Latest Update On Covid-19

Sunday, April 5th 2020

Central Texas Covid-19 Snapshot

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a new executive order extending social distancing guidelines until April 30. He also announced schools would remain closed until at least May 4.

Mayor Steve Adler has issued a shelter-in-place order for the City of Austin to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential businesses will have to close or work from home, and gatherings are further restricted. Essential businesses like grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores, and pharamacies can remain open. Restaurants will still be able to provide takeout and delivery. Residents can leave home for necessary activities:

  • Getting groceries or supplies
  • Doctor's appointments or vet appointments
  • Outdoor exercise, as long as a 6-foot distance is kept from other people
  • Taking care of family or pets

The order went into effect March 24 and will last through April 13 unless it gets modified.

Capital Metro is waiving fares starting April 1-30.

Helping the Helpers

Through our reporting, we know the crucial role thousands of non-profit organizations play in the daily lives of Central Texans and the uncertainty they may be feeling right now. That’s why we are dedicated to Help the Helpers and pledge to act as a communication hub for these groups. We'll be adding ways the community can help.

If you work at a nonprofit or know people who do, please help us out by filling out this survey or sharing it to your nonprofit friends.

What can you do to help?

We Are Blood is asking for blood donations to ensure a ready reserve as the community takes coronavirus precautions.

The Central Texas Food Bank is also needing volunteers and giving people the option to hold virtual food drives to raise money to keep the support coming.

Family Eldercare is making sure seniors aren't isolated with their Lifetime Connections Without Walls program. Seniors can sign up participate and people can contact Eldercare to volunteer.

Interviews to Watch

The Decibel team is remote but we're still committed to making sure you stay informed. In keeping with our community mission, expect interviews from organizations letting you know how you can help. We'll keep adding interviews here. If you have any questions or want to get information to us, send us an email at

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Resource Links

Cities across the country grapple with the best response as Covid-19 coronavirus disease spreads worldwide. Local and national events have been canceled or postponed, universities and workplaces have moved to working online. Texas Govenor Greg Abbott is asking insurers to remove any fees or requirements involved with Covid-19 treatments.

Keep checking this page as Decibel checks in on the different ways Covid-19 is affecting the city and Central Texas. Below are some local, state and national resources giving updates.


Austin Public Health, Coronavirus FAQ


Texas Department of State Health Services, Coronavirus Reference


Covid-19 Interactive Map from Johns Hopkins University

Coronavirus Resource Center, Johns Hopkins University

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Situtaion Summary

World Health Organization

Last update: April 4, 2020 at 8:23 p.m.

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