Public Safety

Friday, July 10, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Police department inaugural gun violence report shows slight increase in violent offenses

In its inaugural quarterly gun violence report, the Austin Police Department has recorded a slight increase in major violent offenses involving guns compared to the same time last year.In the summer of 2019, APD released its initial gun crime report…

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin Public Health could push for more restrictions as Covid-19 hospitalizations surge

Austin surpassed a crucial threshold for Covid-19 hospitalizations Tuesday, which could signal possible restrictions on businesses and nonessential travel.The seven-day average of new Covid-19 hospital admissions hit an all-time high of nearly 75, according to numbers out Tuesday evening. Health…

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Gov. Abbott issues order requiring Texans to wear face coverings in public

People in Texas counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases will be required to wear face coverings when in public starting Friday — and those who don’t could be fined.Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order Thursday mandating people wear…

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Public Health addresses testing equity with walk-up friendly mobile testing sites

Around 11,000 Covid-19 tests were conducted by Austin Public Health, Austin Regional Clinic and CommUnityCare last week, but demand is rising fast and drive-thru testing sites are being overwhelmed.To manage the situation, Austin Public Health is now directing testing resources…

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Public Safety Committee to hear testimony on changes to police tactics

City Council’s newly revived Public Safety Committee convenes today at 2 p.m. to discuss the Austin Police Department’s General Orders and tactics. It’ll be a different kind of committee meeting: Rather than lead the discussion, committee members will listen to…

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Without rapid behavior change, city heads for stage 5 shutdown

After a record number of Covid-19 cases reported over the weekend, the city is urging residents to comply with requirements for social distancing, personal hygiene and wearing masks over the July 4 weekend in an effort to avoid pushing the…

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