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Deaths due to COVID-19 in Travis County reached a single-day record high on Wednesday when Austin Public Health reported 17 deaths, the highest number since the pandemic began.

Wednesday's number breaks the previous record of 15 deaths in a single day back in August. The total number of deaths is now at 621 for Travis County.

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Despite the high number of deaths reported on Wednesday, APH data also indicates that new confirmed cases and hospitalizations may be plateauing in Travis County. Austin officials said on Monday hospitals are not seeing any significant decreases in admission related to COVID. However, they aren't seeing any upticks either.

Wednesday saw hospitalizations decrease to 604, from 619 the day before. Currently, 19 individuals are hospitalized at the alternate care site at the Austin Convention Center, which opened earlier this month.


Pearl Lantana Apartments is one of many apartment complexes around town without running water due to plumbing issues. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

The last night Stephanie Landgraf, 25, spent in her apartment, off of Rundberg Lane, was on Valentine's Day. First, her power went off, only to return shortly after the complex lost water. Since then, she's been staying with friends. "There's no end in sight," she told Austonia. "At this point, I'm just angry."

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  • 1 1/2 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 4 oz soda water
  • 2 orange slices, quartered
  • 2 lemon slices, quartered


Slice oranges and lemons. Muddle slices and Tito's Handmade Vodka in a glass. Add ice and top with soda water. Enjoy!

Cara Caulkin, Jane Ko, Chelsea Hughes and Kristy Owen helped raise funds and spread the word to feed the community during the winter storm last week. (Cara Caulkin/Instagram)

When city services shut down, four Austin influencers stepped up to bring thousands of free meals to the community.

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