AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Mayor Steve Adler addressed COVID-19, struggles communities of color face and the ongoing debate about the Austin Police Department budget in his 2020 State of the City address Wednesday.
“The virus is real, and the infectivity in our community is still too high,” Adler said.
This comes after a plateau in cases shifted to a slight upward trend, Austin Public Health’s Dr. Mark Escott said in a briefing to Austin City Council Tuesday.
According to Adler, about 10 to 15% of the city’s population is infected. He says we need to get it under 5%, and UT Football hosting games — even at 50% stadium capacity — isn’t going to help.
“I don’t think there’s anywhere in the world that are having gatherings of that size at this point,” he said.
Austin remains in Stage 4 of the COVID-19 response, and Adler says the virus has taken a ‘devastating blow’ to the economy and has especially affected communities of color.
He says the city has put in more than $200 million to combat the economic impacts and called for Congress to pass another federal stimulus bill.