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Austin-Travis Co. reporting 244 confirmed cases, Hays Co. reporting 28 active cases

Gov. Greg Abbott announces the Comfort Food Care Package (CFCP) program to provide meals for at-risk youth and families in communities. As part of the program, participating restaurants will offer patrons packages to purchase on behalf of families and youth in need. 

Each care package will contain enough food to feed a family of five or six and will be delivered to recipients’ homes. The program is a partnership between the Governor's Public Safety Office, the Texas network of Family and Youth Success Programs (formerly called Services to At-Risk Youth), Favor Delivery, and the Texas Restaurant Association.

Participating restaurants list CFCPs on their online ordering system for customers to purchase on behalf of at-risk families and youth in the community.
Customers add CFCPs to their orders and purchase.
Family and Youth Success Programs identify families and shelters who have the most need and work with participating restaurants and Favor to get the meals delivered.

Families interested in the program should contact their Austin News local Family and Youth Success Program for more information. Restaurants interested in participating can sign up on the Texas Restaurant Association website

5:30 p.m. – Austin 3-1-1 says between March 23 and March 30, it has taken nearly 6,000 calls about coronavirus. More than half of those calls were from people trying to get information, while nearly 1,000 calls were about a gathering or event over occupancy or not practicing social distancing. The department took 38 calls about restaurants and bars not following the rules.

4:50 p.m. – ZACH Theatre announces it is placing 75% of its employees on furlough. Furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of their current health benefits. The remaining staff will work on reduced salaries.

ZACH has also postponed its annual gala, Red, Hot & Soul, previously scheduled for May 2. ZACH organizers said the musical "Tortoise and Hare" will soon be made available for in-home viewing and that they are continuing to work to add more family-friendly streaming content in the coming weeks. All ZACH education programs have been moved online, beginning April 1.

4:30 p.m. – To aid local businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, the Hutto Community Development Corporation launched an Economic Recovery Loan Program. Borrowers will be able to access up to $25,000 at no interest, with no payments due for 90 days and a 24-month loan term after the deferment period.

4 p.m. – Austin-Travis County confirms the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the area is now 244. Read more.

Deemed an essential service provider under all local stay-at-home orders, Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX) will continue to deliver services to the homebound older adults it serves. MOWCTX said thanks to its volunteers, all home-delivered meal clients have enough lunches to last them through April 10.

3:15 p.m. – Round Rock ISD announces it will be extending closures until at least May 4, in accordance with Gov. Abbot's executive order.

3:10 p.m. – Austin-based jewelry brand Kendra Scott said it is repurposing existing materials and donating its yellow-branded bandanas to local volunteer groups to sew masks to be donated to various hospitals in the Austin, New Orleans, New York and California communities.

3 p.m. – University of Texas student paper The Daily Texan reports that seven UT employees and 38 students have tested positive, been presumed positive or are self-reporting a case of COVID-19 as of today. 

2:45 p.m. – The Texas Nurses Association urges Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. Read the full letter here.

Texas Land Commissioner and Chairman of the Veterans Press Release Distribution Services In Austin Land Board George P. Bush announces that the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) will provide temporary relief to Veterans with VLB loans.

The VLB will be following protections outlined by the VA, FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These measures will include a temporary moratorium on credit reporting, evictions and foreclosures, and a temporary suspension of late payment penalties.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminded business owners that April 15 is the deadline to file property tax renditions with their county appraisal districts. Different deadlines apply for certain regulated properties.

Business owners affected by the coronavirus pandemic can request an extension of the deadly to May 15 in writing to the chief appraiser. Some appraisal districts already have extended the deadline, so check with your local appraisal district first.

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