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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County DA's Office closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Thursday, June 11.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer active.

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 June 11 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 79,700 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 1,800 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The department estimates more than 52,400 people have recovered from the virus.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 4,200 cases have been reported and at least 101 people have died. At least 3,300 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: Over 570 cases have been reported and at least five people have died. About 263 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 760 cases have been reported in the county and at least 30 people have died. More than 530 people have recovered from the virus.

Top headlines:

Updates:

6:23 p.m. – The Travis County District Attorney's Office has closed its building, the Ronald Earle building near West 11th Street and San Antonio Street in Downtown Austin, after a county employee tested positive for COVID-19. The entire building will undergo a specialized cleaning on Friday, and no one will be allowed to enter the building until Monday, June 15.

5:50 p.m. – Travis County reported two more deaths from COVID-19, along with 129 new confirmed cases. The total case count is now 4,238, while there have been 101 deaths. At least 3,316 people have recovered from the virus.

5:30 p.m. – Hays County reported its biggest single-day case count on Thursday, with 82 confirmed cases. The county said around 42% of those were in the 20-29 age range and urged young people to avoid non-essential activities, wash their hands frequently and wear face coverings in public.

4:35 p.m. – Williamson County has announced another death related to COVID-19, a man in his 60s. The death toll from the virus in the county is now 30.

“Unfortunately, today we have another death of a Williamson County resident due to this horrible disease. While this remains an ongoing challenge, it is a reminder that we must look out and protect those who are in the most vulnerable population, including residents with underlying health conditions. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who are mourning a loss,” said Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell.

4:08 p.m. – Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe issued an order on June 11 that continues to prohibit evictions, notices to vacate and the removal or seizure of property. The order is effective until July 25, or until terminated by another order.

RELATED: Travis County judge extends order to prohibit evictions, notices to vacate due to COVID-19 

3 p.m. – Georgetown said it will reinstate downtown parking enforcement on June 15, two months after suspending the program thanks to low parking demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On-street parking at the Square is limited to three hours in certain areas between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. First violations will receive a written warning, the City said, while subsequent violations will incur fines. 

More information can be found here.

12:15 p.m. – Free coronavirus testing will be available in San Marcos on June 14 and June 20. The testing on June 14 will take place at Bonham Pre-K School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On June 20, testing will be available at Bowie Elementary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An appointment is not required, but you can pre-register by calling 512-883-2400 or clicking here.

11:55 a.m. – There were 2,008 new hospitalizations, slightly down from the previous day of 2,153. The number of hospitalizations is up 11% over the past two weeks.

9 a.m. – Austin-Travis County health officials held a press conference over a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Officials spoke about their concerns over a growing number of daily hospital admissions related to COVID-19. 

If the number of hospital admissions per day reaches 20, officials said measures will need to be taken to prevent hospital overflow. Austin-Travis County is currently at 13 admissions per day.

Additionally, Mayor Steve Adler said coronavirus-related orders, such as the stay-at-home orders, would likely be extended as they are set to expire on June 15.

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