Updated May 4 10:44 a.m.:

If it seems like you've been seeing more people out and about lately in Austin, you're not wrong.

The data analytics firm Unacast now has the county performing at a C- on its social distancing scoreboard. Just a month ago the firm was grading Travis County as an A-. Unacast uses data from public data sets as well as tens of millions of devices.


According to the scoreboard, Travis County has a 40%-55% reduction in average distances traveled, a 65%-70% reduction in nonessential visits and a less than 40% "decrease in encounters density compared to national baseline," which is currently graded as a C for its 74%-82% decrease in the same category.

Austin is in good company—there is currently only one county in Texas earning more than a B—Presidio, which has an A-. The state overall scored a D-.

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Several Austin City Council members either called for Austin Police Chief Brian Manley to step down or suggested that he should during a special City Council meeting today.

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Austin residents who have been participating in protests and other gatherings, or have been unable to socially distance during the pandemic, will be allowed to sign up for a free COVID-19 test starting Friday at the city's drive-thru testing site, according to a notice by Austin Public Health.

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As local activists groups see a chance to gain support for defunding the Austin Police Department, we wanted to know where Austonia readers stood on the issue. Yesterday, we asked, "What should the City Council do about the APD budget?" and the results show 53% voted to add funding to APD.

Results of APD budget survey


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"We have been listening and learning," reads a message on the Cedar Park Police Department's Facebook page.

It would be easy for Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, whose community is more than 80% white, to look at the unrest happening in larger metro areas like Austin and decide it's not his problem.

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Yesterday's protests in Austin brought out University of Texas football players. Players marched arm-in-arm with others from Royal-Memorial Stadium to the State Capitol to demonstrate against police brutality in the seventh day of Austin protests.

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Protesters shut down I-35 in Austin.

The Austin Police Department will no longer use the lead-filled fabric pillows known as bean bag rounds—a form of "less lethal" ammunition that was used against protesters last weekend and seriously injured several—in crowd situations, Chief Brian Manley told the City Council yesterday.

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