Hello Austin.

Loyal readers may notice that we're trying something different down below: tracking the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Travis County over time.


As you can see, it's been fairly steady, which is part of why—in creating a new color-coded system—Dr. Mark Escott said, "we're willing to accept more risk." (See link to Emma Freer's story below).

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Source: Travis County COVID-19 Public Dashboard

Plasma may help COVID-19 patients, Austin doctors say as they join national study—it definitely boosts morale

By Emma Freer

Dr. MaryAnn Tran, an infectious disease specialist and regional section chief for Baylor Scott & White, just enrolled some of her COVID-19 patients in a treatment study.

Read about how plasma therapy is being used in Austin.

Austin Public Health issues color-coded, 5-stage risk chart as number of new COVID cases remains stable

By Emma Freer

In an effort to balance COVID containment with economic stability, Austin Public Health debuted a color-coded chart that identifies the local risk of coronavirus spread and issues recommendations for high-risk individuals, the public at large and the workplace.


See what Escott said earlier today.

Elsewhere: Another round

The governor will announce another round of reopening plans on Monday. [Texas Tribune]

The Statesman takes a long look at how the pandemic is widening the achievement gap for students: "When things like this happen, it brings to light what's always been there," one educator says. [Statesman]

Austin residents filed 3,425 complaints about violations of stay-at-home orders between March 17 and May 12, and there's even a map to see where they were. [KUT]

The FBI named three suspects in the Burnet Road robbery that took place earlier this month, during which an employee was shot, and one of them wrote an apology letter. [KXAN]

The average Texas employee starts drinking at 4:54 p.m. these days, which is actually later than the national average. [CBS Austin]

Photo of the day

A reminder from Austin parks: you'll need a day pass to visit three of them this weekend.

Stay safe, Austin.

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