Travis County reports 753 new coronavirus cases July 8

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Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Travis County. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Travis County. (Community Impact staff)

Austin Public Health reported 753 new coronavirus cases July 8, much higher than the weekly moving average of 433.9 new cases.

Additionally, APH cited eight new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total deaths for Travis County up to 159. This increase marks the third straight day with seven or more additional COVID-19 deaths for the county.


The Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area did see a slight dip in new hospitalizations, with 67 new hospital admissions in the past day, down from 73. That statistic is significant for determining the area's stage of risk. Stage 5 risk can be triggered when APH measures an average of 70 or more daily COVID-19 hospital admissions across a single week. Currently, the Austin MSA has a seven-day moving average of 75.1 daily hospital admissions.

Local officials have not yet announced a shift into Stage 5 risk, but at a press conference earlier July 8, Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, confirmed that such a step could happen in the next day.

Overall, Travis County has had 13,161 confirmed coronavirus cases and 9,837 estimated recoveries.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing in 2017. Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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