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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports 265 new confirmed cases

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Friday, Nov. 27.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.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

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. 27 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 1.1 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 21,100 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 37,666 cases have been reported and at least 483 people have died. At least 34,702 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 7,097 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 99 people have died. At least 6,290 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 12,272 cases have been reported in the county and at least 162 people have died. At least 11,304 people have recovered from the virus.

RELATED: LIST: Confirmed Central Texas coronavirus cases by county

Updates: 

6:40 p.m. – Travis County reported 265 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total to 37,666 cases and 483 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 34,702 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 218 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 81 in the ICU and 45 on ventilators.

4:20 p.m. – Weiss High School has canceled its final two football games of the regular season after a positive COVID-19 test. Weiss' games on Nov. 30 against Cedar Park and on Dec. 5 against Georgetown have been canceled, Pflugerville ISD said on Friday.

Weiss High School's Nov. 24 game against Austin Anderson was also canceled due to a positive COVID-19 case among the Anderson High School football program.

The cancelations mean the Wolves' season is over. They finish with a 2-4 record overall and 2-2 in district play.

3:10 p.m. – Texas reported 2,473 new confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide on Friday, bringing the total to 1,147,045. The seven-day case average is at 10,181 per day. In Texas, 188 out of 254 counties did not report new cases on Friday, with many not reporting over the holiday weekend.

There were 51 new COVID-19-related deaths reported statewide on Friday, bringing the total to 21,207. Texas has 8,518 COVID-19 patients in hospitals statewide – up 4% from a week ago and up 55% from a month ago. The state's positivity rate average is at 10.33%.

9 a.m – Austin health officials have released post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 guidelines and ask that anyone who engaged in high-risk Thanksgiving activities – including traveling and in-door gatherings – get tested and stay home at least seven days. APH says even if you test negative, stay home for the full seven days, and if your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. 

APH advises that if you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days after gathering or traveling.

For more information, visit the City website.

“COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising locally, across Texas and the United States,” said Stephanie Hayden, Austin Public Health Director. “It is critically important that everyone do their part to combat COVID-19 by avoiding gatherings and travel this holiday season. Do not gather with people that you do not live with during the holiday season, avoid high-risk activities and stay home as much as possible. Those who have already gathered or traveled need to make sure that they take the proper precautions to stay safe.” 

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