Coronavirus update: 16 new cases brings Travis County total to 1,108

The city of Austin and Travis County both announced an extension of the ongoing stay-at-home order through May 8. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The city of Austin and Travis County both announced an extension of the ongoing stay-at-home order through May 8. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The city of Austin and Travis County both announced an extension of the ongoing stay-at-home order through May 8. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

This post will include updates from Travis County and the city of Austin for the week of April 13, including daily case counts. For local updates from April 6-12, please click here.

Updated: April 19, 8:53 p.m.

For the second day in a row, Travis County saw less than 20 new confirmed coronavirus cases.

On April 19, local health officials confirmed 16 new cases, bringing the number of total local cases during the pandemic to 1,108, with 25 total deaths.

267 of those confirmed cases have reported a full recovery from the coronavirus.

Updated: April 18, 6:26 p.m.

With 18 new cases April 18, Travis County has seen a total of 1,092 coronavirus cases, while the number of deaths in the county increased to 23.

Updated: April 17, 6:07 p.m.

Local health officials announced three new deaths in Travis County April 17, bringing the number of local coronavirus deaths since mid-March to 21, while the number of confirmed cases increased to 1,074.

The number of reported recovered patients in the county increased to 244, meaning at least 22.7% of patients have recovered so far.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced three executive orders April 17 that could lift certain COVID-19 restrictions in the near future. Included in the orders was an announcement that all Texas retailers will be allowed to offer to-go services beginning April 24, and that all schools will remain closed through the end of the current 2019-20 school year.

Updated: April 17, 7:00 a.m.

Travis County surpassed the 1,000-case mark April 16, with a total of 1,029 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The total number of deaths in Travis County has also increased to 18.

Updated: April 15, 7:24 p.m.

With 77 new cases reported April 15, there have officially been 977 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Austin-Travis County area.

The number of local coronavirus deaths in the county also increased to 17, up from 14 the day prior, while a total of 178 patients have completely recovered.

As local agencies continue to evaluate possible financial impacts caused by the coronavirus, Travis County Commissioners Court voted April 14 to institute a hiring freeze for most jobs under the umbrella of Travis County government. The action was an effort to mitigate the financial hit of the coronavirus—which is projected by county staff to be at least $25.7 million in the current fiscal year.

Austin ISD also announced April 14 that it will officially postpone May graduation ceremonies until August.

Updated: April 14, 6:18 p.m.

There have officially been 900 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Austin-Travis County area and 14 coronavirus-related deaths since March 13.

According to local health officials, April 14 saw 44 new cases and three new deaths due to the coronavirus.

Original post: April 13, 8 p.m.

As the city of Austin and Travis County both announced an extension of the ongoing stay-at-home order through May 8, the number of local coronavirus cases since mid-March rose to 856.

According to local health officials, there have been 11 coronavirus-related deaths in the Austin-Travis County area, and 144 individuals with the coronavirus have fully recovered as of April 13.

The updated orders from Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt include a new requirement that all area residents over the age of 10 wear face coverings such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief over their noses and mouths in public.

According to the order, masks are not necessary when residents are alone, are only in the presence of members of their household, are exercising outside with more than 6 feet of social distancing from others, eating or drinking, or when wearing a mask would pose a health, safety or security risk.

For a look at how coronavirus has spread across the state of Texas and Central Texas since March, click here.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


Photo of boarded-up Sixth Street bars
With COVID-19 projections 'bleak' through Thanksgiving, Travis County keeps bars closed

Statistical models from the University of Texas show a 92% chance the pandemic is worsening, but the increase in cases and hospitalizations have leveled off in the last few days.

Slab BBQ owner Raf Robinson said the payroll protection program saved his restaurant. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
'I just need to pay the rent:' Austin small businesses in survival mode are doing everything in their power to outlast the pandemic

From selling inventory to flipping their business models to changing a yoga studio into a coworking space, small business owners are trying to avoid adding their names to the growing list of locally owned Austin institutions that have shut down.

Customers can order Goodstock Angus and Goodstock Black Label beef, including ribeye steaks, strip steaks, filets and ground chuck. (Courtesy Nolan Ryan brands)
Nolan Ryan expands Round Rock-based butcher business and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

Burnet Road at West Braker Lane
Corridor projects along South Lamar Boulevard, Burnet Road will break ground by early 2021

Two corridor roadway projects approved in the city of Austin’s 2016 Mobility Bond are moving forward after recently receiving environmental clearances.

Screen shot of a Zoom board meeting
Dripping Springs ISD Superintendent Todd Washburn resigns; Brett Springston is named interim replacement

Less than a year after he was hired, Superintendent Todd Washburn is departing Dripping Springs ISD.

An "I Voted" sticker is left outside the Northwest Recreation Center in Austin, one of 37 early voting polling places open in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than half of all Travis County voters have cast their ballots, exceeding early voting turnout percentage in 2016

More than 448,000 votes have been cast in Travis County. Early voting closes on Oct. 30.

Austin ISD trustees met Oct. 26, discussing in-person learning during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Twice as many Austin elementary students have returned to campus compared to first day of in-person instruction, district says

Austin ISD will open its campuses to accommodate all students who request in-person instruction beginning Nov. 2.

Capital Metro released new renderings Oct. 26 of its proposed Project Connect expansion, which voters will decide Nov. 3. This rendering shows a Blue Line light rail train at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Rendering courtesy Capital Metro)
In final week of early voting, here is what Austin residents should know about Project Connect

The proposition appears as a 237-word block of text near the end of the ballot but boils down to a simple question: Are voters for or against a significant expansion of local public transportation, paid for in part with property tax funds?

Photo of the facade of the Dripping Springs ISD administraton building
Dripping Springs ISD to discuss superintendent's potential resignation

An item on the board of trustee's Oct. 26 meeting agenda indicates consideration of a resignation agreement for Superintendent Todd Washburn.

Alex Wu (left) and Kevin Tran stand, social distanced, outside of Bao'd Up in Sunset Valley. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bao'd Up owners hope to make the traditional Chinese steamed buns a household name in Austin

The local chain has four locations, including one in Sunset Valley. Owner Alex Wu said as the franchise continues to grow, he hopes in a few years he will no longer have to explain what bao is.

Scott Friedeck, owner of The Graphic Guitar Guys, started working with guitars in 2011. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dripping Springs small business owner Scott Friedeck got his big break in the music industry from George Strait

Friedeck's business, The Graphic Guitar Guys, creates custom wraps for guitars for artists to sell as merchandise.

East West Manufacturing will retain 30 jobs and create an additional 30 new jobs for a total of 60 full-time jobs in Round Rock over five years, according to an economic incentive agreement signed Oct. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Round Rock to add 60 jobs and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.