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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Texas surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases, according to state data

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Friday, Nov. 13.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This live blog is no longer updating. For the latest coronavirus updates in Central Texas, check out KVUE's Nov. 14 blog.

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 Nov. 13 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 993,800 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 19,100 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 34,204 cases have been reported and at least 465 people have died. At least 32,006 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 6,616 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 91 people have died. At least 6,014 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 10,842 cases have been reported in the county and at least 158 people have died. At least 10,479 people have recovered from the virus.


6:25 p.m. – There are 397 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Austin metro area on Friday. The weekly case average of 271 per day is the highest since Aug. 25 and up 42% from a week ago. The daily hospital admissions average is at 28 per day over the past week. Austin's positivity rate average is just over 4%.

6:15 p.m. – Travis County reported 244 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total to 34,204 cases and 465 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 32,006 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 164 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 62 in the ICU and 31 on ventilators.

4:40 p.m. – Hays County reported 45 new lab-confirmed cases, one hospital discharge and 16 additional people now considered recovered.

As of Nov. 13, Hays County has had 6,616 lab-confirmed cases. Of those, at least 511 remain active with at least 6,014 recoveries reported. The county has had at least 91 COVID-19 deaths.

For more information on the previously reported Hays County cases, click here.

4:05 p.m. - Texas reported 10,542 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,004,983 – surpassing 1 million for the first time in the state's official data. The seven-day case average of 7,737 per day over the past week is the highest since Aug. 6, up 16% from a week ago and up 117% from a month ago.

Texas has 7,083 hospitalizations from COVID-19 statewide, which is the most since Aug. 11, up 17% from a week ago and up 75% from a month ago. The state's positivity rate average is at 12.16%. There were 173 new deaths from COVID-19 in Texas on Friday, brining the total to 19,320.

3:45 p.m. - On Friday, Texas surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services data, with 1,004,983 cases. On Wednesday, data from John Hopkins University already showed Texas becoming the first state to surpass 1 million cases.

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3:40 p.m. - An audit of the Hays County COVID-19 data has identified cases that will be removed from the county's total case count beginning on Friday.

“After the most recent internal data review, we found cases that shouldn’t be in our total number of positive COVID-19 cases,” said epidemiologist Eric Schneider. “We will remove them from the data totals, thereby reducing our overall case count.”

Reasons for removal include addresses outside Hays County, invalid test results and duplication of a previously counted case.

1:15 p.m. - Austin City Council has approved funding for more protective gear. Council approved a grant from Travis County that outlines up to $8 million for personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 relief for the city.

11:10 a.m. - Randalls said it will partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to administer the COVID-19 vaccine for free when it becomes available. A complete list of immunizations available at Randalls' pharmacies can be found online

9 a.m. - After a week of record-breaking new case counts for COVID-19 in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said the state will get a shipment of a therapeutic drug that helped cure President Donald Trump's coronavirus infection. 

WATCH: Infectious disease specialist on the COVID-19 surge in Texas


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