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Austin COVID hospitalizations see major uptick as city reaches Stage 5 threshold

Hospitals are seeing increased admissions from COVID as a result of the omicron surge. (Charlie L. Harper III)

Austin's COVID hospitalizations have seen a 135% increase in the past week, reaching the Stage 5 threshold of the city's risk-based guidelines.

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Ken Paxton sues after Austin bans late on-site dining for New Year’s weekend amid COVID-19 surge
(The Texas Tribune)

By Juan Pablo Garnham

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that he has sued the City of Austin and Travis County, a declaration that came a day after local leaders declared new restrictions for when restaurants and bars can serve customers during New Year's weekend.

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New Year’s Eve city curfew falls in line with governor's order to not shut down cities, Austin officials say

In response to the continued spike in COVID-19 cases and concerns over hospitals reaching capacity, Austin-Travis County leaders officially announced plans to implement a three-day curfew on dine-in food and beverage establishments to discourage large gatherings during New Year's weekend.

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