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
- 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.
COVID-19 Tracking Digital Dashboard
Key Indicators for Staging Dashboard
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.
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 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
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
- See All News
Online Austin Public Testing Enrollment Form Now Live - April 23, 2020
Cluster Information Released to Strengthen Fight Against COVID-19 - April 19, 2020
Food Distribution Launched for People Experiencing Homelessness - April 16, 2020
City of Austin Parks Will Close Easter Weekend - April 7, 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
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