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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Austin ISD answers questions about students returning for 2020-21 school year

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Saturday, July 11.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.

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 July 11 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 240,100 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 3,000 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 122,900 people have recovered.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 14,600 cases have been reported and at least 168 people have died. At least 11,074 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: Over 3,500 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 11 people have died. At least 655 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 3,600 cases have been reported in the county and at least 51 people have died. More than 970 people have recovered from the virus.

Top headlines:

Latest updates:

8:45 p.m. – Austin ISD has outlined in more detail how its 2020-2021 school year will look amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a video posted to YouTube on Saturday, school district officials answered questions, saying classes will be 100% online or 100% in-person.

For those needing transportation, general education buses will be occupied by 12 to 14 students, Austin ISD said, while special education buses will hold four to 10 students.

8:15 p.m. – Three Travis County Parks closed for the day after reaching capacity on Saturday. Pace Bend Park, Cypress Creek Park and Arkansas Bend Park will reopen on Sunday, again under capacity limits.

6:10 p.m. – Travis County reported another two deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, as well as 318 new cases, bringing the total to 14,622 with 168 deaths. At least 11,074 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County has 435 people hospitalized, with 134 in the ICU and 87 on ventilators.

For a further breakdown of the cases, visit the City of Austin online dashboard.

4 p.m. – Bastrop County reported three more deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total to 11. The county has had 650 total confirmed cases, while at least 160 people have recovered from the virus.

3:40 p.m. – Williamson County reports an additional COVID-19 death, a man in his 60s, bringing the county's death toll to 52. The county has had a total of 3,655 confirmed cases.

3 p.m. – Texas reports 99 more deaths and 10,351 new cases, a new high. Deaths per day over the past seven days are up 108% from the previous seven days. 

The 14-day average for new cases is up 92% since June 27, while testing is up less than 50%.

There are also 10,083 current hospitalizations, another high. The 14-day average for hospitalizations is up 126% since June 27.

1 p.m. – Hays County announces 33 new lab-confirmed cases have been reported to the county health department, bringing the county's total number of confirmed cases to 3,534. No new hospitalizations have been reported.

9:30 a.m.  Starting at 10 a.m., Austin Public Health will host "Together Against COVID-19: A Multilingual Conversation," addressing the impacts of coronavirus on minority communities. You can register for the event here.

8 a.m. – Volunteers with the Central Texas Food Bank are distributing food to families in need at the Smile Direct Facility in Kyle, across from the Home Depot. The event will end at 11 a.m.

When you pull up, don't get out of your car. Just pop your trunk and a volunteer will safely load the food.

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