Austin Public Health moves to Stage 4 COVID-19 safety recommendations as cases dip

Austin Public Health shifted to Stage 4 risk based COVID-19 guidelines Feb. 24. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Austin Public Health shifted to Stage 4 risk based COVID-19 guidelines Feb. 24. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Austin Public Health shifted to Stage 4 risk based COVID-19 guidelines Feb. 24. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Austin Public Health shifted to Stage 4 risk based COVID-19 guidelines Feb. 24.

The area had been under Stage 5 guidelines since Jan. 6.


In a press release, the public health entity said the change comes as the number of infections declines and community transmission rates lessen.

As of Feb. 23, the seven-day moving average of hospitalizations was 31, which is well within APH's Stage 4 levels. However, community transmission and overall positivity rates were still in Stage 5 levels.

Stage 4 guidelines still advise that both high-risk and low-risk individuals wear masks; however, it has more relaxed restrictions for high-risk individuals to shop and dine in person.
By Darcy Sprague

Editor, Central and Southwest Austin

Darcy joined Community Impact Newspaper in Aug. 2021. Previously, she has covered local news from San Antonio to Dallas and reported nationally on education. Darcy graduated from Texas State University.