Austin Mayor Steve Adler passed a new Stay-At-Home order Monday, June 15, extending social-distancing and face mask requirements through August 15. The order comes in anticipation of a new wave of cases after the average rate of new hospitalizations exceeded 20 per day in Travis County, reaching Stage 4 emergency status. Local public health authorities have developed a plan to address the potential for hospitals exceeding their capacity but urge Austinites to abide by social-distancing, hygiene, and face-covering policies as much as possible. Details of the order’s requirements can be found here. On Wednesday, June 17, Adler issued another order: that businesses require patrons to wear masks. Businesses have until June 23 to develop their own plan to execute the order.
Governor Greg Abbott provided an update in a press conference Tuesday, June 16, regarding the capacity of hospitals statewide to treat the increasing number of patients. After a request from a number of Texas mayors to allow local governments to draft and enforce their own facial covering rules, Abbott’s approval of local mask rules were made clear one day later, which lead to Mayor Adler’s Wednesday order.
The City of Austin has launched a second Covid-19 dashboard: The new Key Indicators for Staging Dashboard has 7-day moving projections of new admissions and cases. Based on this information, as you will see on the graph in the middle of the page, we can see what stage we are in based on the color-coded chart of risked-based guidance. How we move about the city and the risks we take might be legal, but this information from Austin Public Health can keep us safe.
Free drive-thru testing is available in Austin for individuals who are experiencing symptoms or have been at high risk of exposure. The results of these tests are kept anonymous. Take a self assessment and make an appointment here.
Thank you, D6ers, for your efforts to keep yourselves, your families, your friends, and our city as safe and healthy as possible.