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Hays County enacts shelter-in-place order and daily curfew as COVID-19 cases climb

Hays County enacts shelter-in-place order and curfew to curb COVID-19

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Hays County is closing all county-owned parks, including Jacob's Well Nature Preserve. Photo by Richard Alexander

Hays County has its 10th confirmed case of COVID-19 and is enacting a shelter-at-home and curfew order for residents. Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra announced the order on Wednesday, March 25, saying it will be similar to those of other Central Texas counties. 

"This is a necessary next step to stop the spread," Becerra said on Twitter.

Though the county has yet to release exact details, it is calling it a shelter-at-home order. Along with that will come an 11 pm curfew for residents.

If it follows the orders of nearby counties, including Travis and Williamson, residents should expect to be inside their residence unless it's to obtain essential services, such as getting food or medicine. Additionally, all non-essential businesses must close.

In addition to enacting a shelter-at-home order and curfew, Hays also announced on Wednesday that it was closing all county parks — including Jacob's Well, Five Mile Dam Parks, and the Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve.

As mentioned, this comes alongside news of Hays' 10th confirmed case of COVID-19. According to Becerra, more than half of those cases have been "confirmed community spread." 

Of those 10 cases, three are in Kyle, three are in Buda, two are in San Marcos, one is in Dripping Springs, and one is in Austin (some Austin addresses are in Hays County).

Go here for the latest updates from Hays County about COVID-19.