Travis County health authority tells residents to 'stay the course' as cases plateau

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Here is the Travis County COVID-19 case update for Aug. 4. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here is the Travis County COVID-19 case update for Aug. 4. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Austin Public Health reported 273 new cases Aug. 5, higher than the seven-day moving average of 218 daily confirmed COVID-19 cases. APH also confirmed 41 new hospital admissions of coronavirus.

Earlier in the day, Austin-Travis County Health Authority Mark Escott updated the Travis County Commissioners on the county's pandemic status. He said local case counts had mostly plateaued in recent weeks, with hints of a slight upswing in the past few days.

"We have to do better. We have to stay the course," Escott said.

In terms of hospital capacity, local intensive care units have relaxed from a surge stance into more "normal tempo," according to Escott. While daily admissions have been in the Stage 3 range for several days, he said more prolonged progress was needed before APH officially lowered the local risk level from Stage 4.

“We really want to have two weeks within the stage 3 territory before we entertain a change formally to Stage 3," he said.


Before in-person fall classes for local schools begin in September, Escott said he would like to see the community at Stage 2 or lower.
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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