The library is tracking local COVID data and other community health information to help you with your decision-making for your families and businesses.


TRAVIS COUNTY COMMUNITY RISK: LOW

Revised CDC recommendations 8/19/22  emphasize self-protection, testing and masking following exposure, testing if symptomatic, and isolating if infected.

Revised FDA guidelines for at-home testing 8/11/22 recommend repeat testing following negative test results.

   

MASKING GUIDELINES related to community risk levels

  • LOW   Masking optional when gathering, dining, and shopping.
  • MEDIUM
    • If you are up to date on vaccines:  Masking optional when gathering, dining and shopping. Mask when social distancing is not possible.
    • If you are at risk:  Indoor masking when gathering, dining and shopping.
  • HIGH   Indoor masking regardless of vaccination/risk status when gathering, dining and shopping.

TRAVIS COUNTY TRENDS

Because of unreported home testing, case counts are no longer a reliable metric. High positivity is a sign of high transmission (should be 5% or less).

Cases include confirmed plus probable per TX DSHS.  Travis County hospital counts include 5-county MSA.

Travis County Hospital Trends  11/18/22

  • Trauma Service Area O ICU beds available  11/18/22  adults 35; kids 2
  • Eanes data  Last updated 11/18/22
    • 2020-2021 433     2021-2022  1933   2022-2023  254
    • 2 confirmed cases in the last 7 days; 2 active.

OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MONITORING  (APH)

  • Flu  Flu vaccines have been updated for the 2022-23 season (CDC). Stronger flu vaccines are recommended for those 65+.
  • RSV  Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus is cold-like, but can be very serious in children and older adults (CDC). It is contributing to increased pediatric hospitalizations (APH 10/22).
  • Monkeypox  APH confirmed cases 223 (10/28)
  • Monkeypox CDC monitoring  U.S. 29,133 cases; Texas 2,803 (11/18);
  • West Nile Virus  Second infected mosquito pool found; we are reminded to drain standing water to prevent mosquito pools 8/24/22.  APH monitors the  mosquito population between May and November.
  • Harmful algae may be present in Lady Bird Lake and Lake Austin (updated 10/19/22)
  • FDA Recalls

COVID DASHBOARDS


HELPFUL RESOURCES

Austin/Travis County Health and City of Austin

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Federal Drug Administration

State of Texas