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

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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.

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FROMVICKI: To mask or not to mask … that is the question. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that wearing a mask cuts your chances of contracting or spreading coronavirus. But as we begin to accustom ourselves to our new normal and we start getting out more, I see so many people not wearing a mask, so I have to ask myself: “What am I missing?” This month’s Community Impact Newspaper is our annual Health Care Edition. You will nd information about local medical providers, which seems even more important this year. Our reporters have worked tirelessly to bring you the most current information on the virus, updates on openings, and sadly, closures of a few local businesses. I kindly urge you, our valued reader, to support our advertisers, both medical and nonmedical. They make it possible for you to receive the important information found here, absolutely free of charge, so you can make informed decisions to safely move forward with your family. While wearing a mask is not mandated, it is encouraged as we reopen our community. Stay well, everyone! Vicki Hayes, GENERALMANAGER

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

NOWOPEN 1 Kahvie Lofts , a third-wave coee shop, opened May 8 at 817 Chestnut St., Ste. 221, San Marcos. The coee shop features a menu inspired by a blend of dierent cultures with the intention to serve the best from everywhere, accord- ing to owner Sarah Nicotra. Some of the drinks oered at Kahvie Lofts originate from Australia, Cuba and Japan with an Italian espresso foundation. Kahvie Lofts will be adding waes, egg sandwiches and homemade pastries along with other light fares to its menu soon. For now, the coee shop is only oering online and walk-up orders. Kahvie Lofts plans to open its dine-in area in the rst week of June. 512-749-1003. www.kahvie.com 2 The CigarVault , a tobacco store at 210 N. Main St., Buda, opened in May. The tobacco shop features wine, craft beer and cigars. 512-361-3289. www.facebook.com/pg/ thecigarvaultbuda 3 Longhorn Daiquiris , a Kyle-born daiquiri and wing shop, opened on May 31 at 617 Aquarena Springs, San Marcos. The family-owned shop specializes in frozen alcoholic beverages but also features breakfast tacos, seafood, wings and burgers. www.facebook.com/ longhorndaiquiris COMING SOON 4 Austin Regional Clinic , a multi- specialty care group, will be opening a second location at 22420 I-35, Ste. 203, Kyle. The facility will oer family doctors, pediatricians and obstetrician care. The clinic is projected to open in summer 2020, according to ARC’s ocial website. 512-272-4636. www.austinregionalclinic.com 5 University Federal Credit Union , a nancial institution, will be opening a location at 4410 FM 1626, Kyle. UFCU provides a variety of nancial services, in- cluding loans, credit cards and insurance. The nancial institution is projected to be open in late 2020. 512-467-8080. www.ufcu.org 6 Gray Point Homes at Harvest Meadows, a townhome community at

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194C Fieldwood Drive, Buda, has begun construction and completed a few town- homes, according to representatives. The townhome community will feature a dog park, tness stations and a playscape. Representatives did not have a projected completion date for the project. 512-501-1166. www.graypointhomes.com 7 Fat Shack , the franchise specializing in burgers, sandwiches and wings, will be opening a location at 350 N. Guadalupe St., San Marcos. The franchise announced through its ocial website the launch of its new location in December 2019 with plans to open in April, but no further updates have been made since. www.fatshack.com 8 Marc Jacobs , a high-end clothing brand that features ready-to-wear gar- ments, handbags, accessories and beauty products, will be opening a location in late 2020 at 3939 I-35, Ste. 1335, San Marcos. www.marcjacobs.com 9 Babe’s Doughnut Co. , a doughnut shop from Bryan, Texas, will be opening a location at 214 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos. The shop specializes in doughnuts and coee. The opening date of the dough- nut shop has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to sta. 979-260-0277. www.facebook.com/ babesdoughnut

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CLOSINGS 17 Torchy’s Tacos , the Austin-based restaurant chain located at 301 N. Guadalupe St., San Marcos, temporarily closed in March. The restaurant oers full bar services as well as breakfast and main-course tacos made with pork, bris- ket, chicken and sh. The chain has not released information on when it plans to 18 Heartworks Co./Paper Bear , the local novelty and San Marcos souvenir store located at 218 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos, temporarily closed but will reopen June 5. In December owner Carol Powers, announced she would be retir- ing and had plans to close the novelty store permanently in spring 2020. The staple souvenir store in San Marcos oering art and handmade jewelry has been open for 41 years. 512-396-2283. www.paperbear.com 19 Schlotzsky’s , an Austin-born sand- wich chain, has temporarily closed one of its two locations in San Marcos. The location at 205 W. Hopkins St. has closed. The second Schlotzsky’s location at 1020 Center Point Road, San Marcos, remains open. The sandwich shop features salads, pizzas and soups. 512-392-5230. www.schlotzskys.com reopen. 512-757-8888. www.torchystacos.com

10 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen , an American chain restaurant, will be opening a location late in 2020 at 2540 I-35, San Marcos. The restaurant specializes in crois- sants, homemade chicken pot pie, fried chicken tenders and barbecue ribs. The restaurant was initially scheduled to open April 17, according to a sales tax permit. www.cheddars.com 11 Guard Dog Storage , a storage facility that rst opened in 2017 at 850 FM 2001, Buda, will be opening a location Sept. 1, at 250 Riverwalk Drive, San Marcos. The storage facility features drive-up storage access, standard and air-conditioned storage. www.guarddogstoragetx.com/ features 12 The View on the Square , an apartment complex located at 228 S. Guadalupe St., San Marcos, is scheduled to complete construction in mid-July, according to sta. The complex will provide 120 units and oer 390 beds. The complex will feature fully furnished units, a bike lounge with storage and a repair center. 512-738-8525. www.theviewonthesquare.com 13 A new apartment complex, Haw- thorne at Blanco Riverwalk , located at 191 Cotter Ave., San Marcos, is set to complete construction of its front oce and some apartment buildings in

August and nish full construction of the complex in winter 2020, according to sta. The apartment complex will oer 252 units and oor plans of one to three bedrooms. 512-714-9241. www.hawthorneatblancoriverwalk.com ANNIVERSARIES 14 Don Japanese Kitchen at 829 N. LBJ Drive, Ste. 101, San Marcos, cele- brated a year in business in April. The Austin-based restaurant oers authentic Japanese cuisine. 210-897-1850. www.facebook.com/donjapanese2 15 P. Terry’s Burger Stand , an Aus- tin-based burger chain, celebrated its one-year anniversary in May. The burger joint located at 515 Springtown Way in San Marcos features a 1950s-in- spired storefront. The restaurant oers vegetable, chicken and egg burgers. 512-216-6477. www.pterrys.com 16 STR8 Training , a personal training business owned by Hom Weusi, celebrat- ed its ve-year anniversary in April. The 24-hour gym, 24/STR8, at 2626 Hunter Road, Ste. 203, San Marcos, specializes in personal and small-group training. 512-216-0748. www.str8training.com

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Railroad Street construction in Buda Work includes closing sections of Railroad Street, reducing it to one lane of trac at times as The South Buda Water control and Improvement District No. 1 constructs a force main to serve wastewater needs of district residents. Timeline: May 11-mid-June 2020 Lehman Road in Kyle The $8 million project is more than 66% complete and includes construction of a bridge across Plum Creek, drainage infra- structure, lighting, new sidewalk and a turn lane near the Hailee Drive and Brutus Street intersections. Timeline: February 2019-August 2020 Travis Street/Heritage drainage outfall improvements, San Marcos The drainage, utility and street improve- ments along MLK, Armstead, San Antonio and Travis streets are complete, and res- toration of the Dunbar Park area is being completed for the $3 million project. Timeline: March 2019-June 2020

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IN SAN MARCOS Reopening parks San Marcos reopened selected river and trail parks May 22 with some restrictions.

BY EVELIN GARCIA

Abbott are only recommendations and are therefore not enforceable by criminal penalty.” “The impacts are many, but the most notable are understandably confusion on the part of the customer as to what is required and what is merely suggested,” Stapp said when asked about what impact limited power to enforce safety guidelines would have in the community. Local ocials were also challenged with a rise in park activity and large group gatherings as the local econ- omy reopened. Between May 1 and 2—the rst weekend the state relaxed restric- tions—465 warnings were issued by local park rangers for people violat- ing park closures; additionally, 39 citations were given during that same time period, according to a report from the city. Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Jamie Lee Case said that the department “[has] seen more and more people entering closed parks, which is why these numbers are increasing.” According to Stapp, enforcing social distancing with police enforcement would not work, as national and state trends have shown.

HOURS OF OPERATION: HOURS: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Almost a month after the economic shutdown brought on by the corona- virus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott has started to relax restrictions in phases, allowing businesses and parks to slowly reopen. This slow revitaliza- tion of the economy has presented some challenges to the local govern- ment in San Marcos. When Abbott’s executive order became eective May 1, allowing retail stores, movie theaters, restau- rants and malls to reopen at 25% occupancy, the city saw a rise in warnings and citations issued to peo- ple violating park closures, according to a report from the city. In addition, complaints against local businesses not complying with recommended safety guidelines were reported to the city. Director of Public Safety Chase Stapp told City Council members at a May 5 meeting that he would seek guidance from the governor’s oce on how the local government could enforce the recommended safety guidelines with business owners. “We were hoping to receive clari- cation from the governor’s oce as to whether or not the recommenda- tions in his order were enforceable by local ocials,” Stapp wrote in a statement to Community Impact Newspaper . “That clarication never came, so we made the decision locally that only the occupancy restrictions are enforceable.” According to Stapp, “the mini- mum health safety protocols from

DAYS: seven days a week

WHAT’ S ALLOWED AT THE PARKS? ALLOWED: Only recreational activities will be allowed at the parks. Those activities include along the river and swimming or oating. RESTRICTIONS: No group gatherings or sunbathing will be allowed.

MAJOR PARKS THAT ARE OPEN: • Rio Vista Park • City Park • Dog Beach • San Marcos Plaza Park • Juan Veramendi Plaza Park

• William & Eleanor Crook Park • Hays County Veterans Memorial • JJ Stokes Park and Ramon

Lucio Park, including the San Marcos Wildlife Annex • skate park and tennis courts at Rio Vista Park

CITY PARKS THAT REMAIN CLOSED: Bicentennial Park, Children’s Park, Thompson’s Island, Cape’s Dam and the Dog Park; playgrounds, basketball courts and pavilions in all parks will remain closed along with the Rio Vista Pool

DATES: 420424 425426 427430 501502 503508 509510 511515 516517

CITATIONS Breaking down the

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Warnings issued in San Marcos parks as the state started reopening May 1 and 2 were almost ve times higher than the warnings given at the beginning of that week.

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Instead, “[enforcement personnel] will continue to do what they normally do when parks are fully open and address more serious ordinance viola- tions,” Stapp said.

SOURCE: CITY OF SAN MARCOS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Hays & San Marcos CISDs

COMPILED BY EVELIN GARCIA & JOE WARNER

DISTRICTS SET GRADUATIONS FOR JUNE 25-26, JULY 17 Hays CISD has planned graduation ceremonies June 25-26 at Shelton Stadium. Each family will be allowed two tickets and ceremonies will also be livestreamed. Live Oak Academy will have services 10 a.m. June 25; Hays High School at 8 p.m. June 25 and Lehman High School at 8 p.m. June 26. San Marcos CISD set in-person graduation ceremonies for 8 p.m. July 17, at San Marcos High School Stadium. A parent-led parade was held for 2020 graduates of San Marcos High School on May 29. Hays CISD June 15 and June 22 at 5:30 p.m. www.hayscisd.net/site/ Default.aspx?PageID=194 512-268-2141 • www.hayscisd.net San Marcos CISD June 15 and July 20 at 6 p.m. www.smcisd.net/domain/159 512-393-6700 • www.smcisd.net VIRTUALMEETINGS WE COVER

TOUGH BUDGETS Local school districts grapplewith budgets for 2021 Board mulls 2%-3% raise for teachers next year

1% raise for SanMarcos teachers narrowly passes SANMARCOS CISD Teachers and administrators in San Marcos CISD will receive a 1% raise for the 2020-21 school year. The district’s board of trustees voted in the raise at its May 18 meet- ing. Hourly employees will receive a raise of $0.50 per hour. The raise will cost the district about $844,000, according to James Barton, interim assistant superin- tendent of business and support services at SMCISD. Board members approved the pay increase by a 4-3 vote. “We’re heading into an unknown, but we’re not heading off to a known cliff yet, and if next year’s budget [is] awful, we might be in so much red that we won’t have the luxury to do this,” school board President John McGlothlin said before voting to approve.

The new fiscal years for San Marcos CISD and Hays CISD begin July 1 for the 2020-21 school year. The budgets will be passed during June meetings.

HAYS CISD Two scenarios presented for an early June budget workshop would give Hays CISD teachers a 2% raise or 3% raise for the upcoming school year. Members of the board of trustees reviewed the options in a list of budget assumptions produced by district Chief Financial Officer Randall Rau. Board members said they will give a critical eye to the new budget, which will begin with the new fiscal year July 1. The district’s total revenue budget is projected to be $185.85 million, with more than $88 million from local revenue, $95.5 million from state revenue and $2.2 million from federal revenue. Expenditures are starting at $187.89 million. The scenario with a 2% raise lowers expenditures to $186.35 million for the next fiscal year.

NEW FISCAL YEAR: JULY 1

WAGE INCREASES

SMCISD

1% for teachers, administrators

Approved Denied Pending

HCISD

2% or 3% for teachers

Approved Denied Pending

WAGE INCREASE COST

SMCISD

HCISD

$844K

$3M or $4.51M

PROJECTED DEFICIT AS BUDGET WORK CONTINUES

SMCISD

HCISD

$1.14M

$2.04M or $500K

SOURCES: HAYS CISD, SAN MARCOS CISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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CITY& COUNTY

News from San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and Hays County

QUOTEOFNOTE “OVERALL, I’MFEELING VERYCAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC THAT WEAREBEING RESPONSIBLEWITH THEDIRECTION PROVIDEDTOUSBY OURGOVERNMENT.” RUBEN BECERRA, HAYS COUNTY NUMBER TOKNOW the rst two days of reopening the economy, May 1-2, per Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased plans. 465 The number of warnings issued by San Marcos on CITY HIGHLIGHTS SANMARCOS The City Council through an emergency ordinance in May allowed a temporary parklet program that allows businesses in downtown San Marcos to convert on-street parking spaces into outdoor seating for commercial use, additional space for eateries and retail. KYLE New stop signs were installed in May at the three corners of Scott Street and West Allen Street near the library. The city will further study a plan that would add a roundabout to the intersection to allow for a continuous ow for trac. JUDGE, TO COMMISSIONERS COURT MEMBERS ON MAY 19 SANMARCOS Several parks were open for active recreation by the end of May, with several still closed in the city. Ocials worried that without the ability to police social distancing, many visitors will violate the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. San Marcos City Council June 16 and July 7 at 6 p.m. 630 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos 512-393-8000 www.sanmarcostx.gov Kyle City Council June 16 at 7 p.m. 100 W. Center St., Kyle 512-262-1010 • www.cityoyle.com MEETINGSWE COVER

Cities, countycontinuesteady gain in latest censusnumbers

Sales tax allocation shows rise inHays County, several cities

BY JOE WARNER

28,016 in 2010 to 48,393 in 2019. The 2020 census work continues. Hays County, too, has seen sub- stantial population growth since 2010. According to the census data, 230,191 resided in Hays County in 2019, up from 157,107 in 2010, a 46.52% increase. In mid-May it was reported that 52.6% of Hays County residents had responded to the 2020 census. The self-response timeline has been extended to Oct. 31 due to the coronavirus.

BY JOE WARNER

HAYS COUNTY At the 2010 cen- sus count, the city of San Marcos had a population of 44,894. Nearly a decade later, 64,776 people call San Marcos home, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on May 20. This represents a 44.29% increase. The city of Buda had a population of 7,295 in 2010. It was reported at 16,906 residents in 2019, an increase of 131.75%. Kyle has seen an increase of 72.73%, going from

HAYS COUNTY Sales tax alloca- tions for the month of March were up year over year from 2019 despite a majority of businesses closing in mid-March due to the coronavirus. April numbers will better reect the impact of a full month of business closures; this has led to munici- palities and departments cutting expenditures where possible. April numbers are expected in the rst week of June. Data from the Texas Comptroller’s Oce released May 6 showed gains in 2020 for Hays County, San Marcos, Kyle and Buda. Dozens of Texas counties had lower sales tax revenue in March after restaurants, retail and service businesses were forced to close for the last two weeks of the month under state mandate. The city of San Marcos took in $3.74 million in March as compared to $3.04 million a year earlier for a gain of 23.03%. Year to date, San Marcos is 15.49% ahead of 2019. For San Marcos, sales tax counts for 44% of general fund revenue for 2020. Kyle had sales tax revenue increase from $765,827 in 2019 to $870,437 this year, a gain of 13.66%. Year-to-date numbers are up 12.83%. Buda saw gains from $653,407 to $672,682 in March, a gain of 2.95%. For the year, Buda is 14.62% ahead in sales tax allocation from last year. Hays County had a net payment of $2.27 million as compared to $1.9 million in 2019, a gain of 19.47%.

POPULATION GROWING

46.52% Hays County population increased by

Hays County, along with San Marcos, Buda and Kyle, have grown steadily in population since the 2010 census. The census bureau recently released 2019 numbers. Here is the comparison: 2010 2019

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BUDA

KYLE

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SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Process continues for $425K inspecial funding

BY EVELIN GARCIA

the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and must be used to prevent and prepare for coronavirus, including economic and health impacts. Projects ben- eting lower-income individuals will be prioritized.

SANMARCOS In May, the city of San Marcos accepted applications for funding from the $425,261 Community Development Block Grant for Coronavirus Response. CDBGCV funds come through

Cityallows residents touse their ownscooters

BY EVELIN GARCIA

Scooter companies that fail to comply with the ordinance will receive a ne of no more than $2,000. Similarly, people operating a motor-assisted scooter owned by a scooter company will be subject to a ne of up to $50. The ordinance also gives the city permission to impound scooters found on public property with a ne of $50 per day.

SANMARCOS City Council members approved an ordinance at a May 19 meeting that will ban the use of motorized scooter-sharing services but still allow residents the use of their own scooters. The ban for motorized scoot- er-sharing services was put into eect immediately.

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Health Care Edition 2020

Data and information on health care trends in Hays County

COMPILED BY JOE WARNER

CORONAVIRUS CASE ANALYSIS

HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT HAYS COUNTY

Hays County ranked highly on length of life out of 244 counties in the state. However, the county ranked near last in the state for physical environment, which includes drinking water violations and housing problems.

Hays County showed a peak in cases the week of April 14-20 with 53. Cases listed as community spread were 96.3%. Cases were 57.8% female and 42.2% male.

CASE BREAKDOWN

NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES PER WEEK

HOWHEALTHY IS YOUR COUNTY?

Hays County

March 31-

April 6: 25 April 7- April 13 33 April 14- April 20 53 April 21- April 28 26 April 29- May 5 22 May 6- May 12 30 May 13- May 19 24 May 20- May 26 41 May 27- June 1 38

Active cases 43.88%

• LENGTHOFLIFE • QUALITYOFLIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE: These rankings are updated annually but in- clude data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed below.

Total cases: 335

1.19% Deaths

290

967

54.92% Recoveries

12

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Total hospitalizations

Current hospitalizations

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HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICALCARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMICFACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICALENVIRONMENTFACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

2020 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS (out of 244 counties)

CASES BY AGE

8 9

0-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80+

6 18 81

Health outcomes

Length of life

47 38 38 25 25

66 50 63 29 12 10

Quality of life Health factors Health behaviors

All coronavirus data is up-to-date as of press time June 1. For updated coronavirus data and information, go to communityimpact.com.

Clinical care

Socioeconomic

SOURCES: COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG, HAYS COUNTY, ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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