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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports another 47 confirmed cases

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Tuesday, Sept. 22.

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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 698,000 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 14,900 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 28,600 cases have been reported and at least 415 people have died. At least 27,462 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: More than 5,700 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 52 people have died. At least 4,053 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 8,400 cases have been reported in the county and at least 142 people have died. More than 8,100 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates: 

5:55 p.m. – Travis County reported another 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total to 28,643 cases and 415 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Travis County currently has 93 people hospitalized from COVID-19, with 30 in the ICU and 17 on ventilators.

5:10 p.m. – Hays County reported another 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with 61 additional people now considered recovered. There were also five new hospitalizations. The county said additional free testing sites will be announced soon.

3:15 p.m. – St. David's is urging Central Texans to get flu shots as the flu season approaches amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC recommends people get a shot by the end of October, while St. David's said the public should protect themselves by getting a flu vaccine early.

“COVID-19 and the flu season are going to overlap this winter,” Dr. Wasserman said. “It’s really important to get ahead of this before the flu season starts. Having both illnesses together could mean you have more severe symptoms.”

The healthcare provider is offering flu shots at its St. David’s CareNow Urgent Care locations for $20 for self-pay patients as well as those with health insurance.

WATCH: More downtown businesses close amid COVID-19 pandemic

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