Starting July 3 and with few exceptions, Texans must wear face coverings or masks when outside of their homes, including in offices, stores, and public or private buildings. The order from the Governor’s office prohibits gatherings with over ten people in them. Violations are criminal offenses, but you do not need to call 9-1-1 to report them. If you see someone putting you, your family, or other community members at risk by going maskless, getting too close, or meeting in big groups, call 3-1-1. For more detail about the policy, go to austintexas.gov/covid19 or call 512-974-2000.
Austin Public Health reminds central Texans that immunization shots are still a key method of preventing sickness and supporting community health. City flu shots are available for uninsured children, child Medicaid recipients, and uninsured adults. The cost of the flu vaccine is $25 for adults, $10 for children, and free for children with Medicaid, but no one is denied services if they are unable to pay. To make an appointment, call 512-972-5520. If you have health insurance, call your insurance company for immunization details.
City of Austin public health officials have opened COVID-19 testing programs for in-home and mobile testing for neighbors with limited access to transportation. To schedule an in-home COVID-19 test or learn locations of mobile testing sites, residents must first take a COVID-19 test assessment at covid19.austintexas.gov or by calling 512-972-5560.
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.