Three more die in Travis County as Abbott extends disaster declaration – Austin American-Statesman

Thomas Jones @ThomasJonesAAS

Saturday
Aug 8, 2020 at 6:28 PM.
Aug 8, 2020 at 6:47 PM.

Three more individuals in Travis County passed away from coronavirus-related causes Saturday, however a twinkle of great news might be found in the latest statistics released by Austin-Travis County health authorities.
The county taped 122 new lab-confirmed cases on Saturday for a total of 22,602 recognized cases. That is the most affordable variety of reported cases because July 26 and only the second time since the July 4 vacation weekend that reported cases have actually fallen listed below 140 cases.
A total of 298 people in Travis County have died from COVID-19, the illness brought on by the coronavirus, given that the start of the pandemic.
The total variety of healings is now at 21,144.
The county on Saturday reported that 275 individuals remain in Austin-area medical facilities with COVID-19. Of those, 96 remain in intensive care and 75 are on ventilators.
Travis and other counties received an appreciated albeit anticipated notice of continued assistance Saturday from Gov. Greg Abbott, who extended a statewide catastrophe statement Saturday in action to the coronavirus pandemic. The order allows the state to continue to add to specific counties in their battle the virus.
Abbott initially issued the declaration March 13 as the pandemic began its assault on Texas and has actually restored it on a monthly basis ever since. At the time of his original emergency statement, there were less than 50 validated cases in the state, not consisting of military centers. Now, there are nearly 475,000 people with the virus, according to state health authorities Friday.
Restoring the declaration “will provide communities with the resources they require to respond to COVID-19,” Abbott said in a statement.
” I urge Texans to remain vigilant in our fight versus this infection,” Abbott stated. “Everyone needs to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by using a mask, practicing social distancing, and cleaning your hands often and thoroughly. We will overcome this obstacle by interacting.”.

Abbott initially provided the declaration March 13 as the pandemic started its attack on Texas and has actually renewed it every month given that then. At the time of his original emergency declaration, there were less than 50 confirmed cases in the state, not including military centers. Now, there are practically 475,000 individuals with the virus, according to state health officials Friday.