CENTRAL AUSTIN EDITION
VOLUME 12, ISSUE 8 JUNE 25 JULY 29, 2020
Protests spur push for paradigmshift City Council takes aim at police budget, training and use of force
SPONSOREDBY • Baylor Scott & White Health • UT Health Austin HEALTH CARE EDI T ION 2020
A FORC E OF CHANGE Protesters during June 7’s Justice For ThemAll March showed support for the Black LivesMattermovement.
BY CHRISTOPHER NEELY
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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Pandemic reveals Austin’s inequitable health divides along racial, economic lines
Clinical provider CommUnityCare gives Travis County residents who sign up for coronavirus testing an option of which language to be served in. The overall positive rate for all CommUnityCare tests is 19.8% through June 18*. Positive test rates by preferred language
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BY JACK FLAGLER
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.
SOURCES: COMMUNITYCARECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER * 1,106 OF 7,826 COVID19 TESTS WERE IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE OR THE LANGUAGE WAS UNREPORTED.
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