This is page is periodically updated with new and changing information. Last update: January 22, 2021
Questions about COVID-19 and/or the Texas DSHS vaccine rollout plan?
Hays County received a shipment of 1,950 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses. Our appointment sign up portal opened at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and within about 25 minutes, all slots were filled. Demand far exceeds supply and slots will fill up quickly. We will notify everyone when we receive the next shipment and open the next round of appointments.
AS OF 1:55 P.M. ALL APPOINTMENT SLOTS ARE FULL.
Here is our most recent post about the COVID-19 vaccine for Hays County residents. Check back for updates and new information as the situation is fluid and often changing. Your patience is much appreciated as we work through this together as a community.
Read more about COVID-19 on the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website.
Questions about the State’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan? Read more here.
For hospital capacity data, visit this DSHS website page.
ATTENTION: Curative is currently only accepting patients by appointment for COVID-19 testing at the locations around Hays County. This will be in effect until further notice.
Testing Locations – Click here or click the image to make an appointment with Curative
Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parking lot at Main St. & China St.,
Catty-corner from Main St. Dental (near public restrooms)
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hays CISD PAC,
979 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle, TX
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
San Marcos High School
2601 Rattler Road, San Marcos, TX
Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 1-5 p.m.
Sunset Canyon Baptist Church
4000 East Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX
***NOTE: A new location will be announced soon****
Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12, Wimberley, TX
You do not have to be experiencing symptoms.
COVID-19 testing is currently available for residents of Hays County. The cities of San Marcos, Wimberley, Buda, Dripping Springs and Kyle are offering free COVID-19 testing. Curative has mobile testing sites throughout Hays County. The tests are free to all individuals and no out-of-pocket costs will be charged. Curative is now billing private insurance companies but, again, there will be no out-of-pocket cost to the individual being tested. Those without insurance will not be turned away and will be able to receive the test for free. Use the QR code or click here to select a time slot.
Click here to find other testing locations throughout Hays County; many of which accept private insurance. There are a few walk-in/drive thru COVID-19 testing sites in Hays County. Some sites may require a physician referral to be tested. Contact your medical provider or the Hays County hotline for further instructions, 512.393.5525.
If you are not exhibiting symptoms but still would like to get tested, for example because you were exposed to someone with a positive result, contact the Hays County Local Health Department at 512.393.5525 OR make an appointment with Curative.
El Condado de Hays se ha asociado con dos instalaciones médicas de Live Oak para ofrecer pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19 para personas con síntomas que no tienen seguro, tienen seguro insuficiente o son indigentes.
Business Capacity Limits per Governor’s Executive Order GA-32
See the most recent information on capacity rollbacks in Hays County per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32:
New CDC Guidelines (12/3/20); HCLHD Still Recommends 14-day Quarantine
The Hays County Local Health Department is recommending that all Hays County residents, ISDs, and businesses continue to follow the 14-day quarantine schedule. We will continue to assess our situation and re-evaluate these recommendations based on the statistics reported to our department. Read the full statement from the Hays County Local Health Department here.
Hays County Local Health Department provides updates on COVID-19 Monday thru Friday via news release, website and social media. The COVID-19 dashboard is updated Monday thru Friday as well, with the exception of County holidays. On Mondays, COVID updates include data from Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Dashboard below is updated at approximately 4:30 p.m. M-F with the exception of Hays County holidays. A news release is then issued at about 5 p.m. Monday-Friday with the latest numbers. We also post the update of new cases (M-F) on our Facebook page and Twitter account.
NOTE: The October 28 graph “Daily Change in New Cases” shows -273 new cases;
that is because duplicate names were removed during an internal data review.
Local School Dashboards
Many local school districts have their own COVID-19 dashboards. Please see the links below for information.
The Texas Department of State Health Services tracks coronavirus cases in Texas and updates the numbers daily.
Emergency Cash Assistance Program (ECAP)
The ECAP Fund is designed for those small businesses located in Hays County that are struggling to sustain operations due to the COVID-19 health crisis and were unable to secure assistance via the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan through the CARES Act or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program through the US Small Business Administration.
The ECAP fund, which was initiated by the Hays County Commissioners Court, is a collaboration between the County, the City of Kyle, PeopleFund, and the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP). The fund will provide a grant of up to $10,000 to qualifying businesses on a first-come, first served basis. The loan agency PeopleFund, a nonprofit community lender, will manage the application process.
COVID-19 Relief Fund
COVID-19 Relief Funds were available for Hays County residents who have been affected by COVID related loss of income and need rental, mortgage, or utility assistance. Visit the BR3T website for more information. The deadline to submit for assistance was December 22, 2020.
Check out our COVID-19 Fact Sheet, which offers a range of information to help clear up myths and confusion.
Local and State Orders
Executive Order October 7, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order on October 7 to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials. In hospital regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations, County Judges will be able to opt their county into opening bars beginning October 14th, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols. The Governor’s Executive Order also increases the occupancy levels for all business establishments other than bars to 75%. Read the full order here. See the Governor’s video about the new Order here.
Executive Order September 17, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott announced on September 17 additional reopening plans for Texas. The determining factor in reopening is based on the percentage of hospitalizations in each of the state’s 22 regions. If COVID hospitalizations are less than 15% of all hospitalizations for 7 consecutive days, then that region is safe enough to allow additional openings. The percentage of COVID hospitalizations in the Austin region is 3.7% and has remained under 15% for 7 consecutive days. Therefore, our region can proceed with the additional openings outlined below.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝟓𝟎% 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝟕𝟓% 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭. 𝟐𝟏:
- All retail stores
- All restaurants
- All office buildings
- All manufacturing
- All Museums and Libraries
- All Gyms
Hospitals in the Austin region can return to ordinary elective surgical procedures.
Click here to see the full Executive Order.
Below are previous Executive Orders
- On April 27, Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order and press release on phased opening of Texas businesses, effective May 1.
- On April 17 Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order on taking the first steps to reopen Texas businesses
- April 6, 2020 CDC Recommendations on Public Use of Cloth Face Masks
- On April 2, 2020, the Governor’s Statewide Executive Order on COVID-19 went into effect.
Hays County Judge Issues COVID-19 Order #4
Note: Orders by the Texas Governor supersede any orders by county or municipal entities.
- See the signed COVID-19 4th Order (Hays.Co.Judge) (6.18.20).
- Amendment to COVID-19 4th Order
- Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Order.
Hays County Judge Issues Disaster Declaration Extension
At the July 14 meeting of the Hays County Commissioners Court, the members approved an extension of the Declaration of Local Disaster issued in March at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. See the new Declaration here.
CARES Act Funding Allocation
To see how the CARES Act funding was allocated for Hays County, see this document.
Confirmed: A case that is laboratory confirmed using a molecular diagnostic test (for example: PCR, Currative RCT-PCR, and Abbott ID Now RCT-PCR)
Probable: A case that:
- Using a method approved or authorized by the FDA or designated authority, meets presumptive laboratory evidence of
- Detection of specific antigen (Ag) in a clinical specimen, OR
- Detection of a specific antibody in serum, plasma, or whole blood indicative of a new or recent infection
- AND meets clinical criteria
- Meets vital records criteria (death certificate lists COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death) with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID-19.
- At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measured or subjective), chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, new olfactory and taste disorder(s); OR
- At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing; OR
- Severe respiratory illness with at least one of the following:
- Clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia, or
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
Resources for Persons Affected by COVID-19. If you need food, funds, mental health support, a job, etc., take a look at this list of area resources. It includes info for small businesses and nonprofits, as well. Additional information from Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area for Jobseekers and Employers is also available.
Our rolling list of notifications is at www.HaysInformed.com, where Hays County, cities, school districts, and law enforcement officials post emergency or critical information of interest to a countywide audience.
Hays County residents can call a hotline for answers to their non-emergency COVID-19 questions. Operators are available in English and Spanish. HOTLINE 512.393.5525. This hotline is for answers to health questions about COVID-19 — safety practices, symptoms, quarantining, testing, etc. Operators cannot answer questions about the Stay at Home Order and Curfew, or other general questions.
CDC Info on COVID‑19, Including Symptoms & Prevention
Do you think you’ve been exposed to coronavirus? Are you experiencing symptoms? This information might help you determine what you should do, and how you can protect your family and others.
See the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for updated information on COVID-19.
Prevention tips are also on the CDC website.
Beware Scams and Price-gouging
The FDA is warning citizens about fraudulent COVID-19 Home Test Kits. More on test kits here.
Don’t Flush those Wipes
Here is useful info from Dripping Springs that benefits all city sewers and OSSFs countywide: Watch What You Flush to save yourself some back-up heartbreak and money.