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Public Health and Safety Update

Please visit the City of Austin’s website for the most comprehensive and up-to-date COVID-19 information.

Both the Austin and Travis County Orders and the Health Authority Rules can be found on the Austin-Travis County COVID-19 Orders and Rules webpage.

State of Texas

For current information on the Governor’s orders and regulations, visit the Texas Coronavirus Resources and Response Page.


COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines

Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 4 in Austin Public Health’s risk-based Guidelines.

Stage 4 recommendations include the following:

Fully vaccinated individuals should wear a mask when participating in indoor private gatherings, traveling, and dining or shopping, and should wear a mask for outdoor gatherings, if they are unable to socially distance.

Partially or unvaccinated individuals should avoid private gatherings, travel, dining and shopping unless essential. Wear a mask when conducting essential activities.

Thresholds

Staging thresholds are subject to change, based on new hospital admissions, number of patients in the ICU, ventilator usage, positivity rate, and the 7-day moving average of cases.

A color chart of risk-based COVID guidelines thresholds

Source: City of Austin

Click here to review a chart of risk-based guideline thresholds and recommendations.


COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information

All adults and children ages 12-15 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Click here for the latest information from the Austin-Travis County Health Department and to pre-register for vaccination.

Find a vaccine provider near you.

Austin Public Health has launched a COVID-19 vaccine registration system to help vulnerable individuals access the vaccine which you can access here.

COVID-19 Testing

Austin Public Health Testing

Austin Public Health operates several COVID-19 testing sites throughout Austin. Options include drive-thru sites, in-home testing, and neighbor testing locations. Click here to learn more.

Downtown Testing Locations

  • UT Health
    • UT Health Austin offers drive-thru testing by appointment only. Call 1-833-UT-CARES to schedule an appointment.
  • Tarrytown Pharmacy has set up a downtown testing site in the parking lot at 3rd and Colorado.
    • Rapid testing available by appointment
    • Click here for more information.

Testing is available at private sites around Austin, including through hospitals, at pharmacies, or at urgent care centers. View the COVID-19 Austin-area Test Locations Map here.


Review the City of Austin’s recap of 2020 Covid-19 Economic Resources and distribution.

Travis County Relief Efforts:

The Health and Human Services Department is providing relief to Travis County residents struggling to pay rent because of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as low-income residents experiencing housing instability. Applications for aid opened on April 19, 2021, and will remain open until Sept. 1 or until funds run out. Click here to learn more about the application process and to apply for assistance.

Resources for Businesses, Employers and Job Seekers

Paycheck Protection Program

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) initiative has reopened for certain new and existing borrowers. Click here to access resources for new and existing applicants.
  • Eligible businesses may apply for a Second Draw PPP loan.The SBA is currently accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans. At least $25 billion is being set aside for Second Draw PPP Loans to eligible borrowers, those with a maximum of 10 employees or seeking loans of $250,000 or less.
  • Visit the NFIB website for webinars and the latest updates focused on helping small businesses navigate and recover from the pandemic.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area Re: WorkNow Program

RE:WorkNOW is a rapid training effort within the Austin Metro Area Community Workforce Plan, designed to assist the City of Austin and Travis County’s approximately 50,000 jobless residents connect to no-cost, rapid, and safe training. These programs will be provided by Austin Community College District, Local 286 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, Skillpoint Alliance, Digital Creative Institute, and Tech Talent South.


Downtown Ambassadors

Our Downtown Ambassadors are hard at work to keep downtown clean and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with increased cleaning efforts, they are setting up handwashing stations, practicing social distancing, and sharing information on good hygiene practices.

Contact the ambassadors at (512) 937-7422 for safety escorts, graffiti removal, and more. Click here for a full list of their services.


If you have additional information that would be helpful to the downtown community, please email us at hello@downtownaustin.com

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