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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Coalition Launches in Austin-Travis County

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For immediate release: October 23, 2020
Contact: Austin-Travis County Joint Information System, 512-974-0699, hsempio@austintexas.gov
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Coalition Launches in Austin-Travis County

Planning for the future COVID-19 vaccine commences to ensure successful rapid distribution  Austin, Texas – Today, Oct. 23, Austin Public Health (APH) launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Coalition. The coalition, which is comprised of local health care and community partners, will assist APH in developing strategies to reach the desired level of COVID-19 vaccination coverage for our community once a vaccine is readily available. 

Coalitions within local jurisdictions were identified by the federal government as a best practice and are key to successful rapid vaccine distribution planning.  

"Slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Austin-Travis County has been a community effort since the beginning," said APH Director Stephanie Hayden. "Planning for the distribution of …

54th Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Installation and Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony

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For immediate release:
Oct. 22, 2020
Contact: 
Tree Installation: Austin Energy, Jennifer Herber 512-299-1740
Ceremony/Visitation: PARD, Media Line 512-974-5723
54th Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Installation and
Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony
WHAT: Austin Energy crews will string lights to transform the Zilker moonlight tower into the Zilker Holiday Tree. The tree lighting ceremony will be virtual in 2020; see more information below.WHEN: Friday, Oct. 23, 2020Best time for visuals: 9 - 11 a.m.On-site contact: Austin Energy PIO, Jennifer Herber, 512-299-1740WHERE: Zilker Park, south of Barton Springs Road near Andrew Zilker RoadMORE: Austin Energy crews will string the 155-foot-tall Zilker Holiday Tree in preparation for the first-ever virtual lighting ceremony.Most of the bulbs on the Zilker Holiday Tree in 2019 were LED bulbs, with the exception of the yellow ones, which were harder to find in stock. However, this year, all of the lights on the tree will be LED bulbs. LEDs consume le…

APH Reinforces Close Contact Quarantine and Case Investigation Cooperation After National Clarification

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For immediate release: October 22, 2020
Contact: Austin-Travis County Joint Information System, 512-974-0699, hsempio@austintexas.gov
APH Reinforces Close Contact Quarantine and Case Investigation Cooperation after National Clarification

Reinforcement follows update of close contact definition by the CDC Austin, Texas – Austin Public Health (APH) continues to urge the Austin-Travis County community to complete full quarantine periods and cooperate with case investigators to successfully identify close contacts and slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a clarification in the definition of a "close contact" to include someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes across 24 hours. Under the updated definition, a person could be exposed three separate times for five minutes each for a cumulative of 15 minutes, rather than only including single exposures of 15 minu…

Austin Public Health Hosting Two Upcoming Flu Vaccine Events

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For immediate release: October 19. 2020
Contact: Austin-Travis County Joint Information System, 512-974-0699, hsempio@austintexas.gov
Austin Public Health Hosting Two Upcoming Flu Vaccine Events

Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 events will serve as vaccine distribution practice for future COVID-19 vaccine  Austin, Texas – Austin Public Health (APH) is hosting a walk-up flu shot event on Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road. The event will distribute approximately 200 flu shots, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with priority for those who are uninsured. APH is encouraging those who have insurance to visit VaccineFinder.org to find a location near them offering flu shots. "This year it is more important than ever to get your flu shot," said APH Director Stephanie Hayden. "Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and our community." The Oct. 24 event will be the first of t…

Council Members Propose Support for Austin Legacy Businesses as Iconic Tourist Destinations Through a Visitor Information Centers Program

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For immediate release:
Oct. 15, 2020
Contact: Jason Lopez, Office of Council Member Ann Kitchen, Jason.lopez@austintexas.gov, 512-978-2105
Council Members Propose Support for Austin Legacy Businesses as Iconic Tourist Destinations Through a Visitor Information Centers Program On the October 15, 2020 City Council Agenda (Item 80), Council Members Kitchen, Pool, Tovo and Alter propose creating a Visitor Information Center Fund and developing, as an initial project, distributed Visitor Information Centers at various tourist destinations around town.

The Visit Austin website (https://www.austintexas.org/) identifies several tourist destinations and lists them as "Iconic Austin Music Venues" and "Iconic Austin Restaurants", and this proposal recommends assessing their need for assistance to avoid loss, their interest in participating as a recognized iconic tourist destination, and other criteria to evaluate their potential to function as Visitor Information Centers for A…

City of Austin asks for input towards reaching zero waste

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City of Austin asks for input towards reaching zero waste

Oct 15, 2020 09:05 am
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), a department of the City of Austin, wants to hear your ideas on reaching its zero waste goal. Adopted in 2011, Austin's Zero Waste Goal includes keeping 90% of unwanted items out of local landfills by 2040. From October 15, 2020, to November 15, 2020, Austin residents can provide their zero waste feedback and thoughts through anonline survey.ARR is in the process of developing a Comprehensive Plan as an update to the 2011 Master Plan. The Master Plan, unanimously adopted by the Austin City Council in December 2011, established the City's roadmap to reach zero waste by 2040. It provided recommendations for policy implementation, citywide services, program development, and other initiatives. As of 2015, the City has been able to keep 42% of discarded items out of local landfills.  "Taking care of the environment is everyone's responsibility; fo…

Residents Urged to Fill Out Census in Final Hours of Campaign

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For immediate release:
October 14, 2020
Contact: Communications & Public Information Office, 512-974-2220, media@austintexas.gov
Residents Urged to Fill Out Census in Final Hours of CampaignCensus to end on Friday following Supreme Court ruling

Austin-Travis County residents who have not yet filled out their Census are being urged to do so now before the new, final deadline of 5 a.m. Friday, Oct 16.

Campaigners had been working on the basis that the survey would stay open until the end of this month - providing crucial extra time to help communities be counted. However, a Supreme Court ruling yesterday cleared the way for the Census Bureau to end the count earlier.

"There may be only moments left!" said Austin Mayor Steve Adler, commenting upon hearing the Court is allowing the Census to end early. "Complete your Census NOW. A fair democracy requires a fair Census process that seeks to count everyone."

"This is unfortunate," added State Senator Sarah…