City of Austin COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise, and the state is reporting higher numbers than at any previous point during the pandemic. The Austin/Travis County stay-at-home order extends to August 15, 2020, and Austin Public Health increased the Risk-Based Guidelines for Staying Safe to Stage 4. At this stage, residents with underlying health conditions like asthma or diabetes should avoid gatherings over two people. For more detailed precautionary measures, go to austintexas.gov/covid19 or call 512-974-2000.
The Texas State Governor’s office authorized the City of Austin to require residents to wear masks in public and to remain 6 feet away from people not in the same household. Masks include commercially made ones or homemade masks of fabric, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, and residents should wear them at all times while outside of their residence, and especially when in line to enter or when inside indoor businesses or public spaces. Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining 6-feet physical distancing and hand washing for 20 seconds with soapy water to slow the spread of the virus. Civil or criminal penalties can be imposed upon businesses, but not individuals, for violations of the facemask requirements. Protect your neighbors and local businesses by wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others. If you have questions about the policy or need a facemask, call 512-974-2000.
Travis County needs to hire hundreds of poll workers for the upcoming July 14th election and recently launched an easy-to-use online application process with the League of Women Voters. Apply online at lwvaustin.org/pollworker or call the Travis County Elections Division at 512-854-4996.
If you have a question for KOOP about COVID-19, leave a message for us at 512-710-5353 or COVID19@koop.org. We will respond to questions and share other community updates weekly Tuesday at 2 PM on the Community Pilot Show.