1 week after start of school, Texas State University reports rise in COVID-19 cases

Texas State University Student Health Center

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — More than a dozen new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Texas State University as students begin week two of classes.

According to the university’s online dashboard, 17 student cases were reported on Friday. That’s the highest all month, the previous being six student cases and two faculty/staff cases on Tuesday, August 25. Last week, Texas State reported 39 new cases among students and staff.

KXAN has reached out to the university for more information on where those cases might have come from.

Previously, students voiced their concerns to KXAN about large gatherings on campus where students did not seem to be social distancing or wearing masks.

At that time, the university said it did not have enough information to comment on a photo that showed a large gathering across from campus.

A Texas State student says seeing this party next door to his apartment worried him about COVID-19 spreading once school resumes on Monday. Courtesy: @Air_Manny)

KXAN also reached out to San Marcos Police about the photo. They have since responded saying officers went to the house pictured but did not cite anyone for COVID-19 related rules:

Since Aug. 17, 2020, SMPD has had five noise calls for the Lindsey and Comanche street areas (not all of these were for the suspected residence in the photo). SMPD did have a noise call at the residence featured in the photo on Aug. 19, where they were cited under the requirements of the City Ordinances for noise and trash related to a host’s responsibility. This ordinance is written to apply to a private residence where unruly gatherings create an unreasonably adverse impact on neighboring residents.

Additionally, there were two calls about the pictured location related to COVID-19 on Aug. 22. Issues related to COVID-19 are covered under the Governor’s orders which only apply to a public place or business, and not a private residence such as this.

San Marcos Police Department

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