Health & Human Services

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

As Covid-19 cases spike, local officials stress caution and personal choice in slowing its spread

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Public Health Interim Medical Director Dr. Mark Escott and Assistant to the Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt extended stay-at-home orders Monday in response to a surge in Covid-19 cases, and asked residents to reinvest in precautions to…

Monday, June 15, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Austin-area Covid-19 hospitalizations hit one-day record, seven-day average now tops 20

A record of 30 new Covid-19 hospital admissions was reported in the Austin area Sunday evening. The seven-day moving average of new admissions increased to 20.6.Austin Public Health has been warning that the average – which has been rising since…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Public Health to address health inequity in response to Covid-19

Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden told City Council Tuesday that the city needs to address the vast inequities and social determinants of health – things like jobs, housing and health services – that have concentrated Covid-19’s impact upon poor…

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Abbott says his order overrides local disaster rules

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday the first phase of reopening the state for business in response to an apparent lessening of Covid-19 cases that have sent the nation into an economic tailspin. Abbott claimed he had the authority to allow…

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners Court discusses ‘oscillation strategy’ to exit quarantine

As the county’s May 8 end date for its stay-at-home order draws near, the Commissioners Court began to discuss the next steps in the battle to flatten the curve.“There is no return to ‘normal,’” County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said at…

Monday, April 20, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin Recovery says it can’t afford to keep addiction treatment centers open because of Covid-19

Austin Recovery, a nonprofit that has provided substance abuse treatment in Central Texas since 1967,  is closing its doors because of the coronavirus.In a letter to staff last week, Austin Recovery board members said the organization’s existing funding gaps were…

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