As COVID-19 Rips Through Travis County Jails, Inmates Say They’re Not Getting Access To Medical Treatment

In late January, Neffitinni Gutierrez assured her three young sons everything was going to be OK, that she’d see them soon. She hung up the phone knowing those assurances were half-truths.

In recent weeks, things hadn’t been OK for her in the Travis County Correctional Complex, where she’s awaiting trial for three nonviolent drug offenses and an auto-theft charge.

She’d been given the wrong medicine, causing an adverse reaction that sent her to the ICU at Ascension Seton. She hadn’t been given proper medical assistance for her diabetes or her asthma or the two respiratory conditions she suffers from.

She’d

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Central Health moves forward with Eastern Travis County developments

The Central Health Board of Managers approved the expansion of its Eastern Travis County health and wellness centers at a virtual meeting Wednesday night.

Central Health Vice Presidents Stephanie McDonald and Mike Knodel presented a slideshow on the proposed expansions.

“Although tonight is probably the culmination of the planning effort, it does begin the commencement, with your approval, of the construction phase,” McDonald told the board.

Central Health seeks to construct three new health care clinics in Hornsby Bend, Del Valle and Colony Park. Each neighborhood is low-income and over 80 percent Latino.

“I’m really pleased and delighted to see

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