Central Austin Edition - June 2020

HEALTH CARE BRIEFS Two newchildren’s hospitals coming to Northwest Austin

Health Care Edition 2020

Stories from Austin and Travis County and beyond

COVID19 cases in Travis County spike; mayor to enforce face covering rules

BY JACK FLAGLER

not mandates. Gov. Greg Abbott has prevented cities and counties from enforcing nes or penalties for these rules. However, in a June 16 press conference, Abbott said wearing face coverings when out to prevent the spread of the disease is “doing the right thing” and called on Texans to make safe decisions. While Abbott has made clear restrictions on individuals will not be allowed, he has permitted local ocials to make their own rules regarding businesses. On June 17, Adler signed an order requiring all employees and custom-

Local health ocials and government leaders warned res- idents June 15 that if COVID-19 case numbers continue trending upward, the need for medical care may exceed hospital capac- ity by this summer. The rolling average of daily hospitalizations, which ocials said is a key indicator they are tracking, exceeded 20 on June 14 and rose to 24.3 by June 18, causing ocials to call for tighter restrictions on businesses and individuals. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt asked residents to renew their eorts to slow the spread of the virus by maintain- ing 6 feet of distance at all times and always wearing face cover- ings in public. The recommendations are

BY BRIAN PERDUE

By the end of 2023, two new children’s hospitals are scheduled to be built less than 2 miles apart in a fast-growing part of Northwest Austin. Dell Children’s Medical Center announced plans May 7 to build a 36-bed children’s hospital and medical oce on 34 acres near the intersection of Avery Ranch Bou- levard and 183A Toll in Williamson County. The 135,000-square-foot hospital is scheduled to be completed by November 2022, according to information from Dell Children’s. Houston-based Texas Children’s Hospital said May 20 it would build a new, $450 million, 48-bed hospital in the Presidio area of Northwest Austin. That facility is scheduled to open in late 2023. “It’s exciting [about] the health

Dell Children’s Medical Center is planning to build a hospital in Williamson County. (Rendering courtesy Ascension Seton)

care that will be available to the high concentration of children and families we have here,” Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan said. “Economically, health care is somewhat of a recession-proof indus- try, which, judging from the situation we’re in now, is desirable.” In addition to building the new hospital, Dell Children’s plans to expand its Mueller campus, including the construction of a four-story tower with 72 beds. Texas Children’s said in a news release its expansion in the Austin area will include 18 primary care pediatric practices.

ers on commer- cial properties to wear face masks. The new order is enforceable by a $1,000 ne on the business and extends through Aug. 15.

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