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Travis County may begin announcing the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus rather than the number of positive tests, the mayor said Monday.

In a video update posted to Austin Mayor Steve Adler's website on Monday morning, he said the city may start reporting the number of patients hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 rather than the number of positive tests.



"We're tracking the number of people who we test positive, but I think we're going to start showing a different number here shortly and start talking about the number of people who actually get hospitalized," Adler said. "Because the people who are confirmed are in part dependent on the number of tests we give ... so [hospitalizations are] probably a more objective number to look at over time."

He added that currently the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Austin area is in the low 70s.

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