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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports 3 more deaths from COVID-19

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Wednesday, Sept. 2.

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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. 2 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 617,300 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 12,600 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 26,600 cases have been reported and at least 388 people have died. At least 25,500 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 7,800 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates:

6:10 p.m. – Travis County reported another three deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday along with 59 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 26,622 cases and 388 deaths. At least 25,500 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 125 people hospitalized from COVID-19, with 44 in the ICU and 29 on ventilators.

5:40 p.m – Williamson County officials are now reporting a total of 7,984 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 7,722 recoveries and 125 deaths.

5 p.m. – Hays County reports two new COVID-19 deaths, 15 new cases, 120 recoveries and two more hospitalizations. There has now been a total of 5,425 cases, 50 fatalities and 3,258 recoveries.

4:40 p.m. – Donn's Depot is asking the Austin community for help to stay open amid ongoing struggles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The bar is hoping patrons will contribute to the fund to cover operational costs.

12:00 p.m. – Gov. Greg Abbott hinted at an expanded reopening plan on Twitter. The plans are expected to be revealed next week.

11:10 a.m. – SmileDirectClub Inc. has  backed out of its plans to open a $37 million manufacturing plant in Kyle, the company confirmed to KVUE. 

SmileDirectClub attributed the move to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it would not be feasible for workers based in the headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, to oversee the development amid virus-induced travel restrictions and health worries. You can read more on the company's move here.

9:40 a.m. – I Luv Video made the announcement on its Facebook page Tuesday that it would be permanently closing after nearly 40 years of business as an Austin video store. 

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