Stories by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

‘This is sacred ground’: Austinites and researchers seek to restore Mexican American cemeteries in Montopolis

Sandwiched between private properties in southeastern Travis County sits a little-known cemetery off Hoeke Lane, just west of U.S. Highway 183. From the outside, there’s nothing that indicates the site is the final resting place for a number of Mexican…

Monday, May 17, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

A beloved post office in Hyde Park is closing. The Austin neighborhood wants to know why.

Barbara first heard the rumor from the mailman. Deaton learned the news from her neighborhood listserv. Michele saw the gossip on Facebook. And it was true: The post office that’s sat at the corner of 43rd and Speedway in Hyde…

Friday, April 9, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Local organizations step up to expand vaccine access in East Austin

Michele Rountree had reservations about getting the COVID-19 vaccine at first. But the more research she did, the better she began to feel. And when she heard the African American Youth Harvest Foundation was hosting a walk-in vaccine clinic, something…

Monday, April 5, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health had 2,800 Covid vaccine appointments left open Thursday

Austin Public Health opened up Covid-19 vaccine appointments Thursday evening, but by the end of the night, it still had 2,800 appointments available, raising questions about how the agency is distributing doses. This is the second week in a row…

Monday, March 22, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Health officials urge Austinites to get tested for Covid if they traveled over spring break

About a quarter of adults in Travis County have gotten at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and the Austin area is seeing record-low numbers of coronavirus cases. But health officials were clear at a news conference Friday morning:…

Friday, March 19, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health to release 4K vaccine appointments Thursday, including for group 1C

Austin Public Health reopened Covid-19 vaccine appointment signups Thursday night, after technical problems Monday left many people frustrated and still waiting for a shot. APH will be releasing about 4,000 appointments to eligible individuals, including those in the 1C group,…

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health plans to administer 37,000 Covid-19 vaccines this week after storm delayed efforts

Austin Public Health is working overtime this week to try to administer 37,000 Covid-19 vaccines after the winter storm delayed vaccination efforts for more than a week. That number is much higher than what APH has been able to administer…

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Water has restored service to residents, but broken pipes remain a big issue

Areas of Northwest and Southwest Austin that are still under a boil-water notice could be in the clear by Tuesday afternoon, Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said at a news conference Monday. “We have collected samples in areas yet to…

Monday, February 22, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health resumes Covid testing and vaccinations after winter storm put them on pause

Austin Public Health is resuming Covid-19 vaccinations and testing after the winter storm put operations on hold for more than a week. But the agency, whose staff was also impacted by the weather that left thousands without power and water…

Thursday, February 18, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Water issues citywide boil-water notice, urges residents to conserve water

Austin Water has issued a citywide boil-water notice as a result of “extreme weather conditions.” In a statement Wednesday night, the utility said there had been power loss at the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant, its largest water-treatment facility, and drops…

Thursday, February 11, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health begins setting up appointments for people to get second dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Austin Public Health received its first shipment of second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday and is now reaching out to schedule appointments with people who are due for their next shot. APH began receiving 12,000 doses a week…

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health’s vaccine data shows more effort is needed to reach Black and Hispanic residents

Austin Public Health is now publishing demographic data on its Covid-19 vaccine distributions. The data is available in an online dashboard that will be updated weekly. The dashboard shows that as of Jan. 29, APH had distributed 31,251 doses. About 70 percent…

Thursday, February 4, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Waiting for a vaccine appointment from Austin Public Health? Here’s what we know so far.

Austin Public Health’s vaccine registration process has caused a bit of confusion. People have told KUT they’re experiencing technical difficulties with the signup portal or they’re frustrated because they’ve signed up but haven’t been able to snag an appointment yet.…

Friday, December 18, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Thousands of Central Texans are facing hunger because of the pandemic. The need isn’t going away any time soon.

Hundreds of cars trailed out of Navarro Early College High School’s parking lot on Monday morning, as families lined up to receive boxes of food – gallons of milk, bags of potatoes, packs of meat. Like many organizations that operate…

Monday, October 26, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health launches coalition to prepare for future Covid-19 vaccine distribution

Austin Public Health is gearing up for when a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available. The health authority announced Friday the launch of the Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Coalition, a group of health care and community partners that will help APH develop strategies…

Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health official says there’s a 96% chance the Covid-19 epidemic is growing in the area

Austin’s top doctor said Wednesday there’s a 96 percent chance the Covid-19 epidemic is growing in the area, up from about 90 percent the day before. “This is not an Election Day gimmick. This is real,” Dr. Mark Escott, interim…

Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Travis County judge won’t let bars reopen at 50 percent capacity

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe said he’s not going to allow bars to reopen at 50 percent capacity Wednesday, citing a memo from the county’s top doctor saying Covid-19 “continues to be a threat.” “In the past ten days, Travis…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

SXSW will have online events in 2021. A physical festival in Austin is still a possibility.

South by Southwest will host an online event next year, but plans for a physical one are still in the works, the organization announced Tuesday. The annual series of conferences and festivals, which attracts hundreds of thousands to Austin each…

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

As Central Health prepares budget during pandemic, eastern Travis County residents seek more care

Central Health announced it was buying land for a new health and wellness center in southeast Travis County at the end of August, marking another step in the health care district’s efforts to improve access to care in the underserved…

Friday, August 28, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Buses will take Hurricane Laura evacuees back home Friday, Austin says

Some Hurricane Laura evacuees who came to the Austin area can return home, Central Texas officials said just after 4 p.m. Thursday. Many evacuees in the area came from Galveston, which is no longer under a mandatory evacuation order. Evacuation…

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