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.
- 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
Austin/Travis County Health and City of Austin
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Federal Drug Administration
State of Texas