Mark D. Wilson, Austin American-Statesman

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Past articles by Mark:

Austin health officials to give coronavirus update

Austin-Travis County health officials will discuss the latest updates in the spread of the coronavirus in Austin on Wednesday as local school district and → Read More

Adler’s Austin: 5 takeaways from State of the City address

Austin Mayor Steve Adler outlined a number of community goals and priorities Wednesday night during the annual State of the City address. Adler focused on → Read More

Austin reopens $1.5 million relief fund for musicians

Austin’s Economic Development Department says it will reopen the $1.5 million Austin Music Disaster Relief fund, providing $1,000 grants to musicians to cover emergency needs as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hinder the local music scene.The fund initially was approved on April 23 to fund immediate emergency needs of musicians. Applicants were required to upload financial statements and… → Read More

Adler: Turmoil in 2020 paves way for a better Austin

Amid an unprecedented year marred by a global pandemic, large-scale civil unrest and economic uncertainty, Austin Mayor Steve Adler called Wednesday for a → Read More

Austin Public Health to resume COVID testing for people without symptoms

Austin-Travis County health officials on Wednesday said they will begin offering some coronavirus testing for people without symptoms after seeing a drop → Read More

Austin to reopen Barton Creek Greenbelt, but require reservations

Austin Parks and Recreation officials said Friday that they plan to reopen the Barton Creek and Bull Creek greenbelts on Aug. 8.However, city staff will → Read More

Despite sinking hospitalization rate, Austin to keep coronavirus restrictions in place

The seven-day moving average of daily new hospitalizations related to the coronavirus fell below 40 on Thursday for the first time since late June.At 39.9 → Read More

Austin Convention Center ready for coronavirus patients, but officials hope it stays empty

Austin-Travis County public health officials have readied 100 hospital beds at the Austin Convention Center to care for coronavirus patients if local → Read More

No mask order violations filed in Austin Municipal Court so far

Despite the prospect of fines ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 for individuals and businesses that violate Austin’s mask-wearing orders, no violations → Read More

Deadline looms for group seeking to revive Austin’s camping ban

As the deadline approaches to collect signatures for a petition to reinstate Austin’s ban on public camping, the nonprofit behind the initiative → Read More

Travis County parks to close through July 4 weekend in response to coronavirus surge

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe on Monday sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott asking the state to make wearing facial coverings mandatory and to tighten the → Read More

Austin ‘on the verge’ of new stay-home orders, health official says

Austin could be looking at a return to stay-home orders as cases of the coronavirus continue to push closer to the level local officials have warned could → Read More

Travis County to ban gatherings of more than 100 starting Friday

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe issued an order Thursday banning outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people beginning Friday and implemented a fine of up → Read More

Amid coronavirus surge, officials warn Austin hospitals could reach capacity in weeks

Local health officials say Austin is at a critical juncture in the fight against the coronavirus and that the community’s participation — or lack thereof — will determine whether COVID-19 infections are kept at manageable levels or worst-case scenarios come true.Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott on Wednesday convened a panel of eight health care professionals from… → Read More

Texas tightens coronavirus rules as new cases reach all-time high

As new coronavirus cases in Texas topped 5,000 Tuesday -- an all-time-high -- Gov. Greg Abbott and Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced new restrictions on → Read More

Mayor Adler issues new mask orders for Austin businesses

Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Monday issued a new set of executive orders that add more specific rules for social distancing and facial coverings in the → Read More

Austin health official says political divide must stop to prevent coronavirus boom

As Texas coronavirus cases have begun to surge in the aftermath of holiday celebrations and a gradually reopened economy, Austin health officials say collaboration and unity among surrounding jurisdictions has remained strong.But the politics of COVID-19 and the struggle between economic recovery and public health safety policies pose a threat to local and statewide responses to a crisis that… → Read More

HAPPENING NOW: Austin health officials provide update on coronavirus spread

Austin-Travis County health officials will provide an update on the spread of the coronavirus on Wednesday as cases and hospitalizations across the state → Read More

Austin mayor, 8 council members say they won’t take donations from police unions

Eight members of the Austin City Council and Mayor Steve Adler have pledged that they won’t accept campaign contributions from police unions in the wake of recent high-profile police shootings that sparked nationwide demonstrations.Council members Greg Casar, Delia Garza, Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool, Jimmy Flannigan, Paige Ellis, Alison Alter and Kathie Tovo signed the pledge at… → Read More

Austin health officials to discuss rise in coronavirus cases, more rigid social distancing orders

Austin and Travis County leaders and health officials on Monday will discuss more stringent social distancing orders adopted in the wake of a rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations that could leave local hospitals overwhelmed in coming weeks of left unchecked.The Austin area had 30 people admitted to hospitals on Sunday, which brought the seven-day rolling average of new hospitalizations… → Read More