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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Texas now second only to New York for COVID-19 deaths

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Friday, Oct. 9.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.

KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus and COVID-19 news in the Austin area.

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's Oct. 9 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 781,700 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 16,300 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 30,165 cases have been reported and at least 441 people have died. At least 29,015 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: More than 6,030 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 55 people have died. At least 5,019 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 8,900 cases have been reported in the county and at least 144 people have died. More than 8,580 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates:

6:40 p.m. – Williamson County reported another 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total to 8,917 cases and 144 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 8,585 people have recovered from the virus.

6:35 p.m. – Travis County reported four more deaths from COVID-19 on Friday along with 90 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 30,165 cases and 441 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 29,015 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 87 people hospitalized from COVID-19, with 27 in the ICU and 19 on ventilators.

6:30 p.m. – Texas on Friday reached a grim milestone, surpassing California in recorded COVID-19 deaths. The state is now second only to New York for COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. The states with the highest death tolls are:

  • New York: 32,791
  • Texas: 16,432
  • California: 16,428
  • New Jersey: 16,161
  • Florida: 15,068

3:45 p.m. – Hays County reported 19 new confirmed cases on Friday, three new hospitalizations and 60 additional people now considered recovered.

12:08 p.m. – A free testing booth is now open in Georgetown at 707 Martin Luther King Jr. St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Patients can walk up to the booth, get a test kit, self administer and swab on-site, then return the kit to staff members. Results are returned within two days.

Click here for more information.

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