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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County inmate tests positive for COVID-19

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Thursday, May 28.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer active. For the latest updates, check out our new live blog here.

KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, news in the Austin area.

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's May 28 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 57,000 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 1,500 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The department estimates more than 37,600 people have recovered from the virus.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: More than 3,000 cases have been reported and at least 91 people have died. At least 1,080 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 580 cases have been reported and at least 22 people have died. More than 340 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: There have been at least 297 cases reported in the county and at least three people have died. Around 165 people have recovered from the virus.

Top headlines:


5:59 p.m. - Travis County Officials are reporting 67 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death, bringing the total number of cases to 3,124 and total number of deaths to 92. So far, 1,114 people have reportedly recovered.

5:20 p.m. - This summer, Pflugerville ISD and Aramark Food Services will be providing free curbside meals to children at select Pflugerville ISD campuses Monday through Friday with two meal services: 8 to 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Friday, May 29, through Tuesday, Aug. 11. All children under 18 are eligible to receive free meals and do not need to register or show proof of age, income or residence to do so.

Parents picking up meals for children not present in the car should be prepared to present one of the following through the window:

  • Official letter/email from school listing children enrolled
  • Individual student report cards
  • Attendance record from parent portal of the school website
  • Birth certificate for children
  • Student ID cards

Parents may not pick up meals for children other than their own. Identification is not required for children as long as children are in the car during meal pick-up.
PfISD summer meals program sites are:

  • Timmerman Elementary School

412 Swenson Farms Blvd., Pflugerville

  • Dessau Middle School

12900 Dessau Road, Austin

  • Kelly Lane Middle School

18900 Falcon Pointe Blvd., Pflugerville

  • Park Crest Middle School

1500 N. Railroad, Pflugerville

  • Westview Middle School

1805 Scofield Lane, Austin

  • Copperfield Elementary

12135 Thompkins Drive, Austin

  • Northwest Leadership Academy

14014 Thermal Drive, Austin

  • Pflugerville Elementary School

701 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville

  • Wieland Elementary

900 Tudor House Road, Pflugerville

  • Windermere Elementary

429 Grand Avenue Parkway, Pflugerville

The PfISD Extended Day Program summer camp sites at Spring Hill and Dearing Elementary will only provide meals for camp participants.

5 p.m.: The final nursing home in Austin is wrapping up testing residents and workers Thursday for COVID-19. 

Austin Public Health said 31 of the 32 facilities in Austin met the deadline to perform those tests by the end of yesterday, a mandate by Gov. Greg Abbott following a surge of COVID-19 cases.

According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, more than 4,000 residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in the state have tested positive for COVID-19.

4:45 p.m.: Gov. Greg Abbott is urging Texans to consider having elective surgeries and procedures done this summer so hospitals can free up beds if COVID-19 cases spike later this year, according to the Dallas Morning News

Abbott explained doing so will allow the state to shut off non-emergency medical work if need be. He made the comment at a news briefing at Amarillo City Hall yesterday.

4:39 p.m. - Hays County officials reported 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 314. Of those, 146 remain active. There have been 165 reported recoveries.

RELATED: Hays County reports 146 active COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

4:06 p.m. - Williamson County officials announced the county's 23rd death, a man in his 70s.

RELATED: Coronavirus: Williamson County confirms 588 total cases, 23 deaths

2 p.m. - Travis County officials have confirmed an inmate has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate has been in custody for three days and has been in a quarantine unit.

RELATED: Travis County Jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19

1:35 p.m. - Burnet County Judge James Oakley has announced the county's first COVID-19 related death, which happened on Tuesday, May 26. She was a 57-year-old woman who was a resident of Bertram Nursing Home. The woman had been bedridden with cardiovascular disease and was paralyzed from a stroke, according to the judge. Judge Oakley also said she had also been a cigarette smoker.

RELATED: Burnet County announces first COVID-19 related death

The woman died from rapid onset pneumonia and posthumously tested positive for COVID-19. After conducting contact tracing, a staff person was identified who tested positive for the virus and had self-quarantined.

9:43 a.m. - City and county leaders are set to speak at 1 p.m. to talk about safety guidelines and how they are determining the area's current stage of risk. You can watch the press briefing when they start speaking in the video above or on KVUE's YouTube channel.

RELATED: Austin/Travis County remain in stage 3 of COVID-19 risk-based guidelines, health leaders say

WATCH: City leaders discuss latest COVID-19 updates

6:40 a.m. - The Central Texas Food Bank will distribute food and hygiene kits from 9 a.m. to noon at Toney Burger Stadium located at 3200 Jones Road.

Check back on this live blog for the latest updates Thursday.

WATCH: Texas State 3D printing COVID-19 test swabs


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