Tag Archives: COVID-19

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

County extends small cities relief deadline

Millions of dollars in pandemic relief funds may shortly be returned to the U.S. Treasury Department due to the failure of small cities in Travis County to provide documentation for the county’s $7.3 million small cities relief program. The Commissioners…

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…

Friday, October 23, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s got millions to help with rent, but giving it away is harder than expected

The city of Austin says fewer people have applied for rental assistance than expected. It’s given out just $1.3 million so far of roughly $13 million available for tenants hit financially by the Covid-19 pandemic.“The need that was anticipated has…

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…

Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Miriam E Jewell

Austin libraries receive funding to help low-income students

With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing a dramatic rise in the number of online classes and amount of schoolwork, some students in low-income households, who may not have access to the internet or own a personal computer, are being left behind.According…

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council requests emergency economic development corporation

As part of the Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors program, City Council is seeking to expedite formation of the Austin Economic Development Corporation, an entity that may be able to help refine and administer the long-term sustainability component of SAVES.The…

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 by Mose Buchele

Some air pollutants increased in Austin during the pandemic. The big question is why?

As Covid-19 spread across the globe in the spring, people noticed a strange side effect of the pandemic: The air was getting cleaner. Stay-at-home orders, along with the economic crash caused by the outbreak, meant less industrial and transportation-related pollution.But…

Friday, October 16, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council approves partial start for SAVES

After directing the city to create the Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) fund last month, City Council approved initial program guidelines Thursday that will provide some immediate financial relief for local music venues, restaurants, bars and child care centers.…

Friday, October 16, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Travis County reallocates CARES Act housing assistance funding to meet deadlines, talks Covid-19 plasma funding effort

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to reallocate Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding in order to spend all of its funding before the Dec. 30 deadline.Travis County received $61,147,507.20 from the federal CARES Act. At…

Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Travis County judge won’t let bars reopen at 50 percent capacity

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe said he’s not going to allow bars to reopen at 50 percent capacity Wednesday, citing a memo from the county’s top doctor saying Covid-19 “continues to be a threat.”“In the past ten days, Travis County…

Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Airport officials strive to help employees, concessions

In December 2019, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, or AUS, hosted more than 778,000 passengers, many of whom bought snacks, coffee, lunches and books, as well as gifts for their friends and relatives. By April 2020, that number had plunged to just…

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council refines SAVES proposal

The city has not yet found the right balance in regards to distributing $15 million in financial assistance under Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES). As City Council prepares to consider allocating $8.5 million in sales tax revenue to the…

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Abbott allows Texas bars to open again

Texas bars will soon be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity indoors at the discretion of the presiding county judge, according to a new order from Gov. Greg Abbott.Abbott’s newest executive order applies to areas with “low Covid-19 hospitalizations,”…

Monday, October 5, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Staffers explain how Covid relief funds were disbursed

This summer, City Council rushed to provide economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits shouldering the burden of closures during the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Thursday, as they ratified a contract with the Better Business Bureau…

Monday, October 5, 2020 by Alyssa Weinstein

Austin families navigate food insecurity inflicted by Covid-19

Jacylin Moya and her mom woke up early Saturday morning to do something they had never done before – go to a Central Texas Food Bank drive. With a line of cars ahead of them, they waited in their car…

Friday, October 2, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council approves $15M for vital businesses

City Council unanimously approved a revised version of the Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) relief effort on Thursday to provide financial assistance to some of the city’s most vulnerable music and arts venues, child care providers, and restaurants and…

Friday, October 2, 2020 by Minka Atkinson

How Austin Public Library adjusted to the pandemic

Early on a Tuesday morning, Austin’s Central Library would normally be a bustling place. But today, patrons like East Austin resident Todd Fitzgerald arrive one at a time, wait for the phone call to announce that their books are ready,…

Thursday, October 1, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County launches new coronavirus relief grants for nonprofits

With $61.1 million to spend and the clock ticking ever closer to the expenditure deadline of Dec. 30 set by the federal government for coronavirus relief funds, the Travis County Commissioners Court authorized a new grant program called TCTX Serve…

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