning.
Because some jurisdictions report cases later in the day, local numbers may be more up to date. County case numbers may occasionally go down if the case investigation determines the person is a resident of another county or state.
Testing numbers show the number of test results for Texas residents reported to DSHS by public health and private labs. They do not include pending tests. Additional testing may be occurring by labs not yet reporting all results to DSHS. Unable to deduplicate total test numbers for private labs.
Demographic data comes from completed case investigations. The majority of cases in Texas are still under investigation.
Hospitalization and hospital capacity numbers are reported daily by hospitals through eight Hospital Preparedness Program providers that coordinate health care system preparedness and response activities in Texas.
U.S. & WORLDWIDE CORONAVIRUS CASE OVERVIEW
*UPDATED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26, AT 3:18 PM
*Disclaimer: This data changes rapidly and might not reflect some cases still being reported.
|CASES REPORTED||CASES PER
|U.S. CASE OVERVIEW||
|WORLDWIDE CASE OVERVIEW||