COVID-19 Update
Restaurants and retail establishments can go back to a 75% occupancy this week from 50% that was in place last week. Elective surgeries can once again resume at area hospitals as well. This is due to a section in Governor Abbott's statewide COVID-19 Order specifying that areas with hospitalizations of more than 15% of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital space must enact further restrictions. The number in our area fell below that 15% threshold this past weekend.

While vaccinations continue for groups 1A and 1B, doses of the vaccine remain limited statewide. Please continue to speak with your health care provider and sign up for waitlists that are available in the area if you qualify. We have several links set up on our website, including the pre-registration portal with Austin Public Health - the main hub here in Travis County. Please click here to connect to those resources. Additionally, Mayor Sandy Cox gave another update yesterday afternoon on the latest with COVID-19 vaccinations in the area. Click here to watch that video.

The number of reported cases and hospitalizations dropped again this week. There have been a total of 71,164 cumulative cases in Travis County, which is up by 3,598 compared with the same time last week and 3,815 compared with the week before that. Here is a further breakdown of the numbers:
 
ACTIVE CASES IN TRAVIS COUNTY
  • 4,859 this week
  • 5,298 last week
  • 5,920 week before last

LOCAL (78734, 78738, 78669 ZIP CODES)
  • 2,258 cumulative cases this week
  • 2,155 cumulative cases last week
  • 2,011 cumulative cases week before last
 
HOSPITALIZATIONS IN REGION
  • 511 this week
  • 560 last week
  • 603 week before last

ICU PATIENTS IN REGION
  • 151 this week
  • 162 last week
  • 179 week before last
 
Click here to review the COVID-19 case dashboard, which includes an interactive map to see cases by your zip code. Click here for more details on hospitalizations.
 
Travis County remains in Stage 5 restrictions. Please continue to social/physical distance between individuals not in your household, wear a proper face covering, and wash your hands regularly. Thank you for continuing to follow these guidelines during this difficult and unusual time.




February Special City Council Meeting Wrap-Up
A special City Council meeting was held this past Monday evening through video conference. Here were some of the highlights:

MAY ELECTION CALLED: City Council voted to adopt an ordinance ordering a general election on May 1, 2021 to elect a mayor and three city councilmembers, along with ordering a special election on that same date to consider reauthorization of a road maintenance sales tax. Click here to visit our online election webpage with more details.

PARKS MASTER PLAN ADOPTED: City Council unanimously voted in favor of adopting the City of Lakeway Parks & Open Space Master Plan. The last plan was adopted in 2008, and since then Lakeway's population has grown by more than 46%. As a result, the recreational needs have also increased and become more diverse, requiring an updated five to ten-year plan. Click the agenda packet link below and scroll to page 173 to view the plan.

ROUGH HOLLOW DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT: City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Rough Hollow Development Agreement Restatement. The agreement has been amended 8 times over the years since it was initially adopted in 1997. The city's focus in this amended and restated development agreement has been to implement water quality standards, impose some tree protection measures, and finalize the dedication of parkland, greenspace, and trails in the area. Click the agenda packet link below and scroll to page 336 to view the updated agreement.

If you'd like to view the full meeting from Monday evening, click here. Click here to review the agenda packet.
Victims Services Volunteers Needed
The Victim Services Unit of the Lakeway Police Department is seeking to fill six volunteer positions. The goals of the unit are to provide crisis stabilization and support services to Lakeway and Bee Cave victims, witnesses, survivors, and co-victims experiencing crime or trauma, in order to speed their recovery and aid them through the criminal justice process. The Victim Services Unit can assist victims directly as well as coordinate with other agencies in providing support, information, and resources that can effectively meet victims’ needs. These free services provide crime victims with a continuum of support from the initial crisis period through the investigative and judicial processes. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out an application through the city's
volunteer page. If you have any questions, please contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator Kara McLeod at karamcleod@lakeway-tx.gov.

NEW: Smash The Stigma Campaign

Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford participated with other Central Texas police chiefs in a video message released this week produced to help bring awareness to mental health wellness among our first responders. The #SmashTheStigma video was created by the Round Rock Police Department to let fellow first responders know it's ok to approach someone regarding their mental health. Click here to watch the video.
NEW: Scavenger Hunt Winners

The Good Time Scavenger Hunt wrapped up this past weekend with several winners. The scavenger hunt involved residents having to search for up to 10 clocks placed throughout City Park. By simply scanning a QR Code on just one of the clocks and submitting the entry form, residents were able to enter the contest. There were more than 1,000 entries into this popular contest. Click here to see the list of winners.
Now thru Feb. 7 (All Day)
Now thru Feb. 15 (All Day)