Health & Human Services

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 by Andy Jechow

Austin health official expects city’s face-covering guidance will become a requirement

The interim medical director and health authority for Austin-Travis County says he expects a recommendation for Austinites to wear fabric face coverings when they’re outside the home to become a requirement. Dr. Mark Escott said Monday that having people cover…

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health is setting up two facilities to house nursing home residents with Covid-19

Austin Public Health announced Monday that its new nursing home task force is setting up sites to house nursing home residents who test positive for Covid-19. The city says these isolation facilities will give Covid-19 patients who don’t need hospitalization…

Friday, March 27, 2020 by Claire McInerny

Here’s what Central Texans need to do to not overwhelm our hospitals

We know there will be an outbreak of COVID-19 in Austin, but the severity of the outbreak is up to us. A new report from UT finds that if everyone in Austin reduces their human interaction by 90 percent, the…

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Central Texas counties echo Travis, issue stay-at-home orders

While the city of Austin’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the headlines, surrounding counties are also working to keep their communities safe. Alongside the news of its first presumptive coronavirus case, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra issued a…

Monday, March 23, 2020 by Samuel King

‘We need to act fast,’ Travis County Judge Eckhardt says ahead of shelter-in-place order

Stay-at-home orders are expected to be issued in the city of Austin, Travis County and Williamson County Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said. The orders would require all nonessential businesses to have employees…

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by Andy Jechow

Updated: Austin closes bars, prohibits dining in at restaurants and limits gatherings in response to COVID-19

Restaurants are limited to drive-thru and pick-up service, bars must close, and indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in Austin effective noon Tuesday. Critical infrastructure, like grocery stores, pharmacies, government buildings, schools and hospitals, are…

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