Tag Archives: COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Doctors, first responders see need for more resources – and distancing – before COVID-19 cases rise

As Central Texas prepares for an inevitable spike in COVID-19 diagnoses, medical professionals are calling on local officials to address unmet needs and implement tighter restrictions on public gatherings. In an open letter to officials Monday, nearly 200 doctors asked…

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Coalition demands swift city, county COVID-19 response

A coalition of area advocacy organizations hosted a press conference Monday stressing the importance of providing effective solutions to the most vulnerable populations in our communities. The organizations, which include Grassroots Leadership, Workers Defense Project, Austin EMS Association, Lilith Fund…

Monday, March 16, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

What’s happening, what’s not, and how to help

Health Care For general information about COVID-19, as well as the latest, most accurate information about recommendations, warnings, prevention and testing, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site dedicated to the virus. The Texas Department of State Health…

Monday, March 16, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Virus impact grabs attention from transit, land use at panel for NW Austin Council members

Even with long-term issues such as local transit and the city’s proposed new Land Development Code up for debate, three City Council members representing the Northwest Austin area couldn’t get away from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic during a…

Friday, March 13, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Local disaster declaration extended indefinitely

As expected, Mayor Steve Adler has extended the local state of disaster declaration indefinitely, with the unanimous consent of City Council. On March 6, the mayor declared a local state of disaster for one week due to concerns over the…

Friday, March 13, 2020 by Jimmy Maas

Rodeo Austin, Luck Reunion are the latest events called off in Austin over coronavirus concerns

Rodeo Austin and Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion will not be held this spring. Organizers received word from Travis County officials Thursday that the public health risk was too great. There will also be no fans at Austin sporting events for…

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Council to examine aid for ‘SXSW resilience’ after festival’s cancellation

City Council and staffers will spend much of next week looking at how to provide assistance to small businesses and workers who stand to be severely impacted by last week’s decision to cancel the South by Southwest festival. In a…

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County Commissioners Court extends emergency disaster declaration

Following the local disaster declaration last Friday, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously extended the county’s disaster declaration in light of ongoing concerns about public health risks associated with COVID-19. This state of emergency will continue indefinitely or until the…

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by Alyssa Weinstein

UT Austin opens health clinic, weighs closure plan as it prepares for potential coronavirus spread

UT Austin said Monday it’s preparing to move all classes online if COVID-19 cases are confirmed in the Austin area. The university is also advising students on how to avoid spreading the disease and how to travel safely over spring…

Friday, March 6, 2020 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Austin cancels SXSW amid COVID-19 concerns

South by Southwest is canceled. Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and public health officials said the concerns surrounding COVID-19 were too great. “I’ve gone ahead and declared a local disaster in the city, and associated with that,…

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