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New coronavirus shelter-in-place order expected for Travis County, judge says

The original order was announced on March 23 and went into effect from March 24 through April 13.

AUSTIN, Texas — A new shelter-in-place order is in the works for Travis County, according to KVUE media partners at the Austin American-Statesman

The original order was announced on March 23 and went into effect from March 24 through April 13.


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According to the Statesman, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said she was preparing a new order to be implemented by April 13, which would extend the mandate for all residents to remain in their homes unless performing essential activities.

There are no reports of when the new order will expire, the Statesman reported.

Eckhardt said in the April 7 Travis County Commissioners Court meeting that the new order would take into account both Gov. Greg Abbott's order as well as the University of Texas coronavirus model projections. 

On March 31, UT released findings that showed why social distancing was crucial to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The report projected significantly higher numbers of cases of infection, hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions and deaths in 22 Texas communities under scenarios in which social distancing measures are moderate, according to researchers at UT Austin’s College of Natural Sciences. 

UT's report broke down coronavirus projections by region given five scenarios: 

  1. No social distancing
  2. Closing schools
  3. Closing schools and 50% reduction of non-household contacts
  4. Closing schools and 75% reduction of non-household contacts
  5. Closing schools and 90% reduction of non-household contacts

For a full breakdown of the projections, click here.


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