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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports 7 more deaths

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Thursday, July 23.

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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 July 23 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 351,600 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 4,300 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 195,300 people have recovered.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 18,600 cases have been reported and at least 222 people have died. At least 15,458 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: Over 4,000 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 22 people have died. At least 1,077 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 5,100 cases have been reported in the county and at least 89 people have died. More than 4,200 people have recovered from the virus.

Top headlines:

Updates:

5:53 p.m. – Travis County health officials add 243 more cases, 394 new recoveries and seven new deaths. Totals now stand at 18,939, 15,852 and 229, respectively.

5 p.m. – Hays County reported 46 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as well as four new hospitalizations and 79 additional residents now considered recovered.

RELATED: Hays County reports 2,992 active COVID-19 cases, 22 deaths

4:40 p.m. – Williamson County reported another 10 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total to 89. The county said nine of the deaths occurred over the dates of July 15 to July 22 and the backlog was due to a delay in reporting.

The deaths include a man in his 70s, three men in their 80s, a woman in her 50s, two women in their 70s, two women in their 80s and a woman in her 90s.

“Today, I am calling on the Williamson County family to join me in prayer to lift up the lives lost due to this deadly disease. I pray for the safety and healing of the family members as they cope with this tragedy. We are in this together, WilCo!” said Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell.

2:27 p.m. – A research team at the University of Texas has redesigned a key protein from the coronavirus, which could enable faster and more stable vaccine production.

2 p.m. –  The 2020 Wurstfest celebration in New Braunfels has been canceled for the first time in its 60-year history. Click here for more information.

WATCH: Fight continues for Texas to release names of nursing homes with COVID-19 cases

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