Tag Archives: COVID-19

Friday, January 22, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

EDC creators explain priorities for creative space, affordable housing

Some of the main architects of the city’s fledgling Economic Development Corporation assured members of the local real estate and development community Wednesday that the entity was not created to interfere with or compete for private sector business deals. That…

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Top doc Escott defends decision to vaccinate state legislators

Interim Austin-Travis Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott doubled down yesterday on his conviction that state legislators should receive priority vaccinations, even if it means young and healthy lawmakers receive the vaccine ahead of more at-risk people. Citing both the in-person…

Friday, January 15, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City distributes $1.34M in venue assistance, with more funding on the way

The city has awarded $1.34 million in assistance to live music venues that have been mostly or entirely closed since March, with another round of city funds available and billions in federal assistance on the way soon. As of this…

Friday, January 15, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy

Hundreds line up for Covid vaccines from Austin Public Health. But the wait was ‘worth it.’

Frank Kucharski and his wife, Jill Jones, were near the back of the line that wove around an Austin Public Health vaccination center at least twice in Northeast Austin on Thursday. They estimated they had a three-hour wait ahead of…

Thursday, January 14, 2021 by Ashley Lopez

Travis County officials say infusion center for Covid-19 antibodies is struggling to keep up with demand

The demand for monoclonal antibodies to treat Covid-19 is “far outstripping supply,” officials said at a news conference Wednesday. “We are working hard to expand the capabilities at the infusion site to performing 75 infusions a day,” Dr. Jason Pickett,…

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 by Jimmy Maas

Safety concerns grow in Austin as the first day of the Texas legislative session dawns

Today is the opening day of the Texas legislative session. And after last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, security is a much bigger concern than it has been in recent memory. Lawmakers are having to consider what was unimaginable…

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission eyes funding apart from hotel tax among 2021 priorities

The Music Commission wants to decrease the role that Hotel Occupancy Tax will play in funding arts and music programs in the coming years, possibly relying more on the city’s General Fund or other revenue sources while the local hospitality…

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 by Daniel Salazar

Postponement shows ZAP issues around receiving timely public comment

The Zoning and Platting Commission voted to postpone the only zoning discussion case of their first meeting of the year. The request was to grant Townhouse & Condominium Residence (SF-6) district zoning on 24.3 acres at 8201 Thaxton Road. But…

Monday, January 11, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Covid impacted Austin parks concessions

Like many other enterprises, concessions operating in Zilker Park and along Lady Bird Lake suffered various financial impacts last year due to Covid-19, according to a report from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Gross sales generated by Town Lake Park concessions fell…

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

2020: Highlights (and lowlights) of an unforgettable year

It’s not likely that anyone who lived through it will soon forget the year 2020. It’s possible, however, that one might forget the details of local news stories from the year. For that, we offer this review of the year…

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin’s ailing live music venues could get much-needed money under the new coronavirus relief bill

Live music venues in Austin could see some relief from the new federal coronavirus relief package. The bill, which was passed Monday night, includes $15 billion in relief specifically dedicated to independent venues, theaters and other arts organizations. The bipartisan…

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 by Ashley Lopez

‘Stay home and don’t travel,’ public health officials advise Austinites

Lee esta historia en español. People should take the rising number of Covid-19 cases into consideration as they weigh their holiday plans this week, the interim health authority for Austin-Travis County said. “Our best advice is stay home and don’t…

Friday, December 18, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Thousands of Central Texans are facing hunger because of the pandemic. The need isn’t going away any time soon.

Hundreds of cars trailed out of Navarro Early College High School’s parking lot on Monday morning, as families lined up to receive boxes of food – gallons of milk, bags of potatoes, packs of meat. Like many organizations that operate…

Thursday, December 10, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Health officials say vaccinations could begin in Austin next week once FDA gives approval

Austin Public Health’s interim authority said he’s “extremely impressed with the efficacy and safety” of the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccine’s overall efficacy is 94.6 percent, Dr. Mark Escott said during a news conference Wednesday, and for people…

Monday, December 7, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin created a program to pay struggling tenants’ rent. Some say it added to stress.

Petra Antonio and her husband, Domingo Quiroz, got Covid-19 in September. Antonio said she felt OK, but Quiroz had a fever and a cough that kept him awake at night. He wanted to avoid going to the hospital, because he…

Friday, December 4, 2020 by Andrew Weber

City Council takes steps toward relief for live music venues and ‘legacy’ businesses

Austin’s struggling live music venues, restaurants, bars and longtime businesses are a step closer to getting some Covid-19-related relief from the city, but some are still holding out hope for quicker relief. City Council approved Thursday the guidelines for two…

Thursday, December 3, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Adler backtracks after initially saying he did ‘not do anything wrong’ by flying to Mexico during the pandemic

After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Austin Mayor Steve Adler now says he realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month. An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler…

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 by Jo Clifton

New SAVES programs face uncertain funding

The city has started nine programs in nine months to help local Austin businesses survive the pandemic. On Thursday, City Council will consider final program guidelines for three more programs providing relief for child care providers, local music venues and…

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by Andrew Weber

For child care providers in Austin, city relief couldn’t come soon enough

Patsy Harnage doesn’t get a lot of holidays. For the last decade, she’s grown accustomed to working herself to the bone. Operating a child care center is hard work, built on razor-thin margins. That’s part of the job; it’s an…

Monday, November 30, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin Public Health urges people who gathered for Thanksgiving to get tested and stay home

Austin Public Health officials are asking people who traveled for the holiday or celebrated Thanksgiving indoors with people from outside their household to stay home for a week and get tested for Covid-19 within the next few days. “It is…

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