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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.


Hundreds of thousands are in Austin to watch the Verstappen vs. Hamilton rivalry at the U.S. Grand Prix. (Austonia)

In a win that brought on the passion from Formula 1's biggest rivals, 24-year-old Max Verstappen won his first U.S. Grand Prix as he bested seven-time champ Lewis Hamilton by less than a second at Austin's Circuit of the Americas on Sunday.

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Austin FC defeated its fellow Texas MLS team, Houston Dynamo FC, 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Q2 Stadium, marking the club's eighth win of its inaugural season.

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Austin's Delta 8 industry has been turned on its head after Texas health officials clarified that the cannabinoid is on the state list of illegal substances, though it was previously believed to be legal by most retailers, consumers and manufacturers.

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