COVID-19 Update
The number of cases have dropped this past week in Travis County, along with hospitalizations. The seven-day moving average for COVID-19 hospital admissions went from close to 60 this time last week, to hovering around 40 as of the most recent update. There are currently 355 individuals hospitalized in a five-county area (including Travis County) according to the Travis County dashboard. That number is down compared with the same time last week when hospitalizations were at 438. Travis County remains in Stage 4 in regards to Austin Public Health's risk-based guidelines. However, the seven-day rolling average does teeter on Stage 3 restrictions.

City Council will meet in special session this coming Monday at 6:30 p.m. through video conference to discuss the city's upcoming FY 2021 budget. If you're interested in participating in the meeting, there will be instructions on the agenda for how to dial in during the citizen's participation portion of the item for which you wish to speak. The agenda will be posted later this afternoon. Click here to access the agenda center. The video will be broadcast and available to view from our website. Click here to access our video center.

There have now been a total of 20,465 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Travis County. That number is up by 1,526 compared to this same time last week, 1,956 the week before that, and 3,119 the week before that one. It's estimated there are around 2,421 active COVID-19 positive cases in the county. For the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738, 78669), there have been 392 cases identified to date, which is up by 36 compared to the same time last week, and up by 74 comparing with the week before that. 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.




Be Cautious If You Receive Unsolicited Seed Packets In The Mail
News reports this week have shown that individuals throughout the country are receiving seed packets in the mail from what appears to be originating from China. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) sent out a warning earlier this week about taking extreme precaution if you do receive unsolicited seed packets. The packets have been mailed to multiple states, including here in Texas, falsely labeled as jewelry. According to TDA, Residents are advised not to plant the seeds as they could contain harmful invasive species or be otherwise unsafe. In agriculture, an invasive species can destroy native crops, introduce disease to native plants and may be dangerous for livestock. If you do receive one of these packets, please report it to SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov and also let us know by emailing info@lakeway-tx.gov. Click here for more information.
Last Chance To Enter Fishing Derby
This weekend is your last chance to enter the city's Parks & Recreation Department Virtual Fishing Derby. Grab your rod and reel, and those in your immediate household in these final days, and try your skills on Lake Travis or another local body of water. Then, take a timestamped picture of your fish with a measuring device and send it to us at parks@lakeway-tx.gov. Prizes will be awarded for biggest, smallest and most unique catch. Entries must be received by noon on Sunday, August 2. Winners will be announced Monday. Click here for details and information about getting a fishing license, along with important information about Texas fishing regulations. Good luck!

NEW: RM 620 Median Project Beginning Soon

Starting August 10, crews with TxDOT are scheduled to begin construction of new medians on RM 620 from Bella Montagna Circle to Lohman's Crossing Road through the middle of Lakeway. This safety project will create new raised medians on the roadway, along with new safer turning options. TxDOT estimates the project will take about three weeks to complete. Crews will mainly complete the installation during the overnight hours to reduce congestion in the area. The project was originally scheduled to begin the end of May, but due to COVID-19, the start date was delayed. Once complete, the new project will look similar to the medians currently in front of the Wendy's near the intersection of RM 620 and Lohman's Crossing Road.
NEW: Deadline Nears for Additions to Spirit of Freedom Monument

There is just a few weeks left for applications to be submitted to have names added to the Spirit of Freedom Monument at Heritage Park. The monument is a tribute to the more than 1,000 past and current Lakeway residents who served during World War II, the Vietnam War and the Korean War. The monument was dedicated in September of 1995 during the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. This year will mark the 75th anniversary. If you're a veteran or a family member who knows of someone who should be included on the monuments, email us at history@lakeway-tx.gov or call (512) 608-9533. You can also click here to learn more and download the application. Deadline for submissions is August 15.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY (July 26 - August 1):
  • 762: Baghdad is founded
  • 1775: Founding of U.S. Army Medical Department & U.S. Post Office Dept.
  • 1789: Founding of Department of Foreign Affairs
  • 1788: New York becomes 11th state of the United States
  • 1790: First U.S. patent issued for a potash process
  • 1836: Arc de Triomphe inaugurated in Paris, France
  • 1854: USS Constellation, last all-sail U.S. Navy warship commissioned
  • 1858: United States and Japan sign Harris Treaty
  • 1876: Colorado admitted as the 38th U.S. state
  • 1914: German Empire declares war on Russian Empire at opening of WWI
  • 1930: Uruguay wins first FIFA World Cup
  • 1932: Walt Disney premieres first cartoon short in Technicolor, Flowers and Trees
  • 1946: Aloha Airlines Begins Service from Honolulu
  • 1950: Guam is organized as a U.S. commonwealth
  • 1956: In God We Trust becomes U.S. national motto
  • 1957: International Atomic Energy Agency & NORAD Created
  • 1958: National Aueronautics and Space Act signed into law, creating NASA
  • 1965: Social Security Act signed into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid
  • 1971: Apollo 15 astronauts become first to ride in a lunar rover
  • 1981: Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in London
  • 1981: MTV begins first broadcast airing "Video Killed the Radio Star"
  • 1990: Americans With Disabilities Act signed by President George H.W. Bush
  • 1995: Korean War Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 2012: Michael Phelps breaks record for most medals won at the Olympics
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