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Coronavirus Business Resources

As the economic development agency that serves the City of San Marcos and Hays and Caldwell counties, the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is working diligently during this time of uncertainty to support the business community throughout the Greater San Marcos region.

HAYS COUNTY CALDWELL COUNTY

 

GSMP is tracking the spread of the virus throughout Texas. Click here for daily data updates.


 

Is Hays County Ready and Able to Resume Business Operations?

On April 27, Governor Greg Abbott implemented the first strategic phase to safely reopen the Texas economy. The Greater San Marcos Partnership, in collaboration with the Hays County Task Force, is requesting the participation of business owners and leaders in the Hays County COVID-19 Recovery Survey.

Your input will allow us to gain insight on your situation and your ability to resume operations.

Please TAKE THIS SURVEY

CARES Act for Business in Greater San Marcos Discussion/Webinar

Thank you to those who attended the webinar on Thursday, April 16. You can download the PowerPoint Presentation shared by Lance Spruiell, Hill Country Market President of Texas Regional Bank and Jim Lloyd, Attorney & Shareholder of Winstead. To access a video recording of the discussion/webinar, please use this link. Then, enter the following password: b3^#VH?#

Hays County Task Force

Hays County public and private leadership have formed a taskforce to address the growing concerns around COVID-19. This team will work to better understand the impact of the virus on employers, employees, and residents to ensure current and future needs are met. The team will continuallly update this website with useful information to help ensure the business continuity while offering any available resources from the federal and state governments.

Hays County Task Force Members

 

Ruben Becerra, Hays County Judge

Lon Shell, County Commissioner

Mark Kennedy, General Counsel 

Alex Villalobos, Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator

Julie Snyder, President – Kyle Chamber of Commerce

J.R. Gonzales, President – Buda Chamber of Commerce

Jason Mock, President – Greater San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

Susan Kimball, President – Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce

Michaelanne Hurst, President – Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce

Paul Fletcher, CEO - Workforce Solutions Rural Capital

Rachael McGuire, Coordinator – Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (Hays and Caldwell County)

Jason J. Giulietti, President – Greater San Marcos Partnership

Caldwell County, in partnership with the GSMP, is contributing helpful information to this website on an ongoing basis to assist and support the business community during this unprecedented time as we address the challenges associated with COVID-19. 


 

Office of the Governor

Resources and updates from the State of Texas.

Governor's Report to Open Texas

A detailed report outlining new protocols, guidance, and recommendations for Phase 1 of reopening Texas's economy. 

See the full report here >> Texans Helping Texans

Executive Orders

Last update: 5.21.20

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GS-24) relating to the termination of air travel restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Last update: 5.8.2020

Governor Abbott, OneStar Foundation Announce Texas COVID Relief Fund

Governor Greg Abbott and the OneStar Foundation today announced the Texas COVID Relief Fund, which will provide critical funding and resources to organizations across the state working on the ground to support the economic recovery of local communities. Funds raised will be distributed through grants focused on the areas of community and economic development, healthcare, and education. Funds will also be used to support local priorities and organizations serving the unmet needs of vulnerable populations and underserved communities.

"There is nothing more powerful than Texans helping Texans, and the Texas COVID Relief Fund is another way we can come together to support those in need and help our communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Governor Abbott. "I thank the OneStar Foundation and their partners for their commitment to helping Texans through these trying times. By coming together and supporting one another, we will overcome this challenge." 

The Governor's Office of Economic Development & Tourism

Last update: 4.2.20

Dear Fellow Texans,

We hope you are continuing to remain healthy and safe during these uncertain times. Our office and community partners continue to closely monitor the current situation and are working hard to provide you with the latest information, updates and resources. Please review the below updates regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and related assistance regarding COVID-19 for small businesses. 


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES Act was passed by Congress on March 27, 2020. The programs and initiatives in the Act are intended to assist business owners and nonprofits with current needs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Following President Trump’s signing of the CARES Act, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury announced a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.

The Treasury and SBA expect to have this program up and running by April 3, 2020, so that businesses can contact a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day.

For a comprehensive guide on most of the small business provisions and programs included in the CARES Act, download the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.


Paycheck Protection Program

The CARES Act established a $349 billion SBA-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide immediate access to capital for small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The PPP is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed and assist with payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees or SBA fees. All loan payments will be deferred for six months. Most importantly, if employers maintain their payroll, certain portions of the loans can be forgiven, including payroll, interest on mortgage obligations, rent and utility payments.

Loans will be available through more than 135 existing SBA-certified lenders in Texas, including banks, credit unions and other financial institutions.

• Find a certified lender in your area: SBA’s local assistance finder
• Find out when you can apply: Treasury factsheet
• Find more information regarding PPP and loan requirements: SBA.gov/Coronavirus


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Update

Due to the CARES Act, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if a previous application was declined or still pending. For more information, visit the SBA’s website and apply for the loan advance here.


We urge you to contact our office if we can provide any additional information. Please continue to stay safe and healthy and we look forward to keeping you updated with the latest news and resources. You may continue to check in online at gov.texas.gov/business/coronavirus. For additional information on Texas’ response to COVID-19, visit gov.texas.gov/coronavirus.

-Governor's Economic Development & Tourism Office

#TexasBizStrong


Dear Fellow Texans and Economic Development Partners,

Please share this information with small businesses and non-profits in your area.

Today, Governor Abbott announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Next Steps: Small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL should visit the SBA’s website where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility.

For additional information on Texas business-related COVID-19 resources, including a list of required documentation for the SBA Loan process, visit gov.texas.gov/business/page/coronavirus.

We know this is a difficult time for all Texans. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if we can provide any additional information.

Stay safe, keep healthy and continue to check in with us as we provide the latest updates and resources.

#TexasBizStrong

-Office of the Governor, Economic Development Team

Waivers Issued by the Governor

Check out https://gov.texas.gov/news for the latest updates and resources.

Last updated: 3.24.20

Waivers Issued by the Governor (most recent on top)

 

Governor Issues Executive Order On COVID-19 Reporting

View Executive Order


Governor Issues Executive Order Increasing Hospital Capacity

View Executive Order


Governor Issues Executive Orders To Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

View Executive Orders


State Health Services Issues Public Health Disaster Declaration

View Declaration


Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster In Texas Due To COVID-19

View Proclamation

 

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Check out https://comptroller.texas.gov/about/emergency/ for the latest updates and resources. 

Last updated: 4.13.20

Help is Available

These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, 2020, due date.

We understand that virtually all of our taxpayers are doing their best to remain in compliance and be responsible in submitting the taxes they collected from their customers. With that in mind, our agency is here to offer assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February.

For businesses that find themselves in this situation, our agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.

We ask that you contact our Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due. 

We strongly encourage you to use our online tools, tutorials and other resources for tax services, and establish 24/7 account access on Webfile.

We’re standing by to help Texas businesses during these difficult times.

Business Assistance & Guidance

Information and resources for small businesses throughout the region.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Assistance and Guidance

Check out https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources for the latest updates and resources. 

Last updated: 5.21.2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.


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Paycheck Protection Program

Last update: 5.18.28

Paycheck Protection Program is now taking Loan Forgiveness applications for borrowers.

Click here for PPP Loan Forgiveness Instructions

 

Last update: 4.13.20

Check out https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp for the latest updates and resources. 

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions for Lenders and Borrowers

For affiliation rules applicable for the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.

The Interim Final Rule for Applicable Affiliation Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program information is being posted in advance of publication in the Federal Register.  The official version will appear in the Federal Register.

Frequently Asked Questions for Faith-Based Organizations Participating in the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

CARES Act

Last update: 5.21.20

The CARES Act Works for All Americans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries.

Assistance for American Workers and Families

Assistance for Small Businesses

Preserving Jobs for American Industry

Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

 

 

Updated: 4.14.20

CARES Act Bill 

CARES Act Works for All Americans

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Check out https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 4.13.20

Texas Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL, should visit the SBA’s website where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility

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This is the first of several economic relief tools that are being developed and will not be the last.  We ask that you partner you’re your Chambers of Commerce and EDC’s or in some cases directly with your small businesses to complete the worksheet so that Texas may qualify for this assistance.  Business that don’t participate in the survey at this time will still be eligible for benefits.  This initial effort is to begin the economic loss documentation so that Texas can start qualifying for assistance.  

Once the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is activated for Texas, all small businesses within affected counties will become eligible to apply directly through the Small Business Administration.  Counties not included in the original disaster declaration can also be added at a later time, but from previous disasters the earlier you report the more advantageous it can be.

-- Dowload the Economic Injury Worksheet Here --

All completed worksheets need to be e-mailed to TDEMPARecovery@tdem.texas.gov

 

 

Texas State SBDC

COVID-19 Announcement 

Governor Abbott has requested declaration of Economic Injury Disaster for all counties in the State of Texas.  The request and subsequent declaration triggers Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance to small businesses for injuries caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  All action is being coordinated by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.  This assistance in a low interest potentially long-term working capital loan and as such requires eligibility and repayment ability.  The application process for Economic Injury Disaster loan program Coronavirus (COVID-19) has not yet been made available, so pending those instructions, it is a reasonable assumption that the application will resemble that of previous Disaster Declarations. The following list of SBA Forms are part of the application packet in sequential order: SBA Form 5, 5C, ELA; SBA Form 413; IRS Form 4506-T; SBA Form 2202; SBA Form 1368; SBA Form p-003; SBA Form 912.

https://sbdc.mccoy.txstate.edu/Disaster-Recovery.html

Still have questions regarding SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Process, this webinar is for you. Join Texas State University SBDC's Executive Director Joe Harper as he discusses the latest information surrounding small businesses and COVID-19.

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

9:30am-10:00am

 

*Webinar to be hosted on ZOOM, with link to be sent out to all registrants on March 26, 2020.

REGISTER

America’s SBDCs are working to help small businesses address the business challenges of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

We suggest before you register for this webinar that you visit our website for up to date information regarding SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Process.

SBDC Resources

 
 

 


 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources & Toolkit

Visit https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus for the latest updates and resources.

Last updated: 4.13.20

 

Combating the Coronavirus

Our nation and our economy are facing an unprecedented crisis. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshalling its full resources to help companies continue to operate and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families, while mobilizing the business community to combat the pandemic.

Because no family and no business should go bankrupt as a result of the coronavirus.

 

RESOURCES & GUIDANCE


Help for Small Businesses

CO—Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Delivering the latest resources, advice and information to help small businesses navigate this challenging time, including financial aid guides, remote working tips, best practices, links to webinars and townhalls, and much more. Follow @GrowWithCo for the latest.

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Guide to Small Business Emergency Loans (PPP)

The CARES Act allocated $350 billion to help small firms keep workers employed. Called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans that can be forgiven if borrowers maintain or restore payrolls. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing limits, and apply using this guide.

Guide to Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

The CARES Act expanded the SBA’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), which includes additional loan programs and $10,000 emergency grants. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing limits, and apply using this guide.

  • Spanish version: Coming soon

National Small Business Town Hall Series

In partnership with Inc. Magazine, CO— is hosting weekly virtual townhalls to help small business owners and sole proprietors navigate financial aid and support programs and answer common questions. Register to attend the next virtual town hall.

For Treasury Department guidance, visit the agency’s Direct Assistance for Small Businesses page. 

 

Regional Partners

Updates from the chambers, cities, and counties in the Greater San Marcos region. 

Hays County
 
Last updated: 5. 22. 2020
 

Resources:

Most Hays County office lobbies are closed, but staff are still working to help you take care of your business with the County. See how County staff are working to continue serving our residentsPlease visit the webpage of the office you need to contact for additional information. They are located at the dropdowns on https://hayscountytx.com. 

Resources for Persons Affected by COVID-19. If you need food, funds, mental health support, a job, etc., take a look at this list of area resources. It includes info for small businesses and nonprofits, as well. Additional information from Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area for Jobseekers and Employers is also available.

 

Testing

A list of testing sites in Hays County is here.

Please note, individuals must get a health screening by a physician who may recommend testing for COVID-19. There are no walk-in/drive thru COVID-19 testing sites in Hays County. You must contact your medical provider or local ER and be approved for the test, then given an appointment and a location for a test.

Beginning April 29, free COVID-19 testing will be available for uninsured, underinsured, and indigent residents of Hays County who are exhibiting symptoms of the virus. See more information here. Note: anyone seeking testing must first go through a health screening with a physician.

 

HaysInformed

Our rolling list of notifications is at www.HaysInformed.com, where Hays County, cities, school districts, and law enforcement officials post emergency or critical information of interest to a countywide audience.

 

COVID-19 Hotline

Hays County residents can call a hotline for answers to their non-emergency COVID-19 questions. Operators are available in English and Spanish.  HOTLINE: 512.393.5525. This hotline is for answers to health questions about COVID-19 — safety practices, symptoms, quarantining, testing, etc. Operators cannot answer questions about the Stay at Home Order and Curfew, or other general questions.

Fact Sheet in English y español. Y mas:

Renewal requirements for SNAP & Medicaid temporarily waived.

Find out more about COVID-19 treatment and prevention in English. Información en español para la prevención y tratamiento de la Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

 

Beware Scams and Price-gouging

Hays County provided information about possible scams and price gouging during the pandemic.

The FDA is warning citizens about fraudulent COVID-19 Home Test Kits. More on test kits here.

 

Caldwell County

Check out http://www.co.caldwell.tx.us/page/caldwell.emergency.covid-19 for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 5.21.2020

City Information

For more information about what your city is doing to help combat (COVID-19), Please visit your city's websites:

City of Luling

City of Lockhart

City of Martindale

City of Uhland

City of Mustang Ridge

City of Niederwald

 

Caldwell County (COVID-19) Hotline

Information regarding (COVID-19) for Caldwell County residents. 

Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 

512-359-4637

After Hours Contact Form

If you have medical questions, please call the Ascension

(COVID-19) hotline at 833-919-1680

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: 

 

05.12.2020 Extended Resolution

Workforce Solutions (Hays & Caldwell Counties)

Check out www.workforcesolutionsrca.com/employers/covid-19-coronavirus-resources for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 5.21.20

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) EMPLOYER RESOURCES:

 

Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in Texas due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our communities, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) has temporarily closed all career centers within our nine-county region to public access.

What this means:

  • All WSRCA Career Centers throughout region are temporarily closed until further notice.
  • We will conduct modified business operations, maximizing virtual and telephone services to communicate with customers.
  • Career & Employer workshops will move to a virtual environment.

While we are temporarily closing our doors to public access, our talented teams will continue to ensure that our customers find world-class workforce solutions through our available services.

Jobs Now!

As Rural Capital Area Employers are contacting us with immediate job openings throughout our region, we are posting them by county, to our Jobs Now! tool, to connect job seekers to opportunities. 

If you are an employer who would like to have your openings added to this resource, please email our Business Services Team at businessservices@ruralcapital.net.

For open positions in Travis County, please visit our partners at Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

For Workers

Please visit our Job Seekers Resources Page: click here..

For Employers

Concerns about COVID-19 are impacting our local economy. 

For our business community, WSRCA can assist with customized proactive outplacement services or layoff aversion strategies at no cost. Rapid Response provides early business-focused intervention assistance designed to transition affected workers to their next employment. Our services are tailored to each company, based on the needs of the affected employees. 

Please email rapidresponse@ruralcapital.net, for more information on Rapid Response services for employers.

  • Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) COVID-19 Resources for Employers: click here.
  • TWC Unemployment Benefit Claims Help & Resources for Employers: click here.
  • TWC Claimants Guide to Filing for UI Benefits (In English/Spanish): click here.

 

Workforce Solutions of Hays County 

4794 Transportation Way Building 5 

San Marcos, TX 78644 

512-392-1291

 

Workforce Solutions of Caldwell County 

1711 S. Colorado St. Suite G 

Lockhart, TX 78644 

512-398-3491

 
San Marcos

Check out https://www.sanmarcostx.gov/279/Coronavirus-Information-and-Prevention for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 5.21.20

Lockhart

Check out http://lockhart-tx.org/page/Coronavirus_info for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 5.21.20

 

COVID-19 information and updates

The City of Lockhart is monitoring developments pertaining to the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. All information in this section is sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

 Common ways COVID-19 spreads

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not believed to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms of COVID-19

 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as many as 14 days after exposure. 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

For more information about what to do if you are sick, click here visit the CDC webpage.

** If you are concerned you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please contact your medical provider. **

At-Risk individuals

According to the CDC, some individuals are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract COVID-19. Those people include individuals to whom one or more of the following applies:

  • 65 or older
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased immune system

Prevention 

CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States. Read the CDC's guidelines here.

The CDC also offers the following tips for the public to protect themselves and their families.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, or into your flexed elbow. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, wash them immediately.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when your hands are not properly washed.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with normal household cleaning supplies such as bleach wipes and disinfectant sprays.
  • Practice social distancing. Social distancing involves staying away from other people to avoid catching or spreading illness. It's a fancy term for avoiding crowds and minimizing physical contact. This could mean avoiding concerts or weddings, skipping the handshake, and/or staying at least six feet away from others.
  • The CDC is now recommending people wear cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help prevent asymptomatic carriers from unknowingly transmitting it to others. This link from the CDC has information on how to craft your own mask from household materials: https://www.cdc.gov/…/prevent…/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

 

COVID-19 testing

Your doctor will help make the decision if you should get tested for COVID-19.

If you do not have health insurance, you can still get tested for COVID-19 if your doctor or healthcare provider recommends it.

For information about testing, you just need to call your doctor and/or access care the way you usually do. If you need help finding a doctor or accessing medical care, call 2-1-1 and they can direct you to low- or no-cost providers in your area.

For questions about COVID-19 testing, dial 2-1-1, then choose Option 6.

General questions

Dial 2-1-1 and select option 6 to speak with a Texas Health and Human Services representative. Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. The lines are open seven days a week.

Staying informed

City of Lockhart Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Jenkins is participating in daily calls with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to receive official updates.

It is easy to run into inaccurate information on the web. Visit one of the links below to educate yourself with trustworthy information.

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/default.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Kyle

Last update: 5.21.20

Visit their webpage for updates on the following:

-       Information regarding orders & ordinances

-       Rules related to COVID-19 in Kyle

-       State of Texas orders and recommendations

-       County and City of Kyle COVID-19 stats (confirmed cases & active cases)

-       Resources: Food, Housing, Money, Health & Legal

-       Recommendations 

-       Comprehensive list of city resources

-       Regional and federal websites

Buda

Last update: 5.21.20

Visit their webpage for the latest news:

 

Buda City Hall and Public Safety Building 
Open to Public With Limited Capacity 
Starting Monday, May 18  

BUDA, TX — May 11, 2020 - On Monday, May 18 Buda City Hall and the Public Safety Building will open to the public with limited capacity. It is strongly recommended that visitors wear masks. Social distancing practices will be in place. Phone and online methods of communication are still encouraged.

 

Buda City Hall and Public Safety Building  

  • Visitors are highly encouraged to wear masks.
  • Phone and online methods of communications are still encouraged.
  • City-sponsored meetings resume with strict social distancing practices in place. Room capacity limited to 25% for City Council and Boards and Commissions meetings.
  • No rental of public spaces.
  • Daily disinfection cleaning.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

 

Buda Public Library

 

Visitor Center (Stagecoach House)

  • Remains Closed to the Public.
  • Please call the Visitor’s Center with questions at 512-295-7170.

City of Buda Employees are following strict social distancing practices and will be wearing masks or face coverings to provide protection for co-workers and the public.  

As mentioned earlier, phone and online communications are still encouraged.

You can contact City Departments directly at the numbers below:

Public Works (512-312-2876)

Buda Police Department - Non-Emergency (512-393-7896)

Parks (512-523-1083)

Utility Billing (512-295-8845)

Municipal Court (512-295-2562)

Library (512-295-5899)

Planning, Permitting, and Engineering (512-312-5745)

Visitor’s Center (512-295-7170)

Utility billing and municipal court payments may be paid online here: https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/budatx. Additional ways to make utility payments include online through your bank, over the phone at 512-295-8845, and by mail to 405 E. Loop St., Building 100, Buda, Texas. Customers can also utilize the utility payment drop boxes at the front entrance of the building and near the library book drop. The utility billing e-mail that residents should use to communicate with utilities is utilitybilling@ci.buda.tx.us

Additional online resources:

Permitting and Inspections: https://www.mygovernmentonline.org/

Licenses, Permits and Fees: http://ci.buda.tx.us/297/Applications-Licenses-Permits-Fees

You can view City Council meetings online here:
https://www.ci.buda.tx.us/390/Council-Board-Commission-Meetings---VIEW

For more information on Buda Library Services:

Buda Public Library Electronic Resources: https://buda.biblionix.com/catalog/

Buda Public Library: www.budalibrary.org

Wimberley

Last update: 5.21.20

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information 

The City of Wimberley is dedicated to providing its residents, businesses, and visitors with the latest information concerning the Coronavirus Disease - 2019, often referred to as COVID-19. Due to the spread of the virus, a National Emergency was proclaimed by President Trump. Additionally, Governor Abbott has declared a State of Disaster for Texas, and Hays County Judge Becerra has declared a State of Disaster for Hays County. Mayor Susan Jaggers has also declared a Local Health Emergency for the City of Wimberley. These declarations provide to the Nation, State, County, and City an opportunity to utilize funding resources to combat the spread of the virus.

 

Dripping Springs

Last update: 5.21.20

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

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City of Dripping Springs to Create COVID-19 Disaster Relief Program for Businesses
Committee is being formed. Local input is welcomed. More details can be found here.

Governor Abbott Open Texas Report of May 18 - Opening Other Businesses
The Governor announced the next phase of opening businesses, including bars, 
summer camps, and more.
More Details Can Be Found Here

Open Texas Report from Governor Abbott
The Governor released a report regarding the committee to open back Texas during COVID-19. The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public- and private-sector business leaders to help achieve this mission.  Read the Complete Report below:
The Governor's Report to Open Texas

Governor's Order May 5 - Opening Salons and Other Businesses
Read Governor Order Here

Hays County Dashboard on All COVID-19 Cases
Hays County Dashboard

Luling

Last update: 4.24.2020

Dear Luling Businesses,

Attached is a $2,500 grant opportunity being made to Caldwell County area businesses through money the County has received from Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation. The Caldwell County Community Services Foundation will be evaluating these grants, but are using the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce as a fiscal agent as they have not been granted their 501 (c) 3 status at this time. This grant is Not funded by the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce and is available to ALL businesses in Caldwell County. Including Non-Members to any of our 3 area Chambers.

The Luling Economic Development Corporation has been working to create a separate grant using pretty much the same application format and hopefully they will have it approved following the LEDC Special Meeting on Wednesday April 22, 2020. The grant from the LEDC will be only for businesses in the City of Luling and Luling ETJ.

Please fill out both applications (EDC app coming soon, stay tuned!) if you qualify under the guidelines set in the applications. This notice is just to eliminate any confusion as the grant applications are using the same basic template.

Click Here For Application!

 

Last update: 3.13.2020

A local state of disaster is hereby declared for the City of Luling. The state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven days from the date of this declaration unless continued or renewed by the city counci. 

Official Declaration

Blanco County

Last update: 3.30.20

 

City of Blanco  |  Blanco County  |  Johnson City

City of Blanco

Due to recent developments regarding the COVID-19 virus, Blanco City Hall employees will be working remotely starting 03/30/2020. If you need to contact the department please call and select the corresponding extension. All departments will be answering calls and emails Monday – Friday from 8am - 5pm. If the department is unavailable please leave a voicemail so they may call you that same day. You may also contact them via email.

 

All online options will still be available by visiting: www.cityofblanco.com

Please call 830-833-4525 and select the below option to reach the corresponding department/representative.
Option 1 - Utilities & Permits – Olga Gamez – utilities@cityofblanco.com
Option 2 – Municipal Court – Kristyn Schones – courtclerk@cityofblanco.com
Option 3 – Finance & Human Resources – Paula Farley – finance@cityofblanco.com
Option 4 – City Secretary – citysec@cityofblanco.com
Option 5 – Public Works – Ronnie Rodriguez – ron_rod11@yahoo.com
Option 6 – Mayor – Martha Herden – mayor@cityofblanco.com

To reach Code Compliance, please email Will Daves at codecompliance@cityofblanco.com


Mayors Proclamation Declaring a Local State of Disaster (Posted March 18, 2020)

City Council State of Local Disaster Resolution (Posted March 19, 2020)

 

The city council's resolution states that the following regulations shall take effect immediately upon issuance, and shall remain in effect until the state of disaster is terminated:

City Hall (This will apply to both the Water Department and the Court Clerk)

  1. City Hall will be open to the public by appointment only.  

  2. All payments should be made online, mailed, or left in the drop box in front of City Hall. (Further information is available in the resolution.)

  3. The City will not execute any late payments or delinquent disconnect of water service for the month on March and April. 

OCCUPANCY OF PREMISES

  1. At-risk categories are encouraged to self-quarantine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

  2. Businesses are urged to implement the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for business operations.

  3. Restaurants practice recommended social distancing measures by not allowing groups of patrons to be seated within six feet of other groups of patrons.

  4. Per the Federal and State recommendations, gatherings of more than 10 persons are prohibited.

  5. The City will continue to monitor and consider guidelines and announcements from the County, the Center for Disease Control, the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas, and the White House.

PENALTIES – Federal and State recommendations suggest fines of $500 for violations.  The City of Blanco is encouraging our community to follow all Federal and State recommendations and will not impose fines for violations at this time.  


Utilities

Utility payments will be accepted by mail, drop box or online only. Please call 830-833-4525 or email utilities@cityofblanco.com to speak with a representative.

Municipal Court

The Court will be closed to the public. Please see the COVID-19 Municipal Court Notice for online and mailing options. You may also call or email the court to review your options. Email: courtclerk@cityofblanco.com

Defendants with court dates this month will receive a reset upon request. Anyone who does not receive a reset will be expected to call or email the court clerk. Once the reset is received the reset hearing notice will be mailed to you. Reset requests are available here. For your convenience reset forms are also available under the drop box at City Hall.

Austin Chamber Resource Toolkit

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

We urge Austin businesses to take precautions to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. We will continue to update this page with resources for businesses that need assistance in developing staffing, continuity, and other plans in light of this situation.

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