Austonia daily newsletter—direct to your inbox 6 a.m.

become a member


Waning off a summer surge, Austin is seeing declining hospital admissions in the wake of a high number of deaths and as the new Mu variant is in town.

Keep Reading Show less


(The Austin Bulldog)

Central Health is looking to acquire a former Sears department store as a new headquarters, a move that it says will save taxpayers money in the long term by consolidating existing administrative spaces. Central Health, also known by its legal name, the Travis County Healthcare District, is a public hospital district governed by an appointed board of managers under the oversight of the county commissioners court. Its primary purpose is to pay for indigent healthcare services.

The immediate impact of the plan will be a higher tax bill, and the cost savings of the consolidation won't be realized for more than a decade, according to a breakeven analysis presented at a recent board meeting.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog.

(Christa McWhirter)

Mourners laid flowers at the Children's Medical Group office in Central Austin after Dr. Lindley Dodson was killed in a hostage situation.

The Austin community is still reeling from a hostage incident at a local pediatric practice late last month, in which Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson was killed in a murder-suicide. The crime remains under investigation, and it is unclear what role the pandemic may have played in the suspect's motives. However, recent studies have found a dramatic increase in suicidal ideation over the course of the pandemic, as many people contend with social isolation and financial stress.

Local mental health providers say that demand for services—whether in the form of client referrals or hotline calls—are up. State and federal emergency orders have improved access to telemedicine, which enables some people with insurance to access therapy virtually, but in-person outreach and other suicide prevention efforts may be affected by the pandemic.

Keep Reading Show less
(Oles kanebckuu/Pexels)

Several Reddit users identifying themselves as Austin-area health care workers took to the popular social media platform Thursday and Friday to post observations about dire situations at some facilities treating COVID-19 patients.

Keep Reading Show less