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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County now reporting 1,174 total cases, 26 deaths

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

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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 April 20 live blog.

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10 p.m. – The Austin Transportation Department is changing signal timing so residents don't have to wait at a stoplight for as long as they would during normal traffic patterns. The City said it's doing this to help essential workers get to where they need to be faster.

6:50 p.m. – Travis County is now reporting a total of 1,174 confirmed coronavirus cases and a total of 26 deaths. Recoveries have risen to 293.

RELATED: LIST: Confirmed Central Texas coronavirus cases by county

5 p.m. – Gov. Abbott announces that the National Guard will be assisting in mobile COVID-19 testing.

4:55 p.m. – The Travis County Sheriff's Office releases data on its COVID-19 testing results:

  • Inmates: 14 negative tests, 2 pending
  • Law enforcement employees: 8 negative tests, 1 pending
  • Corrections employees: 11 negative tests, 2 positive
  • Administrative and support employees: 4 negative tests, 1 positive

4:40 p.m. – Hays County is now reporting 76 active positive cases of COVID-19. Though the county has had 135 lab-confirmed cases, at least 58 patients have recovered. The county has had one coronavirus-related death.

4:30 p.m. – Concordia University Texas has opened two residence halls free of charge to uniformed first responders and health care workers on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. Those individuals may reserve one of the more than 120 single-occupancy rooms to rest between shifts and minimize any fear of exposing their homes to the virus.

4:15 p.m. – All Bastrop County parks will reopen, subject to recommended CDC social distancing guidelines, effective at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Playground facilities and other park improvements will remain closed to public use.

1 p.m. – After several days of asking about COVID-19 cases and deaths at a South Austin nursing home, the facility has confirmed that a staff member died.

12 p.m. – Williamson County now reporting 156 total cases and 99 recoveries. Four deaths have been reported.

RELATED: LIST: Confirmed Central Texas coronavirus cases by county

6 a.m. – Some Texas businesses will gradually begin to reopen starting Monday. This comes after Gov. Greg Abbott announced a phased plan on Friday that allows for some facilities and businesses to expand operations with consideration of social distancing.

WATCH: Texas protesters demand faster reopening of businesses


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