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2021 H E A L T H C A R E E D I T I O N herd immunity Reaching for

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Central Texas community comes together to drive up vaccination rates

Austin Public Health ocials are using 67% of the total population fully vaccinated as the minimum benchmark to reach herd immunity. Here’s how many people in each county would need to receive vaccines to provide collective protection against COVID-19. Numbers are updated as of June 20.

Additional fully vaccinated individuals needed:

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BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE & AMY RAE DADAMO

Kendra Wright received early access to the coronavirus vaccine in January as an essential caretaker to her father. Walking out of the appointment, Wright said she felt immediate relief. “It was like this weight was lifted that I didn’t even know I had,” Wright said. “I instantly wanted everyone to feel that way.” In late January, Wright launched Kendra’s COVID Coaches—one of several Central Texas volunteer groups working to aid the region in the pursuit of reaching herd immunity, or the status at which a community at large will have collective protection against a virus. Since January, grassroots groups such as Kendra’s COVID Coaches have played an integral role in connecting tens of thousands of Central Texans with vaccine appointments. Incoming requests to the groups dwindled across April and May, however, and Wright said her team has shifted its focus to reaching residents who may be willing to get a vaccine but lack the urgency, time and access to obtain one. In a survey conducted by Sendero Health Plans across eight Central Texas counties at the end of CONTINUED ON 22

Williamson County

POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED POPULATION NEEDED FOR HERD IMMUNITY

547,604

90,948

50.39%

67%

Hays County

213,366

44,969

45.92%

67%

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7,472,773 28,260,856 67%

40.56%

SOURCES: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Student Dulce Medina receives a vaccine at an Austin Community College clinic.

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12 Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood will relocate its original North Austin location from 500 Parker Drive, Austin, to a new building at 701 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Austin, later this year. The iconic orange-painted seafood restaurant oers both Cajun and Thai menu options and has served the area since 2010. Deckhand has a second location in South Austin. 512-368-3379. www.deckhandoysterbar.com EXPANSIONS 13 Texas-based drink maker Spiritless announced June 2 the company has expanded its operations and established its headquarters at 11801 Domain Blvd., Austin, in The Domain. Spiritless, which started in Waco, manufactures distilled nonalcoholic spirits. According to a June 2 news release, the company es- tablished its headquarters in Austin as it rolled out its rst product, Kentucky 74, which is a nonalcoholic bourbon-style drink. www.spiritless.com 14 Tomball-based Moett Video Pro- ductions announced its expansion into the Austin area in a June 1 news release. Moett’s new oces are located at 2301 W. Anderson Lane, Stes. 102-44, Austin. Owner Chris Wohrer said the Austin location will provide video pro- duction services, excluding studio and stage rentals. 281-440-0044. www.moett.com 15 Ramen Tatsu-ya in early March opened an outdoor dining space at its original North Austin location at 8557 Research Blvd., Ste. 126, Austin. The outdoor space extends into the restaurant’s parking lot and provides private, covered patio seating available for reservation through the Japanese cuisine restaurant’s website. 512-893-5561. www.ramen-tatsuya.com 16 North Austin’s Belgian beer spe- cialists Celis Brewery on May 8 opened a dog park on its premises, located at 10001 Metric Blvd., Austin. The new dog park provides a grassy and gated space for attended dogs to play while owners enjoy a covered patio with tables. 512-524-2377. www.celisbeers.com

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NOWOPEN 1 Ethereal Gift Collective opened May 1 at 11300 Jollyville Road, Austin, in the Arboretum area. The independently owned retailer oers tarot card readings and sells candles, orals, jewelry, vintage goods and other items sourced from local small businesses, 95% of which are female-owned, according to the company. 512-203-3701. www.etherealgiftcollective.com 2 Kasey’s at Hopsquad in late April began serving out of its food truck at Hopsquad Brewing Co., located at 2307 Kramer Lane, Austin. The new food truck is open Wednesday through Sun- day at the North Austin brewery. Kasey’s serves fried pickles, chicken wings and more with occasional game day specials during Austin FC game watch parties. www.instagram.com/kaseysathopsquad 3 The Law Oce of Amber Russell PLLC celebrated its grand opening with a launch event June 2. The new law oce will operate out of 6500 River Place Blvd., Bldg. 7, Ste. 250, Austin. In an email to Community Impact News- paper , Russell said her law oce will represent clients “who have been injured

or abused” and will serve primarily as a plainti’s personal injury attorney. 512-777-3135. www.lawoceofamberrussell.com 4 Confections eatery Cranky Granny’s Sweet Rolls opened to customers May 29. The bakery, located at 10910 Domain Drive, Ste. 106, Austin, serves sweet rolls with an assortment of avors. Customers can order sweet rolls, which are similar to cinnamon rolls, with toppings including caramel apple, banana pudding, Oreo crumbles and more. www.crankygrannys.com 5 Nationwide restaurant chain Famous Dave’s in May opened a to-go location at 12901 N. I-35, Bldg. 16, Austin. Famous Dave’s serves ribs, burgers and barbecue plates. This location is currently only serving customers to-go. 737-273-0330. www.famousdaves.com 6 Solanos Mexican Grill opened in mid-April inside JJ’s Market and Deli at 1921 Cedar Bend Drive, Austin. The eatery serves lunch and breakfast tacos alongside burritos, tortas and more. 512-831-5554 7 Chinese cuisine restaurant Seven Spice opened in April at 3901 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. B, Austin. Seven Spice serves classic Chinese fare, including rice and noodle dishes, soups, vegetarian

options and more. 512-291-7885. www.sevenspiceaustin.com

8 Taqueria Jessica opened in early May at 7221 McNeil Drive, Austin. The food truck serves authentic Mexican street dishes such as autas and quessabirria tacos. 737-202-4312. https://taqueria-jessica.business.site 9 Keyless Shop in May opened its sec- ond Austin-area location at 12200 Research Blvd., Ste. 300, Austin. The shop, with another location in Central Austin, provides automotive, commercial and residential locksmith services. 512-549-1060. www.keylessshop.com 10 The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce on June 1 announced that startup company Elevated Reach opened at 3520 Executive Center Drive, Ste. 150, Austin. Elevated Reach, which is backed by local private investment rm SNH Capital Partners, is a company that provides sales and marketing strategies to growing businesses. 512-862-2688. www.snhcapitalpartners.com COMING SOON 11 Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in late 2021 will open a new clin- ic in Domain Northside at 11801 Domain

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An expansion of the NYOS Charter School in North Austin will add more than 370 seats for elementary-aged students. Work on the expansion will end this summer.

ANNIVERSARIES 17 Austin Beerworks in June celebrated its 10th anniversary of serving at 3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin. The North Austin brewery, known for its agship beers, such as Pearl-Snap and Fire Eagle, reopened its taproom to customers June 7. The taproom had been closed since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 512-821-2494. www.austinbeerworks.com 18 Clean Slate Waxing Lounge on June 22 celebrated ve years of business at 13450 N. US 183, Ste. 237B, Austin. The business, locally owned by Marilyn and Ryan Landes, provides services for waxing, facials, lash extensions, LED therapy and more. Seasonal products and service bundles available. 512-792-9955. www.cleanslatewax.com

IN THE NEWS 19 Dart’em Up on June 12 launched new late-night programming for adult customers. Every Saturday from 8 p.m.- midnight, customers can buy passes for unlimited Nerf battles and arcade time at Dart’em Up, located at 13776 US 183, Ste. 104, Austin. 512-735-1919.

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FEATURED IMPACT EXPANSIONS Ahead of the upcoming 2021-22 school year, NYOS Charter School will complete construction of its new campus expansion. Work on the new 76,000-square-foot expansion is expected to wrap by mid-July. The expansion will add an entirely new campus adjacent to the existing NYOS campus. When it opens, the new campus will house pre-K through eighth-grade students, and the current existing campus will be converted to serve high school students.

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20 The city of Austin Parks and Rec- reation Department is in the process of renaming Payton Gin Pocket Park, located at 801 Payton Gin Road, Austin, to Heron Hollow Pocket Park. Austin City Council will have to vote to ocially rename the park. 512-974-6700. www.austintexas.gov/ department/parks-and-recreation

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Light Rail is Coming to Austin

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Project Connect will expand and improve our transit network, including new light rail lines, a subway and more services across the city. Project Connect is moving forward! Join us at these upcoming meetings to see the latest designs and updates on the Orange and Blue light rail lines. • In-person open house — Austin Central Library, Saturday 7/31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Live virtual meetings — with

breakout sessions to discuss the projects at a neighborhood level. Tuesday 7/27 – Thursday 8/5

• On-demand virtual open house — review the plans and provide feedback at your convenience. Tuesday 7/27 – Friday 8/27

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Visit ProjectConnect.com to learn more. For language translations or accommodations,

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JUNE THROUGHAUG. 15 AUSTIN JEWISH FILMFESTIVAL SCREENINGS The annual Austin Jewish Film Festival is holding virtual screenings of several lms through August. Titles include the drama “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” and the documentary lm “After Munich.” Films can be screened at a viewer’s convenience. $9.99-$15. www.austinj.org THROUGHAUG. 15 GUITAR EXHIBIT AT THE BULLOCK Learn about the history of the guitar with the Bullock’s latest exhibit, “Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World.” The display includes a collection of rare and antique guitars along with educational materials about the instrument’s science and history. Various times. Military families get free admission to this exhibit. For other patrons, tickets run $9-$13. 1800 Congress Ave., Austin. www.thestoryoftexas.com 27 THROUGH 28 WATCHA BEACHVOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT USA Volleyball hosts a junior beach volleyball open for those 18 and under. There are four age divisions including 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under. Times vary. $107. ASC Sand Complex, 1401 Toro Grande Blvd., Cedar Park. www.usavolleyball.org 29 & JULY 6, 13, 20, 27 CELEBRATE AAPI FAMILY STORIES The Austin Asian American Resource Center invites Contemporary art exhibit Wonderspaces has added four new installations to its interactive space. The new installations include a Chinese dragon made from teabags that visitors can walk through for a calm, meditative atmosphere. Exhibit times vary. $15-$24. Wonderspaces, 1205 Sheldon Cove, Ste. 2-A, Austin. www.austin.wonderspaces.com

families to share stories every Tuesday throughout June and July. The multilingual storytime sessions will cover tales of vacations and connecting with dierent generations. 10 a.m. Free. Austin Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin. 512-974-1700. www.austintexas.gov/department/ asian-american-resource-center 30 PRIDE IN LOCALMUSIC LIVESTREAM The Nashville and Austin chambers of commerce are sponsoring this event featuring ve performers from both cities playing at local venues in a livestreamed show. The livestreamed show is free with optional donations supporting education funds for LGBT students in both cities. 6 p.m. www.prideinlocalmusic.com JULY 11 & JULY 17, AUG. 1 LAKE AUSTINKAYAK TOUR REI leads an early morning kayak trip along Lake Austin just below Manseld Dam. Guides will share information about Lake Austin during the 90-minute tour while basic instruction is given. Gear for the trip is provided by REI. 8-9:30 a.m. $39 (REI members), $45 (nonmembers). Jessica Hollis Park, 14100 Low Water Crossing Road, Austin. 512-343-5550. www.rei.com 14 PROFESSIONALWRESTLING IN CEDAR PARK The H-E-B Center at Cedar Park hosts the upstart professional wrestling league AEW for its weekly “AEW H-E-B and the Austin Symphony Orchestra present the annual Independence Day reworks show. The event is back in person this year after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 8 p.m. Free. Vic Mathias Shores, 2207 Hancock Drive, Austin. 512-476-6064. www.my.austinsymphony.org/july42021

Dynamite” show. The league is headlined by Chris Jericho, Cody and Brandi Rhodes, Kenny Omega and other famous wrestlers. Doors open at 5 p.m. $33-$513. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com 15 AFS CINEMA REOPENS The Austin Film Society on June 9 announced it will ocially reopen July 15 with a summer lineup of programming. Highlights from the programming include lms from Sergio Leone, Akira Kurosawa and more. Tickets for all events in July and August went on sale June 25. Screen times vary. Ticket prices vary. Austin Film Society Cinemas, 6406 N. I-35, Ste. 3100, Austin. 512-322-0145, ext. 3214. www.austinlm.org 15 ANIGHT OF OUTDOOR FILM Watch “Blancanieves” (“Snow White”) directed by Pabro Berger at The Contemporary Austin’s Laguna Gloria location. Admission also grants attendees access to the Laguna Gloria grounds and sculpture garden. 8:30 p.m. $25 (one to two guests), $50 (three to four). 3809 W. 35th St., Austin. 512-458-8191. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org 24 STANDUP COMEDY AT 4TH TAP Nationally touring comedian Zane Lamprey visits North Austin’s 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op as part of his 90-stop tour. Lamprey will share his stories and humorous observations from traveling around the world. 6-9 p.m. $25. 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, 10615 Metric Blvd., Austin. www.zanelamprey.com Local dance company Forklift Danceworks hosts an outdoor screening of the documentary lm “Trash Dance” in North Austin. Austin lmmaker Andrew Garrison captured the dance with workers and machinery of Austin Resource Recovery. 7 p.m. Free. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin. www.forkliftdanceworks.org

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City begins rst phase of pedestrian safetywork along ParkeldDrive The Austin Transportation Depart- ment in late May began construction on a series of mobility improvements along Parkeld Drive in North Austin. Construction will progress in phases with the rst improvements planned between Payton Gin Road and Rund- berg Lane. These improvements are designed to make the roadway safer for pedestrians, cyclists and people create temporary pedestrian crossing islands, according to Laura Dieren- eld, Active Transportation Program manager for the city of Austin. The crews will expand the scope of the project to build pedestrian crossing islands around Wooldridge Elemen- tary School. Schematics from the city show crossing islands will be built at four intersections along Payton Gin. Further crossing islands or raised crossings will be constructed closer to Wooldridge Elementary near the entrances of the school. ex posts will be installed at the intersections at Colony Creek Drive and Woodeld Drive along Parkeld. New road markings, protected bike lanes, protected left turn pockets and high-visibility crosswalks will also all be included in this rst stage of construction, city plans show. Diereneld said that once this phase of construction is completed, city driving cars, according to the city. During the rst phase of construc- tion, city crews will add striping and install new buttons and ex posts to

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Diereneld said construction of the crossing islands and other pedestrian improvements are scheduled to take place over the summer after the trans- portation department has nished with striping and marking Parkeld. Parking will not be permitted along certain stretches of Parkeld during construction, and the city has erected temporary no-parking signs, according to transportation department docu- ments. Once construction is complete, some designated on-street parking spots will be available on both sides of the road along the entire length of the mobility project.

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RM 2222 improvements Trac will be moved to the south side of RM 2222 in early July. Once trac is switched, state crews will begin roadway work on the north side of RM 2222. Timeline: Winter 2018-summer 2021

Over the summer, city crews will construct new pedestrian crossing improvements around the area of Wooldridge Elementary School.

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SOURCE: AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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New speed bumps added to roads A couple of roads in North Austin underwent improve- ments that will help calm trac speeds on residential streets. The city of Austin Transportation Department on May 24 started construction on a batch of speed manage- ment projects. Those projects include work on Blessing Avenue from Atkinson Road to Anderson Lane and on Provines Drive from Motheral Drive to Turner Drive. These improvements added asphalt speed cushions throughout the length of the road work. Speed cushions help reduce excessive speeding on neighborhood streets, according to city materials. Construction wrapped on both projects in mid-June.

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TURNER DR.

Trac calming projects r l i pr j t The city built speed cushions on residential streets in North Austin. SOURCE: AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF JUNE 16. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT NWANEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. roadway near the northbound US 183 exit for Burnet Road. This project is expected to be completed sometime in mid-July. Timeline: Spring 2020-July 2021 US 183 improvements State crews will work to restripe

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QUOTEOFNOTE “THE APPROACH THE CITYHAS TAKEN IS ABADONE. THIS HAS BEENA FAILED PROCESS FROM THE BEGINNING.” CYNTHIA LONG, WILLIAMSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER, ON AUSTIN’S PLAN TO PURCHASE CANDLEWOOD SUITES IN NORTHWEST AUSTIN CITY HIGHLIGHTS WILLIAMSONCOUNTY As much as $1.8 million of federal relief funds will go to the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center to help the nonprot organization cover unexpected construction costs on its new headquarters. Williamson County Treasurer Scott Heselmeyer on June 15 said the county will see more than $110 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. In addition, commissioners also will spend $1.6 million in federal aid to ll open prosecutor positions at the Williamson County District Attorney’s Oce. TRAVIS COUNTY Local residents have achieved a milestone in COVID-19 vaccinations with just over 50% of county residents fully vaccinated as of June 13. According to Texas Department of State Health Services data, 616,028 residents of Travis County have received either a full two-dose course of the Pzer and Moderna vaccines or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson dose. AUSTIN City Council on June 10 approved a two-year framework for spending more than $260 million in local emergency funds and federal stimulus dollars to combat homelessness. Much of the funds come through the American Rescue Plan Act. Austin City Council meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St., Austin. 512-974-2250. www.austintexas.gov/department/ city-council Travis County Commissioners Court meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca St., Austin. 512-854-9020. www.traviscountytx.gov Williamson County Commissioners Court meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. MEETINGSWE COVER

Austin vote for dialogue delays legal action over Candlewood Suites hotel

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY Before entering its annual summer recess, Austin City Council declined to authorize the purchase of a hotel to house individuals experiencing homelessness. As a result, ocials fromWilliamson County held o on a vote to le a lawsuit against the city. On June 15, Williamson County commissioners held a lengthy discus- sion about the public disagreement between the two entities over the proposed purchase of the Candle- wood Suites property at 10811 Pecan Park Blvd., Bldg. 2, Austin—within both Austin city limits and William- son County boundaries. At the end of the discussion, commissioners declined to vote on the corresponding agenda item, which would have instructed the BY IAIN OLDMAN & BEN THOMPSON

Williamson County attorney to le a lawsuit to oppose Austin’s purchase of the Candlewood hotel. Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell, however, continued to issue a public warning to the city. The tabled Commissioners Court item comes after Austin City Council held several discussions June 10. At that meeting, the last before council entered recess for six weeks, council members passed a resolution intended to improve information sharing between city leaders and surrounding counties on regional homelessness strategy. “I think that it’s really important that we be as collaborative as we can with our partners in the region,” Mayor Steve Adler said June 10. “ I think we could have, after this prop- erty was put under contract, given

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would be set at $5,000. Also approved by council was a renter-focused ordinance backed by District 4 Council Member Greg Casar that shifts $20 million in emergency reserves to the Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants, or RENT, program. The median market value for a home in Travis County is $413,403 . With a 20% exemption , the value of the home would be reduced by $82,681 when Austin’s property tax is calculated. SOURCE: TRAVIS COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER On June 10, Austin City Council raised the homestead exemption to 20%. BY THE NUMBERS notice and heads-up of that.” The resolution, sponsored by District 6 Council Member Mack- enzie Kelly, includes a provision for Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk to inform county leaders of relevant real estate transactions. The Candlewood Suites hotel is in Kelly’s Northwest Austin council district. The city is considering buying the 80-unit hotel property for up to $9.5 million. Council approved the purchase in February, and it is in its due diligence period.

Funding for newCity Hall facility discussed

Larger homestead exemptionapproved for city taxpayers

BY BRIAN RASH

PFLUGERVILLE City ocials took initial steps June 8 to build a new City Hall complex. Council members on second read- ing earmarked $27 million for design and construction and then approved a notice of intent to retain $10 million in certicates of obligation for City Hall land acquisition. The $10 million in long-term debt, which does not require voter approval, will be allocated to the city’s budget should it pass Aug. 10. The $27 million budget amend- ment will be ocial should it pass a third reading June 22.

BY BEN THOMPSON

AUSTIN Members of City Council on June 10 voted to double the city’s homestead property tax exemption. At that same meeting, council also approved $20 million to assist renters. The homestead ordinance lifts the previous 10% homestead tax exemption to 20%, meaning property owners will receive a larger reduction on their appraised value if they reside in the home. If a homeowner’s exemption totals less than $5,000, their exemption

Design of county jail for women postponed

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

inmates to a single facility. Activists, such as Annette Price with Grassroots Leadership, criticized the plan for using outdated numbers to justify a new jail; since 2016, the local jail population has fallen by a little less than 50%. Activists are calling for jail diversion programs.

TRAVIS COUNTY County commis- sioners voted June 15 to postpone for at least a year the design of a new women’s jail. Located in Del Valle, the $80 mil- lion facility has been planned since 2016 and would consolidate female

at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St.,

Georgetown. 512-943-1100. www.wilco.org

Annette Price called for a vote against a newwomen’s jail. (Olivia Aldridge/ Community Impact Newspaper)

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COMPILED BY IAIN OLDMAN & GREG PERLISKI

COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH These rankings are updated annually but include data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed.

2021 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 243 COUNTIES

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

• LENGTHOF LIFE • QUALITYOF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

HEALTH OUTCOMES

7 8

5 7

3 2 2 3 2 3 2

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

Length of life Overall

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

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

HAYS COUNTY TRAVIS COUNTY

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4 7 4

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Vaccination demographics reect those in Williamson, Travis and Hays counties who have received at least on dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Data is accurate as of June 22. COMBATING COVID19

VACCINATION DEMOGRAPHICS*

VACCINATIONS BY ZIP CODE

9.58% 7.94% 2% 4.09% 3.67% 2.59% 15.37% 20.55% 25.05% 48.24% 45.76% 46.21% 13.92% 13.51% 9.7% 8.8% 8.57% 14.45% 3.05% 52.85% 60.75% 53.78% 22.99% 20.88% 22.37% 16.11% 12.21% 16.96% 4.13% 2.82% 3.81% 0.03% 0.16% 0.04% 3.9% 3.31%

Asian

NUMBER OF RESIDENTS FULLY VACCINATED 78726

Black

7,670

White Hispanic

COUNTYVACCINATIONS

20,957 25,330 16,029 16,744 15,391

78758 78759 78750 78727 78729

PEOPLE AGE 12+ WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE

Other

66.25%

Unknown

68.55%

AGE BREAKDOWN*

60.03%

12-15

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HOSPITALS

Information on local hospitals in Austin

2 0 2 1 H E A L T H C A R E E D I T I O N

NICU level

COMPILED BY IAIN OLDMAN

NORTHWEST AUSTIN

1 Arise Austin Medical Center 3003 Bee Caves Road, Austin 5123143800 www.arisemedicalcenter.com • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 180 • Number of beds: 23 2 Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin 1201 W. 38th St., Austin 5123241000 www.ascension.org • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: Level III • Total number of employees: 1,830 • Number of beds: 524 3 Ascension Seton Northwest 11113 Research Blvd., Austin 5123246000 www.ascension.org • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: Level II • Total number of employees: 447 • Number of beds: 117 4 Ascension Seton Shoal Creek 3501 Mills Ave., Austin 5123242000 www.ascension.org • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 184 • Number of beds: 70 5 Ascension Seton Southwest 7900 FM 1826, Austin 5123249000 www.healthcare.ascension.org • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 250 • Number of beds: 28 6 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Austin 5245 W. Hwy. 290 5126542100 www.bswhealth.com/austin • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: Baylor Scott & White employs about 3,800 people in the greater Austin region • Number of beds: not provided 7 Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin 5123240000 www.dellchildrens.net • Trauma level: Level I • NICU level: Level IV • Total number of employees: 2,000 • Number of beds: 240 8 Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas 1500 Red River St., Austin 5123247000 www.ascension.org • Trauma level: Level I • NICU level: N/A

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• Can care for mothers, infants at 35-plus weeks of gestation with routine perinatal problems • Anesthesiology, lab, radiology, ultrasonography, blood bank services and pharmacist available Level II • Specialty care nursery • Can care for mothers, infants at 32-plus weeks of gestation with problems to be resolved rapidly • In addition to Level I requirements, dietician, and physical and respiratory therapists available Level III • Neonatal intensive care unit • Can care for mothers, infants of all gestational ages with mild to critical illnesses • Can provide consultation for pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists; can perform major pediatric surgery on-site Level IV • Advanced NICU • Can care for mothers, infants of all gestational ages as well as the most complex, critically ill infants • Comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists on-site; can perform major surgeries, including repair of complex conditions

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SPICEWOOD SPRINGS RD.

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MUELLER BLVD.

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BEE CAVES RD.

E. 32ND ST.

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• Total number of employees: 1,374 • Number of beds: 210 9 Heart Hospital of Austin 3801 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 5124077000 www.hearthospitalofaustin.com • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 450 • Number of beds: 58 10 The Hospital at Westlake Medical Center 5656 Bee Caves Road, Ste. M302, Austin 5123270000 www.westlakemedical.com • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 120 • Number of beds: 23 11 Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital 6818 Austin Center Blvd., Ste. 100, Austin 5123461994 www.northwesthillssurgical.com • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 160 • Number of beds: 8 12 St. David’s Medical Center (includ- ing St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital) 919 E. 32nd St., Austin 5124767111 www.stdavids.com • Trauma level: Level IV

• NICU level: Level IV • Total number of employees: 2,208 • Number of beds: 490 13 St. David’s North Austin Medical Center (including St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas and St. David’s Children’s Hospital) 12221 N. MoPac, Austin 5129011000 www.stdavids.com • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: Level III • Maternal Designation: Level IV • Total number of employees: 1,864 • Number of beds: 395 14 St. David’s South Austin Medical Center 901 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin 5124472211 www.stdavids.com • Trauma level: Level II • NICU level: Level II • Total number of employees: 1,658 • Number of beds: 334 15 St. David’s Surgical Hospital 1201 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Austin 5122487000 www.stdavids.com • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 153 • Number of beds: 46

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Trauma level

Level I • Highest level of care • Full range of specialists, equipment in-house 24/7 • Oer teaching, research components

Level IV • Provide initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities • Will likely have to transfer to higher-level trauma center Level III • Oer resources for emergency surgery, intensive care • May have to transfer to Level I and II centers Level II • Oer specialists on call 24/7 • Can transfer to Level I facilities • No research component required SOURCES: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

This list is not comprehensive.

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