Central Texas Covid-19 Snapshot
Gov. Greg Abbott announced some businesses and services can be expanded. Counties within certain sections of this Trauma Service Area Map can open restaurants, retail stores and office buildings at 75 percent. Travis county is included in the first wave that can expand services. Three areas in South Texas must continue to operate at 50 percent. Read more on this executive order here.
The City of Austin and Travis County have extended the Stay Home, Mask and Otherwise Be Safe Order through December 15. The new order extends existing requirements for face coverings, social distancing and gathering limitations, and mandates that schools offering in-person education must follow a phased-in approach.
Travis County will introduce a contactless voter registration tool ahead of the November presidential election. According to Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant, the Text2Register app will let Austin users register to vote, and a similar app will allow anyone statewide to register to vote in their county. Voter registration has been low, as Covid-19 is preventing registrars from holding voter registration drives. Currently the state of Texas does not offer online voter registration.
Risk Level Update
Austin Public Health released a chart on how people can take precautions at each Covid-19 risk level. Austin Public Health has said the 7-day average needs to stay below 20 to prevent straining hospital resources. The current average is at 13, which is in the Stage 3 risk level. To learn more, head here.
Austin Public Health has released a map of Covid-19 testing sites, which includes operation hours and cost. APH is asking residents that have insurance to use non-APH testing sites so they can work as a safety net for people who lack insurance or a primay care provider. People who think they may need a Covid-19 screening test can use the APH online enrollment form to check for symptoms and schedule a time for a drive-thru test. The form and other updates from Austin government can be found here.
The University of Texas at Austin has released their testing strategy for Covid-19 for the 2020 fall semester. UT students experiencing Covid-19 symptoms will be able to schedule a test with University Health Services. Faculty can schedule a test with UT Health Austin.
What to Watch
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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.
Last update: September 21, 2020 at 10:45 A.M.
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