Keeping Up With the Coronavirus

Keeping Up With the Coronavirus

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 18 • Photo: Paramount Theater by Pat Buchta
August, 2020 edits include consolidation and archiving sections into links for easier navigation.

District 6 will update this page with links to resources regarding short-term and long-term health concerns, economic resilience, and disaster recovery related to coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Please bookmark and visit often.

August 14, 2020, the City of Austin and Travis County have taken steps to prevent further spread of COVID-19 by extending the Stay Home, Mask and Otherwise Be Safe Order through December 15.

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, orders, and declarations.

Click to access the latest update of the Travis County COVID-19 Public Dashboard

COA COVID-19 Access this Main Page for the latest update of the continually expanding Public Dashboard, info on Closures, Control Orders, and Emergency Rules. Changes to data on dashboard will be updated daily from 5:45pm – 6pm unless it is down for posted upgrades.
Austin Public Health (APH) Access public healthcare providers and news about WIC, free food deliveries, closures, privacy practices, and more. Click here for Austin Public Health Emergency Rules & Definitions which – – among other things – provides additional direction to schools.
COA Stay Home Orders Latest details and dates about Austin/Travis stay-at-home directives. The “Stay Home Save Lives Order” replaces the original “Stay Home-Work Safe Order.”

This APH page offers a color-coded chart (and a color-blind-friendly version) to help residents of Austin-Travis County understand the stages of risk and provide recommendations on what people should do to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Key Indicators dashboard (illustrated above) utilizes this color convention.

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.


August Update: The City of Austin and Travis County have updated the extension of the Stay Home” orders until December 15, 2020 to reflect the continuing need to flatten the curve.

(In addition to the statewide mask order finally issued in July, 2020, the Texas Governor made the announcement on Thu, June 25 to temporarily pause additional reopening phases.)


ECONOMIC RELIEF UPDATES

Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) is back!

Applications are open Wednesday, August 19 at 8am and will remain open through January 2021 or until funds are expended. Up to three months rent may be issued based on applicants’ median family income and paid directly to the landlord. See our post about the RENT program.


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.

Click to Take a Self-Assessment to Begin Registration

  • If you are eligible, you can sign up for at a drive-through testing.
  • After confirmation, get tested. Results will be availablein 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.


MORE LINKS TO INFORMATIONAL POSTS

Click each blue headline for more detailed information on each topic

FLANNIGAN SXSW/COVID RELIEF RESOLUTIONS

Click the headline above to follow the history of D6 Council Member Flannigan’s Items from Council dealing with COVID-19 relief, all adopted unanimously on the dais.


ECONOMIC IMPACT & RECOVERY RESOURCES

Click above to access a post loaded with Economic Recovery assets for employees and employers alike, including info from Workforce Solutions, the City of Austin Information for Businesses and Community Resources pages, Texas Workforce Commission, Austin LGBT Chamber Employer Resources, and much more advice and assistance.


REGIONAL & STATEWIDE RESOURCES

Click on the Regional Resources headline link above to learn more about Central Texas’ many-county efforts to curb the effects of COVID-19. This link includes information about WarnCentralTexas free emergency alert system, COVID-19 pages from TX State Rep John Bucy, Williamson County, Travis County, and local 3-1-1.


FOOD, TRAVEL & FUN

The link above will take you to info about personal care and sustenance during this crazy COVID-19 time, including lists of Restaurants Offering Take-Out, Bethany United’s Fresh Food for All Program, the HEB/Favor Senior Program, CapMet, ABIA-AUS info, and more.


HELPING HELPERS HELP

Click the headline above for information about heroic efforts from Austin Chinese American Network (ACAN), Survive2Thrive domestic violence mitigation nonprofit, the Austin History Center’s ATX for ATX Share Your Stories COVID history project, and the City of Austin’s How to Help campaign, linking givers to great projects during this time of community crisis.


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.

District 6 staff and City of Austin Public Information Office provided additional content for this page.