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With Central Texas facing a nursing shortage, new rules could help more nurses join the fight against the coronavirus

With a potential shortage of 20,000 hospital beds in the local area by June, it is unclear if hospitals will be able to provide adequate staffing.


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LIVE UPDATES: Learn which Central Austin restaurants continue to operate amid coronavirus concerns

Restaurants in Central Austin are restricted to drive-thru, takeout and delivery options from March 17-May 1.

Austin and Travis County sobering center will provide quarantine for high-risk homeless individuals as shelter-in-place continues

Homeless individuals at risk of developing complications with the coronavirus will be sheltered at The Sobering Center in downtown Austin.



Austin's ZACH Theatre furloughs 75% of staff

The furloughed employees will continue to receive health benefits. All events scheduled at the theater through April and most of May have been canceled or postponed.


Austin City Council mulling financial aid package for city’s most vulnerable residents

The program would send additional city budget funds to organizations helping Austin's most vulnerable residents.



‘It is important to recognize how our mental health can be affected by the pandemic': Statewide mental health support line established in light of COVID-19

Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or other emotional challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic will now be able to utilize a 24-hour mental health support line.



4 Austin-area coronavirus stories from March 31

Here are four Austin-area stories pertaining to the coronavirus that you may have missed March 31.


U.S. Census 2020: When and where college students should be counted

As colleges and universities move to distance learning, here is how to students can make sure they are counted accurately in the 2020 census.


'Now is the time to redouble our efforts': Abbott issues executive order for state on COVID-19 extending school closures, clarifying essential services

Gov. Greg Abbott updated Texans and issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis during a March 31 afternoon press conference.


Austin, Williamson County realtors get creative, using digital tools to show homes; sales data coming soon

The Austin Board of Realtors and Williamson County Association of Realtors said showings have decreased, but sales remain robust.



Austin secures 292-room hotel lease as coronavirus quarantine resource

The hotel in North Central Austin will be used for "quarantine and isolation purposes," according to city staff.


Austin ISD modernization work continuing amid coronavirus stay-at-home order

Construction is continuing during Austin and Travis County’s stay-at-home order because of education facilities’ statues as essential infrastructure.


South Central Austin business updates: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams open for pint deliveries, second Ski Shores Cafe location coming soon

Each month, Community Impact Newspaper compiles business news by neighborhood to let our readers know what is new in their neighborhood. These South Central Austin announcements are accurate as of March 18, but with coronavirus news changing quickly, please check in with a business to make sure the information has not changed.


Facilities to isolate nursing home residents who test positive for coronavirus will be set up in Travis, Williamson counties

The facilities will be for individuals living at nursing homes who do not need hospitalization or have already been discharged from the hospital.



Austin Regional Clinic launches 5 drive-up coronavirus testing locations

Austin Regional Clinic will open drive-up COVID-19 testing sites across five sites.


Elections, closures, instruction: See what Austin-area schools are doing in wake of coronavirus

During the coronavirus situation, schools have had to make changes in how they deliver instruction, meals, elections and more. Below is a roundup of what local schools are doing to serve students and families.


Austin closes city basketball courts, tennis courts, skate parks to public

Beginning March 28, all city-owned tennis courts, basketball courts, skate parts and pavilions are closed to the public.


All Capital Metro fares will be free throughout April

Beginning April 1, riders will not have to pay Capital Metro operators or use the farebox.



Family restaurant Mi Madre's turns 30

"We wanted to make this neighborhood better, and we wanted to live in this neighborhood. We love this neighborhood," said co-founder Aurelio Torres.


From Easy Tiger baking 10,000 loaves of bread to Austin’s Couch Potatoes making masks: Here’s how local businesses are chipping in to help their communities

In addition to staying open for delivery and take-out, some restaurants are providing community meals to service industry workers and others in need.


Will they or won’t they? Austin restaurants split on when to open during coronavirus pandemic

While some restaurants have bunkered down to open at later dates, some Austin restaurants are moving forward with service.


Update March 23-29: There are now 200 confirmed cases in the city of Austin, Travis County

The Travis County clerk's office will close its lobbies to the public beginning March 24.



Residents have reported 180 violations since Austin area's stay-at-home order went into effect

No penalties have been issued since the order went into effect March 25.


First Travis County resident dies from coronavirus

According to public health officials, the woman was in her 70s and had underlying health conditions.