21 new COVID-19 positives push Travis County to 119 cases

Talk 1370 Newsroom
March 25, 2020 - 7:13 pm


AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Travis County identified 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the county total to 119.

Officials released the update Wednesday night, the first full day of a new "Stay Home, Work Safe" order that aims to slow community spread of the disease throughout the city of Austin as well as Travis and Williamson Counties.

Earlier on Wednesday, officials revealed that an Austin-Travis County EMS medic had tested positive for the disease and is now in quarantine.

"The health and safety of our first responders is our highest priority," said Dr. Jason Pickett, Austin Alternate Health Authority. "The exposure of the ATCEMS medic was not the result of a breach of protocol. We have measures in place to ensure they are properly protected and equipped when they respond to calls of flu-like symptoms. We will continue to reassess first responder protocols as needed during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation."

Case totals continue to increase in Hays and Williamson Counties as well, with Hays County reporting two new cases and Williamson County reporting three new cases on Wednesday. Hays County joined other jurisdictions in the region in declaring a "stay home" order, which will go into effect Thursday night at 11 p.m.

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