The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to an at-home coronavirus test kit produced by Austin-based company Everlywell.

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AnyPlace MD, a Cedar Park-based business offering COVID-19 testing and symptom monitoring, has seen a change in consumer demand.

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(Source: Travis County)

Travis County adults of all ages are testing positive for COVID-19, but it is largely those over 70 who are dying—nearly two-thirds of the total as of May 1.

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Total cases shown in red, new cases in yellow and the percent change in green on a graph presented to City Council by Dr. Mark Escott. (City of Austin)

While Austin residents have successfully slowed the COVID-19 caseload doubling rate, clusters are growing at long-term care facilities and among those who have returned to work. Testing also remains inadequate, Dr. Mark Escott told Austin City Council at a Tuesday morning work session.

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"We really went from concept to implementation in less than three weeks," said Chris Merdon, NTT Data's senior vice president of public sector. (Bobboz/Adobe Stock)

Returning Austin from pandemic lockdown to some measure of normalcy will require improved contact tracing, the practice of identifying and isolating anyone infected with COVID-19.

But with an insufficient supply of testing kits and a limited amount of manpower, this is easier said than done. Tech giants like Apple and Google have announced their own solutions—all of which seem weeks or months away from availability—that come with concerns about security and the use of personal data.

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Gov. Greg Abbott and state agencies announced in a news release that they have launched an "interactive map" showing "public and private mobile, walk-in, and drive-thru test collection sites around the state."

Austin Public Health has rolled out its new online coronavirus testing form, which was first announced a week ago and will allow people to seek a COVID-19 test without seeing a doctor.

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