By order of the Mayor, landlords may not issue Notices to Vacate to tenants through July 25, 2020. If your landlord or the landlord of someone you know has issued you or someone else a notice to vacate your rented property due to rent nonpayment or otherwise, report your landlord to 3-1-1, who will help them understand the Mayor’s order. Rent and utilities assistance resources are also available by calling 3-1-1- or visiting http://austintexas.gov/
The Texas Education Agency announced that state public schools may offer virtual-only instruction into November, and high schools won’t be required to offer five days of in-person instruction per week. If listeners or their friends and family need help with student internet access in the coming months, call your local school district. Families in the Austin Independent School District can call AISD’s Family Support line at 512-414-9187 on weekdays from 7am–5pm.
The City of Austin identified its first West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes of the year in zip code 78756. Mosquitoes are most active from May through November, and neighbors over 50 are at higher risk for severe illness, which may include stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, vision loss, and paralysis. To avoid mosquito bites, try to stay inside from dusk through dawn; wear pants and long sleeves when you are outside; apply insect repellent that contains DEET; and drain any pools of water near your homes or campsites. If you’re concerned that you contracted West Nile virus, contact your doctor. If you’re uninsured or don’t have a doctor, reach out to CommunityCare at 512-978-9015
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