Coronavirus (COVID 19) Helpful Information
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RISING COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS REDUCE OCCUPANCY LIMITS
IN BUDA, HAYS COUNTY
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.
Curative COVID-19 Testing in Buda & Hays County (Appointment Only)
Curative Testing Site Holiday Closure
Schedule a time for testing: Curative Testing Site in Buda
Other Curative Testing Sites in Hays County
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.
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 www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus..
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.”
How is the City of Buda Enforcing Governor Abbott's Face Covering Executive Order?
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.
AuntBertha.com 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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html 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, www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID19.