COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing at a level that alarms Austin Public Health officials, and the City of Austin’s stay-at-home order extends to August 15, 2020. Residents should avoid going into public when they can and should wear masks when completing essential tasks. Outdoor gatherings with over 100 participants are banned through July 10. The ban on outdoor gatherings over 100 people includes the Fourth of July holiday coming up this weekend. For more detailed precautionary measures, go to austintexas.gov/covid19 or call 512-974-2000.
The Texas Governor’s office has re-halted all elective surgeries from being performed in counties with increasing COVID-19 infection rates, including Travis County. People who need access to reproductive and women’s health procedures can call Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas at 1-800-230-PLAN or visit ppgreatertx.org.
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.
The Austin Justice Coalition has launched a tool to collect community feedback on the City’s budget. For the link to submit your feedback, email email@example.com or call 512-710-5353.
If you have a question for KOOP about COVID-19, leave a message for us at 512-710-5353 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to questions and share other community updates weekly on Reflections of Community Outreach or the Community Pilot Show. Once again, that number is 512-710-5353 or email email@example.com.