As the country waits for the presidential election results, we have been distracted by the other big story of 2020: the novel coronavirus. Election season is coming to an end (hopefully) but the virus has resurfaced in the Austin area, which has now had its highest active case count since this summer.
Austin’s active COVID-19 cases hit 1,034 at press time. In a November 5 press release, Austin Public Health states that this is the highest active case report since August 15. Of these cases, more than half that tested positive for APH were adults between the ages of 20 and 39.
APH also urges anyone who has been involved in gatherings in the past few days (Halloween celebrations, election observation parties, etc.) to get tested as soon as possible, self-isolate and not visit loved ones at risk.
“APH cannot prevent cases from rising before the winter break without the support and collaboration of our entire community,” said APH. “An increase in the number of cases will lead to unnecessary hospitalizations and deaths.”
There are currently 132 patients with COVID-19 being hospitalized in hospitals in the Austin area, according to the COVID-19 dashboard. Of these, 52 are in intensive care and 20 on ventilators.
Austin’s most recent COVID-19 case count mimics the nation, which saw a record 100,000 positive COVID-19 cases this week – a grim milestone largely overshadowed by the slow voting process. As the northern part of the country drifts into winter, Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, and Nebraska all set one-day fall records on November 4, according to the New York Times.
Coronavirus cases are still increasing in temperate Texas, albeit at a slower pace than most of the rest of the United States. According to the NYT, positive cases in the Lone Star State reached 10,631 cases on Nov. 4. The last time Texas exceeded 10,000 new cases was July 31st.
Here in Austin, 32,605 cases of COVID-19 have been reported with 456 deaths since March.