Good morning Austin.
Welcome to another week under the stay-at-home order, and get ready for a few more. Though it seems like leaders around the world are starting to think about what happens after the immediate coronavirus threat starts subsiding, most are using caution about returning to business-as-usual, and today the mayor is expected to announce an extension of the original order—it technically ends tonight.
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|* As of this weekend, Travis County is now also reporting the number of hospitalized patients in intensive care (42) and on ventilators (32).|
Elsewhere: The ripple effect
Though the governor said Friday that an order reopening some businesses may come this week, as the deadline for the stay-at-home order nears, the mayor is expected to announce an extension. [CBS Austin]
Arrested twice in eight days, the behavior of the son of celebrity mechanic Jesse James has highlighted concerns about domestic violence during the stay-at-home order. [Austin American-Statesman]
Gun sales are up, and the owner of Austin's Central Texas Gun Works has a few concerns. [KUT]
A former employee says goodbye to Vulcan Video, an Austin institution that survived the rise of Netflix but had to shut down when coronavirus showed up. [Texas Monthly]
The status of 1,124 dining establishments in the Austin area, mapped. [Community Impact Newspaper]
By Emma Freer
For 26 days now I have been in quarantine, staying home except for essential trips to the grocery store, post office, restaurant parking lots and, on one occasion, Twin Liquors.
Like everyone else, I've been mourning canceled events—a college friend's visit from London, a months-old reservation at Hamilton Pool, a party to celebrate a dog's baptism—and life before the pandemic. Weirdly, I miss wearing shoes.
Austin may soon be home to a tech plant that would dwarf the Tesla Gigafactory in both investment and job creation.
Samsung Electronics Co. is considering starting construction on a $10 billion memory chip plant in Austin as soon as this year, Bloomberg reported Friday.
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Californian who wrote viral op-ed attacking Austin life tells Austonia he 'didn't include the positive stuff'
The California exodus has made headlines for several years now, and even more recently, with thousands of West Coasters seeking tax relief, less-expensive real estate and a simpler lifestyle in Texas' capital city.
However, a California man's scathing review of Austin, which was published in Business Insider on Wednesday, reveals that some are less than satisfied with their move.