(Source: Travis County/graph by Emma Freer/Flourish)

The Travis County dashboard reported 91 hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the 5-county Austin-Round Rock area on Sunday evening. Of those patients, 39 are in intensive care units and 20 are on ventilators.

How does this stack up against our local hospital capacity?


Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said last month that the metro has about 755 ventilators. Local hospital bed capacity is around 4,300, not including additional beds made available at the city's three protective lodging facilities, which allow people without homes and others to isolate safely.

According to the Texas 2036 COVID-19 dashboard, 40% of hospital beds in the 11-county Capital Area trauma service area were available as of Saturday. It also reported 75 COVID-related visits to area emergency rooms. Overall, ER visits are down.

Though Austin is well below capacity right now, as Texas reopens its economy, local officials continue to warn of a second surge in COVID-19 cases that could overwhelm local hospitals.

(Austonia staff)

The University of Texas-Austin continued its march toward a new normal on Friday, as university President Gregory Fenves marked his last day of leadership after five years in office—the final two months of it dominated by sweeping pandemic-era changes on campus.

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At least two protests are planned in Austin this weekend over the recent killings of black men by police: Mike Ramos, who was fatally shot by an Austin Police Department officer on April 24 in Southeast Austin, and George Floyd, who died in police custody on Monday after a Minneapolis Police Department officer knelt on his neck. Both events were filmed.

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Select city services—including some pools, libraries and the Austin Animal Shelter—will reopen starting Monday.
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As Texas navigates reopening restaurants and bars safely, al fresco spots provide the perfect place for long-quarantined Austin residents. Some of these favorites are open only on the patio, others are allowing customers to eat to-go orders in the space, and a few are full service—the details are subject to change. This is not an all-inclusive list, but here they are, in no particular order:

1. Perla's

Upscale seafood fare is served under striped umbrellas on the tree-lined porch, with dogs allowed and an unfettered view of South Congress foot traffic.

Address: 1400 S. Congress Ave.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Austin, the Central Texas Food Bank has seen a tenfold increase in food costs.

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