The Covid-19 pandemic has changed all our lives in the past few months. Some people have lost loved ones, many have been confined to their homes, others have to work outside the home under stressful conditions. Having reliable local information about the pandemic can help us make good decisions, and Austin has some excellent resources:
- Information about testing and summary data for Austin are available on the Covid-19 information page.
- We can assess the progress of the pandemic in zip code 78757 by checking the Travis County Surveillance dashboard.
- The same website also features Key Indicators for Staging used by the city to determine the need for closures and restrictions.
- For state-wide information, The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news website, has a prominent section on “CORONAVIRUS IN TEXAS” which provides in-depth reporting as well as granular data about the cases, deaths, and testing in the map tracker.
Timely information is important because the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t progressing at a steady rate. Hot spots emerge, get under control, and then flare up again. As the pandemic waxes and wanes over the next months, we can use the linked resources to stay up-to-date about how it is affecting our community.
When I began my tenure as Wooten Neighborhood Association (WNA) president in November, I could never have predicted we’d find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic eight months later, but here we are. The city is seeing escalating infection and death rates from COVID-19, and Travis County officials recently extended the Stay At Home order until August 15. It’s been challenging to say the least to adjust to measures designed to keep us safe and healthy. This May, for the first time in a long time, WNA canceled its bi-monthly meeting. It was my opinion that, in the best interest of our neighbors, we should cancel our July meeting as well, so that’s what we did. But if there are any issues you feel need to be addressed, please reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will do my best to help.
We are dealing with job changes/losses, home schooling, child care adjustments, work at home arrangements, loss of/increase in family time, financial strain, and so much more. Stress can bring out the best or the worst in people, and I’ve been so heartened to see how you’re taking care of each other – in some cases people you’ve never met before. As you’ve been reading on our website, and our Nextdoor and Facebook pages, Wootenites have risen to the occasion to care for the most vulnerable in our community and spread a little joy during a time of much fear and uncertainty. Personally, I’ve never seen so many folks out walking or working in their yards. It’s been really nice to meet some new neighbors (in a socially-distant manner, of course).
It would be easy to give in to the strain of the times. But keep doing what you’re doing. Stay positive. Take care of each other. Lend a (gloved) hand when you can.
Girl Scout troop 1183 has been painting rocks and putting them around the neighborhood to help people know they are not alone, promote kindness and healthy relationships. If you see a rock, feel free to move to a location to brighten someone’s day. You can post on social media (follow Instagram @1183_Rocks) #1183ROCKS #kindnessrocks. You can make your own rocks to put out or just smile and know you are not alone.
— thanks to neighbor Laura K for the original post
If you or someone you know could use help keeping food on the table, here are some resources, both national and near Wooten.
Early voting for the July 14, 2020 Joint Primary Election Runoff and Special Election is underway.
Early voting continues through July 10 (except for July 3 and 4)
Sites are open Monday-Friday, 7 AM-7 PM and Sunday, noon-6 PM
The Ben Hur Shrine at 7811 Rockwood Land is a nearby early voting site but others can be found at this link.