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New Travis County COVID dashboard has more data, new graphs

The Travis County COVID-19 dashboard, which has been collecting data since early on in the pandemic crisis, just got a new look and new data that Austin Public Health said in a news release is "an effort to give the community a better picture of where Austin-Travis County currently stands in regards to COVID-19."

Data now includes, among other points:


  • Demographic information on all confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths
  • Confirmed cases and deaths reported each day since March 13
  • Updated visuals that show the progression of cases and hospitalizations

The numbers of cases, deaths and hospitalizations will be updated daily, APH added in the release, while demographic data on hospitalizations and deaths will be updated weekly.

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A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home
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So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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Fall camping: Camp Fimfo Waco offers one-of-a-kind experiences in the heart of Texas
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Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!

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