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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 pre-register for FREE testing for you or a loved one. Schedule a no-cost, drive-through COVID-19 test at a local Austin Public Health facility. ​Please note that at this time, Austin Public Health testing sites are drive-through only. You must be in a vehicle to be tested at these sites.

Click the Take a Self-Assessment Button to Begin Registration

 Take a self assessment. llenar la autoevaluación

  • 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 a drive-through location.
  • You will receive confirmation of your appointment. Go to your appointment to be tested for COVID-19. Your results will be available online in 3-4 days.
  • If you need to be tested and do not have access to a vehicle, please contact CommUnity Care for other options.

Dashboards

COVID-19 Tracking Digital Dashboard

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Mobile Version

Desktop Version

Key Indicators for Staging Dashboard

Key Indicators for Staging Dashboard  
Desktop Version  

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 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.

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.

Clusters

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

As of May 29th, Austin Public Health was or is actively investigating clusters of cases at 19 long-term care facilities in Austin-Travis County. The cluster locations below are divided into quadrants by IH-35 and the Colorado River.

  • Northwest - 6 clusters    
  • Northeast - 0 clusters    
  • Southwest - 12 clusters    
  • Southeast - 1 clusters
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 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

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 (Austin) - May 7, 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

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

State of Texas Executive Order relating to reopening of select services as the first step to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster (PDF) - April 17, 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

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

Previous Orders

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 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


Recent News

Austin Public Health rolls out New Key Indicators for Staging Dashboard - May 29, 2020

City of Austin Extends “Stay Home-Work Safe” Order Adding the Governor’s Additional Reopenings Exceptions - May 29, 2020

Several City of Austin Departments to Resume with Modified Operations - May 29, 2020

Local City, County and Health Officials Announce Guidelines to Reopen Local Economy Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - May 28, 2020

Austin Public Health Helps Expand COVID-19 Testing in Central TexasMay 20, 2020

Austin Public Health to Improve COVID-19 Case Tracker Dashboard with Updates - May 16, 2020

New Risk-Based Guidelines to Help the Community Stay Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic - May 13, 2020

Austin-Travis County Leaders Urge Community to Continue Fight Against COVID-19 - May 8, 2020

Further Modifications to City Operations During COVID-19 CrisisMay 7, 2020

Austin-Travis County “Stay Home-Work Safe” Orders Remain in Effect, now with some Reopened Services - May 4, 2020

See All News

Local City, County and Health Officials Announce Guidelines to Reopen Local Economy Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - May 28, 2020

City of Austin Shares Guidance on New Statewide Orders, Assistance Available for Identifying Occupant Loads for Reopened Businesses - May 1, 2020

Neighborhood Housing Department Issues $1.2M in Rental Assistance to Be Administered by Austin Housing Authority - May 1, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Capabilities Continue to Expand Throughout Austin-Travis County - April 27, 2020

Online Austin Public Testing Enrollment Form Now Live - April 23, 2020

City of Austin Launches Emergency Assistance Loan Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 - April 22, 2020

Austin Public Health Announces Social Service Agencies to Distribute RISE Funds - April 21, 2020

Updated Control Order Issued for Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities - April 20, 2020

Cluster Information Released to Strengthen Fight Against COVID-19 - April 19, 2020

Austin-Travis County Announcing COVID-19 Public Testing Enrollment Form - April 17, 2020

Food Distribution Launched for People Experiencing Homelessness - April 16, 2020

Social Services Agencies Can Now Apply for Relief In a State of Emergency (RISE) Funds - April 15, 2020

Austin Public Health’s WIC Program Continues to Serve Mothers and Children Needing Healthy Food  - April 14, 2020

Austin-Travis County extends “Stay Home – Work Safe” orders, mandates fabric face coverings - April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Information Hotline for Restaurants Launched for Austin-Travis County - April 13, 2020

Austin-Travis County COVID-19 Child Care Task Force activated to support local community - April 11, 2020

Warn Central Texas Notification System Reminds Everyone to Stay Home, Stay Safe this Holiday Weekend - April 10, 2020

City Council approves Relief in a State of Emergency Fund to provide immediate and direct relief for vulnerable Austinites - April 10, 2020

Surge Plan Developed to Treat COVID-19 Patients if Hospitals are Overwhelmed - April 8, 2020

Places of Worship in Austin-Travis County Observe Local Stay-at-Home Plea - April 7, 2020

City of Austin Parks Will Close Easter Weekend - April 7, 2020

Austin-Travis County Adopts CDC Guidelines Regarding Public Use Fabric Face Coverings - April 5, 2020

Austin-Travis County Creates a Social Service Branch for Emergency Response Efforts - April 4, 2020

Clarification for Statewide Issued Protocols to Essential Services and Activities - April 2, 2020

‘Be A Lot Safer If You Did’ Campaign Urges College Students to Stay Home, Stay Safe - April 2, 2020

Health Authorities Continue to Stress the Importance of Stay at Home & Social Distancing Guidelines - April 1, 2020 

Investigation underway after young travelers return from a spring break trip then test positive for COVID-19 - March 31, 2020 

“ATX for ATX” Campaign to Capture Stories of Strength and Resilience during COVID-19 Crisis - March 30, 2020

Isolation Facilities Set Up to Help Shelter Nursing Home Patients with COVID-19 - March 30, 2020 

Austin Community Steps Up to Help Feed Struggling Families during COVID-19 Crisis - March 28, 2020 

Austin Public Health Announces First COVID-19 Related Death - March 27, 2020

Austin Public Health Launches COVID-19 Case Tracker Dashboard - March 26, 2020

Austin-Travis County Responds to Preliminary COVID-19 Modeling Data from the University of Texas - March 26, 2020

ATCEMS medic tests positive for COVID-19 - March 25, 2020

‘Stay at Home’ Orders Announced to Further Contain the Spread of COVID-19 - March 24, 2020

New Order Urges Businesses to Take Further Action on COVID-19 - March 21, 2020

COVID-19: Small Businesses Can Apply for up to $2M in Federal Disaster Assistance Loans - March 21, 2020

New Orders to Align COVID-19 Restrictions Statewide - March 20, 2020

Individuals Urged to Monitor Health and Take Temperature to Protect Community from COVID-19 - March 20, 2020

Austin Transportation facilitates food pick-ups amid COVID-19 dine-in closures - March 19, 2020

Austin-Travis County Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing Capacity - March 18, 2020

Austin-Travis County Offers Help for Residents and Businesses During COVID-19 Outbreak - March 17, 2020

Fight to Contain COVID-19 Stepped Up with Temporary Restrictions on Restaurants and Bars - March 17, 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

Organizers Urged to Cancel Events and Restaurants Mandated to Boost Sanitation to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19 - March 13, 2020

Two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Austin-Travis County - March 13, 2020

Control Order Issued to Combat Spread of COVID-19 among Vulnerable Populations - March 11, 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