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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports 191 new confirmed cases

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

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated. For Sunday's updates, click here.

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COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 1 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 20,200 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 36,175 cases have been reported and at least 476 people have died. At least 33,270 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 6,960 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 96 people have died. At least 6,193 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 11,559 cases have been reported in the county and at least 160 people have died. At least 10,716 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates:

6 p.m. – Travis County reported 191 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total to 36,175 cases and 476 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 33,270 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 205 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 74 in the ICU and 44 on ventilators.

5 p.m. – There were 696 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in the Austin metro area on Saturday, the most in a single day since Aug. 11, taking the seven-day average to 419 per day – up 45% from a week ago and up 189% from a month ago.

As of Saturday, one in five ICU patients (20%) in Austin-area hospitals is a COVID-19 patient. The positivity rate average for the Austin metro area is at 4.23%.

4:30 p.m. – Texas set a new record on Saturday for the most COVID-19 cases reported on a single day, with 12,597 new confirmed cases.

The statewide seven-day average is now up to 9,884 cases per day, which is also a record, with more cases than at any time previously in the pandemic. The seven-day daily case average is up 25% from a week ago and up 130% from a month ago.

Texas reported 171 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, which brings the state's death toll to 20,467. Statewide, there are 8,245 people hospitalized with COVID-19 – the most since Aug. 6, up 15% from a week ago and up 72% from a month ago.

The state's positivity rate average is at 11.84% and has been above 10% since Oct. 21.

2:30 p.m. – Lake Travis High School has canceled its varsity football game against Akins Early College High School and its junior varsity and varsity games against Westlake High School. These cancelations conclude LTHS's regular football season, though the varsity team has qualified for the 6A state playoffs and plans to participate.

LTHS Head Coach Hank Carter said the cancelations are in accordance with Lake Travis ISD's response to COVID-19 protocols and the "length of time required for contact tracing of those identified to have been in close contact with the affected individual." All LTHS football operations are currently suspended, according to Carter.

8 a.m. – Child care providers who contract with Workforce Solutions Capital Area can pick up personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies for free from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the First Workers Day Labor Center near Interstate 35 and East 50th Street.

WATCH: Austin ISD may return to all-virtual learning

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