Travis County cases are plateauing around 500 daily, Austin's top doctor says

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Travis County saw 553 new confirmed COVID-19 tests today. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Travis County saw 553 new confirmed COVID-19 tests today. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Travis County coronavirus cases are currently plateauing around 500 new daily cases, according to Austin-Travis County Health Authority Mark Escott. The seven-day moving average for new cases in the county is 512.9 as of July 14, with a daily hospital intake moving average of 69.6 in the Austin area.

“We are refreshed to see the fact that we have blunted admissions a little bit, but we are certainly not in a decline situation but a plateau situation,” Escott said at a July 14 Travis County Commissioners Court meeting.

With the current rate of hospital admissions, Escott said Austin-area hospitals are stressed, and while Travis County is presently hovering at the upper Stage 4 coronavirus risk, limited intensive care unit capacity could soon push risk to Stage 5.

“We are at that threshold where substantial increases in ICU patients may push us over the edge in terms of being able to adequately care for folks," he said.

Nursing home cases, meanwhile, are not plateauing. Two hundred forty new cases in local nursing homes have been reported in the past week, a change from several weeks past when outbreaks among long-term senior care facilities were thought to be receding.

In the past day, Austin Public Health has received confirmation of 553 new COVID-19 cases in Travis County. Seventy-four coronavirus patients have been admitted to hospitals in the past 24 hours, and seven individuals have died from the virus.
By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.


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