Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 3
Austin Public Health (APH) has published a color-coded chart to help residents of Austin-Travis County understand the stages of risk and provide recommendations on what people should do to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The new risk-based guidelines set out five distinct stages of risk, from the lowest threat, Stage 1, through the most serious, Stage 5, along with recommended behaviors for each stage.
Regardless of vaccination status or stage, individuals need to continue to follow the additional requirements of local businesses, venues and schools, as the Health Authority Rules remain in place through May 18:
For Vaccinated Individuals the recommendations are as follows:
|Stage 1: Attend indoor or outdoor private gatherings and dine or shop without precautions. Travel with precautions.|
|Stage 2: Attend indoor or outdoor private gatherings without precautions. Dine, shop or travel with precautions.|
|Stage 3: Attend outdoor private gatherings without precautions. Attend indoor private gatherings, dine, shop or travel with precautions.|
|Stage 4: Attend outdoor or indoor private gatherings, dine, shop or travel with precautions|
|Stage 5: Same recommendations as Stage 4.|
Additional protective measures are recommended for people who are partially or not vaccinated
For example, partially or not vaccinated individuals should take precautions for all activities in Stages 1 through 5. In Stage 3, higher risk individuals, namely those aged over 65 or people with underlying health conditions, should avoid all activities unless essential. And in Stages 4 and 5, all partially or not vaccinated individuals, regardless of risk should avoid all activities unless essential.
Staging thresholds are subject to change as additional information is received. While the primary indicator is new hospital admissions, additional indicators are looked to for stage changes including the 7-day moving average of hospitalizations, number of patients in the ICU, ventilator usage, positivity rate, and the 7-day moving average of cases.
View a color PDF chart of the risk-based guidelines thresholds:
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