Tag Archives: COVID-19

Friday, April 9, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City awards second round of SAVES funds to closed music venues

The city has begun awarding grants to 28 music venues selected to receive assistance from a $5 million program created to help preserve businesses that have been largely closed since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic last spring. The grants…

Thursday, April 8, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City seeks input on post-Covid economic recovery plan

The city is taking feedback from residents on a wide-reaching plan to restructure how many departments operate, and how economic development is handled in the post-pandemic world. The Economic Recovery and Resiliency Framework is a list of 45 ways the…

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by Jerry Quijano, KUT

Austin’s top doctor says possible Covid surge unlikely to overload area hospitals

New Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the area are declining, but they are still well within the threshold to keep Austin and Travis County at stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines. The city’s interim medical director previously had…

Monday, April 5, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health had 2,800 Covid vaccine appointments left open Thursday

Austin Public Health opened up Covid-19 vaccine appointments Thursday evening, but by the end of the night, it still had 2,800 appointments available, raising questions about how the agency is distributing doses. This is the second week in a row…

Friday, April 2, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

Libraries set to begin reopening in May, despite City Council resolution

Amid concerns about vaccination rates, City Council has pushed back the day Austin Public Library employees will return to their physical workplaces. The change is not expected to impact a plan to begin reopening public libraries on May 10. “I…

Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Sangita Menon

Austin Public Health leaders ask community to consider virtual Easter celebrations

Austin Public Health leaders are asking the community to consider celebrating Easter week differently than normal to avoid a third surge of Covid-19 cases. During a news conference Wednesday, interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott encouraged people to take part…

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City offers guidelines for events to reopen safely amid pandemic concerns

The city has released a new set of guidelines for event safety that looks to provide some clarity and help a critical piece of the local economy recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Friday the Austin Center…

Monday, March 22, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Health officials urge Austinites to get tested for Covid if they traveled over spring break

About a quarter of adults in Travis County have gotten at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and the Austin area is seeing record-low numbers of coronavirus cases. But health officials were clear at a news conference Friday morning:…

Friday, March 12, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Rescue plan gives Central Texas $500 million

According to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), Travis County is set to receive $247.08 million and the city of Austin an estimated $195.8 million under the American Rescue Plan, approved by Congress and signed yesterday by President Joe Biden. The…

Thursday, March 11, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Adler, Brown say they won’t back down as Paxton threatens suit

Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown Wednesday threatening a lawsuit if Austin and Travis County do not rescind rules devised by Austin’s health authority to slow the spread of…

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Texas is lifting its mask mandate and Covid restrictions on businesses. Here’s what that means.

Lee esta historia en español. Texas is reopening 100 percent, ending the statewide mask mandate and lifting Covid-related restrictions on businesses. Here’s a rundown of Gov. Greg Abbott’s order and what it means for local officials, schools and businesses. What…

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County approves millions toward emergency rental assistance

The county is receiving $10.7 million in federal relief funds from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, designated for an emergency rental assistance program, or ERAP. In January it was announced that the county would receive the…

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 by Ashley Lopez, KUT

Austin Public Health to start opening Covid-19 vaccine appointments every Monday evening

Starting yesterday, Austin Public Health will be releasing appointments every Monday evening for first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Prior to this, officials were opening appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays, somewhat sporadically. The specific days and the number of these appointments…

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

‘It is now time to open Texas 100 percent,’ Gov. Greg Abbott says

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he’s lifting statewide executive orders that limit occupancy for businesses and require Texans to wear masks in public spaces. “Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100 percent,” Abbott said.…

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health plans to administer 37,000 Covid-19 vaccines this week after storm delayed efforts

Austin Public Health is working overtime this week to try to administer 37,000 Covid-19 vaccines after the winter storm delayed vaccination efforts for more than a week. That number is much higher than what APH has been able to administer…

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 by Ramon Rodriguez

Just before the storms, Austin Energy gave Covid relief update

Before winter storm Uri wrought devastation and widespread power outages, Austin Energy was focused on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its accompanying economic damage. In April of last year, City Council approved measures collectively providing $46 million in utility bill…

Monday, February 22, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health resumes Covid testing and vaccinations after winter storm put them on pause

Austin Public Health is resuming Covid-19 vaccinations and testing after the winter storm put operations on hold for more than a week. But the agency, whose staff was also impacted by the weather that left thousands without power and water…

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 by Ashley Lopez, KUT

Texas won’t be getting its Covid-19 vaccine shipments until weather conditions improve, state officials say

Snowstorms across the state are expected to affect Texas’ effort to vaccinate people this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “has put vaccine shipments on hold” due to dangerous conditions created by the storm, the Texas Department of…

Friday, February 12, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City opens up grants to help legacy businesses hit hard by Covid-19

A new city program set to go live next week will give long-running hospitality businesses throughout the city another possible source of Covid-19 relief. The first round of the Legacy Business Relief Grant, which was designed to help restaurants, bars,…

Thursday, February 11, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier, KUT

Austin Public Health begins setting up appointments for people to get second dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Austin Public Health received its first shipment of second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday and is now reaching out to schedule appointments with people who are due for their next shot. APH began receiving 12,000 doses a week…

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