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Austin-travis County is currently in stage 3

COVID-19 is still a threat. Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 4. Find out more information, read the COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines.

 

public testing enrollment form

If you are feeling ill and need free COVID-19 assessment and testing, Austin-Travis County residents can complete an online form to check their eligibility for a COVID-19 test without needing to see a healthcare provider. For more information, visit the City of Austin's COVID-19 Free Assessment and Testing website.

Austin-Travis County residents can also go to a CommUnityCare Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Site. These sites will only test people with symptoms or who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. Testing is free for the uninsured. If you have insurance, CommUnityCare will bill the insurance company. No appointment or doctor’s referral needed. Walk-up testing available. Read CommUnityCare's COVID-19 testing site flyer for locations and contact phone number. 

 

 

Latest Local News

  • November 10, 2020 – Interim Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe’s Statement on Reopening Bars

  • October 30, 2020 – The Travis County Fire Marshal has issued guidelines for drive-in concerts. For the purpose of these guidelines, “drive-in concert” includes events that feature pop-up movies rather than music. This guidance does not apply to drive-in movie theaters showing movies in the traditional manner. View the Drive-in Concerts Guidelines.

  • October 14, 2020 – Today, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe announced, based on the memo from Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott, bars in Travis County will not open at 50% capacity at this time. He will continue to reevaluate data collected and in 14 days, determine if Travis County is in a position to safely reopen bars. In the meantime, the judge encourages everyone to continue practicing safety measures to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

    Read Judge Biscoe’s full statement.

  • October 7, 2020Travis County Launches Nonprofit Grant Program

  • September 30, 2020 – Today, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe signed County Judge Order No. 2020-19, Relating to Notices to Vacate, Eviction Proceedings in response to COVID-19. This order is effective immediately and continues through December 31, 2020, unless terminated or modified by a subsequent order.

    Additionally, last week, the Travis County Justices of the Peace signed an order that also addresses eviction proceedings.

  • August 14, 2020 – Today, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe signed County Judge Order 2020-16; Relating to the COVID-19 Community Restrictions. Effective as of 12:00 a.m., Sunday, August 16, 2020 and continuing through 11 :59 p.m. on December 15, 2020 unless extended. This Order:

    • Extends the local disaster declaration and public health emergency for Travis County.
    • Extends prohibition of any gatherings that exceed 10 people, except as permitted by the Governor’s Proclamation and Orders.
    • Extends requirement for every person in Travis County to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space whenever not feasible to maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from persons outside one’s household.

    To report commercial entities violating the County Judge’s order, please fill out our Report a Hazard/County Order Violation form.

  • July 22, 2020 – Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe has issued County Judge Order No. 2020-15 Relating to Notices to Vacate, Eviction Proceedings in response to COVID-19. This order extends the prohibition of eviction proceedings to September 30th unless terminated or modified by a subsequent order.

  • July 9, 2020 – Today, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe signed County Judge Order 2020-14; Relating to the COVID-19 Community Restrictions. Effective as of 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2020 unless extended. This Order:

    • Continues the local disaster declaration and public health emergency for Travis County.
    • Prohibits any gatherings that exceed 10 people, except as permitted by the Governor’s Proclamation and Orders.
    • Requires every person in Travis County to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space whenever not feasible to maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from persons outside one’s household.

    To report commercial entities violating the County Judge’s order, please fill out our Report a Hazard/County Order Violation form.

  • June 25, 2020 – Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe signed County Judge Order 2020-13; Relating to the Declaration regarding COVID-19. Effective as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020 unless extended, modified or terminated early, any outdoor gatherings that exceed 100 people are PROHIBITED except as permitted by the Governor’s Order GA-26. Individuals shall not socialize in groups of more than 10 people, unless individuals are members of the same household or residence and except to the extent permitted by the Governor’s Orders. Within any group of ten (10) people or less, individuals should, to the extent possible, wear face coverings and minimize in-person contact with others not in the individual’s household.

    To report commercial entities violating the County Judge’s order, please fill out our Report a Hazard/County Order Violation form.

  • June 18, 2020 – Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe has signed County Judge Order 2020-12; Relating to the Declaration regarding COVID-19. Effective as of 11:59 on Thursday, June 18, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2020 unless extended, modified or terminated early, all commercial entities in Travis County that provide goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy related to COVID-19. The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees and visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible.

    To report commercial entities violating the County Judge’s order, please fill out our Report a Hazard/County Order Violation form.

  • June 17, 2020 - Austin Travis County have established an Isolation Facility, which provides free lodging and services for those that do not have the ability to safely self-isolate due to COVID-19. Click here for more information.

  • June 15, 2020 – Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe has issued COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines and Order 2020-11.

  • June 11, 2020 – Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe has issued County Judge Order No. 2020-10 Relating to Notices to Vacate, Eviction Proceedings in response to COVID-19. This order extends the prohibition of eviction proceedings to July 25th unless terminated or modified by a subsequent order

  • May 8, 2020 – Today, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt issued two orders:

    County Judge Order 2020-8: STAY HOME ORDER CONSISTENT WITH AND GUIDANCE BEYOND GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    County Judge Order No. 2020-9: Relating to Notices to Vacate, Eviction Proceedings in response to COVID-19

    Both of these orders were created with the input of the Opening Central Texas for Business Task Force. See their recommendations for opening Central Texas for business.

  • 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, 2020Second 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, 2020Construction 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, 2020Religious 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.

    Travis County Judge Order No. 2020-5

  • 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 14, 2020 - Gatherings of 250+ People Banned to Help Tackle COVID-19. View the City of Austin's Mayor's Orders

    Travis County Judge Order No. 2020-1

  • 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

  • June 29, 2020 – TCTX Thrive Small Business Grant Program extends the pre-application period until July 10th and changed program guidelines to allow applications from locally owned franchises. Visit www.traviscountythrive.com for more information.

  • June 15, 2020 – 2020 Travis County launches with TCTX Thrive Small Business Grant Program with partner BCL of Texas. Visit www.traviscountythrive.com for more information.

  • 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 November 16, 2020

In response to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, the Travis County Civil and Family Courts are suspending in-person, non-emergency hearings effective Monday March 16th through Monday June 29th. All non-emergency hearings currently scheduled for the next four weeks have been postponed and will be rescheduled by Court Administration to another date. Reduced court staff will be present at the HMS Courthouse but will only be available for in-person hearings on emergency matters.

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 November 24, 2020

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 [email protected] 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 protected].

District Clerk

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: [email protected]. 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

September 24, 2020 – Travis County Justices of the Peace have issued a new Standing Order (effective September 24, 2020), affecting eviction cases, Class C Misdemeanor cases, and other court proceedings/processes. Please read the order for details.

July 22, 2020 – Travis County Justices of the Peace have issued a new Standing Order (effective July 22, 2020), affecting the stay on eviction cases, except evictions regarding imminent threat until September 30, 2020. Additionally, they have halted the execution/issuance of Writs of Possession until September 30, 2020 and continued their freeze on issuing/executing Class C Misdemeanor warrant from their courts until September 30, 2020.

June 17, 2020 – Travis County Justices of the Peace have issued a new stay on hearing eviction cases, except for evictions regarding the imminent threat, until July 22nd. Additionally, they have halted the execution/issuance of writs of possession until July 29th and continued their freeze on issuing/executing class C misdemeanor warrants from their courts until August 15th. Read the order here.

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.

Please read:

Read the Notices from the Justices of the Peace/Lea los avisos de los Jueces de Paz


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.


Law Library

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 [email protected].

November 19 2020 – Travis County has entered Stage 4 of the Austin Public Health guidelines. All Travis County Parks remain open except Sandy Creek Park and Tom Hughes Park. Open hours and access to amenities vary by park, please refer to the specific park page for details.

  • Primitive Campsites remain closed.
  • Improved Campsites at Pace Bend and Arkansas Bend Park remain open at this time - by reservation only.
  • All athletic fields, group shelters, picnic tables, and BBQ grills are closed in the Travis County Park system.
  • Boat ramps that are still operational due to lake levels, playgrounds, access to trails and some other amenities will remain open.

Anyone traveling to a Travis County park should continue to follow the current Travis County Order and State orders.

Reservations are not required to come to the parks for normal visitation (reservations are required for Hamilton Pool Preserve). If the park reaches capacity then it will not allow entry of any additional visitors for the rest of the day and a closure notice will be added to the specific park page. The park will reopen again the next day but again under capacity limits.

The following parks are open. Hours and access to amenities vary, please refer to the specific park page for details.

The following Travis County parks remain closed until further notice:

Check the Travis County Parks website for updated information.

Updated August 10, 2020

In response to orders issued by the City of Austin, Travis County, the Texas Supreme Court, and the State of Texas, all hearings at the Probate Court shall continue to be conducted 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. When setting a hearing, please inform the Court whether the hearing can be conducted either by video through Zoom or by telephone.

Please review the administrative order signed by Judge Herman regarding temporary changes to probate court proceedings in response to COVID-19.

Updated June 23, 2020

Services available by appointment, drive-thru, and online. Read our operational changes due to COVID-19.

 

Information for Travis County Employees

Additional Resources

 

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.
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