11:07 PM Jul 21, 2020 CDT

Austin ISD names Dallas ISD's Stephanie Elizalde as lone superintendent finalist

Stephanie Elizalde will replace Superintendent Paul Cruz at Austin ISD at the end of August.



Travis County reports 603 new coronavirus cases July 21

Despite a recent dip in daily cases confirmed, Austin Public Health reported high daily case counts today.



Austin’s rent assistance program could be here to stay after pandemic subsides

The latest iteration of the city's unprecedented program aims to help 2,000 Austin households per month.


Williamson County hits highest number of hospitalizations, adds 3 deaths to coronavirus count July 21

The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 25% of hospital beds and 5% of intensive care unit beds are available.


UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.


Pretrial department looks to change its bail system in Williamson County

The Williamson County Pretrial Services Department is looking to change how it addresses bail.



UIL releases modified sports calendar for 2020-21 school year

The University Interscholastic League released July 21 modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that will take effect Aug. 1.


Centralizing, expanding contact tracing in Texas hits roadblocks as cases rise

One easy way to help out contact tracers? Answer the phone if they call.


Travis County sees dip in new COVID-19 cases July 20

Austin Public Health reported 145 new coronavirus cases July 20.


Election 2020 could resurrect battle over Austin’s homelessness ordinances after petition gains over 24,000 signatures

A new proposal would ask voters whether Austin should reinstate its bans on public camping, sitting and lying down. The bans were at the center of local debate in 2019.




OVER THE WEEKEND: Williamson County adds nearly 400 coronavirus cases, 7 deaths

Currently, 98 patients are hospitalized, 39 are in intensive care and 18 are on a ventilator, per the report.


Toxic algae blooms found at Red Bud Isle, Festival Beach

The city is monitoring four spots along Lady Bird Lake for the algae, which killed five dogs in 2019.


Time is running short to extend a $600 benefit that has buoyed Austin's 90,887 unemployed workers

Federal lawmakers are meeting to discuss an extension of the coronavirus relief package that could include additional unemployment benefits.



Here is what returning to class may look like at Pflugerville ISD

Pflugerville ISD has released drafts of its plans to begin the school year and transition back to in-person learning.


Austin ISD scheduled to announce superintendent lone finalist July 21

The district conducted its first round of candidate interviews in closed session last week and will continue interviews July 20-21.


Weekend update: Travis County reports 431 new cases in two days

The seven-day moving average of new hospitalizations in the Austin metropolitan area has stabilized to around 70 since July 10.





See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County this week

Between July 11-17, Williamson County reported 745 additional cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional deaths.


Williamson County reports 4 new deaths, sees small dip in new COVID cases

Today, the number of active cases dropped below 1,000 for the first time this month.


Greater Austin jobless rate falls to 7.5% as federal unemployment help approaches expiration

Although the area is showing signs of recovery, officials said the expiration of a crucial federal program will complicate unemployment.