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With COVID-19 still the biggest issue facing the country, doctors and health experts warned about an impending "twindemic," where the coronavirus and flu season clash simultaneously. However, in rare 2020 good news, flu numbers are down compared to past years.


Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott called flu numbers "remarkably lower" compared to past seasons, likely due to COVID-19 precautions, in a press conference on Tuesday.

So far, Austin has only seen 33 reported cases of the flu, a 1.45% positivity rate over the past week and an overall positivity rate of 1.04%, the lowest of the past three years.

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Escott cited protective COVID-19 actions for the low numbers.

"Those protective actions that we utilize for COVID-19 will also help to keep this curve flat for the duration of flu season," Escott said Tuesday.

However, Escott said that he expects to see flu season reach a peak in December, January and February.

With National Influenza Vaccination Week in full swing, between Dec. 6-12, Escott recommends those that have yet to be vaccinated do so.

The City of Austin clarified on its website that the city does not capture every case of the flu, as reporting it is voluntary.

Austin Public Health recommends getting a flu vaccine yearly, especially those at high-risk of contracting the illness. You can locate places to get vaccinated through VaccineFinder.

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The long-awaited day is here; Austin FC takes the field with LAFC. (Austonia)

It's matchday! Austin FC—Austin's first major league sport team—kicks off its debut season in Los Angeles today after years in the making. We know how much this means to our beloved city and are taking you along with us as we journey to LA!

Austin FC writer Claire Partain and I are excited to bring you game-day coverage straight from the City of Angels. Check back here for updates, and visit our socials: @austonianews for the latest.

5 p.m: Kickoff!

It's finally here! Claire will be updating Austonia's Twitter account live. And we'll post her game recap after the game. Best of luck Verdes!

4:40 p.m: Excitement radiates back home

Watch parties are in plenty supply back home. Austonia's Laura Figi visited Circle Brewing Co. and found a crowd of excited supporters.

4:20 p.m: Austin FC supporters are in the stadium

Although the Banc of California Stadium is hosting the match at limited capacity, we see some green in the stands ahead of kickoff. Just moments away from the Austin FC's debut!

~3:20 p.m: Austin FC's team bus enters the stadium grounds

With a warm welcome from Los Verdes, Austin FC players were welcomed into the Banc of California Stadium.

~1 p.m: Los Verdes in LA

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Austin FC supporters are making their presence known in LA, including the Los Verdes group.

Los Verdes members started having match-day fun around the area this morning with brunch. We'll be joining them about an hour before the game outside the stadium to share some of their excitement. We'll post immediately to Austonia's Instagram.

11:45 a.m: We landed!

View from hotel room where we're staying; the stadium digital sign can be seen in the right corner. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)

Switching over to pacific time, we're here and it's almost like no time went by. It's 9:45 a.m. here.

We've been in contact with Los Verdes, an Austin FC supporter group, who is also here in LA counting down to kickoff.

8:20 a.m: LA bound

Like many of you, we've been looking forward to this moment for, let's just say, a very long time. Today, we woke up bright and early, headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and hopped on a flight to LA.

A gloomy day in Austin with a very quiet airport, we're headed to sunny skies in California.

As we wait for the game to start at 4:30 p.m., check out Claire's preview of the game with a predicted lineup and timeline of the long journey to get here.