Stories by Sangita Menon

Friday, July 16, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Austin-Travis County raises Covid risk level to stage 3 as hospitalizations increase

Lea esta nota en español Austin-Travis County returned to stage 3 of the Covid-19 risk-based guidelines Thursday. The change was made after the detection of four cases of the more infectious Delta variant and recent increases in new Covid-19 cases…

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 by Sangita Menon

What will happen to all the plexiglass barriers Austin businesses set up during the pandemic?

From grocery stores to banks, clear plastic barriers have become an everyday sight over the last year. Large acrylic sheets, or plexiglass, have been set up in front of cash registers and reception desks to reduce the risk of transmitting…

Monday, May 10, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Reservations required for a dip in Barton Springs Pool

Folks looking to cool off with a dip in Barton Springs Pool will need a reservation starting May 21. The change is meant to limit the number of people for safety reasons because there are fewer lifeguards. The reservation system, which…

Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Austin Public Health leaders ask community to consider virtual Easter celebrations

Austin Public Health leaders are asking the community to consider celebrating Easter week differently than normal to avoid a third surge of Covid-19 cases. During a news conference Wednesday, interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott encouraged people to take part…

Thursday, March 18, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Austin Public Health to launch pilot drive-thru vaccine site

Austin Public Health is planning to launch a drive-thru vaccination site at Toney Burger Activity Center in South Austin on Saturday. Plans for the pilot program aren’t finalized, but the health department expects to administer 1,200 doses of the Moderna…

Thursday, July 23, 2020 by Sangita Menon

Black leaders in Austin want to build a racial justice movement that sustains itself for years to come

Black leaders in Central Texas are forming a new coalition called the Black Leaders Collective to address systemic racism. The group has about 40 members, including activists, educators, artists and policymakers who say they want to create meaningful and transformative…

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Sangita Menon

Austin officials advise keeping pets out of Lady Bird Lake following death of two dogs

The city of Austin is warning people to keep their pets out of Lady Bird Lake while authorities test the water for the presence of harmful algae. Two dogs died recently after swimming in the lake, though officials cannot confirm…

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Sangita Menon

Activists demand action after Andrews principal is accused of bias against immigrant parents

A dozen community activists assembled outside Andrews Elementary School in East Austin Monday to demand the school district do more about Andrews’ principal, who is accused of discriminating against immigrant parents. The Austin Independent School District is investigating Gabbie Soto…

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