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The percentage of COVID-19 tests turning up positive has dropped from between 9% and 12% to more like 2.5% since the new public enrollment system launched, according to Community Impact Newspaper.

A draft plan for the city transportation department recommends paid parking on South Congress.

Texas has the 8th fewest pandemic restrictions among the states, one study found.

Mayor Pete is backing MJ Hegar in the Senate runoff election that was postponed to July, reports the Statesman.

Austin Chronicle: "While the national press is having a field day with the idea that Texas cinemas are reopening in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the reality is very different."'

Texas Monthly has five cocktails to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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(Charlie L. Harper III)

After reaching Stage 4 last week of Austin Public Health's risk-based guidelines, Austin-Travis County is now at the Stage 5 threshold with a seven-day average of 50 hospitalizations and dwindling ICU capacity.

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(Tito's Handmade Vodka)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/12 oz sweet pepper-infused Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 3 oz soda water
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
Directions: Add all ingredients, except soda water, to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig.

(Beto O'Rourke/Twitter)

Austin legend Willie Nelson will perform at the Texas Capitol today, his first large performance since the pandemic began, closing out a four-day long march across Central Texas to build support for federal voting protections.

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