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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports another 159 confirmed cases

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Thursday, Sept. 24.

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

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COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 719,500 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 15,100 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 28,900 cases have been reported and at least 417 people have died. At least 27,768 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: More than 5,800 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 54 people have died. At least 4,201 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 8,500 cases have been reported in the county and at least 142 people have died. More than 8,200 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates:

5:55 p.m. – Travis County reported another 159 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total to 28,904 cases and 417 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 27,768 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 89 people hospitalized from COVID-19, with 30 in the ICU and 17 on ventilators.

5:15 p.m. – Hays County reported another 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, one new hospitalization and two hospital discharges. The health department also reported 71 additional people now considered recovered.

12:40 p.m. – Starting Saturday, the City of Austin will begin reopening public pools under a modified schedule.

  • Barton Springs Pool will be open every day from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. Swim at your own risk only.
  • Deep Eddy Pool will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for lap swim. It will be closed Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Big Stacy Pool will be open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lap swim and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for recreational swim (two lap lanes) on the weekdays. On weekends, it will be open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for recreational swim (two lap lanes). It will be closed Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Bartholomew Pool will be open weekdays from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. for lap swim and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for recreational swim (one lap lane). On weekends, it will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for recreational swim (one lap lane). It will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Springwoods Pool will be open weekdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for recreational swim (two lap lanes), and weekends 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for recreational swim (two lap lanes). It will be closed Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.

Reservations are not required.

For more information, click here.

WATCH: 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 as of Sept. 22

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