UPDATED: Tuesday, May 26 • Photo: downtownaustin.com
District 6 will update this page with links to resources regarding short-term and long-term health concerns, economic resilience, and disaster recovery in the wake of coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Bookmark and refer back, as these sites are being updated often.
CITY OF AUSTIN COVID-19 SITES
City of Austin is updating COVID-19 and Austin Public Health webpages around the clock with the latest news, guidance, and declarations related to topics like sanitation requirements and restrictions on bars & restaurants to bans on social gatherings.
• COA COVID-19 Access the latest update of the recently expanded
Public Dashboard, info on closures, Control Orders, and Emergency Rules. Changes to data on dashboard will be updated daily from 5:45pm – 6pm.
• Austin Public Health Access public healthcare providers and news about WIC, free food deliveries, and more.
• COA Stay Home – Work Safe Order Information Latest details and dates about Austin/Travis stay-at-home directives.
These sites lay out basic information in clear, easy-to-understand detail.
If you have further questions, please call 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000.
April Update: The City of Austin and Travis County are extending their
“Stay Home – Work Safe” orders until May 30
EXPANDED COVID-19 TESTING
Austin Public Health (APH) currently provides free tests at a drive-through site to anyone who has been approved via the online public enrollment system: Austin Public Testing Enrollment Form.
Current criteria for getting a test include the presence of symptoms, exposure to others who have tested positive, and other high-risk factors identified by the CDC.
- Answer a few questions to see if you are eligible for testing. Eligibility is determined by symptoms and individual risk factors.
- If you are eligible, you can sign up for testing at a drive-through location.
- You will receive confirmation of your appointment. Go to your appointment to be tested for COVID-19. Your results will be available online in 3-4 days.
- If you need to be tested and do not have access to a vehicle, please contact CommUnity Care for other options.
APH continues to make COVID-19 testing more accessible to the community. The average number of tests per day has increased significantly – by 240% – since the launch of the Austin Public Testing Enrollment Form last month.
WARN CENTRAL TEXAS
WarnCentralTexas is a free emergency alert system for updates during disasters. Sign up online to allow direct emergency alerts via phone, text, or email during a disaster or public safety event. WarnCentralTexas is made possible through the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG), Central Texas’ 10-county council to facilitate regional collaboration.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY COVID-19
The Wilco Coronavirus page features an informative and regularly updated Wilco COVID-19 Dashboard as well as a scroll of links to their news pagess. The Williamson Co. & Cities Health District COVID page offers helpful resources for healthcare and food service impact.
TRAVIS COUNTY COVID-19
Click through the Travis County COVID-19 page for the latest updates and resources and the Travis Co. COVID-19 Dashboard.
TX REP BUCY CORONAVIRUS PAGE
Texas State House Representative John Bucy is maintaining a Coronavirus Page. His office is also hosting a Senior sustenance service in partnership with our District 6 office and Hill Country Community Ministries. Sign up here to volunteer!
3-1-1 REPORT A CORONAVIRUS CONCERN
To report concerns about a COVID-19 sanitation risks or social distancing occupancy overages, use this handy form to get the message to 3-1-1.
FREE, CHEAP & CONVENIENT
Check out this round-up of local options that can make the stay-at-home experience way more palatable, with online and delivery selections for food, entertainment, helping others, and more, right here on ATXD6.org.
AUSTIN TAKEOUT LIST Eater Editor Nadia Chaudhury‘s very definition of an exhaustive list of Austin Restaurants With Takeout Options, is being regularly updated on Eater. WOW.
TEXAS TRIBUNE: CORONAVIRUS IN TEXAS
The staff of statewide news source, The Texas Tribune is closely tracking developments on their page Coronavirus in Texas. Click for live updates.
ECONOMIC IMPACT & RECOVERY
CM FLANNIGAN’S SXSW/COVID RELIEF RESOLUTIONS
ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY ON THE DAIS
You can check into the history of our office’s Items from Council dealing with COVID-19 relief.
Item 23 was presented and passed unanimously at the May 7 Austin City Council Meeting to create relief programs to be administered by external “Administering Organizations” (not the city):
The CLEAR Fund: Commercial Loans for Economic Assistance & Recovery $11M Economic injury loans, grants, and technical assistance for local and small businesses.
Childcare Support Fund $1M to make sure childcare centers have the ability to make it through and reopen so parents and caregivers can return to work when appropriate.
The ANCHOR Fund: Austin Nonprofit & Civic Health Organizations Relief $6M for non-profit organizations
Economic Response Dashboard in partnership with regional entities for transparency in the progress toward economic recovery.
• The PDF of the Resolution
• KXAN’s Alyssa Goard’s article about the resolution
Item 91 was presented and passed unanimously at the March 26 Austin City Council Meeting related to the city’s economic response to COVID-19 and the SXSW cancellation and addressing critical needs for those small businesses, musicians, and members of the workforce most directly impacted by the crisis.
• The PDF of the Resolution
• Austin City Council Message Board thread about the resolution
ECONOMIC RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES
• The COA COVID-19: Community Resources & Available Services page includes resources for individuals experiencing various challenges with info on No Evictions, Childcare, Housing, Utilities, etc.
• Aunt Bertha Social Care Network
• Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
• Austin Spirit Newsletter (for bar and beverages folks)
ECONOMIC RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS
On the COA COVID page:
• COA Information for Businesses & Industries Click to find workplace recommendations, info on gatherings, stay-at-home, and work safe compliance & enforcement. Plus, an FAQ and more.
• Scroll to the bottom of the COA Community Resources page for posters you can print and post in your place of business on every door
Austin Department of Transportation Press Release concerning allowing businesses to request street parking to be converted into to-go pickup spaces to facilitate curbside and to-go business.
On the WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS site:
• WS Layoff Aversion Support Businesses facing layoff or closure, WS offers proactive, business-focused intervention and layoff aversion support.
• WS Precautions for Employers includes CDC’s recommendations for best practices in worksites that must stay open but also encouraging flexible sick leave situations to support workers while dealing with the crisis
AUSTIN LGBT CHAMBER: RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS
The Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 page is being maintained and updated with valuable local, state, and federal resources for employers.
FOOD SECURITY & SUSTENANCE
AUNT BERTHA SOCIAL CARE NETWORK
The Aunt Bertha Social Care Network is a national network that connects people with social services and programs and has just launched a COVID-19 -specific page, Find Help to link folks to resources to find food assistance, pay bills, and other free or reduced cost programs that help people affected by the pandemic.
HD 136 HELPING SENIORS
The HD 136 Neighbor to Neighbor Seniors Food & Wellness Program has launched and volunteers and donations needed. The program began as a partnership between the offices of TX State Rep John Bucy, our District 6 office/CM Jimmy Flannigan, and Hill Country Community Ministries.
Until full online infrastructure is set, please contact:
• TX Rep Bucy’s office via info on this Facebook post
• HCCM via their website
HEB & FAVOR HELPING SENIORS
H-E-B & Favor #TexansHelpingTexans Effort launched their Senior Support Line See how you can get assistance or support their program:
Seniors can place orders from curated list of essentials via a phone line 1-833-397-0080, the @Favor app, or favordelivery.com/seniors.
All fees waived for first 30 days, w/ $10 tip for the Favor Runner.
Here are a few sites we’ve been tracking for current food information in Central Texas:
• Austin Chinese American Network (ACAN) Please consider donating to ACAN. Check out their Facebook page to see the amazing work they’ve been doing to get local folks fed.
• Austin Takeout Tracker Keep track of ATX restaurants open during the crisis
• Central Texas Food Bank Find Food Now page Immediate food relief and assistance
• Fresh Food For All! is a monthly safe drive-up food program. Bethany United Methodist Church and Hill Country Community Ministries have teamed up to provide for those in need (and that means a lot of us right now!). Check the dates on the Facebook page to schedule a food pick-up or to consider signing up to volunteer!
• H-E-B & Favor #TexansHelpingTexans Efforts and Senior Support Line
TRAVEL SAFETY & MOBILITY
CAPTIAL METRO COVID-19
TRAVEL UPDATES ABIA/AUS
Austin Bergstrom International COVID page shares updates on protocol and restrictions
HELPING HELPERS HELP
As you fight back that feeling of helplessness and wonder how you can help, consider checking out these groups with some D6 connections:
DOMESTIC PARTNER VIOLENCE SURVIVAL
Local nonprofit Survive2Thrive (founded and managed by District 6 neighbor Courtney Santana) has been working through the crisis to find suitable accommodations for people who cannot count on their home environment for safe shelter.
TELLING OUR STORIES
ATX for ATX Share Your Stories Whether you are helping as an individual, with friends, neighbors, as part of a community of faith, or a business, please share your stories. No act is too small or too big. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #ATXforATX.
PLEASE TAKE CARE
As we are all in this together, it is imperative for us all to take responsibility to take care of ourselves and our loved ones to keep this virus in check.