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Coronavirus in Austin: Hays County reports 34 new cases, 60 new recoveries

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus and COVID-19 news in the Austin area.

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's Oct. 21 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 833,500 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 17,000 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 31,228 cases have been reported and at least 448 people have died. At least 29,964 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 6,246 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 64 people have died. At least 5,573 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 9,263 cases have been reported in the county and at least 150 people have died. At least 8,912 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates: 

6 p.m. – Travis County officials are now reporting a total of 31,228 cases, 448 deaths and 29,964 recoveries.

5:30 p.m. – Williamson County officials are now reporting a total of 9,263 cases, 150 deaths and 8,912 recoveries.

5:15 p.m. – Hays County reports 34 new lab-confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 6,246. The county is also reporting 60 additional recoveries, bringing that total to 5,573. A total of 64 people have died from COVID-19 in Hays County.

10:37 a.m. – Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the establishment of the Supplementary Special Education Services (SSES) program, which will help connect Texas families to high-quality, personalized services through a one-time funding allocation that aims to help offset learning disruptions related to COVID-19. According to Gov. Abbott's office, qualifying families will gain access to a targeted spending account to purchase services costing up to $1,500 per eligible student. Texas families will be able to purchase supplemental supports such as tutoring, therapy and digital resources through vendors approved and vetted by TEA.

10 a.m. – Austin health leaders are answering COVID-19 questions in their weekly media Q&A scheduled for 10 a.m. Watch below: 

9:15 a.m. – Austin health leaders will answer some COVID-19 questions in its weekly media Q&A scheduled for 10 a.m. Yesterday, Dr. Escott said coronavirus cases are on an upward trend in Travis County, which you can read more about here. You can watch the Austin Public Health briefing on KVUE's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

WATCH: Most Texans won't get COVID-19 vaccine until July, health officials say

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