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State of the pandemic: 636 new COVID-19 cases in Austin, 60 new hospitalizations, no new deaths

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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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.