24 new cases of COVID-19 in Travis County, 484 total

City recommends following CDC guidance on face coverings while out in public

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April 05, 2020 - 6:40 pm

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- 24 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Travis County between Saturday and Sunday, pushing the total number of cases to 484.

More than half of the cases are under the age of 40, with the largest group -124 cases - being between the ages of 20 and 29.

Also on Sunday, Austin Public Health officials began recommending the use of fabric face coverings by the public, consistent with CDC guidelines.

"This is another piece of a complex process to slow the spread and flatten the curve in our community," said Dr. Mark Escott with Austin Public Health. "While you might otherwise feel well and healthy, we need everyone’s help to prevent the potential asymptomatic spread to others who could face more severe symptoms."

Officials say it's critical to understand that a face covering does not substitute for the need to maintain physical distancing - face coverings are just another tool that can be used to decrease the spread of the virus. Officials also emphasize that the recommendation is for fabric face coverings, not N-95 respirators or medical-grade supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

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