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As Austin rides a steady decline of COVID cases, new COVID deaths dropped down to zero over the Halloween weekend and into the first of November.

This is the first time since Sept. 10 that no new COVID deaths have been reported in Austin, according to Austin Public Health data. No new deaths reported on Monday means there were none reported over the weekend, since weekend data is reported on Mondays.

The 51-day stretch between Sept. 10 and Nov. 1 marks the longest streak of back-to-back new COVID deaths in all of the pandemic.

The news comes after Austin experienced a deadly third surge this past summer. A record 23 deaths in a single day was reported on Sept. 8 as Austin reached a grim milestone of 1,000 total COVID deaths. APH attributes the high death toll seen in this surge to the highly transmittable Delta variant.

As of Monday, there have been a total of 1,163 COVID deaths in Austin.

The COVID situation has been looking up, however, with cases on a decline since August, dipping into the Stage 2 threshold of APH's risk-based guidelines for COVID. The seven-day moving average of new COVID hospital admissions is down to 12.4 as of Monday—the lowest since July.

Health officials fear the holidays could cause another surge as seen last year. But this year could look different as almost 73% of those aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and a vaccine for kids aged 5-11 will become available this week.

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