Austin cases of COVID-19 are on ‘downward trend’ says health authority

KVUE – Dr. Austin Public Health’s Mark Escott shared an update of COVID-19 during a meeting on Tuesday, July 21.

As of July 20, a total of 17,791 people in the Austin-Travis County area have tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began. The county has now reported 209 deaths and 14,526 recoveries.

During a Travis County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Dr. Escott, the number of new coronavirus cases in Austin-Travis County has “increased a little” and we appear to be on a “downward trend”.

San Antonio is currently seeing an increase in cases from the July 4th vacation, and Dr. Escott said he was curious to see if the Austin area data will show the same thing. The doctor added that “there are more diseases than the number of cases suggests”.

“We are certainly confident that this trend will continue,” said the doctor, adding that his continued efforts will also help reduce new admissions to hospitals.

Dr. Escott added, however, that the community needs to “dig deep” and continue to put protective measures in the lease for the next month or so so that we are better able to reopen schools in the Austin area.

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