After the region reached a peak in confirmed COVID-19 cases and related hospital admissions, ICU bed usage and ventilator usage over two weeks ago, Austin Public Health officials said the area could dip back down to Stage 4 restrictions in just two weeks.
Moving into Stage 4 will still require strict precautions, including avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, avoiding non-essential travel and maintaining basic social distancing and mask-wearing. Businesses are also asked to keep capacity below 50% at this stage, despite state orders that allow for up to 75%. In Stage 5, residents are encouraged to avoid gatherings completely and businesses are encouraged to provide only contactless options.
Despite seeing a slight uptick in COVID cases over the past few days, COVID hospital admissions continue to be on a decline with 41 admissions reported yesterday and a seven-day moving average of 68. To move to Stage 4, Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott says COVID-related hospital admissions need to dip to a moving average below 60.
"I bring it up to 60 because the modeling indicates to us that once we drop below 60, we would be safe to transition back to stage four of our community-based risk," Escott said in the briefing.
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With daily confirmed case numbers and related hospital admissions continuing to decline, Dr. Escott predicts Austin could drop below the 60-admission threshold by Feb. 18.
Despite this development, APH stressed the situation is still not under control. According to Escott, the continued overall decline in hospitalizations and positive cases hinges on adherence to the appropriate precautionary measures.
Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.
There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.
🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway