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South Austin senior care community learns fromCOVID19 battle

CLUSTERS TRACING

195 A COVID-19 “cluster” is dened by Austin Public Health as three or more cases in the same community. Because nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, APH closely monitors clusters in senior care facilities.

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BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

Onion Creek assisted-living community Village on the Park had its brush with coronavirus early. On March 31, three employees reported to the facil- ity’s executive director, John Redford, that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 after they had family members test positive. While Redford said Village on the Park reacted swiftly and appropriately, sending the employees to be tested and assessing any points of con- tact they have had, public reaction was strong when word leaked the employees had the virus. “There was a general hysteria,” Redford told Commu- nity Impact Newspaper . “Those days were hard. I act like it was a year ago, but we’ve learned so much so fast.” Redford elded phone calls “for a week straight” from concerned family members of residents and sta. Ultimately, only one resident out of 120 decided to leave Village on the Park due to coronavirus fears, and they returned two weeks later. No other sta or residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility since the initial three sta cases as of press time. However, Village on the Park’s experience has not been the outcome for some other South Austin senior care facilities, where COVID-19 has often spread rapidly CONTINUED ON 38

79 CORONAVIRUS CLUSTERS TOTAL IN TRAVIS COUNTY 35 29 20

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coronavirus deaths in the Travis County area have been traced to nursing homes.* 56 OUT OF 106

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Pandemic highlights challenges of food access in the South Austin area

Central Texas Food Bank fed an estimated SOURCE: CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 4 , 200 p e op l e through its South Austin distribution event May 28.

BY NICHOLAS CICALE

community partnerships, President and CEO Derrick Chubbs said food insecurity is a growing concern during the pandemic, as prices increase and access has become more challenging. The food bank has seen a 200% increase in new clients since March, and the large-scale South Austin distri- bution events are a new way to reach more individuals than before. “We have people who never thought CONTINUED ON 40

For three consecutive months during the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Texas Food Bank has distributed free boxes of perishable and nonperish- able items to more than 1,000 families during a monthly event at the Toney Burger Activity Center in South Austin. While the South Austin-based food bank has been providing groceries for individuals and families for years through mobile food pantries and

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