Coronavirus update in Austin, Central Texas: April 29, 2020

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AUSTIN, Texas — KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, news in the Austin area.

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE’s April 29 live blog.

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Updates:

9:52 a.m. – St. David’s HealthCare’s CareNow Urgent Care announced it has launched Virtual Care, a telehealth urgent care service. Virtual urgent care visits allow patients to see and talk to a provider from a mobile device or computer, according to St. David’s HealthCare. Patients can visit a trusted healthcare professional from the comfort of their home or office. Patients start the process by going to CareNow.com during urgent care clinic hours and checking in for Virtual Care. The clinic staff then sends a link through a text message that the patient uses to access the fully interactive virtual visit with a CareNow provider. For more information regarding all CareNow services and locations, visit CareNow.com.

9:09 a.m. – Gov. Greg Abbott announced he has suspended a statute concerning appearance before a notary public to acknowledge real-estate instruments such as mortgages. This suspension temporarily allows for appearance before a notary public via videoconference when executing such documents, avoiding the need for in-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Abbott’s office. The conditions that will apply whenever this suspension is invoked can be found here.

 “Texas is providing flexibility in the notarization process by way of this temporary suspension to ensure Texans can continue to stay home as much as possible to keep themselves and others safe,” said Governor Abbott. “Allowing for appearance before a notary public via videoconference will aid in our continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.”

This suspension will remain in effect until the earlier of May 30, 2020, or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires. Documents executed while this suspension is in effect, and in accordance with its terms, will remain valid after the termination of this suspension.

9 a.m. – At the April 28 meeting, Pflugerville City Council discussed plans to reestablish City services, programs and events in phases over the coming weeks. This comes after Gov. Abbott announced a plan to reopen businesses across Texas starting May 1. Certain businesses, including retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, libraries and museums may reopen with a maximum occupancy of 25%. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has provided further guidance on safe practices for reopening at http://gov.texas.gov/opentexas.

 “It has been hard on us all to change our lifestyles and see the effects that COVID-19 has had not only on our physical health, but our economic health as well,” Mayor Victor Gonzales said. “Our friends and neighbors, local businesses and I have all been impacted by this pandemic. Resuming our previous lifestyles will be quick for some and take a while for others, and that’s ok. As we begin to reopen and return to our daily lives, I urge you to open safely and cautiously.  We know the disease isn’t gone, but we can open in ways that still preserve the community’s health.”

Check back on this live blog for the latest updates Wednesday.

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