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This Austin-Travis County data will be updated daily. To view the case count for Texas, visit Texas DSHS.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.
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 coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- Austin Public Health Response
Austin Public Health is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and regional public health and healthcare agencies. APH has developed a five-phase plan to coordinate COVID-19 response activities.
- Phase 1: Persons Under Monitoring
- Phase 2: Persons Under Investigation (Testing in Progress)
- Phase 3: Confirmed Case(s) (No Person-to-Person Spread)
- Phase 4: Limited Person-to-Person Spread (Close/Household Contacts)
- Phase 5: Sustained Person-to-Person Spread in the Community
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
APH has also activated our Department Operations Center to allow for enhanced response coordination, provided symptom monitoring for residents returning to Austin/Travis County from travel abroad, and provided prevention messaging to health care professionals, businesses, schools, and the general public. Additionally, the Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center (ATCEOC) has been activated.
- Expert Advisory Panel
An Expert Advisory Panel has been formed consisting of more than a dozen physicians from around the community. They include experts in infectious diseases, pediatrics, emergency medicine and internal medicine, as well as physicians from higher education and public schools. The panel is working on recommendations and guidance regarding mitigation and prevention strategies for mass gatherings.
- City of Austin Facility Closures/State of Texas Waivers
A number of City of Austin facilities have been closed (PDF). This list will be updated as other facilities close or reopen.
The Governor of Texas 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
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
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
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 Measures for Healthcare Facilities (Austin) − March 13, 2020
Resolution to Ratify Declaration of Local State of Disaster (Austin) − March 12, 2020
Order of Control Measures for nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities (Austin) − March 11, 2020
- Previous Orders
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
Executive Order relating to COVID-19 Preparedness and Mitigation (Texas) - March 19, 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
- See All News
Austin Public Health Announces First COVID-19 Related Death - March 27, 2020
Austin Public Health Launches COVID-19 Case Tracker Dashboard - March 26, 2020
ATCEMS medic tests positive for COVID-19 - March 25, 2020
New Order Urges Businesses to Take Further Action on COVID-19 - March 21, 2020
New Orders to Align COVID-19 Restrictions Statewide - March 20, 2020
Austin-Travis County Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing Capacity - March 18, 2020
Modifications to City operations due to COVID-19 - March 15, 2020
Gatherings of 250+ People Banned to Help Tackle COVID-19 - March 14, 2020
New Advice for Individuals Aware of Contact with COVID-19 Cases - March 14, 2020
Two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Austin-Travis County - March 13, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Special Events in Austin-Travis County - March 9, 2020
Elevated COVID-19 Concerns Prompt New Precautions - March 6, 2020
4:30 p.m. March 5: Austin-Travis County COVID-19 Update - March 5, 2020