COVID-19 Update
Per Governor Abbott's Order last week, all businesses were able to expand to a 75% operating capacity this past Wednesday. Additionally, the Governor gave counties the authority to open bars to a 50% capacity for those with low COVID-19 hospitalizations starting Wednesday. However, Travis County has opted not to re-open bars at this time due to a recent increase in hospitalizations. Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe released the following statement on Wednesday:

“Based on the memo from Dr. Mark Escott, COVID-19 continues to be a threat to Travis County. In the past ten days, Travis County has seen an increase in hospitalized individuals, ICU bed utilization, and ventilator use. As such, I cannot in good conscience allow bars to reopen at 50% of capacity at this time. The risk to our public health is too great, especially now that students of all ages have returned to the classroom," he said.
“As we move forward, I will continue to work with Dr. Escott to reevaluate data collected and in fourteen days will determine if Travis County is in a position to safely reopen bars. Until then, I encourage everyone to continue practicing safety measures that will help us reduce the transmission of COVID-19.” Click here to read the memo from Dr. Escott.

As indicated by Judge Biscoe, the number of hospitalizations rose this past week, along with the number of cases in Travis County. There are 89 individuals hospitalized in our region with COVID-19, up from 80 reported last week. The number of daily hospitalizations on a seven-day average in our five-county area is sitting at about 16, up from close to 13 last week. Click here for more details on hospitalizations.

There have now been a total of 30,688 cumulative COVID-19 cases reported in Travis County. That number is up by 613 compared to this same time last week, 499 the week before that, and 672 the week before that one. It's estimated there are 781 active COVID-19 positive cases in the county, which is up from 690 reported last week. For the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738, 78669), there have been 656 cases identified to date, which is up by 14 compared to the same time last week, and up by 21 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.

Travis County continues with Stage 3 guidelines, including keeping gatherings to no more than 10 individuals and wearing a face covering in public. Also, please continue to social/physical distance between individuals not in your household, and wash your hand regularly. Thank you for continuing to follow these guidelines during this difficult and unusual time.

2020 Census Update
The window to take the 2020 Census closed yesterday (October 15), but there is still an opportunity to receive updates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data collected from the 2020 Census helps determine the allocation of federal dollars that help supply quality healthcare for families, safe roads for vehicles to travel on, and good schools for neighborhood children to attend. It's indicated that 99.9% of individuals have been counted in Texas from the combined self-response questionnaires and those enumerated in nonresponse follow-ups by canvassers. When breaking down just the self-response portion, the self-response rate in Lakeway is 75.3%, which is above the Travis County self-response rate of 67.1% and the Texas self-response rate of 62.6%. Click here for more details, including a link to sign up for updates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Last week we told you about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Residents are encouraged to use purple lights to help raise awareness and continue important conversations on how to end domestic violence. Travis County is hosting several virtual events the remainder of the month to help stop domestic violence, including a stand up paddle parade, video contest and a virtual documentary screening of "What Doesn't Kill Me." Click here for all of the details. Additionally, if you have questions or need assistance related to domestic violence, please reach out to our police department at (512) 261-2800 and we'll put you in touch with Kara McLeod, the city's Victim Assistant Coordinator. For emergencies, it's important to still call 9-1-1.
NEW: U.S. Flag Disposal Box

For those in need of properly disposing of their U.S. flags, the Lohmann's Ford Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has helped place a black-locked box on the front porch next to the entrance of the Heritage Canter (pictured above) for use by anyone in the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The box will allow you to safely place your U.S. flag for proper disposal. This is a free service. If you have any questions, please contact the Heritage Center at (512) 608-9533 or email
NEW: 'Zombieland' Screening Event

Lake Travis Film Festival (LTFF) is hosting an outdoor film screening at Star Hill Ranch (15000 Hamilton Pool Road) on October 29 starting at 6 p.m. of the 2009 movie "Zombieland." Please be aware the film is rated R. This is not just any film screening. It will also feature a costumer contest along with food and beverages. Tickets are $15, however LTFF members will receive free admission for themselves and a guest. Bring your costume, mask and chairs to this spooky event. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY (Oct. 11 - Oct. 17)

  • 539 BC: Babylonian empire ends after being overtaken by Persia
  • 1492: Christopher Columbus's first expedition makes landfall in The Bahamas
  • 1773: America's first insane asylum opens
  • 1775: Continental Navy (predecessor of the U.S. Navy) established by Continental Congress
  • 1783: First human ascent in a hot air balloon
  • 1792: The cornerstone to the U.S. Executive Mansion (White House) is laid
  • 1793: Queen Marie Antoinette of France is tried, convicted and executed for treason
  • 1793: Cornerstone of Old East at Chapel Hill laid; oldest state university building in U.S.
  • 1810: First Oktoberfest held by the citizens of Munich
  • 1811: First steam-powered ferry begins operation in New York harbor
  • 1821: The Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire is publicly proclaimed
  • 1846: The first ether anesthesia is administered during a surgical operation
  • 1884: The meridian of the Greenwich Observatory is established as the prime meridian
  • 1888: Louis Le Prince films first motion picture, Roundhay Garden Scene
  • 1890: The Daughters of the American Revolution is founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1892: The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many U.S. public schools
  • 1892: Edward Emerson Barnard discovers first comet by photographic means
  • 1901: President Theodore Roosevelt renames the "Executive Mansion" the White House
  • 1903: The Boston Red Sox win first modern World Series, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1907: Marconi begins first commercial transatlantic wireless service
  • 1910: Theodore Roosevelt becomes first U.S. president to fly in an airplane
  • 1923: The Walt Disney Company is founded
  • 1947: Chuck Yeager becomes first person to exceed the speed of sound
  • 1950: NASA launches first space probe, Pioneer 1, but fails to achieve a stable orbit
  • 1956: 1st commercial nuclear power station opens in England by Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis begins after photographs reveal Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba
  • 1964: Martin Luther King Jr. receives Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality
  • 1968: NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission
  • 1979: Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1979: The U.S. Department of Education is created
  • 1982: President Ronald Reagan proclaims a War on Drugs
  • 1983: Ameritech Mobile Communications launches first U.S. cellular network in Chicago
  • 1984: Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes first American woman to perform space walk
  • 1987: The AIDS Memorial Quilt is first displayed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1989: Wayne Gretzky becomes all-time leading points scorer in NHL

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