COVID-19 Update
Travis County has an updated Order taking effect tomorrow, extending the previous county Order and mirroring the Governor's Order mandating face coverings and prohibiting groups of no more than 10 individuals. There are certain limited exceptions for both. Violations of the gathering portion of the County Order may be punishable by a fine up to $1,000. Violation of the Order regarding face coverings could be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Click here to review the latest County Order.

The Travis County area saw the highest number of reported cases in one day this past Wednesday (753). This week, Austin Public Health indicated that the Travis County area is now in a territory where Stage 5 could be triggered due to a further increase in hospitalizations this past week. There are currently 440 individuals hospitalized in our five-county Central Texas region, with a 1,500 hospital bed capacity for COVID-19 patients. Stage 5 (the highest stage for potential restrictions) can be triggered between 70 to 123 average hospital admissions during a seven-day rolling average. On Wednesday, average hospital admissions in a five-county area (including Travis County) peaked at 75.1, above the 70 mark threshold. On Thursday, that average did drop for the first time this week to 71.6.

There have now been a total of 13,864 cases in Travis County. That number is up by 3,169 compared to this same time last week, 3,598 the week before that, and 2,106 the week before that one. For the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738, 78669), there have been 229 cases identified to date. Click here for more details and to view the tracking tool, which includes an interactive map to see cases by your zip code.

Please continue to wash your hands regularly, practice physical/social distancing, and wear a proper face covering in public. Thank you for helping keep our community safe during this difficult and unusual time.

Policing In Lakeway
At Monday's Special City Council meeting, Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford gave a presentation giving a full overview of the Lakeway Police Department. The information included the full makeup of the police department staff, a breakdown of traffic violations and incidents over the past several years, and details about training the officers go through. The Lakeway Police Department has been a Recognized Agency by the Texas Police Chief's Association since 2010 (2010, 2014 & 2018). There are roughly 2,500 eligible Texas agencies, 170 of which are recognized. Of those, only 47 have been recognized three times. Click here to view the full presentation.
Businesses: Final Day To Pre-Apply
Today is the final day for businesses in the Lake Travis area to fill out the pre-application eligibility questionnaire for the potential $40,000 in grant money related to losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The questionnaire is the first step in determining whether you may qualify for this grant that could help with payroll expenses, rent and utility payments, among other eligible expenses. Click here to get more information and to fill out the questionnaire. Businesses in the area are also encouraged to fill out this survey from the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce.
NEW: Film Festival Planned In 2021

The Lake Travis Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Film Festival currently scheduled to take place in the Lake Travis area February 25 through 28, 2021. This will be the second year for the festival after a successful first event earlier this year. The festival is prepared to push the live event to June of 2021 depending on the state of the pandemic. Deadline for filmmakers and screenwriters to enter is September 4. Click here for more information.
NEW: Last Day of Early Voting

Today is the final day to early vote for the democratic primary runoff and special election, which includes the special election for State Senator District 14. The early voting location for the Lakeway area is Hudson Bend Middle School. The primary runoff and special election is scheduled for July 14, 2020. Election Day voting locations for the Lakeway area will be the Activity Center and Hudson Bend Middle School. Click here for additional details.
  • July 10, 1778: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain
  • July 10, 1850: U.S. President Millard Fillmore sworn in upon Zachary Taylor's death
  • July 10, 1890: Wyoming admitted as the 44th U.S. State
  • July 10, 1913: Death Valley, CA records highest temperature ever recorded (134F)
  • July 10, 1938: Howard Hughes sets new record flying around the world
  • July 10, 1940: Operation Husky (WWII) begins (Allies eventually take Sicily)
  • July 10, 1962: Telstar, the world's first communications satellite launches into orbit
  • July 10, 1978: ABC World News Tonight premieres on ABC
  • July 10, 1991: Boris Yeltsin takes office as first elected President of Russia
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