Health care: Learn how COVID-19 is impacting the South Austin community, county health ranking, recent health updates and more

Ascension Seton Southwest, pictured here, is one of the medical centers located in Southwest Austin. (Courtesy Ascension Seton Southwest)
Ascension Seton Southwest, pictured here, is one of the medical centers located in Southwest Austin. (Courtesy Ascension Seton Southwest)

Ascension Seton Southwest, pictured here, is one of the medical centers located in Southwest Austin. (Courtesy Ascension Seton Southwest)

Through June, Community Impact Newspaper compiled stories and resources that highlighted health care in the South Austin community. The following information shows how South Austin has been impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, how Travis and Hays counties compare to their peers across the state in health care measures, what medical resources are available to South Austin residents, and other stories covering recent health care and coronavirus updates.

South Austin coronavirus cases


According to Austin Public Health data from June 29, ZIP code 78744 in South Austin has seen the most coronavirus cases of any ZIP code in the county, with 690. Within the South Austin area, it also has the most cases per person based on population, followed by 78747. The following map shows the number of total confirmed cases in each South Austin ZIP code as well as the cases per 10,000 people in each. More data about COVID-19 cases in Travis County can be found here.

Travis County and Hays County state health rankings


The following 2020 rankings are based on data collected and compiled by CountyHealthRankings.org and the Texas Department of State Health Services. These rankings compare county health statistics with other counties in Texas, with the most healthy county in the state ranking No. 1.

Out of 244 qualifying counties, Travis County is ranked the second best based on health outcomes, with Hays County ranked ninth.



South Austin medical listings


There are three hospitals located in South Austin, while residents are located nearby six hospital facilities. A list of those facilities and offerings can be found here.

Similarly, there are 27 stand-alone emergency rooms, retail clinics and urgent cares in the Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs area. A list of facilities and where they are located can be found here.

More South Austin health care stories from June:





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