Updated 3/28/20 5pm
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Austin/Travis County Health and City of Austin
- Work Safe – Stay Home Order for Austin begins at midnight 3/24
- Work Safe – Stay home Order Travis County
- http://www.austintexas.gov/COVID19 scroll to the bottom for the latest news links
- 179 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (March 28)
- Alert level raised from 3 to 5 on March 17, indicating that there is evidence of community spread
- Travis County testing capacity (March 18)
- Help available through Austin/Travis County
- Order regarding social distance controls in grocery stores and other critical services
Guidelines for the public (link)
- Avoid contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your face, wash hands frequently, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of it, and stay home if sick.
- High-risk individuals should avoid crowds. This includes (persons over 65, people with chronic health conditions, and people with a sick member in their household.
- If you have symptoms of respiratory illness including cough, fever, and shortness of breath, contact your health care provider. It is important to call ahead before arriving at a clinic, urgent care, or emergency department to avoid potential spread.
Advice if you have had contact with an individual who has COVID-19
- Any individual who is aware of close unprotected contact (within 6 feet) of an individual with COVID-19 should stay home and monitor their temperature and symptoms for 14 days.
- Individuals aware they have been in the same room, but not within six feet, of an individual with COVID-19 should self-monitor their temperature and symptoms for 14 days, avoid close gatherings where they cannot maintain 6 feet of separation from others, including mass transit and air travel.
- Individuals exposed to a case who become symptomatic, including with a cough and/or fever, should stay home and contact their primary care provider or telemedicine provider for advice and assessment of testing priority with Austin Public Health.
- Anyone who is feeling ill – even if they are not aware of any contact with a COVID-19 case – should also stay at home.
Getting Tested (Baylor, Scott & White)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html (March 21)
- Coronavirus resources
- What to do if your are sick or quarantined
What may happen
- More cases are likely to be identified in the US in the coming days, including more instances of community spread.
- CDC expects widespread transmission and exposure.
- To prevent large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time, mass gatherings should be canceled or postponed.
- Eanes ISD has cancelled classes until April 5. (March 16)
- Eanes taking first steps toward remote operations (March 23)