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Ocials say testing demands are beingmet for county residents Data: Less than 2% of 230,191 have been tested

Hays County has tested less than 2% of its population for coronavirus, a testing rate that is seen across Texas and the country, according to a local ocial. In eorts to increase testing, the county has provided residents with three public testing sites. Increasing access

who] is seeking a test can nd a way to get tested right now in Hays County,” Schneider said. According to Schneider, the sin- gle-digit testing percentage rate in the county does not reect a limited sup- ply of COVID-19 testing, but rather a lack of residents seeking to get tested. “We’re not testing near to the capacity that we actually could. We have plenty of places—many free places—where people can be tested, but we can only put the water out; we can’t make the horse drink from it,” Schneider said. The county has three public testing facilities, free of charge for county

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in the country in testing per capita for the coronavirus*

As reports of testing eorts for coronavirus around the country sur- face, results show Texas is lagging to meet its testing demands. A local epi- demiologist says that is not the case in Hays County. As of June 1, there were 335 cases reported in the county from more than 4,000 tests. Four residents have died, and 184 have recovered. Having tested less than 2% of the Hays County population of 230,191 people, a question arises: Is Hays County meeting its testing demands? The answer is yes, according to Hays County epidemiologist Eric Schneider. “I think we are meeting the needs of anybody who needs a test and [anyone

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tests conducted in Hays County, or 1 per 56 residents *

cases reported in Texas*

64,287

4,111

6.75%

1.79%

951,865 tests administered*

230,191 Hays County residents

*AS OF JUNE 1

SOURCES: HAYS COUNTY, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY AND MEDICINE, THE COVID TRACKING PROJECTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Area leaders put residents, students and co-workers first during pandemic

BY JOE WARNER

Leaders in Hays County were charged with protecting their residents, co-workers, businesses, teachers and students as the unknown threats of the coronavirus gripped the area. Several said it was the most challeng- ing time in their career. Others relied on military experience to help guide them,

and others said they were initially scared but jumped into action. “This was a little bit dierent than anything I’ve been through,” said Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams, who has experience as an emergency man- agement coordinator and led responses CONTINUED ON 34

KYLE MAYOR TRAVIS MITCHELL There is an extremely good entrepreneurial spirit that inspires people locally. Businesses are talking and working together.

San Marcos streets have more trac with reopening.

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