Austin will likely extend stay-home orders as COVID-19 cases spike

KVUE – Austin-Travis County’s health care leaders held a press conference on Thursday June 11th as Austin and the state of Texas reported rising COVID-19 rates this week.

Mayor Steve Adler said home stay and mask wear orders in the area are likely to be renewed before their June 15 expires.

Action needs to be taken if the city hits 20 new hospital admissions per day, according to Austin leaders. This standard was set when the city had roughly eight admissions per day and that number has since grown to 13 admissions per day.

On Wednesday, Texas reported 2,504 new cases and 32 new deaths. For the third year in a row, the state reported a record number of new hospitalizations at 2,153.

According to the city of Austin, Travis County reported 133 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. The total now stands at 4,109 confirmed cases with 99 deaths. At least 104 people have been hospitalized in the county while 3,248 people have recovered.

As companies reopen across the state, health officials want to remind the public to remain vigilant and practice proper hygiene to prevent the spread.

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