Health & Human Services

Thursday, August 12, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Austin and Travis County officials mandate mask-wearing in city and county property, public schools

Austin and Travis County officials are mandating people over the age of 2 wear a mask on public property, including in buildings owned by the city and county and in public schools. “Today’s order to require masks in certain places…

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Last time Covid cases surged, Austin opened a field hospital. Here’s why that won’t work now.

When Austin-area hospitals began admitting about 100 new Covid patients a day last January, the city of Austin did something it hoped it would never have to: It set up hospital beds in the convention center, transforming the conference space into a…

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Austin Public Health offers vaccine incentives

Austin Public Health is offering $50 HEB gift cards to people who receive Covid-19 vaccinations at APH community vaccination sites and fill out a survey afterwards. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations require two separate shots to be effective. Those…

Thursday, August 5, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin area moves to Stage 5 risk as Covid-19 hospitalizations continue to soar

Lea esta nota en español Austin and Travis County have moved into Stage 5, the highest level of risk in the local health department’s Covid-19 guidelines. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority, said during a news conference Thursday that this…

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 by Seth Smalley

As breakthrough cases rise, top doc stresses vaccine’s importance

The Travis County Commissioners Court and Austin City Council members will convene a special called meeting today amid growing concerns about the highly infectious Covid-19 Delta variant and a shortage of ICU beds. On Monday, Austin Public Health reported that…

Thursday, July 29, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Mayor, manager at odds over requiring vaccinations

On Wednesday, Mayor Steve Adler urged City Manager Spencer Cronk to require all city employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with a few exceptions. His comments came in an emailed press release. A few hours later, a city spokesperson released…

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