Coronavirus (COVID 19) Helpful Information

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Hays County Health Department Discusses Vaccination Plans
(Hays County Press Release) 

Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) and the Office of Emergency Services has been preparing for COVID-19 vaccination distribution for weeks, but for now, residents will be directed to either their personal medical providers or vaccine hubs in Travis or Bexar Counties.

According to HCLHD Director Tammy Crumley, the department was approved by the Texas Department of State Health Service (DSHS) to receive the vaccine. She said she expects a small allotment of doses to be sent to Hays County in the very near future, which will be used to vaccinate individuals per state health department guidelines.

Crumley said residents currently have two options to get the vaccine: The first is to talk with their personal medical providers and determine if they can get a vaccine at one of the companies in Hays County that already have the vaccine, including local pharmacies such as H-E-B. Another option is to pre-register to get a vaccine through the state’s new hub system.

“We are coordinating with Austin Public Health in Travis County, which is a hub, to in order to dispense the vaccine to Hays County residents in the Phase 1B category,” she said. “Bexar County is also a hub.”

According to DSHS, in Texas, Phase 1B of vaccination will focus on people for whom there is strong and consistent evidence that COVID-19 makes them more likely to become very sick or die. Preventing the disease among people who have these risk factors will dramatically reduce the number of Texans who die from the disease and relieve pressure on the healthcare system by reducing hospital and ICU admissions. Vaccination will also reduce absenteeism among the front-line workers at the greatest risk of severe disease and protect individuals at risk for health inequities.

As stated in the DSHS COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Phase 1B Definition: Because Phase 1B provides vaccine to higher-risk people regardless of their work sector or status, it will provide protection for a number of critical populations at an increased risk of getting COVID-19: communities that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and other chronic diseases; teachers and school staff who ensure that Texas children can learn in a safe environment; social services workers who ensure that those in need receive care and support; workers who maintain critical infrastructure to support the Texas economy; and other front-line workers who are unable to work remotely and so are more likely to be exposed.

Texas DSHS defines 1B candidates as people who are 65 and older or have the medical conditions listed below and who also work in front-line and critical industries. Those who may be eligible for a vaccine under the DSHS 1B list include those age 65 and over and those who are 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, including but not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Crumley said anyone who believes they would qualify under the 1B list can visit the Austin Public Health (APH) website to pre-register, but cautioned that, according to APH, completing pre-registration does not guarantee you will receive the vaccine or be guaranteed a scheduled appointment.

“Because the vaccine supply is still limited, we’re asking the public to be patient and understand that we want everyone who wants the vaccine to get it, but it may be days or weeks before an appointment is available,” she said.

In the meantime, public health experts like Crumley strongly urge all residents to continue the simple protective measures that have been encouraged for nearly a year.

“Stay home when possible,” she said. “By avoiding public places, particularly if you are in a higher risk category, we can begin to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who are most vulnerable.”

Other recommendations include frequently hand washing, wearing masks, and staying distanced from others outside your household if you need to go out into public.

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said the County is prepared to begin implementing its vaccination plan for the general public but understands that it will take time to get the doses needed to begin that process. Until then, he urged all Hays County residents to continue working together to slow the spread of the coronavirus. He added that he hopes everyone will offer kindness and compassion to all those impacted by COVID-19.

“Trauma effects everyone and COVID has certainly brought trauma to our community,” he said. “No one is immune, and the effects of the virus can hit any family or business. Please be kind to each other.”

More information from DSHS is available at the following websites:

Austin Public Health Vaccine Pre-registration:

NOTE: Austin Public Health and DSHS are instructing people to go through the pre-registration process and not to show up at a location trying to get a vaccine.

 COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guiding Principles:

 San Antonio Metro Health Vaccine Info:


BUDA, TX - JAN. 10, 2021 - New restrictions are taking effect in Buda and Hays County tonight (Sunday, Jan. 10 )at midnight after seven consecutive days of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations. As outlined in State Executive Orders GA-31 and GA-32, bars must close, elective surgeries may need to be rescheduled, and many businesses must reduce their occupancy to 50%.


How does this impact local businesses?

· Bars - Bars that are not operating as a restaurant under Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) rules must close. However, those businesses may continue to offer drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks to the extent authorized by TABC. 

· Other businesses - Any business establishment that otherwise would have a 75% occupancy limit must operate at up to only 50%. This applies to retail establishments, restaurants, bars that are operating as restaurants, office buildings, manufacturers, museums, libraries, gyms, and fitness facilities and classes. 

· Surgeries - Elective surgeries, as defined in State Executive Order GA-31, must reschedule unless they “would not deplete any hospital capacity needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster.”

In addition, Governor Abbott’s GA-32 states that bars or similar establishments that are not restaurants cannot operate indoors on premises, but may offer drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options as authorized by the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC). The occupancy limit applies only to indoor and not outdoor areas, events, or establishments, although social distancing and other safety protocols must be followed.  

The following activities/services are not impacted by these occupancy changes:

· Religious services

· Local government operations

· Childcare services

· Public or private schools

· Youth camps

· Adult or youth recreational sports

· Drive-in movies, concerts and similar events

· Person care/beauty establishments with at least six feet of social distancing between workstations (see full list in Executive Order GA-32

· Service listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its
Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

What changed?   

The Governor’s State Executive Order GA-32 to reopen bars and increase occupancy limits, contained an important exception. If COVID-19 hospitalizations reached certain levels in trauma service areas (TSAs), restrictions in those areas would increase again. 

 Restrictions are triggered when a local TSA has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients exceeds 15% of total hospital capacity. Buda is located in TSA O, which encompasses Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson counties.  

View the Texas Trauma Service Area map 


How long will these additional restrictions last? 

These additional restrictions will remain in place until Trauma Service Area O has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID hospitalized patients is 15% or less. 


COVID-19 Resources/Information

· COVID-19 Hotline - Hays County residents can call a hotline for answers to their non-emergency COVID-19 questions. Operators are available in English and Spanish. The hotline number is 512-393-5525. This hotline is for answers to health questions about COVID-19 - safety practices, symptoms, quarantining, testing, etc.  

· COVID-19 Information for Hays County Residents - Please visit the Hays County Website COVID-19 page for additional information on resources/information.

· Texas Department of State Health Services - Information on Executive Order GA-32 and its impact on local counites. 

· Texas DSHS Hospitalization Dashboard - The “Hospitals - Regional” tab shows daily hospitalization data for Texas Trauma Service Areas (TSAs). Buda is located in in TSA O. 

· Executive Order GA-31

Executive Order GA-32   

Looking for COVID-19 Vaccine information?

As part of the State of Texas vaccination plan, Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The State's plan involves the use of registered medical providers such as medical clinics, pharmacies and hospitals to disseminate the vaccine. The local health dept. and emergency management divisions (county or city) are not part of this process.

How to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. 
1⃣ Sign up with a vaccination hub:
2⃣ Use the Texas COVID-19 vaccine provider map to sign up with a community provider:
Please be patient as supply is limited. Hubs may have long waiting lists but more vaccine is coming.
More Texas COVID-19 vaccine information:
The week of January 11, Texas will direct most COVID‑19 vaccines received to large sites or hubs around the state to vaccinate more than 100,000 people. The goal of this plan is to provide more people the vaccine and a simpler way to sign up for an appointment.
All Phase 1A and 1B individuals are eligible to receive a vaccine at these hubs, regardless of where they reside.
Phase 1A: Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities
Phase 1B: People over 65 or with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19

how to sign up

💻Texas DSHS COVID-19 vaccine website:
🗺️#COVID19TX Vaccine Provider Location Map:
💪#COVID19TX Vaccine Data Dashboard: 

COVID Vaccines

Curative COVID-19 Testing in Buda & Hays County (Appointment Only)

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is available in Buda through Curative! The location is the parking lot at Main Street and China Street near the public restrooms across from Main Street Dental. 

There are some changes we wanted to share at the Curative testing sites in Buda and around Hays County:
1. They are offering testing by appointment only until further notice (this applies to the "permanent" locations; a few upcoming events will offer one-day walk-up testing)
2. Curative is now billing insurance but there is no out-of-pocket cost to the individual being tested.
3. Testing continues to be free to anyone without insurance.
4. Curative testing locations are closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.
5. A second location at San Marcos High opens Dec. 19.

Curative Testing Site Holiday Closure

Buda COVID-19 Curative testing site will be closed on:

Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas Holiday

Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Years Day

Schedule a time for testing:  Curative Testing Site in Buda 

All testing is provided by Curative; they're using non-invasive oral swab tests. 

FREE COVID-19 Mobile Test Site in Buda
*Parking lot at Main Street and China Street (near public restrooms) across from Main Street Dental
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 7 Days a Week!  

Other Curative Testing Sites in Hays County

Curative Graphic Updated


BUDA, TX - Dec. 20, 2020 - As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Buda and Hays County, we want to remind citizens and Buda establishments that there are still restrictions in place per Governor orders GA-29 and GA-32


The City of Buda continues to monitor for violations of the Governor’s orders and responds to reports of violations received from the public, etc. 


Under Executive Order GA 32, most businesses may operate at no more than 75% of the total listed occupancy, including Restaurants. Patrons and staff must wear masks except when eating or drinking while seated. Bars or similar establishments may offer on-premise services at up to 50% of the total listed occupancy. Patrons at bars or similar establishments may eat or drink only while seated. Masks are to be worn at all other times. 


If the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage exceeds 15% of the available capacity in Hays County for seven consecutive days, the occupation limit will be lowered and additional restrictions will apply. So far, this has not been the case in Hays County. A current list of areas with high hospitalizations is maintained at 


City of Buda COVID Enforcement measures, issued for non-compliance of Governor Abbotts’s GA-29 Executive Order for Facial Coverings, include: 


1st Offense - Verbal Warning 

2nd - Notice to Appear Citation 

· This citation notifies the recipient of their violation and municipal court appearance date/time. 

· If found guilty, the City of Buda Municipal Court judge makes the final determination of the official fine amount, not to exceed $250. 


According to the latest numbers from the Hays County Health Department,  Buda has over 250 positive COVID-19 cases. The latest number of COVID cases in Buda and Hays County can be found on the City’s website at     


It is a reminder that we are still in a global pandemic. Please continue to stay vigilant and take the necessary precautions to protect your loved ones, our healthcare workers, and the community. Together we can make a difference.  

There are three important ways to help slow the spread:

· Wear a mask to protect yourself and others.

· Stay at least 6 feet from others who do not live with you, and avoid crowds.

· Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.   


“COVID-19 cases in Hays County have dramatically spiked since Thanksgiving. The City of Buda has seen an increase of over 200 new cases in this same period. There are many families in Buda currently fighting this virus and many more in quarantine due to exposure. Pandemic fatigue is only one of many new terms we are learning through this experience. 10 months is a long time, but we need to stay vigilant with wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing.” 


As the holidays approach please consider celebrating virtually or with the people in your household.  This poses the lowest risk for spread. Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home. For additional recommendations/information from the CDC please visit  For information on holiday celebrations and small gatherings from the CDC please visit



Outdoor Gathering Requests

Outdoor Gathering Proclamation
Please read this proclamation in its entirety before submitting a request. All requests will be reviewed by the Buda Mayor, pending their approval.

Proclamation Highlights
Most outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people, other than those set for in the Governor's Executive GA 28 are prohibited unless approved by the Mayor. Such approval can be made subject to certain conditions or restrictions not inconsistent with the Governor's executive order. Applicants shall follow the minimum standard health protocols recommended by DSHS found at

Outdoor Gather Request Form

Governor Abbott Executive Order Requiring Face Coverings 

Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order in July requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 

"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”

Governor Abbott Executive Order Requiring Face Coverings 

How is the City of Buda Enforcing Governor Abbott's Face Covering Executive Order?

City of Buda Enforcement of Face Covering Executive Order - VIDEO 

The City’s Code Enforcement Officer and Building Official are regularly monitoring commercial establishments that are open to the public in Buda. They will issue a notice to appear for those who continuously violate the executive order. 

If a person is in violation of the order, a first-time violator will receive a verbal warning. A second violation could result in a fine of $250, with each occurrence being a separate violation. Business owners, workers, and patrons would all be in violation of the order if they are inside a commercial building open to the public, without wearing a mask when social distancing is not feasible.

Additionally, patrons may be subject to arrest for criminal trespass, if they are not wearing a mask and refuse to leave a business after being asked to do so. Normally, if management calls the police, the police will ask the person to leave and provide a criminal trespass warning, if noncompliance continues the violator may be subject to arrest. The prosecution of criminal trespass would be handled by the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

Coronavirus Executive Orders From Governor Greg Abbott

Hays County Resources for Residents Impacted by COVID-19

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (April 14, 2020) – Hays County is sharing this list of resources for residents who have lost their jobs or need food, mental health support, or other assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources are also available for small businesses and nonprofits. Persons who need help and live within a city limit in Hays County should also check their city’s website for additional assistance that may be available. Texas State University students have resources available to them here.

If you don’t need assistance: most of these (and other) agencies and nonprofits appreciate monetary donations during this time, and some need volunteers as well as they are serving many more than their usual number of clients.

It’s important during this pandemic event to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Individuals feeling extra stressed, depressed, anxious, or concerned because of the COVID-19 pandemic can call the Texas Health and Human Services Commission mental health support toll-free hotline at 833-986-1919. It operates 24/7.

Residents can call a hotline at 512.393.5525 with non-emergency COVID-19 questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Spanish speakers will be available. You can also check online in English and Spanish for symptoms, prevention, and treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms, call your health-care provider to describe your symptoms and get instructions. Do not drive directly to your clinic, urgent care center, or hospital. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms are severe.

The bipartisan CARES Act signed in March means that individuals and families within certain income ranges will receive financial assistance directly as will small businesses, healthcare providers, and others.

The Texas Workforce Commission has a lot of information about eligibility, programs, and a sign-up to get alerts about job opportunities especially for those who have lost their jobs because of COVID-19.

Some individuals could now be eligible for the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which provides funds to supplement family food purchases and has a limited program for single adults.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program can help eligible families with children (including a grandparent or other adult caring for a child).

The Hays County Food Bank holds drive-through and walk-up (social distancing is enforced) distribution locations for low-income families and persons experiencing a food emergency. Even if you do not meet the usual guideless for the Food Bank, if you have lost your job, or lost your sole provider, then you may be eligible for a set period of time. New clients are encouraged to call the Food Bank at 512-392-8300 to sign up beforehand to minimize time spent at the distribution sites.

The Women, Infant, and Children’s (WIC) program has temporarily expanded approved foods for clients who cannot find items typically on the program’s list. For more information or to apply visit the Central Texas WIC Facebook page or the WIC website.

The United Way for Greater Austin provides information about food, health, childcare and more. Call 211 to find help and resources related to COVID-19.

For those experiencing family violence, sexual assault, dating violence or child abuse in the community, the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center is ready to assist. Please call the 24-hour crisis HELPLine at 512-396-4357.

The Greater San Marcos Youth Council is offering resources for children and family members. Tips on reducing stress, activities for children, and other helpful information is online, and staff is available to help find additional resources.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is assisting employees in the food service industry who are experiencing hardships because of COVID-19. is a free service that shows by zip code many organizations that can assist in a variety of ways, such as food, medical care, job training, and more.

Small businesses and nonprofits can apply through the Small Business Administration for emergency grants and a forgivable loan program for companies with 500 or fewer employees. There are also changes to rules for expenses and deductions so that companies can keep employees on the payroll and stay open in the near-term. Small businesses that already have SBA loans may get help for payments.

Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19

Hays County COVID-19 Hotline 

COVID-19 Hotline Available for Hays County Residents 

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 23, 2020) -- 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 non-emergency COVID-19 questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Spanish speakers will be available. You can also check online for symptoms, prevention, and treatment at in English and Spanish. 

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. 

Additional information about symptoms and prevention is at  the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. As in any emergency situation,, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID19.  

Hays CISD Information

Information From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention