CM Pool Leadership on COVID-19 Response

When COVID-19 struck Austin early in 2020, the City Council very quickly began approving a series of ordinances focused on support and mitigation to help residents through this unexpected crisis. Leslie introduced a major piece of legislation directing the city manager to begin work on a Community Resilience Plan and to explore funding options for hiring a Chief Resilience Officer. This initiative was the natural outgrowth of Pool’s previous climate resilience work, and is focused on helping our communities recover quickly and successfully from catastrophic events, such as the COVID crisis. She is also bringing an initiative called "Shop the Block" to help small businesses recover from the economic devastation of the crisis with flexible use of outdoor space so that restaurants and retail can reopen safely.

Council Member Pool has supported a works program to help Austinites who are economically impacted; emergency sick leave coverage for City of Austin employees; and programs for musicians and artists. Council Member Pool has called on the Governor to protect voting rights during this time of COVID crisis.


Covid-19 Resources

Information for Those Who are Sick

The Austin Public (APH) Testing Enrollment Form allows people to complete an online assessment for COVID-19 testing without having to see their physician. Read More


Travis County COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the WHO on March 11. More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the United States... Read More


Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard

Covid-19 texas Case Counts Read More


A New Texas COVID-19 Pandemic Toolkit Shows the Importance of Social Distancing

Since 2012 a pandemic-planning tool developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has helped public health officials plan for the consequences of a deadly and virulent virus. Read More


COVID-19: Helping Texans Stay in Their Homes

A humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Texas and across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of workers have lost their income and are unable to pay their rent or mortgages. Without improved government intervention, many Texans will ultimately lose their homes. Read More


City of Austin Resources for Veterans

As the new COVID-19 Orders on community gatherings, restaurants and bars are implemented, Austin-Travis County are highlighting the range of services provided by public sector and community and economic development partners to help people in the service, events, music and other industries who are likely to be impacted most by the restrictions. Read More


KXAN: New Testing Sites and Testing Options Available

What COVID-19 testing options are available in the Austin area? Read More


Austin ISD COVID-19 Update

Austin ISD COVID-19 Updates - We care about the health of our students, staff and families and we want to keep everyone updated on what we’re doing as a district to combat COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Read More


Free Child Care for Essential Workers

Austin Public Health - Are you an essential employee w/ children? Apply for free child care. Read More


Community Not Commodity's List of Resources

More Than 75 Resources to Help Our Fellow Austinites During the COVID-19 Pandemic Read More


COVID-19 questions?

You can call 3-1-1, or complete this form online.