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Texas becomes first state to surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases
(Tom Wolf/CC)

Texas became the first and only state to surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases, according to John Hopkins University—as Austin is experiencing a rise in cases.


Yesterday, Texas posted its worst day of the pandemic yet, with 10,865 new cases reported. In total, Texas has reached 1,010,364 COVID-19 cases with 19,337 deaths. With such a high number, Texas is reporting a tenth of the country's total.

In addition to a record number of cases in a single day, Texas recorded 94 COVID-19 deaths yesterday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The surge is partly attributed to border cities El Paso and Laredo, which are reporting record numbers that haven't been seen since August. Laredo reports 16,558 total cases with 934 active cases, and El Paso reports 65,651 total cases with 27,895 active cases—after adding over 1,000 new cases on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Austin is seeing its own uptick in new cases. Travis County has reported a total of 33,559 cases with 1,388 currently active and 461 total deaths.

Though Austin's numbers aren't as dramatic as neighboring cities, the city is still contributing to the statewide total.

Studies have shown that not everyone experiences symptoms when they have contracted COVID-19, which likely means the numbers are even higher.

Common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell and fatigue, among others. It can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death, for older adults.

More on COVD:

Everything we know about COVID-19 in Austin right now: Bars stay closed and Stage 4 looms as cases rise

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway