By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News
Out of more than 600 confirmed coronavirus cases in Travis County on Thursday, more than a dozen are from the Four Points area, according to the city of Austin.
Statewide there were 9,777 positive COVID-19 cases as of April 9, part of the 429,000+ nationwide case count and 1.5+ million cases worldwide.
Travis County has had 7 deaths related to COVID-19 out of the 189 statewide, nearly 14,700 nationwide and 88,338 worldwide as of April 8, according to COA’s data.
In Travis County as of midweek, there were 106 patients who recovered from coronavirus. Across Texas, 770 patients recovered, according to the Texas Health and Human Services website.
Also as of midweek, 75 patients were hospitalized in Travis County, as reported by Ascension, Baylor Scott & White, Seton and St. David’s.
Statewide, according to Gov. Greg Abbott who hosted a press briefing on Wednesday, 1,491 Texans were hospitalized for COVID-19.
Also at midweek, there were 21,066 hospital beds and 2,225 intensive care unit beds available for COVID-19 patients, and there were 7,686 ventilators available, according to the governor.
Most of the COVID-19 cases in Travis County are from people ages 20 – 39 and men edge out women slightly with the number of cases. Also just over half of the cases are of patients who are white while 30 percent are Hispanic.
Texas is assembling and disseminating nearly five million masks, Gov. Abbott announced on Wednesday. Local Texas businesses are also helping to produce personal protection equipment.
On April 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended wearing fabric face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
“Our community owes it to the people who continue to work in critical infrastructure and essential businesses, to protect them by adhering to these practices,” according to Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt.