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While COVID deaths are up, Austin health officials look at silver lining in declining cases

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Even as Austin reached the highest number of deaths in a single day this week, Austin Public Health officials say they see potential positive signs for the city's COVID situation.


Austin's seven-day average of COVID-19 cases has fallen slowly but steadily since late August. The seven-day moving average for hospital admissions is at 57, down from a high of 83 earlier in the summer.

Travis County also continues to make slow but steady progress on its percentage of vaccinated residents, nearing the 70% threshold for individuals age 12 years and older that officials feel is necessary to slow the spread of the virus. Third shots of the vaccine, which could be readily accessible as soon as later this month, could boost COVID immunity as well.

"We believe that the number of 70% is important," Walkes said. "There have been numerous studies around the world regarding herd immunity and showing that at that 70% mark we are able to protect our society from the spread at some of the rates that we have been experiencing."

Vaccinated individuals make up close to 1% of COVID cases, Austin Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes said, with almost all in ICUs unvaccinated.

Other challenges remain in the city's effort to curb positive case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths. Officials pointed to a lack of effective contact tracing by certain schools that have reopened in person, as well as the Mu variant now present in Texas.

Officials are continuing to urge Austinites to get vaccinated and mask indoors to help curb the spread.

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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