Last updated 05/01/2020 02:31 pm
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the WHO on March 11. More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the United States in the coming days, including more instances of community spread. For the most up-to-date information on how to protect yourself and your community, please go to the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
For questions that can’t be answered by what is online, please feel free to call 3-1-1 if you are inside the Austin city limits or 512-974-2000 if you are outside of the Austin city limits.
Latest Local News
May 1, 2020 – Beginning on May 1, 2020 (Friday), retail stores, restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters and malls will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity. The Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office has provided a business reopening guidance.
April 23, 2020 – Second Supplemental Guidance for the Construction Industry: This document provides additional guidance for persons and businesses associated with building and construction industries and trades on implementing best practices to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus at construction sites. As required by the Stay Home – Work Safe Order No. 2020-7 issued by the Travis County Judge, effective on April 14, 2020, Critical Infrastructure and Essential Business, including the construction industry, both residential and commercial, shall comply to the greatest extent feasible with Social Distancing and Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations as set forth in Section 1 of the Order and Exhibits B and D. This Guidance supplements the Construction Industry Guidance published by Travis County on April 2, 2020.
April 13, 2020 – Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has signed Order No. 2020-7. This order extends the previous Stay Home, Work Safe order and adds requirements for Face Coverings. The Order is effective 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020, and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on May 8, 2020, unless terminated or modified by a subsequent order.
April 10, 2020 – Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has issued County Judge Order No. 2020-6: Relating to Notices to Vacate, Eviction Proceedings in response to COVID-19, which is effective immediately until May 8, 2020, unless terminated or modified by a subsequent Order.
April 6, 2020 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing fabric face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Our community owes it to the people who continue to work in Critical Infrastructure and Essential Businesses, to protect them by adhering to these practices. Learn more about the County Face Covering Guidance.
April 2, 2020 – Construction Guidance (en Español): This document provides additional guidance for persons and business associated with the building and construction industries and trades on the meaning and application of Order 2020-5 issued by the County Judge for the County of Travis on March 24, 2020, related to the Declaration regarding COVID-19 (the “Order”) and subsequent Executive Order issued by the Governor on March 31, 2020, No. GA-14 relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster (“Governor’s Order”). This Guidance supplements the Guidance published by Travis County on March 30, 2020.
April 2, 2020 – Religious Services Guidance (en Español): “Essential services” under Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-14 includes religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship. If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services due to a lack of capability (technological or financial), they should comply with the Governor’s Executive Order and be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
March 30, 2020 – Do you have questions about the recent Order issued by Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt? Take a look at the FAQ.
March 26, 2020 – A University of Texas study shows that we NEED to get to a 90% reduction of personal and business interactions in order to beat Covid-19. Read the summary of the study or view the full study.
Updated March 24, 2020 – Order by the County Judge of Travis County
The newly signed order by Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt instructs Travis County residents to Stay Home and Work Safe. Health professionals have told us we have to do more to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a strain on our hospitals and resources. While this order may be inconvenient, it is necessary for the greater good. If you have any concerns or complaints concerning the order by the County Judge related to COVID-19, please fill out our Report a Hazard/County Order Violation form.
March 24, 2020 – The City of Austin has issued a Public Health Order requiring individuals to remain in place at home, with exceptions for essential work and activities. When conducting an allowed activity, people must maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing. Find out What You Need to Know.
March 23, 2020 – The Travis County Tax Office will temporarily stop taking any new legal action against those with delinquent property taxes. However, state penalties and interest continues to accrue on what delinquent taxpayers owe. Read more on the Tax Office temporarily suspending legal actions.
March 21, 2020 – Travis County Judge Order No. 2020-4
March 20, 2020 – Travis County Judge Order No. 2020-3
March 17, 2020 – Travis County Judge Order No. 2020-2
March 16, 2020 – City of Austin’s COVID-19 Page
March 6, 2020 – Travis County Declaration of Disaster
Information for Your Family
March 24, 2020 – The Travis County Community Centers will continue to provide services, but they are no longer accepting in-person applications. If you are in need of help from the Community Centers, please call the one closest to you, and Center staff will address your needs over the phone. The locations and phone numbers for the seven Travis County Community Centers can be found here.
March 19, 2020 – As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase, so does the associated anxiety. To aid individuals and communities during this time, Mental Health America has compiled a range of resources and information.
March 18, 2020 – Central Health-funded CommUnityCare Health Centers Tuesday launched a hotline staffed with medical professionals to triage uninsured Travis County residents experiencing a coronavirus-like symptoms (COVID-19). Read the press release.
City of Austin’s COVID-19: Information for You and Your Family
Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and distribute meals for children under the age of 19 at 14 sites while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions.
Information for Your Business
Economic Recovery Dashboard – In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the trajectory of global, federal, state and local economies. This dashboard serves as an interactive source of data to assist with decision-making and program planning. It also serves as a resource to help the public understand a variety of metrics that explain the state of the local economy and programs available to assist individuals and businesses. Check it out!
April 21, 2020 – In order to aid and inform owners of small businesses, ChamberOfComerce.org has compiled this comprehensive guide to coronavirus issues and solutions. https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/coronavirus-small-business-guide
March 20, 2020 – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has included the entire state of Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration and granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses across the state. Go to U.S. Small Business Administration page to apply for assistance.
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Apply for disaster assistance.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has consolidated the following information to help educate employers and employees on how they can prepare for and address the impacts of the virus. Read Combating the Coronavirus toolkit for business.
Travis County Offices Closures and Limited Operations
Updated March 27, 2020
COVID-19 Pantry Procedures
Travis County Community Centers continue to provide services, but we are not accepting in-person applications at this time. From now on, appointments will be required to pick up food from our pantry. Thank you for your understanding and helping us keep 6 feet between people as a precaution against infection. If you are in need of help, please call or email the community center directly.
COVID-19 Procedimientos de despensa
El Centro Comunitario del Condado de Travis seguimos prestando servicios, pero no estamos aceptando aplicaciones en persona en este momento. A partir de ahora, citas seran requeridas para recoger comida de nuestra despensa. Gracias por su comprensión y ayudarnos a mantener 6 pies entre las personas como precaución contra la infección. Si necesita ayuda del Centro Comunitario, llame por telefono o envíe un correo electrónico.
Updated March 25, 2020
The Travis County Treasurer’s Office is an essential service and remains open for employees and vendors needing to conduct business. Should you have any questions feel free to contact us at 512 854-9365.
Updated May 1, 2020
- Criminal Courts COVID-19 Preparedness Plan – Effective March 10, 2020
- First Amended Emergency Order for All Criminal Courts Regarding COVID-19 – Effective April 28, 2020
- Emergency Order for all Travis County Criminal Courts-Effective March 14, 2020
- District Courts Standing Order for Personal Bonds on Certain Felony Offenses-Effective March 23, 2020
- District Courts Amended Standing Order Temporarily Suspending the Execution of Warrants for Certain Cases-Effective March 23, 2020
- District Courts Standing Order Temporarily Suspending the Execution of Warrants for Certain Cases-Effective March 20, 2020
- County Courts at Law Standing Order Temporarily Suspending the Execution of Warrants for Certain Offenses-Effective March 17, 2020
- County Courts at Law Standing Order for Personal Bonds on Certain Misdemeanor Offenses-Effective February 6, 2020
- Judges, Clerks, and Staff Under Stay-At-Home Orders Travel Authorization – Effective March 26, 2020
- Executive Order No. GA-13 relating to detention in the county and municipal jails – Effective March 29, 2020
- Supreme Court – Fourteenth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9061)
- Supreme Court – Thirteenth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9060)
- Supreme Court – Twelfth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9059)
- Supreme Court – Eleventh Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9055)
- Supreme Court – Tenth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9054)
- Supreme Court – Ninth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9052)
- Supreme Court – Eighth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9051)
- Supreme Court – Seventh Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9050)
- Supreme Court – Sixth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9047)
- Supreme Court – Fifth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9046)
- Supreme Court – Fourth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9045)
- Supreme Court – Third Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9044)
- Supreme Court – Second Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9043)
- Supreme Court – First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (Misc. Docket No. 20-9042)
Updated March 18, 2020
Modified front lobby office hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm until further notice. We encourage you to contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 512-854-4621 for any questions. All other Fire Marshal operations will continue as normal.
Updated March 24, 2020
The Travis County Community Centers will continue to provide services, but they are no longer accepting in-person applications. If you are in need of help from the Community Centers, please call the one closest to you, and Center staff will address your needs over the phone. The locations and phone numbers for the seven Travis County Community Centers can be found here.
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
The Summer Youth Employment Program is no longer accepting walk-ins or appointments at our 100 N. IH 35, Ste. 3200 location due to concerns about the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. An application can be obtained online at www.traviscountytx.gov/syep. Staff is still able to provide services by phone at 512-854-4590, and by email at email@example.com.
TRAVIS COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION:
March 16, 2020 –The Texas Supreme Court, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Travis County Courts have issued Emergency Orders. Therefore, the Travis County District Clerk’s office is taking safety precautions to protect our customers and employees amidst COVID-19 concerns by closing our offices to the public as outlined by the Travis County Commissioners and other government agencies. In addition, we have reduced our staff but will still process emergency motions/orders as defined in the Travis County District Civil/Criminal Courts Emergency Orders, see link to Orders below:
Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, we are suspending passport processing until further notice. For additional information about passports, the United States Department of State website may be helpful.
Documents received through efile and the mail will continue to be handled but not at the same speed as before the COVID-19 virus emergency was declared. Our team is still answering questions through our main number: 512/854-9457 or our e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask for patience especially if a specific person needs to respond to your questions or requests because a response cannot occur immediately but will take place as soon as possible.
Thanks for your cooperation as we all work on keeping our community and staff safe but still ensure that justice continues.
Justices of the Peace
April 30, 2020 – The Travis County Justices of the Peace issue the following order to protect the community and limit risk to COVID-19. This order is in response to the “TWELFTH EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING THE COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER” issued by the Supreme Court of Texas.
Updated March 19, 2020 – Due to health and safety concerns regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), the Justices of the Peace will be operating with limited operations until further notice.
- All non-essential court proceedings will be rescheduled until after May 8
- All evictions (commercial and residential) are rescheduled until May 8
- No writs of possession shall be issued until May 13
- Class C ticket appearances are rescheduled
- No warrants for failing to appear to court for traffic tickets will be issued.
Read the Notices from the Justices of the Peace/Lea los avisos de los Jueces de Paz
- Read the JP1 limited service notice effective March 17, 2020.
- Read the JP2 limited service notice effective March 17, 2020.
- Read the JP3 limited service notice effective March 17, 2020.
- Read the JP4 limited service notice effective March 17, 2020.
- Read the JP5 limited service notice effective March 17, 2020.
Community Justice Services
March 16, 2020 – As a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all clients are to report by phone for their scheduled appointments. This is effective immediately and until further notice. Please contact your Probation Officer/Pretrial Officer.
- Adult Probation
- Drug Diversion Court
- Pretrial Services
- Travis County Community Justice Services (TCCJS)
March 17, 2020 – The Travis County Law Library is closed to walk-in patrons but available by phone and email. Please call us at 512-854-8677 or email your questions to ReferenceMaterial@traviscountytx.gov.
Updated April 12, 2020
Travis County Parks is following the Travis County COVID-19 Order by permitting access only to open space and trails for passive recreational activities, such as walking and hiking. This action allows users to observe the mandated 6 foot safety rule.
Effective Monday, April 13, 2020, the following Travis County Parks will be open for day use from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for walking, hiking, biking and other permitted activities. (Please see individual park pages for more information.)
- Reimers Ranch Park (beach access – pedestrian only)
- Pace Bend Park (boat ramps closed)
- Arkansas Bend Park (boat ramps closed)
- Richard Moya Park (west end entry and multi-use parking lot)
- Northeast Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
- Southeast Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
- East Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
- Webberville Park (boat ramp closed; only trails are open; limited parking)
- Park playscapes and restrooms remain closed.
- Water fountains will not be operational.
- The following Travis County parks will be closed to the public until further notice:
- Hamilton Pool Preserve
- Mansfield Dam Park
- Allen Park
- Bob Wentz Park
- Hippie Hollow Park
- Loop 360 Park
- Cypress Creek Park
- Sandy Creek Park
- Tom Hughes Park
- Mary Quinlan Park
- Barkley Meadows Park
- Del Valle Softball Fields
- Little Webberville Park
- Fritz Hughes Park
- Selma Hughes Park
- Ben E. Fisher Park
- Windmill Run Park
Updated March 25, 2020
In response to recent orders issued by the City of Austin, Travis County, and the State of Texas, all hearings at the Probate Court will be by video through Zoom or telephonically if video is unavailable. Until further order of this Court, there will be no in-person hearings for probate or guardianship matters held at the Probate Court. If you have a hearing that has been previously scheduled, the Court will contact you to confirm whether the hearing can be done by video through Zoom.
Please review the administrative order signed by Judge Herman regarding temporary changes to probate court proceedings in response to COVID-19.
Information for Travis County Employees
April 24, 2020 – Incident Response Support Interest: We are looking forward to having you assist the joint efforts of Travis County/City of Austin during the incident management response to COVID-19. If you are interested, please first view opportunitiesthen fill out our Incident Response Support Interest form.
April 10, 2020 – Child Care Openings List
April 7, 2020 – County Face Covering Guidance
March 19, 2020 – COVID-19 Resources
March 19, 2020 – Travis County FAQ for Travis County Employees
March 17, 2020 – The Travis County Onsite Fitness Centers are temporarily closed. Read the temporary closing announcement.
March 17, 2020 – TCDRS is no longer accepting walk-ins or appointments at their physical location due to concerns about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Staff are still able to provide services remotely and through the call center. Representatives are also available for online counseling sessions. Go to TCDRS Online Benefits Counseling page or call 512-328-8889. If you have any questions please contact Benefits by phone at 512-854-0404 or email email@example.com.
March 16, 2020 – Telework Directive for Travis County Employees
March 16, 2020 – County resources are available to all staff, no matter where you are working. For remote access resources and the County’s COVID employee guide, check out Travis County’s Employee Portal.
Social distancing, monitoring, quarantine or isolation infographic from the Dell Medical School
- Mental Health Resources during COVID-19
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