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Hays County COVID-19 Update March 31 - 10 Additional Cases
03/31/2020

 Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 31, 2020)The Hays County Local Health Department reports 10 additional lab-confirmed cases overnight and today, and four more patients who are cleared/recovered.

 

As of March 31, 2020, at 4pm:

 

Lab Confirmed

Negative

Pending

Recovered

Active Cases

Hospitalizations

38

228

15

10

28

5 total, 4 current

AGE RANGE

Female

Male

Total

0-9 yrs

0

0

0

10-19 yrs

0

0

0

20-29 yrs

5

0

5

30-39 yrs

5

3

8

40-49 yrs

5

3

8

50-59 yrs

5

8

13

60-69 yrs

3

0

3

70-79 yrs

0

1

1

> 80 yrs

0

0

0

 

23

15

38

Travel Related

7

No Travel Reported

29

Interview Pending

2

 

38

 

 

Continued below

Total Cases

Active Cases

Austin

3

1

Buda

9

6

Driftwood

0

0

Dripping Springs

2

1

Kyle

12

11

San Marcos

12

9

Wimberley

0

0

Woodcreek

0

0

Total

38

28

 

*Note: Some Hays County residents have Austin addresses

Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.

 

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The County’s COVID-19 info is here, and as in any emergency situation www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. Many City websites also have information for their residents.

 

 

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HHSC Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
03/31/2020

NEWS RELEASE

 Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Phil Wilson

HHS Executive Commissioner

 

Date: March 31, 2020 

Contact: Elliott Sprehe, 512-462-6350

Elliott.Sprehe@hhsc.state.tx.us


HHSC Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line


AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.


“Through this new effort, we are connecting Texans with mental health professionals who can help provide support to those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed,” said Sonja Gaines, Deputy Executive Commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services. “It can be helpful to talk to someone when you are facing anxiety, depression and stress, which are not uncommon to experience in the face of a rapidly changing situation like a pandemic.”


Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline.


“It is important to recognize how our mental health can be affected by the pandemic,” said Sen. Jane Nelson. “The mental health support line for COVID-19 will go a long way to ensure Texans who are struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues can access the care they need.”


For general health-related information and precautions on COVID-19, people can visit the DSHS webpage and the CDC webpage. To stay up-to-date on the latest news impacting HHS services and regulated providers, people can visit the HHS COVID-19 webpage.


For more information on mental health resources, find your local mental health authority here.

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Hays County March 30 Update: There are Now 18 Active COVID-19 Cases, 6 Persons Have Recovered
03/30/2020

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 30, 2020)The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of two additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in Hays County to 18. A total of 24 cases have been lab-confirmed, six of whom have recovered. All positive cases reported are adults.

 

Lab Confirmed

Negative

Pending

Recovered

Active Cases

Hospitalizations

24

210

17

6

18

4 total, 3 current

AGE RANGE

Female

Male

Total

0-9 yrs

0

0

0

10-19 yrs

0

0

0

20-29 yrs

3

0

3

30-39 yrs

4

2

6

40-49 yrs

4

3

7

50-59 yrs

1

5

6

60-69 yrs

2

0

2

70-79 yrs

0

0

0

> 80 yrs

0

0

0

 

14

10

24

Travel Related

5

No Travel Reported

19

 

 

Total Cases

Active Cases

Austin*

2

1

Buda

5

4

Driftwood

0

0

Dripping Springs

1

0

Kyle

6

5

San Marcos

10

8

Wimberley

0

0

Woodcreek

0

0

Total

24

18

 

*Note: Some Hays County residents have Austin addresses

 

Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminds citizens that most persons who contract the disease will have low to moderate fever, a cough, and congestion, typically treated with over the counter medications as there is no specialized treatment for COVID-19 like there is with Influenza. The majority of persons who contract this disease will not need to seek medical care. Residents with these symptoms should self-quarantine until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.

“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and persons over 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms, as should persons with high fevers or shortness of breath.

Good hygiene practices are essential:

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The County’s COVID-19 info is here, and as in any emergency situation www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. Many City websites also have information for their residents.


Hays County: 3 New Positive COVID-19 Cases as of March 29, Bringing Total to 16
03/29/2020

 

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 29, 2020)The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to 16. All positive cases are adults.

Lab Confirmed

Negative

Pending

Recovered

Active Cases

Hospitalizations

16

170

9

6

10

3 total,

2 current

AGE RANGE

Female

Male

Total

0-9 yrs

0

0

0

10-19 yrs

0

0

0

20-29 yrs

3

0

3

30-39 yrs

4

1

5

40-49 yrs

2

2

4

50-59 yrs

1

2

3

60-69 yrs

1

0

1

70-79 yrs

0

0

0

> 80 yrs

0

0

0


11

5

16

Travel Related

4

No Travel Reported

12




(Continued below)

Total Cases

Active Cases

Austin*

2

1

Buda

5

4

Driftwood

0

0

Dripping Springs

1

0

Kyle

5

4

San Marcos

3

1

Wimberley

0

0

Woodcreek

0

0

Total

16

10

*Note: Some Hays County residents have Austin addresses

 

Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminds citizens that most persons who contract the disease will have low to moderate fever, a cough, and congestion, typically treated with over the counter medications as there is no specialized treatment for COVID-19 like there is with Influenza. The majority of persons who contract this disease will not need to seek medical care. Residents with these symptoms should self-quarantine until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.

 

“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and personsover 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms, as should persons with high fevers or shortness of breath.

 

Good hygiene practices are essential:

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The County’s COVID-19 info is here, and as in any emergency situation www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. Many City websites also have information for their residents.

 


Hays County Reports 12th & 13th Positive COVID-19 Cases - One More in Dripping Springs
03/26/2020

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 26, 2020) – The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to 13. All 13 positive cases are adults. One is a resident of Dripping Springs and one is a resident of Kyle. In addition, as of 4 p.m. March 26, the Hays County Local Health Department has received 131 negative test results and 21 test results are pending (note that these test results are frequently changing numbers). One of the original positive cases has recovered and is out of quarantine.

 

The breakdown of cases by city as of 12 p.m. March 26 is:

Austin (some Hays County addresses are Austin) – 1

Buda – 3

Dripping Springs – 3

Kyle -4

San Marcos – 2

 

Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminds citizens that most persons who contract the disease will have low to moderate fever, a cough, and congestion, typically treated with over the counter medications as there is no specialized treatment for COVID-19 like there is with Influenza. The majority of persons who contract this disease will not need to seek medical care. Residents with these symptoms should self-quarantine until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.

 

“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and persons over 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms, as should persons with high fevers or shortness of breath.

 

Good hygiene practices are essential:

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The County’s COVID-19 info is here, and as in any emergency situation www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. Many City websites also have information for their residents.

 

 

 


Hays County Reports 10th COVID-19 Case - March 25
03/25/2020

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 25, 2020)The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of an additional confirmed case of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to 10. All 10 positive cases are adults, and the 10th case is a resident of Buda.

 

The breakdown of cases by city as of 12 p.m. March 25 is:

Austin (some Hays County addresses are Austin) – 1

Buda – 3

Dripping Springs – 1

Kyle -3

San Marcos – 2

 

Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminds citizens that most persons who contract the disease will have low to moderate fever, a cough, and congestion, typically treated with over the counter medications as there is no specialized treatment for COVID-19 like there is with Influenza. The majority of persons who contract this disease will not need to seek medical care. Residents with these symptoms should self-quarantine until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.

 

“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and persons over 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms, as should persons with high fevers or shortness of breath.

 

Good hygiene practices are essential:

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The County’s COVID-19 info is here, and as in any emergency situation www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. Many City websites also have information for their residents.

 


Hays County Reports 11th COVID-19 Case - Dripping Springs - March 25
03/25/2020

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 25, 2020)The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of an additional confirmed case of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to 11. All 11 positive cases are adults, and the 11th case is a resident of Dripping Springs.

 

The breakdown of cases by city as of 12 p.m. March 25 is:

Austin (some Hays County addresses are Austin) – 1

Buda – 3

Dripping Springs – 2

Kyle -3

San Marcos – 2

 

Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminds citizens that most persons who contract the disease will have low to moderate fever, a cough, and congestion, typically treated with over the counter medications as there is no specialized treatment for COVID-19 like there is with Influenza. The majority of persons who contract this disease will not need to seek medical care. Residents with these symptoms should self-quarantine until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.

 

“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and persons over 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms, as should persons with high fevers or shortness of breath.

 

Good hygiene practices are essential:

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The County’s COVID-19 info is here, and as in any emergency situation www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. Many City websites also have information for their residents.


Hays County Judge Implements ‘Stay at Home, Work Safe’ Order and Curfew for Hays County Residents
03/25/2020

Hays County Judge Implements ‘Stay at Home, Work Safe’ Order and Curfew for Hays County Residents beginning 11 p.m. March 26

 

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 25, 2020) – Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra today issued a countywide order for Hays County residents to stay-at-home beginning at 11 p.m. March 26 through 4 a.m. April 10. A curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. during the same timeframe is also in effect and exempts essential workers. The Order could be rescinded or extended as necessary.

 

In the Order, day care facilities that serve essential workers can remain open, with restrictions on how they operate in order to help ensure children and employees do not spread the virus. Healthcare businesses, grocery stores, hardware stores, news media, gas stations, restaurants offering to-go and/or delivery of food, and many other essential businesses will not have to close. Persons providing electrical, plumbing, and other essential services can continue to work, as can those who work from home.

 

All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, but nothing in the Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit. People may still go outside to exercise - walking, hiking, running, dog-walking, etc. - provided they practice social distancing guidelines and keep six feet of space between themselves and others who do not live in their same households.

 

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said, “I have been working with the mayors in Hays County to design a Stay at Home, Work Safe Order that everyone is comfortable with, and worked tirelessly with our General Counsel to make the Order easy to understand.”

 

The entire Order, with all the exceptions and inclusions, can be read here.

 

Hays County encourages residents to get information from qualified sources such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The County’s COVID-19 info is here, and as in any emergency situation www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. For non-emergency questions about COVID-19 residents can call the countywide hotline, which has both English- and Spanish-speaking operators, at 512-393-5525. Many City websites also have information for their residents.


Hays County Reports 8th & 9th COVID-19 Cases
03/24/2020

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 24, 2020)The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to nine. All nine positive cases are adults.

 

One of the new positive cases and one who previously tested positive live in two separate households in Buda with people connected to Hays CISD’s Carpenter Hill Elementary School. It is not believed that the persons who tested positive were on the campus themselves prior to spring break. Hays CISD has notified parents and employees.

 

 According to Hays County Local Health Department Epidemiologist Eric Schneider the risk of transmission is low for those on the campus, but he recommends that all staff and students monitor themselves for symptoms until March 27th, 2020. Those symptoms typically include fever, cough and congestion.

 

One of the new cases is a Buda resident while the other new case has yet to be interviewed and that person’s city of residence is unknown at this time.

 

The breakdown of cases by city as of 4 p.m. March 24 is:

Austin (some Hays County addresses are Austin) – 1

Buda – 2

Dripping Springs – 1

Kyle -2

San Marcos – 2

City unknown (patient not interviewed yet) – 1

 

Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminds citizens that most persons who contract the disease will have low to moderate fever, a cough, and congestion, typically treated with over the counter medications as there is no specialized treatment for COVID-19 like there is with Influenza. The majority of persons who contract this disease will not need to seek medical care. Residents with these symptoms should self-quarantine until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.

 

“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and persons over 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms, as should persons with high fevers or shortness of breath.

 

Good hygiene practices are essential:

 

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The County’s COVID-19 info is here, and as in any emergency situation www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. Many City websites also have information for their residents.

 


Farmers Market to be Held March 25 - CDC Rules Will Be Followed
03/23/2020

The City, in consultation with the City Attorney, Hays County, and our Emergency Management Team, will hold the Dripping Springs Farmers Market this week, Wednesday, March 25, at Veterans Memorial Park/The Triangle.

 

The City is continuing with the Market in order to provide access to healthy food which is critical to the community and the people of Hays County, while recognizing that additional measures need to be implemented to protect the residents, vendors, and staff. 

 

The Farmers Market will follow the CDC guidelines, the Governor’s order from last week, and the County’s order related to events. To that end, the City’s Emergency Management team is working with the Farmers Market Manager to ensure that the Market follows these guidelines:

 

  • The Farmers Market will move back to its regular home at the Triangle, so that it is completely outdoors and takes place in wide open spaces.
  • Vendor booths/tents will be spaced so that vendors and participants remain 6ft away from each other.
  • Only food vendors will be allowed to exhibit.
  • Hand sanitizer and handwash stations will be available.
  • There will be no sampling allowed and there will be no self-serve areas.
  • There will be no seating areas or entertainment activities.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to congregate between booths or in any area of the Market.
  • Visitors must wait in their cars until the Market opens.
  • The Market will be following other CDC guidelines, including:
  • If you are sick, you may not attend.
  • People over 65 and those with a compromised immune system are advised not to attend.

According to Farmers Market Manager, Laurel Robertson, “The Farmers Market team is working diligently to ensure a safe shopping experience for the community while continuing to provide access to the food that nourishes our families, sustains the businesses of our producers, and enriches our local economy - especially during challenging times.”

 

The Farmers Market will be held at The Triangle on Wednesday, March 25, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email farmersmarket@cityofdrippingsprings or call 512-858-4725.


COVID-19 Hotline Available for Hays County Residents
03/23/2020

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.


Hays County Reports 7th COVID-19 Case
03/22/2020

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 22, 2020)The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of one additional case of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to seven. The person had contact with someone who had already tested positive.

 

The adult person was on the San Marcos High School campus on March 12, 2020 and was asymptomatic (not displaying symptoms) at the time, but later developed symptoms of fever and tested positive for COVID-19. San Marcos CISD has already sent notification to its employees  and student families.

 

According to Hays County Local Health Department Epidemiologist Eric Schneider the risk of transmission is low for those on campus, but he recommends that all staff and students on campus monitor themselves for symptoms until March 26, 2020. Those symptoms typically include fever, cough and congestion.

 

 

The breakdown of cases by city as of March 22 is:

Austin (some Hays County addresses are Austin) – 1

Buda – 1

Dripping Springs – 1

Kyle -2

San Marcos - 2

 

 

Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminds citizens that most persons who contract the disease will have low to moderate fever, a cough, and congestion, typically treated with over the counter medications as there is no specialized treatment for COVID-19 like there is with Influenza. The majority of persons who contract this disease will not need to seek medical care. Residents with these symptoms should self-quarantine until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.

 

“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and persons over 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms, as should persons with high fevers or shortness of breath.

 

Good hygiene practices are essential:

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as 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 COVID-19.

 

 

 


Daycare Centers Closed by Order of Judge Ruben Becerra in Coordination with City Officials Countywide
03/20/2020

One of the ways that COVID-19 spreads is through person-to-person contact. There are a lot of businesses impacted by closures, and one of the best ways to get them all back up and running is by social distancing, which is extremely difficult to manage in a daycare facility.

 

The Governor has issued an Order limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons during the same timeframe as the Judge’s Order, and the County and cities are doing their best to break the cycle of CORVID-19 spread by closing day care facilities in Hays County for the approximate two-week timeframe.

 

The Order by Judge Ruben Becerra on March 19, begins at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20 and lasts until 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3. This Order could be extended or rescinded.

 

Friday, March 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. is the last time/day that child care facilities in Hays County can be open during the timeframe.

 

This order does not include at-home businesses or childcare at private residences with no more than 10 persons total in the home. Residents of any home are requested to practice social distancing and allow at least 6 feet of space between occupants who are not related, and to isolate anyone showing symptoms.

 

 


Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders In Accordance With Federal Guidelines To Mitigate Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas
03/19/2020

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state. These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will aid in the state's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Governor Abbott was joined for the announcement by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

 

Commissioner Hellerstedt also announced that he has declared a Public Health Disaster which will give state and local officials additional tools to respond to COVID-19. The Governor's Executive Orders, combined with the Public Health Disaster, provide Texas with enhanced tools and protocols to help state and local partners in their ongoing efforts to respond to, track the progress of, and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Texas. 

 

"The State of Texas is at a pivotal moment in our response to COVID-19, and it is imperative that we act now on preemptive measures to slow the spread of this virus," said Governor Abbott. "One of the most effective ways we can do this is by promoting more social distancing and ensuring Texans avoid large group settings such as bars, restaurants, gyms, and schools where the risk of spreading COVID-19 is high. We must also continue to protect our most vulnerable populations, which is why the State of Texas is barring all visitations at nursing homes and retirement or long-term care facilities except in the case of critical assistance. Today’s executive orders are precautionary measures that are in line with guidelines from the CDC and they will strengthen Texas’ ability to safeguard our communities and respond to COVID-19. As Texans, we must continue to work collaboratively to slow the spread of this virus and protect public health."

 

The following orders have been issued by Governor Abbott: 

 

  • Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
  • Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

 

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

 

This executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted, and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services. 

 

For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVD-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this executive order will expire.

 

Under Chapter 81 of the Health and Safety Code, Commissioner Hellerstedt's Public Health Disaster Declaration triggers a number of important tools for state and local officials to respond to COVID-19:

  • Texas and local health authorities can more easily require property owners to disinfect, decontaminate, and seal off property that might be contaminated.
  • It authorizes health authorities to take additional control measures that they see fit to control and eradicate the threat to public health. 
  • It streamlines the process for state and local health authorities to invoke the courts to enforce quarantines of individuals.
  • Activates enhanced tools for DSHS to collect disease and health information and to share that information with law enforcement personnel and first responders as appropriate.

 


City of Dripping Springs Residents to See Temporary Change in Bulk Trash Collection Beginning March 23 Through End of April, Due to COVID-19 Precautions City to Provide an Alternative for Residents with Bulk Items
03/19/2020

Beginning Monday, there will be some temporary changes to bulk waste collection for City of Dripping Springs residents. Our City provider for waste collection, Waste Connections of Texas, has announced they will begin temporary suspension of residential bulk and brush services and will limit their Residential Recycle and Trash Services to collection of only contents within the carts.

 

This means bags and bundles that are placed outside of carts will be excluded from collection during this time. (See graphic below.) Waste Connections is suspending the residential bulk service to minimize the risk of exposure for their employees through manual collection or “pickup by hand”.

 

The change to go “cart only” will start Monday, March 23, 2020, and continue for six weeks, through April 2020.

 

All else remains the same. Residents will still have the same trash and recycle collection days. It’s just “Cart” service only.

 

To help the residents who may have excess bulk items and trash, the City has asked Waste Connections to provide a 30-Foot Roll-Off dumpster and is placing the dumpster at Dripping Springs Ranch Park beginning Monday. This Roll-Off dumpster is for residential trash only and not for hazardous waste materials.

 

The change in service is for residential service only. For business and commercial customers, there are NO changes in your service from Waste Connections, it remains trash collection as usual.

 

For non-City residents who may also be using Waste Connections as a private customer, please contact Waste Connections to see if your service will be changing.

 

You can find the complete notice from Waste Connections on our Emergency Management page here. If any questions, please contact Waste Connections at 512-282-3508 or you can call the City at 512-858-4725.


Hays County Reports More COVID-19 Cases
03/18/2020

 Hays County Reports More COVID-19 Cases, Reminds Residents to Maintain Health Practices

 

 

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TXAs of March 18, 2020, the Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of 5 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus.

 

Four of the patients had recent travel days before their symptoms began, so it is believed that they came into contact with a positive COVID-19 case outside of Texas. One of the newest cases did not have any travel history before becoming ill and did not knowingly come into contact with any other confirmed case, so it is believed that we have community spreading in Hays County.

 

Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminds citizens that most persons who contract the disease will have low to moderate fever, a cough, and congestion, typically treated with over the counter medications as there is no specialized treatment for COVID-19 like there is with Influenza. The majority of persons who contract this disease will not need to seek medical care.  Residents with these symptoms should self-quarantine until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.

 

“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and persons over 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms, as should persons with high fevers or shortness of breath.

 

Good hygiene practices are essential:

 

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

Judge Becerra reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as www.HaysInformed.com,  the Texas Department of State Health Services, and from the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English.

 

 


Founders Day Festival and Other Events Cancelled
03/18/2020

DRIPPING SPRINGS, TEXAS March 18, 2020 – Following an order by Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra and the recently released guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, all city-sponsored events and all events at City facilities, including all events at Dripping Springs Ranch Park have been cancelled until May 14, 2020. This includes the City’s Annual Founders Day Festival. It also includes the Farmers Market for this week. Future Farmers Markets are being evaluated to see if that event can comply with the guidelines stated in Judge Becerra’s order.

 

The City will work with the Founders Day Commission to help with the cancellation of the event. All craft and cook-off vendors, along with sponsors, will be contacted by the Commission.

 

The organizers of events scheduled at Ranch Park will be contacted and where the City can accommodate, new dates will be determined. The City will work with each organizer on logistics and monetary obligations. It is the City’s intent to work with each business to help as much as possible.

 

Vendors of the Farmers Market will be contacted by the City’s Farmers Market Manager who will continue to keep them updated on the status of that weekly event.

 

Dripping Springs understands the need to protect the health and safety of its community, employees, volunteers, and visitors to our area.  Per Dripping Springs Mayor Todd Purcell, “While we understand the disappointment that our community will have over the cancellation of our events, the health and welfare of our citizens and those who visit our wonderful community are our top concerns.”

 

Also, at last night’s Council meeting, the Dripping Springs City Council adopted new policies as they pertain to emergencies and COVID-19. The policies will allow the Mayor and City Administrator to act during an emergency to protect the health and safety of the City’s residents, businesses, visitors, and staff.  These policies include:

 

Administrative Leave for City Staff
Administrative leave is leave that an employee needs when other types of leave are inapplicable or unavailable. This update would allow the City Administrator or Mayor to authorize administrative leave when appropriate for city staff, which may be needed during this event. 

 

City Hall and Facility Closure Policy for City Staff

This policy allows the City Administrator, in consultation with Mayor, the Emergency Management Coordinator, and Hays County, to close City Facilities if it makes sense to do so. It would include closure for inclement weather or an illness such as COVID-19. It also allows an employee to request to work remotely if they feel it is unsafe for them to travel to work.

 

City Facility Closure and Refund Policy
This policy allows the City Administrator, in consultation with Mayor, the Emergency Management Coordinator, and Hays County, to close City Hall, City Parks, or City Facilities if it makes sense to do so. It would include closure for inclement weather or an illness such as COVID-19. It also allows an individual whose event is cancelled to receive a refund from the City.  For information regarding a cancelled event and a refund, please contact kschmidt@cityofdrippingsprings.com

 

Declaration of Local Disaster
The City Council voted to declare a local state of disaster for Dripping Springs pursuant to Section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code. The declaration is similar to what counties and cities are doing across the state. It allows the City government access to funds and resources that might be required while the coronavirus is affecting lives, businesses, and most aspects of everyday life. It also can be used should the City need to change any city regulations or enforce restrictions related to the disaster declaration.

 

Following the adoption of the policies, the decision was made that City Hall offices and Ranch Park offices will remain open to serve our community. However, all City offices will be closed to walk-in customers. City services will still be offered, as many of the City services can be done via online and by phone, such as permits and applications.

 

Mayor Purcell, “This is a challenging time for not only our citizens but our business owners and those who do business with the city. We want to make sure we do our part to make this situation as easy as we can for our partners. We will remain open to serve our community.  We just must do it in a way that’s best for everyone.”

 

At this time, the City is still encouraging our citizens to follow the guidelines generally recommended by the CDC:

  • Wash hands often and for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs and other places touched often.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • When out in public, maintain a social distance of a few feet if you can. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so safe distance can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
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The City will post updates related to COVID-19 on our website and Facebook pages.

 

Here are some other links to more general information you may find useful:

 

 

The health and well-being of our community is our highest priority. We understand the uncertainty of the situation and encourage our citizens to remain informed on these issues. We also encourage our residents and businesses to work together in meaningful ways to provide for those who are affected by the various closures and cancellations being reported in our area. We are always stronger working together.

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 512-858-4725.


Application for Hotel Local Occupancy Tax Grant Funding Begins
03/16/2020

Application period for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Local Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Funding Program
is open beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 through Friday, May 01, 2020.

The City of Dripping Springs is accepting applications for Local Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Funds for projects that directly enhance and promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. 

Projects must increase overnight stays in the area and meet one of eight categories for expenditure: 1) convention and visitor centers; 2) convention registration; 3) advertising the city; 4) promotion of the arts; 5) historical restoration and preservation; and 6) sporting events; 7) transportation systems for tourists; 8) signage directing tourists to sights and attractions; or 9) promotion and preservation of dark skies. The grant guidelines and application are available at City Hall, 511 Mercer Street, on the website at 
cityofdrippingsprings.com under Public Notices, or at Dripping Springs Ranch Park located at 1024 Event Center Drive. 

Applications are due by 5:00 pm, May 01, 2019.  Please call (512) 858- 4725 if you have any questions about this program.


COVID-19 and the City of Dripping Springs Update -- First Presumptive Case In Hays County
03/14/2020

March 14, 2020, 12:30pm

 

Today, Hays County officials reported the County’s first presumptive case of COVID-19. The patient has been released from the hospital and will self-quarantine at home until they are fever-free for 48 hours without use of fever-reducing medication.

 

You can read the complete Hays County press release here: Hays County COVID-19 Press Release

 

The City of Drippings Springs sent out a press release yesterday and you can read that press release here: Dripping Springs Press Release, March 13, 2020

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 512-858-4725 or email the Emergency Management Department at emergencymanagement@cityofdrippingsprings.com.


COVID-19 and the City of Dripping Springs
03/13/2020

DRIPPING SPRINGS, TEXAS – March 13, 2020 – As the news of the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, the City of Dripping Springs wants our community to know that we are actively monitoring the situation and will report updates to our community as information becomes available.

 

Currently, no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the City or in Hays County. Our Emergency Management Department is in daily contact with the Hays County Local Health Department (LHD), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will continue to actively monitor the situation.

 

At this time, the City is not cancelling City events or closing City facilities. Additionally, City services will continue. The City is discussing operational changes to help protect our community, staff, and volunteers from the spread of COVID-19. The City Council will discuss some of these issues at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. The City will continue to communicate with health officials and will notify our community of what we learn and changes that are made as the information develops.

 

At this time, we encourage our citizens to follow the guidelines generally recommended for cold and flu season:

 

  • Wash hands often and for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs and other places touched often.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • When out in public, maintain a social distance of a few feet if you can. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so safe distance can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

 

The City will post updates related to COVID-19 on our website and Facebook pages.

 

 

Here are some other links to more general information you may find useful:

 

 

The health and well-being of our community is our highest priority. Precautions to avoid the spread of the virus should be taken, but this is not a time to panic. You can and should live a relatively normal, daily life. We understand the uncertainty of the situation and encourage our citizens to remain informed on these issues. We also encourage our residents and businesses to work together in meaningful ways to provide for those who are affected by the various closures and cancellations being reported in our area.

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 512-858-4725.

 



Dripping Springs' Fire Insurance Classification Improves
03/11/2020

City of Dripping Springs’ Fire Insurance Classification Improves

Improvement Could Mean Savings for City Business Owners and Homeowners

 

DRIPPING SPRINGS, TEXAS – March 11, 2020, – Based on survey results from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), the City of Dripping Springs has been reclassified in its fire insurance rating, going from a Public Protection Class 03 to the improved rating Public Protection Class 02. This new classification could mean savings in insurance costs to both homeowners and business owners within the City of Dripping Springs.

 

ISO is the leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry.  The survey and classification are part of the ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program (PPC). This program plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. Many U.S. insurers – including the largest ones – use PPC information as part of their decision making when deciding what coverages to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance.

 

The classification is a direct result of the information gathered during a recent survey of the City of Dripping Springs’ improved fire suppression efforts. The survey looked at many factors including water supply, hydrant locations and flow, fire department training and response, fire station locations and equipment, and more. Through this research and loss experience analysis, ISO identified additional differentiation in fire loss experience within their PPC program and the City of Dripping Springs, which resulted in the revised classification. 

 

North Hays County Fire/Rescue Chief Scott Collard announced the rating and the good news at last night’s Dripping Springs City Council meeting. Per Chief Collard, “Over the last few years, the City Building Department has been diligent in ensuring that fire safety is an integral part of the building and planning stages of all growth in the city. Also, our Fire/Rescue team has been diligent in our inspections of new businesses, increasing public fire education, making sure we have adequate personnel and equipment for the growth and more. All of this has helped create a safer community and now, an improved classification rating.”

 

Most insurers use PPC classification for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial and industrial properties. The new classifications will improve the predictive value for insurers while benefiting both commercial and residential property owners.

 

This new classification is only for the City of Dripping Springs and not in the outlying areas. The best way for a property owner to determine if their rates may be affected is to look at their taxes paid. If a business owner or homeowner pays taxes to the City of Dripping Springs, their rates may be affected, as rates depend on the individual insurance carrier. Along with the possible rate reduction, it’s important to note that in Texas, any reduction in insurance rates realized as a result of a community’s ISO PPC would apply to the property owner’s entire annual premium, not just the fire portion, as it does in other states.

 

With the growth of the City over the past few years, the new classification is even more of a reason to celebrate. Per Collard, “The improved rating highlights the great efforts of the City and the North Hays County Fire/Rescue to make sure as the City’s population increases, that we continue to meet the demands of all that growth.”

 

The improved classification also puts Dripping Springs in the top 4% of the cities in the United States.

 

Business owners and homeowners are encouraged to contact their insurance company to see if their rates will be affected by this change, keeping in mind that the new rating may take as long as 6 months to go into effect.


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