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COVID-19 Latest: Nonpartisan Group Holds Drive-Thru Voter Registration This Month

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COVID-19 Newest: Nonpartisan Group Holds Drive-Via Voter Registration This Month

This publish has native information on the coronavirus pandemic from Tuesday, Sept. 22. When you’ve got a information tip or query, electronic mail us at news@KUT.org.

Travis County sees 47 new instances and no new deaths

Austin Public Well being reported 47 new instances of COVID-19 in Travis County on Tuesday, down from 155 reported Monday. The seven-day common of day by day new instances is 97. No new deaths have been reported, so the county’s demise complete stays at 415.

There are actually 93 folks reported to be hospitalized with the virus within the five-county area (Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell), two greater than yesterday. APH reported a complete of 17 new COVID-19 hospital admissions within the area Tuesday. The seven-day common of recent admissions is 15, up from 14.

The world is in stage 3 of APH’s risk-based guidelines. At this degree, individuals are inspired to keep away from gatherings of greater than 10 folks.

Williamson County updates COVID-19 dashboard 

The Williamson County and Cities Well being District has made updates to its COVID-19 dashboard to assist residents perceive the extent of danger of their space and to current suggestions to mitigate that danger.

The well being district created a color-coded system, which reveals the county is within the yellow part, or average danger. The colour signifies that whereas case counts are excessive, they’re starting to degree out. The WCCHD recommends folks proceed to put on masks and socially distance. 

The dashboard additionally breaks down instances by ethnicity and gender, and the well being district has began to point out reported deaths from the coronavirus by metropolis. As of Sept. 21, the entire variety of deaths within the county is 141, with the bulk occurring in Spherical Rock. Within the county total, folks age 70 and older make up the vast majority of deaths.

St. David’s CareNow encourages folks to get flu shot early amid COVID-19

St. David’s pressing care clinics are providing $20 flu photographs in any respect of their areas and urging folks to get a flu vaccine early, as Central Texas prepares for flu season whereas within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 and the flu season are going to overlap this winter,” Dr. David Wasserman, market medical director at St. David’s CareNow, stated in a press launch. “It’s actually essential to get forward of this earlier than the flu season begins. Having each diseases collectively may imply you could have extra extreme signs.”

The flu is a contagious respiratory sickness that has signs like fever, cough, runny nostril, physique aches and fatigue. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommends folks get a flu vaccine by the top of October, however St. David’s CareNow says it’s greatest to get one early.

“One of the simplest ways to keep away from getting the flu is to get the vaccine yearly,” Wasserman stated. “The earlier you’ll be able to obtain a flu shot, the higher. It’s the perfect prevention technique.”

CareNow additionally recommends folks proceed practising hygiene measures that shield in opposition to each the flu and COVID-19: carrying a masks in public, washing fingers constantly and staying a minimum of 6 ft from others.

Spherical Rock ISD launches COVID-19 dashboard 

Spherical Rock Unbiased College District has joined different Williamson County faculty districts, like Georgetown and Leander, in launching a COVID-19 dashboard. Households can use the dashboard to view optimistic instances and the quantity of people that have been in shut contact with somebody who examined optimistic. 

The dashboard info was launched days in spite of everything college students have been welcomed again for in-person studying. The instances are damaged down by campuses and distinguish whether or not a scholar or employees member has examined optimistic. 

As of Friday, the district has reported a complete of 4 optimistic instances and 30 shut contacts, most of which have occurred at excessive colleges.

The district makes use of the Williamson County and Cities Well being District’s definition of shut contact, which is “being straight uncovered to infectious secretions,” like from a cough, or “being inside 6 ft for a largely uninterrupted or sustained prolonged contact interval all through the course of a day of roughly quarter-hour, no matter masks standing.” 

The positioning clarifies that the info is preliminary and topic to vary upon case investigations. The dashboard will probably be up to date each Friday.

League of Ladies Voters hosts drive-thru voter registration

The League of Ladies Voters Austin Space is holding a sequence of drive-thru voter registration occasions this month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals can register to vote curbside, choose up a mail-in poll software or obtain different election and census info.

The occasions happen Tuesday at Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane from midday to 7 p.m., and so they’ll proceed on the similar time and place subsequent Monday and Tuesday.

Oct. 5 is the deadline to register to vote within the November elections in Texas.

Adler needs governor to carry off on reopening extra companies

Austin Mayor Steve Adler says he needs Gov. Greg Abbott to carry off reopening extra companies so public well being officers can determine why there’s been an uptick in instances in Austin-Travis County.

This week, Abbott allowed some companies to develop capability to 75%, together with retail shops, gyms, eating places, museums and libraries. Bars should keep closed.

In a Fb Dwell final evening, Adler stated the variety of native COVID-19 instances has elevated which might be attributable to components like Labor Day weekend, Hurricane Laura evacuees or colleges reopening. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless unclear the place the uptick is coming from, so Adler says folks ought to proceed to be on excessive alert. 

“You see one thing like this, your first thought must be everyone must be carrying masking … you simply cannot fake like this virus just isn’t there or it isn’t as infectious because it was once,” the mayor stated. “Let’s be the town that stays disciplined.” Adler additionally reminded folks to proceed practising good hygiene and sustaining social distancing.

Scooter program addresses restricted public transit choices in the course of the pandemic

The Metropolis of San Marcos and Texas State College are launching a brand new electrical scooter pilot program to deal with restricted public transit choices as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Each the town and the college have partnered with the e-scooter firm Spin, which can deploy scooters in two phases, beginning with 150 scooters turning into accessible on campus Wednesday.

The second part may have 50 extra Spin e-scooters positioned within the metropolis on Sept. 30. The scooters price a greenback to unlock and 29 cents per minute of use. Individuals can experience them from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Riders are requested to put on masks and observe social distancing. 

The town says the brand new program additionally meets a necessity for added transportation choices following the exit of Veo-Experience bikes from San Marcos in August. Discover extra info on this system on the metropolis’s website.

Well being officers are distributing masks and hand sanitizer in Northeast Austin right this moment

Austin Public Well being, Central Well being and CommUnityCare have been giving out free private protecting gear in neighborhoods with excessive COVID-19 positivity charges.

Persons are supplied with face masks, hand sanitizer and academic supplies. The subsequent PPE distribution occasion is Tuesday on the Gustavo “Gus” L. Garcia Recreation Heart at 1201 E. Rundberg Lane from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

 

What’s occurring statewide? Try particular protection from KERA for North Texas, Houston Public MediaTexas Public Radio in San Antonio and Marfa Public Radio.

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