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Austin hospitals have plenty of supply to meet the COVID-19 demand, at least for now
(Source: Travis County/graph by Emma Freer/Flourish)

The Travis County dashboard reported 91 hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the 5-county Austin-Round Rock area on Sunday evening. Of those patients, 39 are in intensive care units and 20 are on ventilators.

How does this stack up against our local hospital capacity?


Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said last month that the metro has about 755 ventilators. Local hospital bed capacity is around 4,300, not including additional beds made available at the city's three protective lodging facilities, which allow people without homes and others to isolate safely.

According to the Texas 2036 COVID-19 dashboard, 40% of hospital beds in the 11-county Capital Area trauma service area were available as of Saturday. It also reported 75 COVID-related visits to area emergency rooms. Overall, ER visits are down.

Though Austin is well below capacity right now, as Texas reopens its economy, local officials continue to warn of a second surgein COVID-19 cases that could overwhelm local hospitals.

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Airport braces for high traffic this month with ACL and F1 drawing in travelers

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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.

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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again
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Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.