Health & Human Services

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…

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…

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Area hospitals could reach capacity in mere weeks because of Covid-19, Austin officials warn

Austin-area medical professionals and health authorities warned that local hospitals could be overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients in the next several weeks as the number of cases in Central Texas has surged.“If we do not make significant change right now then…

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by Ashley Lopez

Gov. Abbott says Texas has enough hospital beds to handle increase in Covid-19 cases

There’s no reason to panic over a recent uptick in hospitalizations due to Covid-19, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday.Although Texas has had a record number of people being hospitalized for Covid-19 in the past several days, Abbott said during a…

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