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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Austin reaches 79 COVID-19 cases

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures, and postponements in Central Texas for Sunday, March 22. AUSTIN, Texas — KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, news in the Austin area.
 

In an Emergency City Council Meeting held March 22, 2020 at 5 p.m., 

 
Cedar Park City Council unanimously voted for Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale to continue the Mayor’s Declaration of Local State of Disaster Regarding the Austin COVID-19 Epidemic until the Travis County, Williamson County or the State of Texas terminate their Declarations of Disaster – whichever comes first.  It also allows for Cedar Park City Council to consider the local Declaration at every regular-scheduled City Council Meeting.


Austin-Travis County updated its confirmed coronavirus numbers Sunday evening to 79 cases.

Out of 334 confirmed coronavirus cases in Texas, six people are dead, Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed at a press conference March 22.  Austin Political News
He also announced that he is issuing two orders that he hopes will free up “countless hospital beds” across the state of Texas. He is ordering medical professionals to postpone procedures and surgeries that are not necessary in order to increase the capacity of hospital rooms available. He is also urging hospitals to allow more than one patient per hospital room.
Gov. Abbott also announced that National Guard troops will assist at Texas hospitals and drive-thru testing facilities. Austin Business News
When asked whether he plans on issuing a shelter-in-place currently, Abbott said he will not because there are more than 200 counties out of a total of 254 Texas counties that have no confirmed cases at the moment. He said local officials have the authority to order shelters in place. Austin Press Release Distribution Service

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