Health & Human Services

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…

Friday, April 17, 2020 by Samuel King

Gov. Abbott outlines plan to relax restrictions and gradually reopen Texas economy

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a plan to gradually reopen aspects of the state’s economy, with a goal of allowing Texans to return to work while containing the spread of COVID-19. A new “strike force” made up of state leaders and…

Friday, April 17, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

CommUnityCare opens new drive-thru testing sites

After indefinitely closing seven CommUnityCare clinics earlier this month, the community healthcare provider opened its second drive-thru Covid-19 testing center to serve eastern Travis County. CommUnityCare is also reopening two of its clinics in the Eastern Crescent.April 16 was the…

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Salvation Army’s downtown homeless shelter closes after positive tests; ARCH confirms first case

Salvation Army Austin’s downtown shelter was closed this weekend after 12 people tested positive for Covid-19. All 187 people staying at the shelter have been moved to a city-leased hotel.KUT has also confirmed the first case of Covid-19 at the…

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by Ashley Lopez

Austin officials plan for backup facilities if hospitals become overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases

City officials are preparing to increase the number of hospital beds in the area in case there is a surge of Covid-19 patients overwhelming existing hospitals.Dr. Mark Escott, Austin’s interim medical director and health authority, said the city has created…

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Central Health to add additional drive-thru Covid-19 testing site

Travis County Central Health and CommUnityCare will announce the location of one new drive-thru Covid-19 testing site by the end of this week.“By the end of this week, at the latest, we’ll have a plan,” said Matt Balthazar, a vice…

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