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Protests spur push for paradigmshift City Council takes aim at police budget, training and use of force

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Austin and cities across the country are reimagin- ing policing following weeks of outrage and heated demonstrations aimed at institutional racism, excessive use of force by police and racial bias. The latest push can be traced to 8 minutes and 46 sec- onds on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. OnMay 25, 46-year-oldGeorge Floydwas arrested under suspicion of using a forged $20 bill to pay for cigarettes. Moments later, Floyd, an unarmed black man, was face down on the asphalt, handcued and crying for help as Minneapolis police ocer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 sec- onds. Captured on camera by bystanders, Floyd lost consciousness, and his body went limp before Chauvin released his knee. Floyd was pronounced dead less than one hour later. The tragedy spurred protests in all 50 states. In many major cities, including Austin, the demonstrations grew violent, resulting in countless stories and videos of protest- ers sustaining signicant injuries CONTINUED ON 28

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On May 21, a moment eight years in the making took place in Austin, but it did not happen as it was envisioned. Instead of an on-campus celebration, the 49 members of the rst graduating class at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas watched the virtual ceremony on their screens. Then, they started their careers as residents, where Dell Medical School dean Dr. Clay Johnston said they are prepared to be “change agents” for a health system he said is in crisis. In Austin, that crisis has been felt most signicantly by the city’s minority residents.

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FROMDEEDA: My mom always told me to take care of myself because without our health we have nothing. She’s not the rst person to utter that line, but I think of it often as the pandemic presses on. Never in my lifetime have health precautions dominated more everyday activities and conversations than they do today. This month’s issue is our annual Health Care Edition where you can learn not only the latest regarding COVID-19, but also about medical treatment options for a variety of ailments in your neighborhood. Deeda Payton Lovett, GENERALMANAGER

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES 12 Project Connect clears another hurdle CITY& SCHOOLS 13 The process to redraw council districts

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FROM JACK: I have to admit something slightly embarrassing: I was really nervous about getting tested for COVID-19. I saw videos on Twitter of public ocials getting the swab stuck up their nose, and I’m generally a baby when it comes to going to the dentist or getting blood drawn. So when I pulled up to the testing site, rolled down my driver’s side window and tilted my head back, I was expecting the worst. The experience was denitely uncomfortable and I didn’t know my nasal passage extended that far, but it was not as bad as I was expecting. You can now be tested at some locations in Austin for free even if you are asymptomatic. If you were in a large crowd—like I was covering recent protests—or if you feel a test is necessary, I would encourage you to go. It’s over in just a few seconds. Jack Flagler, EDITOR

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4 Loewy Law Firm , 7000 N. MoPac, Ste. 200, Austin, celebrated its 15-year anniversary May 19. Adam Loewy, who started the personal injury law firm, has recovered tens of millions for clients, according to information from Loewy Law Firm’s website. 512-280-0800. www.personalinjurylawyersaustintx.com 5 Foreign and Domestic celebrated its 10-year anniversary May 20. The North Loop neighborhood restaurant at 306 E. 53rd St., Austin, was opened by Ned Elliott in 2010. Seven years later, Elliott sold the restaurant to Nathan Lemley and Sarah Heard, who met while working at Austin restaurant Parkside. 512-459-1010. www.fndaustin.com 6 Kerbey Lane celebrated its 40th an- niversary May 5. The Austin comfort food spot, which is open for dine-in, takeout and delivery, started at 3704 Kerbey Lane, Austin, and has since grown to sev- en other locations in the area. The Austin staple is still family-owned—the current CEO is Mason Ayer, the son of founders David and Patricia Ayer. 512-451-1436. www.kerbeylanecafe.com IN THE NEWS 7 Pinthouse Pizza , which has locations at 4729 Burnet Road and 4236 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, launched its Feed the Frontline program May 20. Customers ordering online have the opportunity to donate a pie to health care workers and essential workers. Pinthouse Pizza will then match each pie donated. www.pinthousepizza.com

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RELOCATIONS 8 Modern Muse Beauty Collective recently opened its new location at 8820 Burnet Road, Ste. 503, Austin, in mid- May. The hair and beauty salon, previ- ously located on Shoal Creek Boulevard in North Austin, offers a full menu of hair cut and color services for clients. Modern Muse also specializes in makeup and hair services for weddings and numerous oth- er special occasions. 512-661-8205. www.modernmusebeauty.com CLOSINGS 9 Chocolaterie Tessa , located at 7425 Burnet Road, Austin, closed permanently May 23, according to a letter to customers from owner Tessa Halstead. “I can say on behalf of myself, my family, and my staff, we gave it our very best,” Halstead wrote. 10 Miguel’s Gallery and Garden , locat- ed at 5209 Burnet Road, Austin, will be closing at the end of September after 26 years in business. Owner Miguel Martin said he sold items off the side of the road before moving to East Fifth Street and fi- nally Burnet Road in 2005. 512-323-5563. www.miguelsimports.com

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NORTH CENTRAL AUSTIN NOWOPEN 1 The Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection, will open at 4100 Red River St. on June 29. The hotel, restaurant and event space is set on 10 acres and includes Lutie’s Garden Restau- rant, led by husband-and-wife team Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu, formerly of seminal Austin establish- ments Barley Swine and Odd Duck.

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COMING SOON 6 Nashville hot chicken restaurant Tumble 22 will add a third location in the Austin area in July at 2304 Lake Austin Boulevard, formerly the site of Magnolia Cafe. Tumble 22 is aiming to open in July and initially will open only for takeout. Magnolia Cafe announced April 16 it would close its original location after more than 40 years. 512-520-1998. www.tumble22.com 7 Verbena, a new restaurant and bar at the forthcoming Canopy by Hilton Hotel at 612 W. Sixth St., Austin, is scheduled to open in July. The restaurant from chef Nic Yanes of Juniper and Uncle Nicky’s will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner focused on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The adjacent hotel is also scheduled to open in 2020. 512-991-3100. www.verbenaatx.com ANNIVERSARIES 8 Austin Java celebrated its 25th anniversary in Austin in May. While the original location of the local cafe at 1206 Parkway closed in 2019, Austin Java still has four open locations—including one at the Austin City Hall building, 301 W. Second St., Austin. 512-481-9400. www.austinjava.com C LOSINGS 9 Plush owner Ryan Cunningham an- nounced May 23 that the club at 617 Red River Street, which had been open since 2000, has closed permanently. “I want to personally thank all of you for your time, love, and everything else you’ve done to help keep us open over the past 20 years,” Cunningham wrote in a Facebook post. 512-478-0099. www.plushatx.com 10 Barracuda, a music venue located at 611 E. Seventh St., Austin, announced its permanent closure on June 10. In May, Austin City Council members said they would look into purchasing existing music venues to control costs for the music and arts communities. Without interven- tion, Red River Merchants Association executive director Cody Cowan said the COVID-19 pandemic would be the “nail in the coffin” for live music venues in Austin. www.barracudaaustin.com

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from the Key Bar patio and the Taco Flats food truck will be parked at the West Sixth Street bar. At both Key Bar and the La Holly location on East Sixth Street, the patios will be open while the inside of the bars remain closed, according to owner Simon Madera. 512-215-9949. www.cantinaholly.com 4 Wanderlust Wine Co. opened at 610 N. I-35 in May. Due to the restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic, owner Sammy Lam started virtual wine tasting events in March before opening the self- pour wine bar in a limited capacity. Lam said he’s planning a grand opening event once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted completely. The wine bar features an Italian food truck, The Heel of the Boot, outside behind the space. 956-212-7848. www.wanderlustwine.com 5 Veracruz All Natural opened a walk- up window for customers on foot and other pedestrian traffic at the Line Hotel, 111 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, as of May 25. The new location replaces Dean’s One Trick Pony, a bar and restaurant that opened in 2018. The other Veracruz loca- tions remain open. 512-665-2713 . www.veracruzallnatural.com

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1 P. Terry’s opened a new location at 517 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Aus- tin, on May 19. The restaurant just south of the University of Texas was formerly a Taco Ranch. The dining room of the new location opened May 19 in accordance with the state’s reopening laws. All P. Terry’s are now open for dine-in and drive-thru service. Customers who dine in must wear face coverings to enter and move around the restaurant. 737-212-0420. www.pterrys.com 2 Keep Safe Care opened its Central Austin office on June 16 at 1704 West Av- enue. The service matches caregivers with clients and, according to owner Jeffrey Fry, its system “reduces the chronic prob- lems of caregiver truancy and turnover.” 512-766-0150. www.keepsafecare.com 3 La Holly opened a pop-up at Key Bar, 617 W. Sixth St., Austin, on May 22. For the next six months, La Holly will be serving drinks, including frozen cocktails,

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its capacity as of April to create needed supplies at its warehouse and distribu- tion center. The nonprofit offers skills training, education and employment opportunities to the blind. The non- profit has put additional resources into making products such as soap and hand sanitizers—hiring 20 additional tempo- rary workers and investing more than $100,000 in equipment. 512-442-2329. www.austinlighthouse.org RELOCATIONS 9 Skandinavia Contemporary Interiors, a furniture store previously located on Shoal Creek Boulevard, relocated to 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 300, Austin, and its storefront is open as of June 9. The new showroom offers 200,000 square feet of space, according to the store owners. 512-451-1868. www.skandinaviatexas.com NEWOWNERSHIP 10 Rastegar Property Co. announced the purchase of 505 and 507 W. Live Oak St., Austin, on May 26. With the two new lots, the Austin-based property company completed a 2.5-acre property acquisi- tion that began in September to build a mixed-use commercial and residential development. Other recent purchases for Rastegar include the Mueller Square Apartments and Oakview Terrace prop- erty in East Austin—both of which will be

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3 Vi Collina, a new 170-unit housing de- velopment at 2401 E. Oltorf St., Austin, is scheduled to open in 2021. According to city documents, all of the units will be offered to families making between 30% and 80% of the city’s median annual income. The complex is being developed by Saigebrook Development and O-SDA Industries. 512-383-5470. www.affordablehousingtexas.com IN THE NEWS 4 CommUnityCare Health Centers, the clinical arm of county health provider Central Health, announced June 8 it has begun providing free coronavirus testing for individuals with no symptoms. The tests are being offered at CommUnity- Care’s seven public testing sites through- out the county as well as the provider’s clinic locations. CommUnityCare’s South Austin clinic is located at 2529 S. First St., Austin. 512-978-9500. www.communitycaretx.org 5 The YMCA of Austin is offering sum- mer camps in partnership with Extend-

1 HumanKind Herban Farmacy, opened in March at 1515 S. I-35, Ste. 200, Austin. The store sells cannabidiol, or CBD, products such as gummies, tinctures and lotions. The store located underneath Platinum Tattoo is currently offering curbside pickup. 512-582-0212. www.humankindfarmacy.com COMING SOON 2 Aspen Heights Partners started construction as of May 21 on a 323-unit multifamily community at 1700 Wil- low Creek Drive, Austin. The four-story property will feature a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as two interior courtyards, a rooftop deck, a swimming pool and a fitness center. Leas- ing is expected to begin in November. 512-369-3030. www.ahpliving.com

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at 4603-4611 N. I-35, Austin, is antici- pated to break ground in late 2020 and open in 2021. Fifty-one of the 56 units will be affordable housing for families making 30%-60% of the city’s median family income. The remaining five units will be market-rate housing. The complex is being developed by O-SDA Industries. 512-383-5470 www.affordablehousingtexas.com 4 Austin Regional Clinic is scheduled to open a new location at 2785 E. Seventh St., Austin, in the fall. The 9,200-square- foot primary care clinic will include family medicine and pediatric care. 512-272-4636. 5 Nature’s Treasures , located at 4013 N. I-35, Austin, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in August. After starting her business in the 1980s in San Diego, owner Karen Richards moved to Austin and opened the store in 2000 with a selection of rocks, fossils and minerals. 512-472-5015. www.ntrocks.com IN THE NEWS 6 Austin Habitat for Humanity’s project at 2602 Philomena St., Austin, on May 28 received $1 million in investment funds from Austin Community Founda- tion to support costs. The low-interest www.austinregionalclinic.com ANNIVERSARIES

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TRANSPORTATION Austin area’s public transportation plan goes fromvision to actionwithProject Connect vote

BY JACK FLAGLER

Rethinking downtown travel Capital Metro’s Project Connect plan calls for three light-rail stations, which would connect dierent areas of the city to downtown Austin. TRAVEL TIMES TO REPUBLIC SQUARE

Rail

Car in rush hour trac

The Capital Metro board of direc- tors voted unanimously June 10 to adopt Project Connect, the plan that would reshape Austin's public trans- portation by adding rail and expand- ing Capital Metro's bus network. The $9.8 billion plan would add three light-rail lines. One, the Orange Line, would run between Tech Ridge in North Austin to Slaughter Lane in South Austin. Another, the Blue Line, would connect downtown Austin to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and the third, the Gold Line, would run between Austin Commu- nity College’s Highland campus and South Austin. The lines outlined in the plan would run through an underground tunnel downtown to take them away from trac, and they would converge in some denser sections of the city to provide service every ve min- utes rather than every 10 minutes, according to Project Connect program manager Dave Couch.

Now that the plan has been adopted, a major next step for local ocials will be working out the nancing. According to a presentation from Jill Jaworski of PFM Financial Advi- sors to the board and City Council on June 10, analysis of other projects around the country support an estimate that 45% of Project Connect would be funded by the federal government—or $4.4 billion of the $9.8 billion project. That leaves $5.4 billion to be funded locally, which would come in part from property taxes. In August, once the city and Capital Metro board determine howmuch revenue is needed and where the city would need to set the tax rate, City Council could call for a tax rate election, which would ask voters for permission to raise property taxes to bring in the revenue needed to fund the program. Those details still need to be

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Tech Ridge Station

Slaughter Station

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

ACC Highland

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Republic Square Park 422 Guadalupe St., Austin

SOURCE: CAPITAL METROCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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the median homeowner of a $325,000 property, that would translate to a $358 increase annually. Both the city and Capital Metro will next be going to their annual budget reviews this summer. Austin City Council has until August to call a referendum, and then the decision would go to the voters in November.

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nalized, but on June 10 Jaworski and Greg Canally, Austin’s deputy chief nancial ocer, presented numbers based on an $0.11 increase in the tax rate per $100 of home valuation. For

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CITY&SCHOOLS

News from Austin & Travis County

CITYHIGHLIGHTS At a board of trustees meeting June 1, Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz said the district has formed a task force to develop options to mix virtual and in-person classes for the upcoming school year, which begins Aug. 18. The district is weighing limiting class sizes to six to eight students and buses to 12-14 students. Tesla is considering building its next factory on 2,100 acres near Del Valle in Travis County— and according to documents filed with the state comptroller's office, is in the process of working out an tax incentive deal with Del Valle ISD. Travis County is also considering development incentives for Tesla, which is eyeing a site at Hwy. 130 and Harold Green Road for its 4-5 million square foot facility. Austin City Council Meets July 30 www.austintexas.gov/department/ city-council Travis County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. 700 Lavaca St., Austin www.traviscountytx.gov/ commissioners-court MEETINGSWE COVER

SELECTING THE SELECTORS

For the first time, Austinwill redraw its 10City Council districts

Applications are open to apply for the commission to redraw Austin’s districts through September, and members will be selected by March 2021.

BY JACK FLAGLER

2022 City Council elections. To be eligible for the 14-member redistricting commission, an indi- vidual must have been registered to vote in Austin for at least five years and voted in at least three of the last five of the city’s general elections. Residents also must prove they do not have conflicts of interest, which would include recently running for state or city office, contributing more than $1,000 to a city candidate or being an employee of the city. One commission member spot will be reserved for a university or community college student in Austin. The Texas Legislature will handle redistricting on a state and federal level in 2021. Texas is expected to gain at least three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would constitute a jump from 36 to 39 seats. In 2010, Texas gained four seats.

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AUSTIN In 2014, Austin radically changed the shape of its city gov- ernment. After nearly 200 years of electing council members from anywhere in the city with an at-large system, the city changed the makeup of its City Council to represent 10 geographic districts, along with the mayor, in the current 10-1 system. Over the course of six years, Austin’s population has grown, and its demographics have changed. The 2020 census survey process to count each person where they live is ongoing, and that data is scheduled to be delivered to individual states no later than March 31, 2021. Based on the new data, a commis- sion of Austin residents will redraw the city’s 10 council districts. The process will take place over two years, and the new district boundar- ies will be in place for the November

Independent auditors will select 60 of the most qualified candidates from the pool of commission applicants by Jan. 15, 2021. The city auditor will randomly draw eight names from the pool of 60 to serve on the commission on Jan. 23, 2021. Those eight individuals will then choose six more qualified candidates for a total of 14 members starting March 2021.

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CANDIDATE Q&A

Private school guide 2020

Senate District 14 candidates discuss the issues ahead of July 14 election

Early voting for the Senate District 14 special election will begin June 29,then on Election Day July 14, Travis County and Bastrop County residents will have an opportunity to make their choice for the candidate they would like to see fill the seat of former state Sen. Kirk Watson at the Capitol.

Party: Republican Occupation: attorney Website: not available WALLER T. BURNS

PAT DIXON

SARAH ECKHARDT Party: Democrat Occupation: lawyer Website: www.saraheckhardt.com

Party: Libertarian Occupation: engineer, president, www.dpas-inc.com Website: www.logic14.org

The needs of the community haven’t changed. But, the needs and inequities of the community have certainly been amplified by the pandemic. The world is very different today than it was a few months ago. How has the pandemic changed the way you see the needs of the community?

I’m not too sure there are any different needs in respect to all of that unless the coronavirus stays around for the rest of the year. The federal government has done a tremendous job of helping everyone. Texas could do a little bit in helping financially, but the federal government has given an enormous amount of help.

Any honest candidate would admit that COVID-19 has changed things, but certain community needs have not changed. We remain a popular location for business and residential relocation, and the challenges of sustainable growth remain. Instead of corporate welfare incentives that put the tax burden on small businesses and individuals, I suggest free market sustainability.

What separates you from the rest of the candidates in the field and makes you the best choice for this position in the state Senate?

I’m 81 and running for the Texas Senate. I’m a fourth- generation Texan. My grandfather, Waller Thomas Burns, was a state senator from 1897-1901—the same position I’m running for, but a different district. He wrote the bill to buy the land to build the San Jacinto Monument in 1897. I decided, “If my grandfather can do it, here I go.”

Unlike my opponents, I am Libertarian. Like some of my opponents, I have a record of my actions in elected office. Unlike my opponents, I will let that record tell the story instead of making promises to special interest groups and offering an inflexible platform covering every issue. I am interviewing for a job and showing you my resume. My platform is one word: logic.

As commissioner and later chief executive of Travis County, I have negotiated 11 balanced budgets for a $1B organization. By population, Travis County is larger than eight U.S. states. Too often, legislators operate without knowing what happens to their bill after it leaves the building. I know how to fix the problem between sessions, but I’d rather fix the problem’s source.

Answers may have been edited for length. For full Q&A’s and a map of Senate District 14, visit communityimpact.com .

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2020 Local Voter Guide

COMPILED BY JACK FLAGLER

JEFF RIDGEWAY

EDDIE RODRIGUEZ

DON ZIMMERMAN

Party: Republican Occupation: robotics engineer Website: www.texansforzimmerman.com

Party: Democrat Occupation: vice president, commercial business development, state representative Website: www.eddiefortexas.com

Party: Independent Occupation: physician Website: www.ridgewayfortx.com

The world is very different today than it was a few months ago. How has the pandemic changed the way you see the needs of the community?

The COVID-19 pandemic and the response have upended the priorities of Texans everywhere. Now that the economy is reopening, we need to focus our resources on making sure our healthcare systems have the equipment they need to handle any spikes in cases as well as keep our hospital staff safe and healthy. Testing and contact tracing will be important parts of that.

This pandemic has shown we have deep inequities that require common-sense solutions, like expanding Medicaid and paid sick leave. This crisis has also shown how porous of a safety net we have. We removed numerous restrictions to receiving benefits, and we must look at making some of these changes permanent.

The tendency of government to serve its own interests and charge the taxpayer more every budget cycle is a constant. We have seen our constitutional liberties almost completely ignored during the COVID-19 outbreak while government keeps trying to spend its way out. Our livelihoods and our health are in jeopardy the longer our businesses stay even partially closed. Keep Texas Open.

What separates you from the rest of the candidates in the field and makes you the best choice for this position in the state Senate?

I am a physician and the only [candidate] in this race with a medical background. We need more knowledge at the state level so our leaders are not constantly trying to catch up to emerging data about this disease. I am also the only independent candidate in this election, and will be able to focus on the needs of Central Texas rather than party agendas.

I am the candidate with the best experience and vision to guide us through this crisis and make sure we have an equitable recovery. With 18 years of experience in the State House, I have a strong track record of passing progressive legislation even while in the minority. Serving in the Legislature requires the experience and connections to pass good bills and kill bad bills. We can't have a rookie in this time of crisis

What other candidate has successfully stopped a new tax dead in its tracks? What other candidate has stood with taxpayers during appeals hearings? What other candidate has the courage and the tenacity to stand up to bureaucrats and lobbyists and instead represent the rights of property owners? I will continue to do that in the senate.

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Data and information on health care trends in Travis County

COMPILED BY NICHOLAS CICALE AND JACK FLAGLER

HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT

CORONAVIRUS CASE ANALYSIS

COVID-19 cases spiked in Travis County in June, leading local ocials to call for to renewed eorts to keep social distance and wear face coverings.

These statistics were last updated June 18, before the press deadline for this issue of Community Impact Newspaper.

HOWHEALTHY IS YOUR COUNTY?

CASE BREAKDOWN

NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES PER WEEK

These rankings are updated annually but in- clude data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed below.

Travis County

March 8-14 March 15-21 March 22-28

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HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

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290

Total cases: 4,991

119

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MOPAC

• LENGTHOFLIFE • QUALITYOFLIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

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March 29-April 4

281

Travis County

290

183

April 5-11

284

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

Recoveries per 100,000 residents 317.25

April 12-18

348

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICALCARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMICFACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICALENVIRONMENTFACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTH CARE RANKINGS (out of 244 counties)

April 19-25

304

5TH 9TH 12TH 18TH 2ND

Health outcomes

Active cases 21.36%

April 26-May 2

318

Length of life

2.16% Deaths

May 3-9

379

Quality of life Health factors Health behaviors

May 10-16

330

76.48% Recoveries

May 17-23

363

3RD

Clinical care

Deaths per 100,000 residents

30TH 215TH

Socioeconomic

May 24-30 May 31-June 6:

444

8.98

Physical environment

440

SOURCES: COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG, ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, TRAVIS COUNTY, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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