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Austin moves from stage 4 to 3 in Covid-19 risk-based guidelines

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

With key indicators down, Austin Public Health announced Tuesday that Austin and Travis County are now operating under Stage 3 risk-based guidelines designed to curb the pandemic. According to the chart below, and a news release about the new guidelines, “In Stage 3, higher-risk individuals (those over the age of 65 and those who have chronic medical conditions) should avoid non-essential travel, dining and shopping. Everyone, regardless of risk, should avoid social gatherings and any gatherings greater than 10 people.” In addition, community members are asked to continue the use of good hygiene, social distancing and wearing face coverings to help keep the community safe. “Our key indicators are all showing that we as a community are reducing our Covid-19 numbers, but we need to remain focused on improving the health outcomes for communities of color, who continue to be disproportionately impacted by the virus,” said Stephanie Hayden, APH director. The latest information, guidelines and statistics can be found on the city’s Covid-19 site.

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