Health & Human Services

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…

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 their…

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

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 city’s…

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 state…

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