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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Hays County reports another death from COVID-19

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

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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 Sept. 1 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 612,900 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 12,500 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 26,500 cases have been reported and at least 385 people have died. At least 25,434 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: More than 5,400 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 48 people have died. At least 3,138 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 7,900 cases have been reported in the county and at least 123 people have died. More than 7,700 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates:

6:30 p.m. – A few weeks ago, KVUE uncovered the state had no plans in place to track COVID-19 in schools.

After our investigation, the Texas Education Agency started requiring school districts to report confirmed coronavirus cases among their staff and students.

But now, we’ve learned the state doesn't have a plan to tell people exactly which schools have confirmed cases.

RELATED: Texas may not publish COVID-19 data for individual schools

6:05 p.m. – Williamson County reported another 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total to 7,969 cases and 123 deaths. At least 7,841 people have recovered from the virus.

6 p.m. – Travis County reported another 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total to 26,563 confirmed cases and 385 deaths. At least 25,434 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 133 people hospitalized from COVID-19, with 48 in the ICU and 29 on ventilators.

5:30 p.m. – Hays County reported another death from COVID-19 on Tuesday, a San Marcos woman in her 80s, bringing the death toll to 48. The county also reported 14 new confirmed cases, as well as two hospital discharges and 118 additional recoveries.

RELATED: LIST: Confirmed Central Texas coronavirus cases by county

10:15 a.m. – Austin Resource Recovery announces that it will resume normal service and fees for extra bags of trash left outside of customer's carts. Additionally, starting on Sept. 8, the Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center will reopen by appointment only. These changes had been put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Due to unprecedented changes brought about by COVID-19 earlier this year, we understood most households would be generating extra trash," said Austin Resource Recovery Director, Ken Snipes. "We hope this effort has provided relief for our customers during these uncertain times."

Click here for more information.

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