Austin, Texas – Editor’s note: Austin Mayor Steve Adler, along with health officials, provided the latest information on how the city is fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the press conference in the video above.
KVUE keeps you updated with the latest coronavirusAlso known as COVID-19, news in the Austin area.
Scroll down for the latest headlines and updates on the April 8 KVUE live blog.
2:15 a.m. – That Buda City Council votes to waive the cost of food trucks for the second quarter. The board also waived credit card transaction fees, utility late fees and utility outages for two months, and gave the Minds Inspired Arts Center two months of licensing fee release.
The Board also authorizes the Still Budaful Stimulus Program to help businesses that are negatively affected by the pandemic. Stimulus is a local economic development program approved under Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code to help reduce the economic pressures that are generated on local businesses. The total contribution between Kota Buda and Buda Economic Development Corporation amounts to $ 380,000, which allows eligible businesses to apply for the following assistance program.
Capital Area Workforce Solutions and Capital Workforce Solutions announced they are now supporting Central Texas businesses in finding resources that can help avoid layoffs during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, click here.
Rep. US Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Chair of the Way and Home Health Subcommittee, announced more than $ 4.6 million in funding for Austin community health centers. Secured under the CARES Act, the recently approved coronavirus aid package, these funds are sent through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) The People’s Community Clinic received $ 1,000,775 and the District Health District of Travis (Health Center) received $ 3,676,220.
1:52 a.m. – Austin Mayor Steve Adler, along with health officials, provided updates on how the city is fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
You can watch the full press conference at KVUE YouTube page:
1:45 a.m. – Bastrop County now reported 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 310 people under investigation. There was one death in the county.
1:30 p.m. – Governor Greg Abbott said Texas Military Department and Ameritech Prestige will partner to increase the production of face masks for healthcare workers. Abbott said the Prestige Ameritech 24-hour operation at its headquarters in Fort Worth will be managed in part by members of the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division and will produce around 2 million masks per week.
12:50 a.m. – Cedar Park announced it would close all city parks and trails at sunset on Thursday, until sunrise on Monday, April 13. In addition, Williamson County has closed the Brushy Creek Regional Line and its county parks for the same time period. City said the effort was aimed at tackling the spread of the corona virus during a busy holiday weekend.
12:40 a.m. – Austin Community College (ACC) announces that it will move all online summer classes for the summer semester 2020 to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of students and employees. All standard student support services will be available virtually including advising, free tutoring and technical support.
12:30 p.m. – Governor Greg Abbott announced at a press conference that Walgreens would soon begin offering a 15-minute drive-thru test for COVID-19 in Texas.
Governor Abbott also gave the latest number about COVID-19. He said that on April 8, 96,258 Texans had been tested for COVID-19 and of them, 9,107 had tested positive.
In addition, Governor Abbott said that 1,491 Texans had been hospitalized because of COVID-19 and there were 175 fatalities in the state.
12 am – Williamson County announced 10 new cases, bringing the total to 97. Forty people have recovered.
Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference about COVID-19 countries’ responses. Listen:
11:04 – That Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally, known as the ROT Rally, has been rescheduled for June 10 through June 13.
10 a.m – We Are Blood (WRB), the only provider and protector of blood to more than 40 hospitals and medical facilities in Central Texas, said it launched a plasma recovery (CPP) program to support local hospitals requesting plasma from COVID-19 patients who recover . Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients contains antibodies that might be useful for treating patients who are still struggling with the virus, according to the WRB.
9:20 AM – City of Taylor announced that parks, walkways and open spaces will be closed over the Easter weekend to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The closure takes effect at sunset, Thursday, April 9 and past sunrise, Monday, April 13, according to city officials. This includes all City parks, trails and green spaces – which include skate parks, pavilions, playgrounds, volleyball, basketball, tennis court areas and restrooms, as well as hiking and bicycle trails, open spaces and running trails. Signs, gate closures, and routine patrols will remind the park closure community, city officials added.
The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department also announced it will close city parks and trails at sunset on Thursday, April 9, until sunrise Monday, April 13. The decision to close these facilities and outdoor locations is an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the population from being exposed to the virus during busy holiday weekends, local officials told KVUE.
9:15 AM – The Airbnb Frontline inline program developed to allow each COVID-19 respondent to book a place to stay directly on the Airbnb platform, which includes eligible stays in the Austin area. According to Airbnb, through the Frontline stay program, the company’s host community helps provide housing for medical workers, aid workers and other first responders at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, including those who need a comfortable place to stay while serving or seclusion. Airbnb said they waived the fee for the first 100,000 stays booked through this program. The generous Airbnb host community has offered 100,000 homes for people responding to the pandemic, the company told KVUE.
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