Austin moves down to Stage 3 on COVID-19 risk guidelines chart

KVUE – The City of Austin and Travis County announced that they are both returning to Phase 3 from Phase 4 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based COVID-19 guidelines.

Austin-Travis County’s Provisional Health Authority, Dr. Mark Escott said this was a good sign.

“We are moving to level 3 because our key indicators are trending in the right direction,” said Dr. Escott. “However, we want individuals to pretend as much as possible that we are still in phase 4 so that we can be in a better place when we start school.”

What does level 3 mean?

At this stage, people at higher risk – those over 65 and those with chronic illnesses – are recommended to avoid unnecessary travel, eating, and shopping. Also, anyone should avoid meeting more than 10 people.

While this is a step in the right direction, health officials said the community must remain vigilant and practice good hygiene. The community should continue to distance itself socially and wear face masks.

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