Archives for April 2020

New COVID-19 Cases in the Hill Country

As the state prepares to reopen there are some new COVID-19 cases in the Hill Country. Gillespie County is reporting their second case. The The individual, who is a county resident, is currently experiencing mild symptoms and is isolating at home. It has been determined that this case is associated with community spread of the virus.

Comal County has confirmed its 55th case of COVID-19, a Bulverde resident in their 40s who is self-isolating. With 36 recovered patients and six deaths, Comal County has 13 active cases, of which three are hospitalized with the rest isolating at home.

Peterson Health Moving COVID-19 Testing

Peterson Health is moving their COVID-19 screening and sampling from the Kerr County Youth Event Center, back to their urgent care center. Free screenings will be available to anyone who believes they have symptoms. To get a test, make an appointment by calling the urgent care center at 830-258-7669.

Several Counties Offering COVID-19 Mobile Testing

Several counties are offering COVID-19 mobile testing over the next few days.

The Kendall County Emergency Management will have a testing station set up at Champion High School tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Kerr County, there will be a free mobile COVID-19 testing station set up at the Kroc Center in Kerrville, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A one-day drive-through testing site will be available in Blanco County on Saturday beginning at 8:00am at LBJ High School in Johnson City.

In all cases, you need to register and get an appointment for a time to be tested. You can do so by calling (512) 883-2400, or go to “txcovidtest.org.”

Boerne Police Send Reminder About Coronavirus Symptoms

Boerne police posted on Facebook a bit more information about COVID-19 symptoms. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms and the CDC added six new symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. In addition to fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, the CDC said symptoms could include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and a loss of taste or smell. If you have any of those symptoms you can schedule a time on Friday to get a free COVID-19 test. Call 512-883-2400, or go to www.txcovidtest.org, to be screened and to get an appointment for a time to be tested at the Kendall County testing site.

H-E-B Adds Pharmacy Deliveries

As of Wednesday, H-E-B is making pharmacy deliveries in Kerrville. H-E-B said the free delivery is by request and you should call H-E-B pharmacies at the two Kerrville locations if you need the service. It’s contactless, so they’ll call or text once the prescription is at your door to let you know it’s there. Store hours have been increased at H-E-B stores as well since supply lines have expanded.

City Lake Park Reopens in Boerne

Boerne City Lake Park is open now to people that have a Boerne address. The Boerne Parks and Recreation Department also reopened the Skate Park to a maximum of 4 skaters on the ramps at any given time. Other places around Boerne that are open include the tennis courts, all trails, and River Road Park. City Lake Park will only be open from 9am to 5pm daily and monitored by the city’s parks staff as well as Boerne police officers.

National Guard to Host Virus Testing Site in Kerrville

The details are still being worked out, but the Texas National Guard is planning to set up a mobile coronavirus screening center Saturday in Kerrville. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Kerrville Fire Chief Dannie Smith said the National Guard would announce the location and other details by today. The screening will be free but those interested have to be symptomatic and need an appointment in order to participate. There’s more on the city of Kerrville website.

City of Kerrville Ready to Bring in Sales Tax Revenue Again

Most restaurants, retail, movie theaters, churches, libraries and museums will be able to reopen for business, with restrictions, on Friday. That’s good news for the City of Kerrville. Earlier this month, Chief Financial Officer Amy Dozier projected an almost $3 million dollar negative impact to the city’s budget over the next six months related to the COVID-19 recession. As a result, the city is facing over $2 million in budget cuts. The city is looking into grants they can apply for to help offset pandemic expenses.

2nd Prayer Vigil Scheduled for Kerrville

The City of Kerrville will host their 2nd prayer vigil this week. Kerrville Mayor Bill Blackburn and City Manager Mark McDaniel will be joined by local pastors tomorrow at noon for a 15-minute prayer vigil for the community as it weathers the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pastors participating this week include Bert Baetz (St. Peters Episcopal Church), Sheree Harris (St. Paul United Methodist) and Del Way (Calvary Temple). Due to COVID-19 related gathering restrictions, citizens are asked to participate from wherever they are at noon. The event will be preceded by special music from the City Hall clock tower.

500 Families Helped by San Antonio Food Bank Donation

This week over 63,000 pounds of food was delivered to a local church. Kerrville First United Methodist Church’s Mustard Seed Ministries has partnered with St. VIncent De Paul of Kerrville to offer a drive-thru food bank every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. to help families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. The San Antonio Food Bank has been delivering food across the state, and this week they sent four 18-wheelers worth of donations to Kerr County. As a result, volunteers were able to help distribute food to an estimated 500 families.