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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports another death from COVID-19

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

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.

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. 24 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 851,500 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 17,300 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 31,493 cases have been reported and at least 449 people have died. At least 30,159 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 6,287 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 86 people have died. At least 5,691 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 9,335 cases have been reported in the county and at least 150 people have died. At least 8,993 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates:

8:40 p.m. – Texas reported 6,125 new confirmed cases on Saturday, the most in a single day since Aug. 19. The weekly average is up 13% from a week ago and at 4,710 per day is the highest since Aug. 25. Testing is down 7% over the same time period. There were 81 newly reported COVID-19 deaths statewide on Saturday, bringing the total to 17,456. There are 4,995 people hospitalized from COVID-19 across Texas – up 17% from a week ago. The state's positivity rate average is at 9.28%.

In the 12-county Central Texas KVUE viewing area, there have been 829 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The seven-day average of new cases is down 2.5% from a week ago, while testing is down 18% over the same time period. The positivity rate average for the Austin metro area is at 2.99%. The hospital admissions average in the Austin metro area is at 22.1 per day over the past seven days.

6:20 p.m. – Travis County reported another death from COVID-19 on Saturday along with 82 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 31,493 cases and 449 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 30,159 people have recovered from the virus.

8 a.m. – The Texas Department of State Health Services reports the weekly average of hospitalizations is up 19% from last week, putting a strain on hospitals in the state's largest cities. New data also shows how heavily the virus is affecting the Hispanic community: 56% of deadly cases affected Hispanic residents.

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