Public Safety

Friday, April 9, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier

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…

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by Jerry Quijano

Austin’s top doctor says possible Covid surge unlikely to overload area hospitals

New Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the area are declining, but they are still well within the threshold to keep Austin and Travis County at stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines. The city’s interim medical director previously had…

Monday, April 5, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier

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…

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…

Monday, March 29, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy

It’s been more than a year since Austin started training new police. It could restart this summer.

City Council members voted Thursday to make changes to how Austin police are trained, with the eventual goal of restarting cadet classes by June 7 at the latest. The police academy has not welcomed a group of new trainees since…

Friday, March 26, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy

Assistant Chief Joseph Chacon confirmed as Austin’s new interim police chief

Assistant Chief Joseph Chacon will be Austin’s interim police chief starting April 11. City Council approved his appointment Thursday night. “This is not an easy city, probably, to be police chief,” Mayor Steve Adler told Chacon before the vote. “It’s…

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