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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.


Matthew McConaughey is reportedly making calls as he considers a gubernatorial run, according to Politico. (Fanatics)

Matthew McConaughey is reportedly weighing a run for Texas governor in 2022.

The Austin resident and Oscar winner has been "quietly making calls to influential people in Texas political circles, including a deep-pocketed moderate Republican and energy CEO" as he decides whether to run, according to Politico.

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The JuiceLand on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was open Sunday amid calls from some employees for improved wages and working conditions. (Emma Freer/Austonia)

Some JuiceLand production facility workers and storefront employees are organizing to demand wage increases, better working conditions (including air conditioning in the warehouse) and pay transparency, among other asks. They are also calling on staff to strike and customers to boycott the Austin-based company until their demands are met.

JuiceLand responded on Saturday. "We are listening," the company wrote on their Instagram story. "JuiceLand crew now makes guaranteed $15 an hour or more companywide."

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