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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Williamson County reports another death from COVID-19

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, news in the Austin area.

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COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 641,700 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 13,500 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: Over 27,200 cases have been reported and at least 399 people have died. At least 26,173 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: More than 5,500 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 51 people have died. At least 3,487 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: More than 8,100 cases have been reported in the county and at least 132 people have died. More than 7,879 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates

6:25 p.m. – Williamson County reported another death from COVID-19 on Wednesday along with 15 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 8,107 cases and 132 deaths. At least 7,879 people have recovered from the virus.

6:15 p.m. – Travis County reported 82 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total to 27,206 cases and 399 deaths. At least 26,173 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 99 people hospitalized from the virus, with 40 in the ICU and 24 on ventilators.

5 p.m. – Hays County reports 34 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, three hospital discharges and 69 additional recoveries. The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 5,560 with 1,953 of those considered active. The number of individuals considered recovered is 3,556. The number of negative tests is 25,517. To view a breakdown of the age range of these cases, visit Hays County's interactive dashboard here.

1:15 p.m. – Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks announce the cancellation of the 2021 FronteraFest, a five-week festival dedicated to live performance of all kinds.

“Despite our best efforts to create a reasonable facsimile of the festival for these extraordinary times, we were unable to arrive at a safe solution that would make both artistic and economic sense. One of the core values of FronteraFest is creative freedom, but it’s a value that is at odds with the restrictive environment of COVID-19 risk,” said Christina J. Moore, executive artistic director of ScriptWorks and FronteraFest producer.

The festival would have celebrated its 28th year.

12:50 p.m. – Williamson County officials announce more free testing is coming to Georgetown from Sept. 12 through 15.

Testing will be held at the Georgetown Community Center at 445 E. Morrow Street. It will begin at 9 a.m. and it will close by 1 p.m. or until supplies last.  

This is a walk-up site that will not require an appointment prior to being tested. People interested in getting tested will be asked to park and line up for their turn. It is important to note that this is a cheek swab test, so people cannot eat, drink or use tobacco products 20 minutes prior to the test. Please avoid bringing pets, unless it is a service animal. Residents should bring a cell phone for on-site registration. Also, please be aware that due to demand there may be a wait time. Bring items as a form of shade to cover from the sun such as a hat or umbrella.  

11:15 a.m. – In a White House briefing from Sept. 6, recommendations for the State of Texas include additional reduced hours and occupancy limits in bars and restaurants in counties with universities.

10 a.m. – The University of Texas at Austin has reported 170 coronavirus cases since the start of classes on Aug. 26. Since Sept. 1, UT has reported 162 cases. For a breakdown of the numbers at UT, go to the university's COVID-19 dashboard.

Texas State University has reported 164 cases since classes started on Aug. 24.

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