Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 5

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.


Community Precautions Urged

Cases and hospitalizations are surging in Travis County. During Stage 5, vaccinated people should take precautions and wear masks during all activities. Get your booster once eligible.

Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated people should wear masks, avoid gatherings with people outside of their household, only travel and shop if essential, and choose takeaway/curbside options for dining. Get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.


Low-risk versus high-risk

People with medical conditions included on this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list are at high-risk for severe symptoms from COVID-19. 


alert As we obtain more information about the variants, we will update the recommendations.


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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.

For Vaccinated Individuals the recommendations are as follows: 

Stage 1: Participate in indoor or outdoor private gatherings and dine or shop without precautions. Travel with precautions.
Stage 2: Same recommendations as Stage 1.
Stage 3: Participate in indoor private gatherings with precautions, and in outdoor gatherings without precautions. High-risk individuals may dine with precautions, while low-risk individuals may dine without precautions. Shopping may be done without precautions, while travel may be done with precautions.

Stage 4:

  • Fully vaccinated and/or boosted individuals should wear masks when gathering with people outside of their household, traveling, dining, and shopping. 
  • Partially or unvaccinated individuals and those who need their booster dose should wear masks, avoid gatherings with people outside of their household, only travel and shop if essential, and choose takeaway/curbside options for dining. Get fully vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible.

Stage 5:

  • For high-risk individuals, indoor and outdoor private gatherings are not recommended at all, with or without precautions, travel is discouraged unless essential, dining should be outdoors with precautions, and shopping should be outdoors or takeaway or curbside.
  • For low-risk individuals, indoor and outdoor private gatherings, travel, shopping, and dining should be with precautions. Note that places that require vaccines and masks may pose a lower risk.

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 Stages 4 and 5, all partially or not vaccinated individuals, regardless of risk should avoid most activities unless essential. It is recommended that shopping and dining be takeaway and/or curbside.

 alert As we obtain more information about the variants, we will update the recommendations.


Thresholds

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 seven-day moving average of new hospital admissions, positivity rate, the doubling time of new cases, and current ICU and ventilator patients.

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These are also available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, BurmeseKorean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Urdu, Vietnamese