Public Safety

Friday, October 30, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Anticipating election protests, Council members ask Austin police how they plan to avoid injuries

Four City Council members sent a letter Thursday to the chief of police asking him to explain how he plans to keep protesters safe during anticipated demonstrations following the results of the presidential election next week.“As we’re sure you agree,…

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin’s top doctor warns November Covid surge could be worse and last longer than the first

There is a 100 percent probability that the coronavirus epidemic is growing in the Austin metro area, according to modeling from the University of Texas Modeling Consortium.As other areas across Texas – most notably El Paso – experience new surges…

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

City prepares to implement new Wildland-Urban Interface fire code

Austin Fire Department officials gave the Environmental Commission an update on the new Wildland-Urban Interface Code Wednesday.City Council voted in April to adopt the new code, which regulates residential and commercial building requirements to protect structures against wildfires.With the WUI Code…

Monday, October 26, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

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 for…

Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

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 health…

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin protester sues officer for shooting him in the face with ‘less-lethal’ round

An Austinite who was shot by a police officer with a so-called less-lethal shotgun round during a protest this summer is suing the officer and the Austin Police Department in federal court.A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf…

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