Tag Archives: COVID-19

Thursday, September 16, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

What happened to Austin’s 24/7 restaurants, cafes and coffee shops?

Austin, over the course of its storied history, has developed a thriving hospitality scene. There is no shortage of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes that show the diversity and breadth of the city. Among this grand selection, some of the…

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 by Jerry Quijano, KUT

Austin health officials say boosting Central Texas vaccine rates will ease the stress on local hospitals

The rolling average for new daily Covid-19-related hospital admissions has been on the decline for more than three weeks. Still, with an average of 57 admissions as of Tuesday, Austin-Travis County remains at the highest level of Austin Public Health’s…

Friday, September 10, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

ACL Fest hasn’t been given the final OK on its permits yet, but the city says that’s normal

As cases of Covid-19 continue to surge in Austin, there’s been some question of how live events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which drew 400,000 people during its last in-person festival, will mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.…

Thursday, September 2, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County may donate rental assistance funds to city for speedier distribution

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Travis County Commissioners Court continued to brainstorm ways to spend 65 percent of a federal rental assistance allocation before a U.S. Treasury deadline at the end of September threatens to rescind unused funds. If the 65…

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Conduct of meetings is going to change – and change again

Just as Austin’s most civically engaged citizens – including some new to the process – have gotten used to phoning in their comments on the City Council agenda, the rules are changing. In addition, Council will be considering new rules…

Thursday, August 26, 2021 by Seth Smalley

New perks just dropped for county workers who get vaccinated

The Travis County Commissioners Court passed an initiative Tuesday offering incentives to county employees who get their Covid-19 shots. The enticement takes the shape of two days of paid personal leave to all employees who can show their double-signed vaccination…

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 by Jerry Quijano, KUT

Austin area sees jump in Covid cases as students return to classrooms

Lea esta nota en español New coronavirus cases in the Austin area have increased this week as students, teachers and staff head back to in-person classes. The city’s medical director, Dr. Desmar Walkes, told a joint meeting of Travis County…

Monday, August 23, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City to expand federal aid for musicians, venues impacted by Covid-19

The city will provide more assistance for music venues and anyone involved in the music industry, using $4 million in federal money designated for Covid-19 relief. On Friday the Music Commission approved a recommendation for guidelines for city staff to…

Friday, August 13, 2021 by Amy Smith

EDD provides a breakdown of federal funds under its purview

While the Covid-19 pandemic has posed a host of unprecedented challenges for the city, it’s also led to an influx of federal funds under the American Rescue Plan Act. A recent breakdown of these dollars shows how the portion of…

Thursday, August 12, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Austin and Travis County officials mandate mask-wearing in city and county property, public schools

Austin and Travis County officials are mandating people over the age of 2 wear a mask on public property, including in buildings owned by the city and county and in public schools. “Today’s order to require masks in certain places…

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

AISD requires masks for all, despite Abbott’s order

Facing spiking Covid cases and a fast-approaching fall semester, the Austin Independent School District has made the decision to require face masks in defiance of an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott.  “I am responsible for the safety, the…

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Last time Covid cases surged, Austin opened a field hospital. Here’s why that won’t work now.

When Austin-area hospitals began admitting about 100 new Covid patients a day last January, the city of Austin did something it hoped it would never have to: It set up hospital beds in the convention center, transforming the conference space into a…

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Austin Public Health offers vaccine incentives

Austin Public Health is offering $50 HEB gift cards to people who receive Covid-19 vaccinations at APH community vaccination sites and fill out a survey afterwards. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations require two separate shots to be effective. Those…

Thursday, August 5, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin area moves to Stage 5 risk as Covid-19 hospitalizations continue to soar

Lea esta nota en español Austin and Travis County have moved into Stage 5, the highest level of risk in the local health department’s Covid-19 guidelines. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority, said during a news conference Thursday that this…

Thursday, August 5, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission pushes Council to recommit to $10M aid plan for venues

The Music Commission has asked the city to hold to a May decision to provide another $10 million in federal assistance to Austin music venues, in response to recent recommendations by staff to reduce the next aid package to $4…

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 by Seth Smalley

As breakthrough cases rise, top doc stresses vaccine’s importance

The Travis County Commissioners Court and Austin City Council members will convene a special called meeting today amid growing concerns about the highly infectious Covid-19 Delta variant and a shortage of ICU beds. On Monday, Austin Public Health reported that…

Thursday, July 29, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Mayor, manager at odds over requiring vaccinations

On Wednesday, Mayor Steve Adler urged City Manager Spencer Cronk to require all city employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with a few exceptions. His comments came in an emailed press release. A few hours later, a city spokesperson released…

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 by Jerry Quijano, KUT

Austin health officials recommend masking up indoors as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations spike

Austin Public Health is recommending everyone – including those who are vaccinated – wear a face covering indoors as Covid-19 cases continue rising in Austin and Travis County. Local Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes told a joint session of Travis…

Friday, July 16, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Austin-Travis County raises Covid risk level to stage 3 as hospitalizations increase

Lea esta nota en español Austin-Travis County returned to stage 3 of the Covid-19 risk-based guidelines Thursday. The change was made after the detection of four cases of the more infectious Delta variant and recent increases in new Covid-19 cases…

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 by Sangita Menon

What will happen to all the plexiglass barriers Austin businesses set up during the pandemic?

From grocery stores to banks, clear plastic barriers have become an everyday sight over the last year. Large acrylic sheets, or plexiglass, have been set up in front of cash registers and reception desks to reduce the risk of transmitting…

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