Austin marks six months since first COVID-19 case reported

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September 14, 2020 - 8:48 am

AUSTIN ( -- Sunday marked six months since the first positive COVID-19 case was identified in Travis County.

As of Sunday evening, there have been 27,701 confirmed cases across the city. 403 people have died and nearly 1,800 have been hospitalized, while more than 26,630 have recovered.

Austin Public Health officials say they've spent more than 214,000 staff hours working on the city's response to the disease, which began in January - nearly two months bfeore the first reported case on March 13.

"There were a lot of unknowns at that stage, we didn’t know how much PPE we had, we didn’t know how many hospital beds we could manage, and we didn’t know the impact COVID-19 was going to be on our community," said Dr. Mark Escott, Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority.

"We’ve gotta stay the course, we’ve gotta continue these efforts so together we can keep our schools open, we can keep our businesses open and we can start to return to a life which looks more normal than it has over the past six months," Escott added.

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