"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.
The City of Austin law department has more than 100 attorneys and staff. Yet when time came to litigate a new land use proposal last year, the city turned to an outside firm. That decision has so far cost the city $119,583 in a hitherto fruitless lawsuit.
Financial records reviewed by The Austin Bulldog show that the city paid that amount to the firm Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP, mostly for attorney Jane Webre, who charged $480 an hour.
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The Austin Police Department reports no known threats to the Austin area ahead of Inauguration Day on Wednesday, but remains on tactical alert following the deadly, pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
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Joining a star-studded list of performers, Austin's own Grammy-nominated Black Pumas are taking a spot on the national stage for president-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' historical inauguration.