COVID-19 Information and Prevention

COVID-19 testing sites & times for Hays County
COVID-19 testing sites & times for Hays County in Spanish
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September 17 - Governor Abbot Issues Two New Executive Orders, GA-30 and GA-31

Regions with 15% or lower COVID-19 hospitalization rates may reopen the following types of establishments to 75% capacity beginning on Monday, September 21: retail, restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing, museums, libraries, and gyms. Elective surgeries in those regions may resume, effective immediately. Additionally, nursing homes facilities, assisted living centers, state supported living centers, and other long-term facilities in those regions are allowed to reopen for visitation on September 24, providing they comply with certain health protocols and no new outbreaks occur. Bars are still not able to re-open.

September 11 - City to Reopen Parks, River Access, and Facilities on September 16

The City of San Marcos will reopen all public facilities, riverfront parks, neighborhood park playgrounds, athletic complexes, tennis and basketball courts on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 a.m. Children’s Park Playscape will reopen on Friday, Sept. 18 due to previously scheduled tree work. Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, and Rio Vista pool will remain closed.

For more information on reopening plans and safety guidelines, view the official press release on reopening.

July 10 - Mayor Jane Hughson Publishes a Public Health Advisory Related to COVID-19

Mayor Jane Hughson has issued her third Public Health Advisory related to COVID-19 requiring that all residents of San Marcos wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor space, whenever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing form another person not in the same household. Also, all persons in San Marcos should stay at least six feet from people not from their household, follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, and limit contact with public surfaces.

Anyone who violates the requirement to wear a face covering in the City of San Marcos is subject to a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation.

View the Mayor’s Third Public Health Advisory

JULY 2 - Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

Governor Greg Abbott has issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 

Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. The video can be downloaded at this link and can also be viewed on YouTube.

View the Governor’s Executive Order.

View the Governor’s Proclamation.

Stay updated on park openings and safety precautions

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Hays County COVID-19 Dashboard

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Mayor's Public Health Advisories and Orders


Information on the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is posted online here.

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COVID-19 HOTLINE:  512.393.5525

Available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Residents may call the hotline at 512.393.5525 with non-emergency COVID-19 questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Spanish speakers will be available.

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.