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Travis County reported 636 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the highest single-day total yet.


The 728 new cases reported by Austin Public Health on Saturday was higher, but included two days of tests after the county COVID-19 dashboard was down for maintenance on Friday.

The county reported no new deaths Sunday.

Sixty new hospital admissions in the region brought the rolling seven-day average to 52, up from just an average of 20 two weeks ago.

The new record numbers came in after Mayor Steve Adler and Austin Public Health reversed course on testing asymptomatic people, citing a lack of capacity, and asked that people who have insurance contact their doctors instead of going through the free public testing system.

Across Texas, new cases topped 5,000 once again as the positivity rate—a key metric cited by Gov. Greg Abbott when rolled back the state's reopening—reached a record high of more than 14%. In Houston, ICUs reportedly hit capacity.

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