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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports 2 more deaths from COVID-19, 222 new cases

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Saturday, Aug. 1.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated. Click here for Sunday's blog.

KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, news in the Austin area.

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's Aug. 1 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 420,900 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 6,500 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. An estimated 273,191 people have recovered.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 20,900 cases have been reported and at least 276 people have died. At least 18,637 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: Over 4,300 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 28 people have died. At least 1,426 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 5,700 cases have been reported in the county and at least 79 people have died. At least 4,982 people have recovered from the virus.

Top headlines:

Updates:

5:50 p.m. – Travis County reported another two deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, along with 222 new cases, bringing the total to 20,967 confirmed cases and 276 deaths. At least 18,637 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 321 people hospitalized from COVID-19, with 119 in the ICU and 87 on ventilators.

10 a.m. – Free COVID-19 cheek swap testing is being offered at the K-Oaks Clubhouse on Bar-K Ranch Road in Lago Vista on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. or whenever kits run out.

According to the Jonestown Police Department, all tests are walk-up and no appointment is needed. You do not have to be exhibiting symptoms to be tested.

9 a.m. – If you donate blood, platelets or convalescent plasma with We Are Blood from Saturday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Aug. 14, you'll receive a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream.

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