Coronavirus (COVID 19) Helpful Information

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Free Curative COVID-19 Testing in Buda & Hays County

COVID-19 Testing


Free COVID-19 testing is available in Buda through Curative! Please note the location change. The new location is the parking lot at Main Street and China Street near the public restrooms across from Main Street Dental. 

Walk-ups are welcome. This testing is available for ANYONE. You do not have to be experiencing symptoms.   

Schedule a time for testing:  Curative Testing Site in Buda 

All testing is provided by Curative; they're using non-invasive oral swab tests. 

FREE COVID-19 Mobile Test Site in Buda
*Parking lot at Main Street and China Street (near public restrooms) across from Main Street Dental
Buda
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 7 Days a Week!  

Other Curative Testing Sites in Hays County 

Kyle 
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Hays CISD PAC, 979 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle, TX

Dripping Springs 
Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
The Triangle, 151 Mercer St., Dripping Springs, TX

San Marcos 
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Ramon Lucio Park, 601 S. CM Allen Parkway, San Marcos, TX

Wimberley 
Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12, Wimberley, TX

You do not have to be experiencing symptoms. 

Outdoor Gathering Requests

Outdoor Gathering Proclamation
Please read this proclamation in its entirety before submitting a request. All requests will be reviewed by the Buda Mayor, pending their approval.

Proclamation Highlights
Most outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people, other than those set for in the Governor's Executive GA 28 are prohibited unless approved by the Mayor. Such approval can be made subject to certain conditions or restrictions not inconsistent with the Governor's executive order. Applicants shall follow the minimum standard health protocols recommended by DSHS found at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus..

Outdoor Gather Request Form

CITY OF BUDA TO REOPEN PUBLIC FACILITIES
ON MONDAY, SEPT. 28

BUDA, TX — SEPT. 16 - On Monday, Sept. 28, the City of Buda will reopen most public facilities. Although the number of COVID-19 cases are declining in Hays County, it is still important to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing to keep the community safe. Phone and online methods of communication are still encouraged.

Per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order, face coverings are required wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household. (Governor Abbott Executive Order Requiring Face Coverings

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.  

Buda City Hall and Public Safety Building  

  • City-sponsored public meetings may resume with strict social distancing practices in place and room capacity is limited to 25%. City Council and Boards and Commissions meetings may resume in-person meetings or virtual meetings.
  • No rental of indoor public spaces.
  • Daily disinfection cleaning.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Buda Public Library

  • The Library will reopen with limited hours at 25% capacity with a maximum of 30 patrons at a time for “grab and go” service. Library hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  
  • Library will continue to offer curbside pickup service. Buda Public Library Curbside Service will be Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. People who can’t pick up during those times can email librarian@budalibrary.org to arrange another pick-up time.
  • No in-person library programming.
  • No study rooms.
  • Use of Library public computers is by appointment only for one hour blocks for card holders. Computer pods will be disinfected after each use.
  • Daily disinfection cleaning
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Visitor Center (Stagecoach House)

Parks and Recreation

Notary Public Services

  • Notary Public Services are provided at the front reception desk. For additional questions, please call 512-312-0084.  

City Departments can be contacted directly at the numbers below:

Public Works (512-312-2876)

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

Parks and Recreation (512-523-1081)

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 payments may be paid online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/budatx or through the automated phone system at 1-866-279-0787. Additional ways to make utility payments include online through your bank, by mail to 405 E. Loop St., Building 100, Buda, Texas, or by utilizing the utility payment drop boxes at the front entrance of the building and near the library book drop. Customers can contact utility billing staff directly by email at utilitybilling@ci.buda.tx.us or over the phone at 512-295-8845.

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

Park Rentals: https://www.ci.buda.tx.us/154/Renting-a-Buda-Park

For more information on Buda Library Services:

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

Buda Public Library: www.budalibrary.org

Governor Abbott Announces Additional Texas Openings

Sept. 17, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott announced additional reopening plans for Texas. The determining factor in reopening is based on the percentage of hospitalizations in each of the state’s 22 regions. If COVID Hospitalizations are less than 15% of all hospitalizations for 7 consecutive days, then that region is safe enough to allow additional openings. The percentage of hospitalizations in the Austin region is 3.7%. Therefore, our region can precede with the additional openings outlined below.

The following business categories that currently have a 50% capacity can increase to a 75% capacity on Monday, Sept. 21:

  • All retail stores
  • All restaurants
  • All office buildings
  • All manufacturing
  • All Museums and Libraries
  • All Gyms

Effective Immediately:  

Hospitals in the Austin region can return to ordinary elective surgical procedures.

Thursday, Sept. 24

The Governor announced new visitation guidance for eligible nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, home and community-based service providers, and inpatient hospice effective Thursday, September 24th. Under the new rules, residents will be allowed to designate up to two essential family caregivers who will be provided necessary training to allow them to safely go inside a facility for a scheduled visit, including in the resident’s room, to help ensure their loved one’s physical, social, and emotional needs are being met. Designated caregivers will not be required to maintain physical distancing, but only one caregiver can visit a resident at a time.

A long-term care facility resident (or legal representative) can designate the essential caregiver, who can be a family member, friend, or other individual. Facilities are required to train essential caregivers on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other infection control measures. Proper PPE must be used at all times during these scheduled visits, and the caregiver must test negative for COVID-19 within the previous 14 days before the initial visit.

For general visitors who are not a designated essential caregiver, these updated emergency rules will allow approved facilities to schedule outdoor no contact visits, open window visits, or indoor visitation with the use of plexiglass safety barriers to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Physical contact between residents and general visitors is not permitted. Facilities also must continue to meet all additional visitation requirements outlined in the emergency rules.

Bars are not allowed to open at this time. Governor Abbott says bars are nationally recognized as COVID-19 spreading locations. He said they are focused on finding ways to get them open.

Governor Abbott added that citizens must continue the following safety practices:

  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Sanitizing your hands
  • Maintaining safe distances
  • Wearing a mask     

The Lower Rio Grande Valley, Victoria, and Laredo are not allowed to precede with additional openings due to the continued high percentage of COVID-19 Hospitalizations.    

 View the Governor’s Executive Order related to expanded capacity of certain services.

View the Governor’s Executive Order related to hospital capacity.

Governor Abbott Executive Order Requiring Face Coverings 

Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order in July 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. 

"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”

Governor Abbott Executive Order Requiring Face Coverings 

How is the City of Buda Enforcing Governor Abbott's Face Covering Executive Order?

City of Buda Enforcement of Face Covering Executive Order - VIDEO 

The City’s Code Enforcement Officer and Building Official are regularly monitoring commercial establishments that are open to the public in Buda. They will issue a notice to appear for those who continuously violate the executive order. 

If a person is in violation of the order, a first-time violator will receive a verbal warning. A second violation could result in a fine of $250, with each occurrence being a separate violation. Business owners, workers, and patrons would all be in violation of the order if they are inside a commercial building open to the public, without wearing a mask when social distancing is not feasible.

Additionally, patrons may be subject to arrest for criminal trespass, if they are not wearing a mask and refuse to leave a business after being asked to do so. Normally, if management calls the police, the police will ask the person to leave and provide a criminal trespass warning, if noncompliance continues the violator may be subject to arrest. The prosecution of criminal trespass would be handled by the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

Coronavirus Executive Orders From Governor Greg Abbott

https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus-executive-orders

Hays County Resources for Residents Impacted by COVID-19

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (April 14, 2020) – Hays County is sharing this list of resources for residents who have lost their jobs or need food, mental health support, or other assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources are also available for small businesses and nonprofits. Persons who need help and live within a city limit in Hays County should also check their city’s website for additional assistance that may be available. Texas State University students have resources available to them here.

If you don’t need assistance: most of these (and other) agencies and nonprofits appreciate monetary donations during this time, and some need volunteers as well as they are serving many more than their usual number of clients.

It’s important during this pandemic event to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Individuals feeling extra stressed, depressed, anxious, or concerned because of the COVID-19 pandemic can call the Texas Health and Human Services Commission mental health support toll-free hotline at 833-986-1919. It operates 24/7.

Residents can call a 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 in English and Spanish for symptoms, prevention, and treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms, call your health-care provider to describe your symptoms and get instructions. Do not drive directly to your clinic, urgent care center, or hospital. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms are severe.

The bipartisan CARES Act signed in March means that individuals and families within certain income ranges will receive financial assistance directly as will small businesses, healthcare providers, and others.

The Texas Workforce Commission has a lot of information about eligibility, programs, and a sign-up to get alerts about job opportunities especially for those who have lost their jobs because of COVID-19.

Some individuals could now be eligible for the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which provides funds to supplement family food purchases and has a limited program for single adults.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program can help eligible families with children (including a grandparent or other adult caring for a child).

The Hays County Food Bank holds drive-through and walk-up (social distancing is enforced) distribution locations for low-income families and persons experiencing a food emergency. Even if you do not meet the usual guideless for the Food Bank, if you have lost your job, or lost your sole provider, then you may be eligible for a set period of time. New clients are encouraged to call the Food Bank at 512-392-8300 to sign up beforehand to minimize time spent at the distribution sites.

The Women, Infant, and Children’s (WIC) program has temporarily expanded approved foods for clients who cannot find items typically on the program’s list. For more information or to apply visit the Central Texas WIC Facebook page or the WIC website.

The United Way for Greater Austin provides information about food, health, childcare and more. Call 211 to find help and resources related to COVID-19.

For those experiencing family violence, sexual assault, dating violence or child abuse in the community, the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center is ready to assist. Please call the 24-hour crisis HELPLine at 512-396-4357.

The Greater San Marcos Youth Council is offering resources for children and family members. Tips on reducing stress, activities for children, and other helpful information is online, and staff is available to help find additional resources.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is assisting employees in the food service industry who are experiencing hardships because of COVID-19.

AuntBertha.com is a free service that shows by zip code many organizations that can assist in a variety of ways, such as food, medical care, job training, and more.

Small businesses and nonprofits can apply through the Small Business Administration for emergency grants and a forgivable loan program for companies with 500 or fewer employees. There are also changes to rules for expenses and deductions so that companies can keep employees on the payroll and stay open in the near-term. Small businesses that already have SBA loans may get help for payments.

Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19
https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html

Hays County COVID-19 Hotline 

COVID-19 Hotline Available for Hays County Residents 

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. 

Additional information about symptoms and prevention is at  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 COVID19.  

Hays CISD Information

https://www.hayscisd.net/
 

Information From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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