Coronavirus death toll rises to 27 in Travis County, with 1,233 total confirmed cases as of April 21

Contractors stand in downtown Austin with medical masks as many businesses remain closed due to coronavirus. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)
Contractors stand in downtown Austin with medical masks as many businesses remain closed due to coronavirus. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)

Contractors stand in downtown Austin with medical masks as many businesses remain closed due to coronavirus. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)

Travis County saw its 27th coronavirus-related death, while total cases in the county increased to 1,233, according to an April 21 update by Austin and Travis County health officials.

The number of confirmed coronavirus recoveries in the county increased by 38, reaching 331 total recoveries by formerly infected patients.


Also today, Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County’s interim health authority, said that he believes local residents may need to practice social distancing and wear face coverings for the next year. Escott said efforts to reopen aspects of Texas this week should not be taken as any indication that the community is over the coronavirus.

Escott's remarks come the same day that Gov. Greg Abbott commented that the spread of the virus is beginning to level off in Texas.

“The good news is that Texas is prepared to be taking very positive steps toward opening up our state,” Abbott said at a news conference April 21.


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