Austin Public Health’s COVID-19 Surveillance dashboard for the Travis County area shows the county’s highest case counts are in the 78741, 78744, 78753, 78758 and 78660 ZIP codes, with each confirming more than 1,500 cases thus far. These areas include portions of North Central and Southeast Austin as well as Pflugerville.
In general, higher-populated ZIP codes tend to have more cases, based on APH’s dashboard map. Further from Austin’s city center, some less populated ZIP codes have confirmed only a handful of cases.
ZIP codes with a greater Hispanic population also tend to report higher cases counts; Travis County’s Hispanic population currently accounts for 52% of the county’s total cases. More than 75% of 78744’s residents, for instance, are Hispanic or Latino, according to a 2017 American Community Survey. Likewise, more than 61% of 78753’s residents are Hispanic or Latino.
At an Aug. 19 press conference, Mark Escott, the Austin-Travis County interim health authority, addressed the gap in positivity rates between the local Latino population and other demographics, saying that communities of color were working against “decades of disparity” in healthcare.
“We are one Austin. We are one Travis County community,” Escott said. “It’s on all of us to ensure that our communities of color are well looked after.”
Overall, Travis County’s daily new cases continue to plateau at a current average of around 234 cases per day. Hospitalizations continue to slightly decrease, with the seven-day moving average of daily hospitalizations for COVID-19 dipping from 31.6 to 27 this week, from Aug. 16-20.
However, Escott emphasized the community needed to push for more progress as children prepare to head back to school in person in September.
“We want to hit the floor in Austin. We want to get down to single-digit cases again,” he said.