Tag Archives: Austin Public Health

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin’s top doctor warns November Covid surge could be worse and last longer than the first

There is a 100 percent probability that the coronavirus epidemic is growing in the Austin metro area, according to modeling from the University of Texas Modeling Consortium.As other areas across Texas – most notably El Paso – experience new surges…

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 by Jasmine Lopez

Neighborhoods free to reimagine Halloween as APH lays out recommendations

Austin neighborhoods are working to reimagine Halloween, with families and households strategizing how to balance safety and fun in an effort to preserve the spooky holiday amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Austin Public Health issued a statement Oct. 9 regarding recommendations for celebrating…

Monday, October 26, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Austin Public Health launches coalition to prepare for future Covid-19 vaccine distribution

Austin Public Health is gearing up for when a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available.The health authority announced Friday the launch of the Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Coalition, a group of health care and community partners that will help APH develop strategies for…

Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Austin Public Health official says there’s a 96% chance the Covid-19 epidemic is growing in the area

Austin’s top doctor said Wednesday there’s a 96 percent chance the Covid-19 epidemic is growing in the area, up from about 90 percent the day before.“This is not an Election Day gimmick. This is real,” Dr. Mark Escott, interim health…

Monday, September 21, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin Public Health official says governor relaxed capacity rules too soon

Lee esta historia en español. Austin Public Health’s interim health authority says he would have rather waited a few more weeks before easing capacity restrictions for businesses in the area.On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that many businesses, including restaurants,…

Friday, September 4, 2020 by Andy Jechow

Thousands of free masks and hand sanitizer will be given out in Travis County’s Covid-19 hot spots

Lee esta historia en español.Tens of thousands of face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer will be distributed for free in coronavirus hot spots in the Austin area, public health officials announced Wednesday.The distribution events, the first of which is…

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 by Savana Dunning

New Austin Public Health plan addresses Covid-19 disparities in Hispanic/Latinx community

Austin Public Health has revealed a new draft strategic plan to tackle disparities in Covid-19 cases in the city’s Hispanic/Latinx community.The plan, developed by the Hispanic/Latinx strike team within APH’s new Social Services Branch, is divided into four strategic goals:…

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County expands public health orders to unincorporated areas, fines up to $500

The Commissioners Court unanimously approved an order Tuesday making Austin Public Health’s Health Authority Rules enforceable in unincorporated areas of Travis County. Individuals who do not abide by the local health authority’s pandemic mitigation plan may face fines of up…

Friday, July 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City prepares ordinances to tap brakes on reopening and slow virus spread

City Council approved two ordinances Thursday intended to bring local businesses into compliance with regulations near to Phase 1 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plan.“We can’t take the foot off the gas – we are not clear of this yet,”…

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin Public Health could push for more restrictions as Covid-19 hospitalizations surge

Austin surpassed a crucial threshold for Covid-19 hospitalizations Tuesday, which could signal possible restrictions on businesses and nonessential travel.The seven-day average of new Covid-19 hospital admissions hit an all-time high of nearly 75, according to numbers out Tuesday evening. Health…

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Without rapid behavior change, city heads for stage 5 shutdown

After a record number of Covid-19 cases reported over the weekend, the city is urging residents to comply with requirements for social distancing, personal hygiene and wearing masks over the July 4 weekend in an effort to avoid pushing the…

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Area hospitals could reach capacity in mere weeks because of Covid-19, Austin officials warn

Austin-area medical professionals and health authorities warned that local hospitals could be overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients in the next several weeks as the number of cases in Central Texas has surged.“If we do not make significant change right now then…

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…

Monday, June 15, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Austin Public Health works to address Covid-19 racial disparities

During last week’s City Council work session, staff reported that Covid-19 is disproportionately impacting the Latinx and African American communities and detailed ways to address and reverse that trend.According to an accompanying memo from Austin Public Health Acting Director Adrienne…

Friday, May 29, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin leaders encourage peer pressure to get folks to wear face masks and avoid crowding spaces

Austin and Travis County officials are urging people to wear face coverings and to avoid large gatherings as the city and the state reopen for business.If that refrain sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve heard the song and it bears repeating,…

Friday, May 15, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves nursing home emergency staffing

People who live or work in nursing homes and senior living centers are some of the hardest hit by Covid-19. Austin Public Health has said both staff and residents are particularly vulnerable to the virus with 17 percent of the…

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…

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…

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