Not implementing immediate policy changes could mean a five-week shutdown to keep from overwhelming hospitals, UT modeling shows.

Without significant behavior and policy changes, Austin-area hospitals will reach capacity in mid-July, according to updated projections by the COVID-19 Modeling Consortium at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Travis County reported 636 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the highest single-day total yet.

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Three months into the pandemic, the long-anticipated COVID-19 surge has arrived.

Key indicators both in Austin and across Texas—a rising daily average of new hospital admissions, rising case numbers and a growing positive rate in COVID-19 test results—have spurred policy changes at both the local and state levels.



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Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement that he would pause the reopening process for Texas at its current Phase 3 may not be enough to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to University of Texas Health epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" of COVID-19 that may mean additional limits to slow the spread of the virus.

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Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said he will recommend a second shutdown if the current surge of COVID-19 cases in Travis County is not contained.

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The number of new cases in Texas for Tuesday, 5,489, broke the previous record set over the weekend by more than 1,000 cases, leading Gov. Greg Abbott to renew calls for Texans to stay home and allow local officials to restrict large outdoor gatherings.

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Travis County reported a record number of COVID-19 cases again on Sunday: 506. The previous record was set the day before, when the county said it had 418 new cases.

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