COVID-19 Update
This week, certain businesses such as restaurants, gyms and retailers were able to open to a 75% capacity from a 50% capacity. Additionally, nursing homes and other similar facilities were able to open to visitations, with some exceptions still in place. Those updated Orders from Governor Abbott were announced last week. Click here for that information. There have been no additional updates to those statewide Orders this week.

The number of new cases has remained relatively steadily (with a slight uptick in the Lake Travis area in the past week). The number of hospitalizations has also remained about steady after several weeks of declining numbers. There are 86 individuals hospitalized in our region with COVID-19, down from 87 reported last week. However, the number of daily hospitalizations on a seven-day average in our five-county area rose slightly to about 16 average daily hospitalizations, up from close to 13 last week. Click here for more details on hospitalizations.

There have now been a total of 28,904 cumulative COVID-19 cases reported in Travis County. That number is up by 692 compared to this same time last week, 788 the week before that, and 698 the week before that one. It's estimated there are 739 active COVID-19 positive cases in the county according to the state dashboard, which is up slightly from 711 reported last week. For the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738, 78669), there have been 576 cases identified to date, which is up by 26 compared to the same time last week, and up by 18 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.




Budget & Tax Rate Approval Monday
City Council held a budget and tax public hearing this past Monday and decided to move forward with a No New Revenue (NNR) tax rate, which is the rate that would generate the same amount of tax for the city if applied to the same properties this year, compared to last. That rate is now at .1653 per $100 home valuation, lower than the .1694 (or 3.5% not-to-exceed) proposed rate initially approved by City Council in August. City Manager Julie Oakley was able to calculate additional FY 2020 budget savings, and additional sales tax revenue, along with additional cuts to the FY 2021 expenditures to reach that level. Click here for more details. City Council will vote to approve both the budget and tax rate on Monday. The meeting Monday will be through video conference. If you're interested in participating in that meeting, information will be posted on the agenda on how to comment. Click here to connect to the agenda center. Click here to connect to the video center, where the meeting will be live streamed and accessible to watch after.
Several Auto Thefts Reported Recently
Lakeway Police Department is urging residents to be cautious after reports of several auto burglaries this week. Early yesterday morning (September 24, 2020), several vehicles were reported stolen in several locations throughout the city. If you happen to notice any unusual activity in your neighborhood between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Thursday, September 24 (or notice any unusual activity on a home security camera), we ask you to please contact Sgt. Jason Brown at jasonbrown@lakeway-tx.gov or by phone at (512) 261-2881.

These criminal incidents involving vehicles are crimes of opportunity, meaning that few of the thefts reported involved forcible entry into the vehicle. Most of the auto theft cases were the result of unlocked doors. In some cases, the keys to the cars were also left in the unlocked vehicle. Please be sure to follow the following tips:

  • Park in a well-lit area
  • Always take your keys with you, and lock your doors
  • Remove valuables when you are not in the vehicle or keep them out of sight

Please click here for more information, including a list of the neighborhoods affected.
NEW: 'Cup of Joe to Go' Next Week

Would you like a free pick-me-up next week? The Lakeway Parks & Recreation Department is offering a free Cup of Joe next Tuesday morning (Sept. 29) to kick off National Coffee Day. It also happens to be National VFW Day, so along with your hot to-go coffee, you'll also be able to munch on some red, white and blue individually packaged donuts, courtesy of the Parks & Recreation team! This will be a drive-thru service that will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek). The best part - it is free for residents! Just pull up to the front doors during those hours, and a friendly staff member will greet you with a fresh Cup of Joe and your patriotic donut.
NEW: Help Prevent Oak Wilt

September is an optimal time to remove any red oaks that may have died over the summer months. If you have red oaks, make sure to check that they still have their leaves. If they happened to die from oak wilt, then fungal mats can form under the bark and cause more oak wilt centers to pop up in Lakeway. You can prevent oak wilt by pruning when the risk is low, painting wounds immediately, and destroying infected red oaks before they make spores. Also, as the winter months approach, make sure to avoid buying unseasoned firewood from unknown sources, which could bring infected wood into the area. Click here for more information, including additional prevention and treatment methods.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY (Sept. 20 - 26)

  • 275: Last Roman Emperor chosen by Roman Senate; Marcus Claudius Tacitus
  • 1237: Treaty of York establishes England and Scotland borders
  • 1580: Francis Drake circumnavigates the Earth
  • 1642: Harvard holds first commencement exercises
  • 1692: Last hangings in Salem witch trials; others eventually released
  • 1789: Bill of Rights along with two other constitutional amendments passed
  • 1789: Thomas Jefferson appointed first U.S. Secretary of State
  • 1789: Office of the U.S. Postmaster General is established
  • 1789: Judiciary Act passed; creates Attorney General & orders creation of Supreme Court
  • 1806: Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest
  • 1845: Knickerbockers Baseball Club; 1st baseball team to play under modern rules founded
  • 1846: Astronomers discover Neptune
  • 1862: Preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation released by Abraham Lincoln
  • 1889: Nintendo is founded to produce and market a playing card game
  • 1896: Queen Victoria at time becomes longest reining monarch in British history
  • 1905: Albert Einstein introduces the special theory of relativity in publication
  • 1906: Devils Tower in Wyoming is proclaimed as first National Monument
  • 1946: The first Cannes Film Festival is held; delayed seven years due to WWII
  • 1948: Honda Motor Company is founded
  • 1949: The People's Republic of China is proclaimed
  • 1960: USS Enterprise, the world's 1st nuclear-powered aircraft carrier launched
  • 1960: First televised presidential debate between Richard M. Nixon & John F. Kennedy
  • 1969: Abbey Road released as last recorded album by The Beatles
  • 1973: Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in tennis match (Battle of the Sexes)
  • 1980: Iraq invades Iran
  • 1981: Sandra Day O'Connor unanimously approved as 1st female Supreme Court justice
  • 1991: Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for first time
  • 1996: Defense of Marriage Act passed by the U.S. Congress
  • 2001: President George W. Bush declares 'War on Terror' in U.S. address
  • 2002: Mozilla Firefox released as first public version of the web browser
  • 2003: Galileo spacecraft enters Jupiter's atmosphere and is terminated
  • 2011: U.S. military ends its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy

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