Model of Coronavirus

COVID-19 Information

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FREE PUBLIC COVID-19 TESTING NOW AVAILABLE ​

Are you experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? Click the button below to use this online assessment to register for FREE testing for you or a loved one.

Click the Take a Self-Assessment Button to Begin Registration

  • Answer a few questions to see if you are eligible for testing.
  • Eligibility is determined by symptoms and individual risk factors.
  • If you are eligible, you can sign up for testing at one of our locations.
  • You will receive confirmation of your appointment. 
  • Go to your appointment to be tested for COVID-19. 
  • Your results will be available online in 7-10 days.
  • Call the Austin Public Health medical hotline at 512-972-5560 if you need assistance completing the online assessment.

Those with insurance are encouraged to contact their physician’s office or insurer directly for testing referrals and private options. There are additional free testing services through APH partner CommUnityCare.

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Dashboard data will be updated every day at 6 p.m.

Please call 3-1-1 (512-974-2000) with questions or complete this form.


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is spreading from person to person. The virus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person speaks, sings, coughs or sneezes. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Clusters

Austin Public Health is defining a cluster as three or more positive cases of COVID-19 at a single location.

As of July 31st, Austin Public Health was or is actively investigating clusters of cases at 51 long-term care facilities in Austin-Travis County. The cluster locations below are divided into quadrants by IH-35 and the Colorado River.

  • Northwest - 15 clusters
  • Northeast - 8 clusters
  • Southwest - 26 clusters
  • Southeast - 2 clusters

A table breakdown of case numbers associated with nursing home and other long-term care facilities with clusters can be seen below. This data is current as of July 28th. Facilities A-D, F, J, L-M, O-P, W, Y-Z, FF, HH, JJ-KK, MM, OO-QQ, TT, VV, XX, ZZ, CCC, and HHH have been cleared by public health officials.

City of Austin Facility Closures/State of Texas Waivers

A number of City of Austin facilities have changed operations or are closed (PDF). This list will be updated as other facilities close or reopen.

The Governor of Texas has published Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas, and has issued numerous waivers to help alleviate the impacts of COVID-19. The Office of Governor provides a list of state resources and information regarding the current waivers in place.


Control Orders and Emergency Rules

A number of control orders and emergency rules have been introduced mandating specified actions aimed at slowing the spread and reducing the impact of COVID-19.

Current Orders

Order 20200724-18 - July 24, 2019

Order of Control Measures for In-Person School Campus Instruction - July 14, 2020

Health Authority Rules Ordinance No. 20200709-003 - July 14, 2020

Stay Home, Mask, And Otherwise Be Safe - July 02, 2020

Stay Home, Mask, And Otherwise Be Safe - June 26, 2020

Gatherings of Individuals Order (Travis County) - June 25, 2020

Stay Home, Mask and Otherwise Be Safe (Austin) - June 22, 2020

Mandatory Health and Safety Policies for Commercial Entities (Travis County) - June 18, 2020

Mandatory Health and Safety Policies for Business Employees and Patrons (Austin) - June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines and Order (Stay Home, Save Lives), (Austin) - June 15, 2020

COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines and Order 2020-11 (Travis County) - June 15, 2020

Order Relating to Extension of Vacate Notices (Travis County) - June 11, 2020

Order Relating to Extension of Vacate Notices (Austin) - May 7, 2020

Updated Order of Control Measures for Vulnerable Populations at Long-Term Care Facilities and/or Nursing Homes - April 20, 2020

Order of Control for Mass Gatherings and Critical Infrastructure (Austin) − March 21, 2020 

Order of Control for Mass Gatherings and Critical Infrastructure (Travis County) − March 21, 2020 

Order of Control for Bars, Restaurants, and Gatherings (Austin) - March 20, 2020

Order of Control for Bars, Restaurants, and Gatherings (Travis County) - March 20, 2020

Order of Control Measures for Healthcare Facilities (Austin) − March 13, 2020

Resolution to Ratify Declaration of Local State of Disaster (Austin) − March 12, 2020

Previous Orders

Stay Home - Work Safe Order (Austin) - May 29, 2020

Stay Home - Work Safe Order (Austin) - May 8, 2020

Stay Home - Work Safe Order (Travis County) - May 8, 2020

Order Relating to Extension of Vacate Notices (Travis County) - May 7, 2020

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order To Expand Openings Of Certain Businesses and Activities - May 5, 2020

Stay Home - Work Safe Order (Austin) - April 13, 2020

Stay Home - Work Safe Order (Travis County) - April 13, 2020

Stay Home - Work Safe: Supplemental Guidance Based on Executive Order No.GA-14 - April 2, 2020

Mayoral Order Impacting Commercial and Residential Landlords and Tenants (Austin)  - March 26, 2020

Stay Home - Work Safe: Guidance for the Construction Industry (Austin) − March 24, 2020

Stay Home - Work Safe Order (Austin) − March 24, 2020 

Stay Home - Work Safe Order (Travis County) − March 24, 2020 

Executive Order relating to COVID-19 Preparedness and Mitigation (Texas) - March 19, 2020

Order of Control for Bars and Restaurants (Austin) − March 17, 2020

Order of Control for Mass and Community Gatherings (Austin) − March 15, 2020

Order of Control for Mass and Community Gatherings (Travis County) − March 15, 2020

Food Establishment Rules (Austin)− March 13, 2020

Order of Control Measures for nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities (Austin) − March 11, 2020

City of Austin local state of disaster / Travis County local state of disaster − March 6, 2020