Austin-Travis County recently moved to Stage Three of Austin Public Health's COVID-19 restrictions and officials say that the area is on the verge of moving back into Stage Four amid an alarming spike in cases in Central Texas. With that, APH officials are now urging everyone to start wearing masks again—even for those who are vaccinated.
The town hall also featured a panel of most of the Travis County delegation currently in Washington D.C. advocating for voting rights, including state Reps. Donna Howard (D-Austin), Celia Israel (D-Austin), Sheryl Cole (D-Austin), and Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin), and state Sen. Sarah Eckhardt (D-Austin).
Howard, Israel, Cole, and Goodwin all are in Washington D.C. with fellow Texas House and Senate Democrats who left the state to prevent the passage of a GOP election bill in the current special session. Howard and Israel both have tested positive for COVID-19 while in D.C.
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