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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports 2 more deaths, 106 new cases

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Tuesday, Oct. 20.

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COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 828,500 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 31,159 cases have been reported and at least 448 people have died. At least 29,862 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 6,212 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 64 people have died. At least 5,513 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 9,100 cases have been reported in the county and at least 147 people have died. At least 8,790 people have recovered from the virus.


6 p.m. – Travis County health officials report 106 more cases and two new deaths. There have now been a total of 31,159 cases, 29,862 recoveries and 448 deaths.

4:55 p.m. – Hays County health officials report one new COVID-related fatality, an Austin woman in her 90s. The local health department also reported 51 new lab-confirmed cases, three new hospitalizations, and 76 additional people now considered recovered.

11:20 a.m. – Interim Travis County Health Authority Mark Escott tells Travis County commissioners that the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium data suggests that the chances that the "epidemic is growing" have increased from 66% to almost 90%.

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