Austin COVID-19 Resources
(last updated by Sarah Overton at 04/06/2020 12:02pm)
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Food & Bars
Fresh Local Produce/Meal kits Pickup & Delivery
- Eden East - selling produce bags for pickup
- Farm to Table - a variety of local animal products, dairy products, and tons of texas produce for delivery.
- Good Apple - Organic, locally grown produce delivered directly to your door.
- Farmhouse Delivery - Farmhouse Delivery: Delivery from mostly local farms and ranches, plus a few meal kits, local prepared food, and limited non-local food
- Lettuce - locally owned meal kit company using locally sourced ingredients and minimal packaging
- Loconomy - Meal kits, local produce, other local businesses
Grocery Store Update Hours
- Whole Foods - 8am-8pm (customers over the age of 60 can begin shopping at 7am)
- H-E-B - 8am-8pm
- 99 Ranch - 9am-9p (customers over the age of 60, expectant mothers, persons with disabilities and/or compromised immune systems can begin shopping at 8am)
- Daily updates on grocery store status on Reddit thread here
- Refueling ATX hospital staff w/ local restaurants (GoFundMe) - buying gift cards to support local restaurants to give to medical workers - win/win for all
- Antone's 45 for 45 (GoFundMe) - raising money to support their staff so they can celebrate their 45th anniversary on July 15th
- Banding Together ATX (GoFundMe) - The Red River Cultural District* is Banding Together with the Austin live music community to support the venues, artists, creatives, service/hospitality and production workers, businesses and additional organizations that rely on SXSW.
- I Lost My Gig - support locals of Austin, Texas who lost work due to the SXSW cancelation.
- AISD Crisis Support Fund - an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning.
- Stand with Austin Fund - The Austin Community Foundation will grant donated funds to Austin-area nonprofits that are helping individuals and small businesses suffering from the cancellation of SXSW.
- Foundation Communities Emergency Fund - a local nonprofit that provides affordable housing and support services in Austin and North Texas
- Lifeworks Austin which serves younger Austinites experiencing homelessness, is asking people to donate gift cards for grocery stores – specifically H-E-B, Walmart or Target. You can mail in or drop off gift cards at Lifeworks on 3700 South First St., Austin.
- Dell Med COVID-19 Emergency Fund - accelerate the efforts of The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease).
- Resources for restaurants and local businesses looking to donate food: If you are looking to donate food, call the Central Texas Food Bank at 512-222-7769 or complete this online survey. The Central Texas Food Bank, Keep Austin Fed, and Save the Food Austin are working to get surplus food to people in our community who need it.
- H-E-B - hiring temporary workers to help stock, bag and run checkouts. H-E-B says the new jobs will help on two fronts: Its stores have had a huge increase in traffic, and some food-service workers need temporary work while restaurants are closed.
- Natural Grocers
Temporary Relief from Government
- Khan Academy is a free resource for students, teachers, and parents - offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material. Learn more about their COVID19 response.
- Austin Public Library has a “Virtual Library” where you can read, listen, watch on your computer or mobile device 24/7 when you download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies and music. For more information, visit library.austintexas.gov/virtual.
- Smithsonian National Zoo has four live webcams to watch their naked mole rats, lions, giant pandas, and elephants. For more information, visit nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
- Smithsonian Institute has online resources for kids. For more information, visit www.si.edu/kids.
Resources to help
What is okay during social distancing?
The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible."
Safe to do
- Group gatherings
- Workouts in gym
- Visitors in your house
- Non-essential workers in your house
- Mass transit systems
- Dining in a restaurant
- Visiting anyone 65+
- Non-essential travel
- Non-essential doctors appointments
- Hugs and handshakes
- Visit a grocery store
- Get take out
- Pick up medicine
- Play tennis in a park
- Go on a walk around a populated trail
- Yard work
- Play in your yard
- Clean out a closet
- Read a book
- Listen to music
- Cook a meal
- Family (or your household or roommate) game night
- Call to check on a friend
- Virtual dinner or happy hour with friends
- Attend livestream concert or class
How to support local businesses while social distancing?
Buy gift cards to your favorite local spots so they can use the cash now and you can indulge later
- You can buy many local gift cards online at www.helpmainstreet.com - make sure to search for Austin on the map
- Get food delivered, don’t forget to tip you driver
- Call or order online to avoid waiting in line
How to support local musicians while social distancing?
- Attend live stream events and tip artists
- Stream albums on repeat (pro tip: do this while you sleep and set it to a private session, so artists can get paid per listen)
- Buy your favorite local artists music via Bandcamp
- The SX-ATX Livestream Network Facebook group provides a hub for artists to share their videos
- Share the music you love!
- Grants for Texas musicians
What to do if you think you are sick?
Before scheduling an appointment with your healthcare provider or walking into a clinic, urgent care center or hospital it is recommended that you use one of these or similar services listed below.
- Visit their website or to install the app on your mobile device, simply text BETTER to 88408 to have it sent to your phone. No appointment is needed.
- Visit their website to download the app. Use the code HOME for a $20 cost per visit, and no appointment is needed.
- Visit their website to sign-up for a free account.
- Visit their website to set-up an account or download their app. The cost of a Teladoc visit depends on your health plan, with everyday care costing less than $49.
- Visit their website to download the app. A visit on HeyDoc costs the patient between $10 and $50.
- Currently this is not the recommended way since you have to be screened to be tested. To access the testing individuals should call 833-UT-CARES (833-882-2737) to be screened. The current screening criteria are fever, cough, shortness of breath or close contact with a person diagnosed of COVID-19 or suspected to have COVID-19.
- Services for those who are uninsured
- People without insurance and no established provider experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms should call CommUnityCare at 512-978-9015. CommUnityCare will triage people over the phone and send them to the appropriate location. They are following CDC rapid-response protocols and asking people with no established provider to call the number above rather than come in to prevent any potential spread of the virus.