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Travis County reports 8 coronavirus deaths, 280 new cases -Statesman

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Hojun Choi @hjnchoi


Jul 31, 2020 at 6:09 PM

Austin and Travis County health officials on Friday reported 280 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total to 20,745.

Health officials also reported that eight more people had died due to the coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the county to 274.

According to county data on Friday, 338 people are currently in Austin hospitals with the disease. Of those, 127 are currently in intensive care and 83 are on ventilators to breathe.

A number of estimated recoveries is now at 18,292.

Area hospitals received 32 new patients with COVID-19 on Friday, and the rolling 7-day average of hospitalizations is now at 37.7. The 7-day average has dropped each day since July 18, when the average was at 70.8, according to local health officials.

That average, which health officials monitor closely when considering precautionary measures, is now below the city’s threshold for Stage 4 restrictions to slow down the spread of the virus. However, city and county health officials said they will not reduce restrictions to Stage 3 just yet.

Data released Friday included a breakdown of the Travis County cases by race and ethnicity.

Of those who tested positive for the coronavirus, 50% are Hispanic, according to recent Austin data. Travis County health officials have said that concerns remain about the disproportionate impact the virus is having on the Hispanic community as well as people living in nursing homes.

Non-Hispanic whites account for about 32% of cases, 8% are Black and 3% are Asian.

In some cases, the race or ethnicity of Travis County residents with the coronavirus is listed as “unknown” or “other.”

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