Keeping Up With the Coronavirus

Keeping Up With the Coronavirus

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 SITE

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
Austin Public Health
COA Stay Home – Work Safe Order Information

The sites lay out basic information in clear, easy to understand detail. Stay on top of what’s happening in our city to assuage fears and stay informed.

If you have further questions, please call 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000. If you feel unwell, please contact your health provider before going to a clinic, urgent care, or ER.

CM FLANNIGAN’S SXSW/COVID RELIEF RESOLUTION
ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY ON THE DAIS, MARCH 26

You can check into the history of our office’s Item from Council that was presented 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

WILLIAMSON COUNTY COVID-19

The Wilco Coronavirus page includes a scroll of links to their news pages and updates. 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.

AUNT BERTHA SOCIAL CARE NETWORK

The Aunt Bertha Social Care Network is a national network that connects people with social services and programs — making it easy to find social services in various communities, for nonprofits to coordinate their efforts, and for customers to integrate social care into the work they already do.

Aunt Bertha 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:
HCCM via their website
TX Rep Bucy’s office via info on this Facebook post

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, the @Favor app, or favordelivery.com/seniors. The line will be staffed with volunteers to accept/process home delivery orders, 9am-1pm. To access, call 1-833-397-0080.
All fees waived for first 30 days, w/ $10 tip for the Favor Runner. Please continue to be patient with these heroic teams as they serve our communities. #TexansHelpingTexans

CAPTIAL METRO COVID-19

Capital Metro & COVID-19 Updates as schedules modify and change
MetroRail Red Line Updates and changes

TRAVEL UPDATES ABIA/AUS

Austin Bergstrom International COVID page shares updates on protocol and restrictions

FOOD & SUSTENANCE

Here are a few sites we’ve been tracking for current food information in Central Texas:
Austin Takeout Tracker
Austin Department of Transportation Press Release concerning allowing businesses to request street parking to be converted into to-go pickup spaces.
Central Texas Food Bank Find Food Now page Immediate food relief and assistance
H-E-B & Favor #TexansHelpingTexans Efforts and Senior Support Line

ECONOMIC IMPACT: RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES

On the WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS site:
WFS Job Seekers assistance site for workers whose employment has been disrupted by economic changes

On the TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION site:
Unemployment Benefits To apply, please visit here

More JOB SEARCH sites
WorkInTexas.com The state’s job search website.
Capital Area Career Centers They have three centers open with limited staffing to assist the public.
Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
North 9001 N IH 35, Ste 110, Austin, TX 78753
East 3401 Webberville Rd, Bldg 1000, Austin, TX 78702
South 6505 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744
Hiring events at the centers are cancelled until further notice.

MISCELLANEOUS ASSISTANCE
• 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 IMPACT: RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS

On the COA COVID page:
COA Information for Businesses, Events & Venues is one of the blue boxes at the top of the page. Click to find workplace recommendations, info on gatherings, 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

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

On the TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION for Employers site:
• Sign up for TWC Updates
TWC Precautions for Employers

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.

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.

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.

Keep checking back here regularly for additions and updates. Stay informed, wash those hands, and stay focused on solutions. And keep an eye on the city’s COVID-19 site for updates.