Travis County reports 61 new COVID-19 cases, third death

305 positive cases now confirmed in Austin-Travis County

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April 01, 2020 - 4:49 pm

AUSTIN ( -- A third person has died from COVID-19 in Travis County, as the number of positive cases rises above the 300 mark, officials announced Wednesday.

Austin Public Health officials released the new numbers Wednesday afternoon. There are now 305 positive cases of COVID-19 in Travis County, an increase of 61 cases from Tuesday's total of 244.

Late Wednesday, officials said an individual in their 20s was in critical condition at a local hospital with COVID-19, underscoring the need for residents to continue to stay at home except for essential activities in order to reduce the risk of spreading the disease.

"The health of the public is in the hands of the community," said Dr. Mark Escott, interim health authority for Austin-Travis County. "It is important to understand that young people are not immune from serious illness. We implore the community to stay at home even if you are not feeling ill, and before leaving your house ask yourself 'Is this trip necessary?' It is the entire community's responsibility to stop the spread, including our young adults and teens."

People with mild symptoms may significantly contribute to further viral spread to others–including other patients and medical staff.

"Those who only present mild symptoms may be a significant contribution to spread and therefore, everyone should stay home unless absolutely necessary," added Dr. Escott.

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