COVID-19 Coverage

The scope and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is changing daily, and so are the plans of local venues and the city as a whole. Below you'll find the breadth of our coverage from show cancellations to city announcements to the latest vaccine news.

Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup
Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup
Travel news a year into the pandemic

March 5, 2021

Opinion: We Need to Prioritize Our Service Workers
Opinion: We Need to Prioritize Our Service Workers
Olamaie Executive Chef Michael Fojtasek: “The way to ensure the health and livelihoods of service industry people is through vaccination”

March 4, 2021

Austin at Large: At the Bottom of the Well
Austin at Large: At the Bottom of the Well
Greg Abbott’s still making horrible things happen, but at least now he’s in charge!

March 4, 2021

Council, City Utilities Continue to Soften Blow of Storms
Council, City Utilities Continue to Soften Blow of Storms
Reason to relieve

March 4, 2021

Abbott Lifts COVID Rules: Will a Surge Follow?
Abbott Lifts COVID Rules: Will a Surge Follow?
Governor’s move seen as premature, reckless by local leaders, businesses

March 4, 2021

Texas Executive Order Reopens Texas Businesses to 100% Capacity and Lifts Mask Mandate
Texas Executive Order Reopens Texas Businesses to 100% Capacity and Lifts Mask Mandate
Local restaurants respond on social media

March 2, 2021

COVID-19 Finally Arrives at Travis County Jail
COVID-19 Finally Arrives at Travis County Jail
Outbreak is "small," but inmates and advocates are angry

Feb. 11, 2021

Where Do the Vaccines Go?
Where Do the Vaccines Go?
Dashboard reveals Black and Latinx residents aren't being reached

Feb. 11, 2021

With Improving COVID-19 Numbers, Austin-Travis County Drops Back Down to Stage 4 Restrictions
With Improving COVID-19 Numbers, Austin-Travis County Drops Back Down to Stage 4 Restrictions
Escott: “It’s not time to burn the masks yet”

Feb. 9, 2021

Council Plan Would Aim Help at Encampments of Unsheltered People
Council Plan Would Aim Help at Encampments of Unsheltered People
A time to HEAL?

Feb. 4, 2021

Austin Begins to Descend – Again – From a COVID Surge Peak
Austin Begins to Descend – Again – From a COVID Surge Peak
Steady as the COVID goes

Feb. 4, 2021

Amid Improving Numbers, Austin's COVID Crystal Ball Still Cloudy
Amid Improving Numbers, Austin's COVID Crystal Ball Still Cloudy
Disease remains unpredictable given range of variations in vaccine distribution, public's behaviors

Jan. 28, 2021

Local Officials Seek COVID Clarity as Surge Eases Slightly
Local Officials Seek COVID Clarity as Surge Eases Slightly
Lost in vaccination

Jan. 21, 2021

At Dell Med, Fauci on What Comes Next: “A Serious Look” at Pandemic Preparedness
At Dell Med, Fauci on What Comes Next: “A Serious Look” at Pandemic Preparedness
In virtual speech, coronavirus top doc offers "a serious look" at pandemic preparedness

Jan. 21, 2021

AISD's Stay-Home Stance Doesn't Extend to Sports
AISD's Stay-Home Stance Doesn't Extend to Sports
Come out and play!

Jan. 21, 2021

PrintAustin 2021 Reproduces Community Online and Off
PrintAustin 2021 Reproduces Community Online and Off
At this celebration of printmaking it's gather, prints, repeat

Jan. 14, 2021

COVID-19 Turns the Texas Lege's Routines Upside Down
COVID-19 Turns the Texas Lege's Routines Upside Down
The challenge ahead – how to get back to the business of legislating without staging a superspreader event

Jan. 14, 2021

Freshman State Senator Sarah Eckhardt Lays Out Her Agenda
Freshman State Senator Sarah Eckhardt Lays Out Her Agenda
Kirk Watson's replacement readies for her first term under the pink dome

Jan. 14, 2021

Will School Funding Take a Beating From a Pandemic-Pressed Budget?
Will School Funding Take a Beating From a Pandemic-Pressed Budget?
Some of 2019's "Texas Plan" gains are at risk

Jan. 14, 2021

Will Texas Expand Medicaid?
Will Texas Expand Medicaid?
Long-running health care debate looks different through a pandemic prism

Jan. 14, 2021

Convention Center Opens As “Alternate Care Site” For COVID Patients
Convention Center Opens As “Alternate Care Site” For COVID Patients
Downtown field hospital, readied in July, now needed as cases surge

Jan. 12, 2021

Austin ISD Announces All Monday Classes Will Be 100% Remote
Austin ISD Announces All Monday Classes Will Be 100% Remote
Following rare Central Texas snowfall, no in-person instruction

Jan. 10, 2021

COVID-19 Surge Forces Businesses to 50% Occupancy Limits
COVID-19 Surge Forces Businesses to 50% Occupancy Limits
Alternative Care Site at the Convention Center being prepped to open

Jan. 10, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Music Venues React to Stage 5
Faster Than Sound: Music Venues React to Stage 5
New city recommendations halt shows at many venues ahead of New Year's Eve

Jan. 7, 2021

New Year, New Grim Milestones in Austin’s COVID-19 Crisis
New Year, New Grim Milestones in Austin’s COVID-19 Crisis
Amidst an unprecedented surge, Austin could reach ICU surge capacity within the next week

Jan. 7, 2021

A Surprise Gift Boosts Meals on Wheels
A Surprise Gift Boosts Meals on Wheels
MacKenzie Scott offers an $8 million gift

Jan. 7, 2021

Feeling TEA Pressure, AISD Goes Back to Campus
Feeling TEA Pressure, AISD Goes Back to Campus
District would risk losing state funding if it switched to all-virtual instruction

Jan. 7, 2021

Day Trips & Beyond: January Travel Roundup
Day Trips & Beyond: January Travel Roundup
Remembering 2020 and looking forward to travel in 2021

Jan. 1, 2021

Travis County District Judge Allows Austin’s Dine-in Limitations
Travis County District Judge Allows Austin’s Dine-in Limitations
Update: Texas Supreme Court blocks local dine-in orders

Dec. 31, 2020

Austin ISD Will Resume On-Campus Classes Next Week as Planned
Austin ISD Will Resume On-Campus Classes Next Week as Planned
Most extracurriculars postponed, says Superintendent Elizalde

Dec. 31, 2020

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