Travis County reported a record number of COVID-19 cases again on Sunday: 506. The previous record was set the day before, when the county said it had 418 new cases.


Local health officials have said that though there has been an increase in the number of tests administered in recent weeks, that does not entirely account for the spike. Hospitalizations, for example, have also risen, with the seven-day rolling average more than doubling over the last two weeks.

Statewide numbers have also alarmed health officials, with 10 consecutive days of record hospitalizations.

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To help make sense of the all information emerging about COVID-19 in Austin, we're answering a few big questions:

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  • 1 ½ oz. Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 3 oz. sparkling water
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. agave
  • 4 strawberries

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Gov. Greg Abbott said on Friday that "the worst is yet to come" in the Texas COVID-19 surge. "If we do not slow the spread of COVID-19," Abbott said during a TV interview, "the next step would have to be a lockdown."

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The Austin Watershed Protection Department said in a statement that there is now some preliminary concern about algae found at Red Bud Isle yesterday, though so far results are not definitive.

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Fifteen people set to work during the July 14 election, including two election judges, have quit due to fears about the coronavirus pandemic, the Travis County Clerk's office confirmed.

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Fighting over child custody and visitation is painful under even the best of circumstances, but attorneys and parents say the coronavirus pandemic has brought more stress, more fear, and more "live ammunition" to the battlefield.

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