Sunday was the busiest day Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has seen since the pandemic began in March, with 12,127 outbound passengers.
The passengers this year still represent a drop in air traffic, however. Last year, the airport had 29,697 outbound passengers the Sunday after Thanksgiving, an airport spokeswoman told Austonia.
But even as a second COVID surge is expected to take flight, ticket sales shot up dramatically. The whole Thanksgiving week brought almost 63,000 total travelers through the airport.
The previous record for the Austin-Bergstrom's busiest day under the pandemic was set earlier in November, when 11,006 people traveled through the airport on Nov. 8. And on Nov. 25, 10,843 people traveled.
Earlier this month, Austin returned to Stage 4 of COVID precautions.
Austin Public Health is urging anyone who flew to get tested for COVID-19 following travel. Even those who test negative should stay home for a week. Those who don't get tested at all should isolate themselves for two weeks. Sign up for free testing here.
The department issued post-Thanksgiving guidelines late last week.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention says COVID symptoms can start as early as two days after exposure, or as long as two weeks.
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The Texas Department of State Health Services will allocate 332,750 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 212 providers this week, with the bulk assigned to hub providers that are focused on widespread community distribution events. Six of those providers are in Travis County.
With the latest allocation of 16,450 sent to Travis County this week, the county will have received 104,275 doses of the vaccine. Local public health officials estimate that there are 285,000 area residents who fall in the 1A and 1B priority groups, meaning that around 37% of them should have access to doses seven weeks into the rollout process.
Here's where the latest allotment is going:
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Californian who wrote viral op-ed attacking Austin life tells Austonia he 'didn't include the positive stuff'
The California exodus has made headlines for several years now, and even more recently, with thousands of West Coasters seeking tax relief, less-expensive real estate and a simpler lifestyle in Texas' capital city.
However, a California man's scathing review of Austin, which was published in Business Insider on Wednesday, reveals that some are less than satisfied with their move.
Austin may soon be home to a tech plant that would dwarf the Tesla Gigafactory in both investment and job creation.
Samsung Electronics Co. is considering starting construction on a $10 billion memory chip plant in Austin as soon as this year, Bloomberg reported Friday.
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