Travis County reports first death of a resident from COVID-19, now at 160 cases

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March 27, 2020 - 2:38 pm

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- A Travis County resident has died from the coronavirus, officials announced Friday afternoon.

Austin Public Health said the patient, a woman over the age of 70 with underlying health conditions, passed away. Travis County now has 160 confirmed cases of COVID-19, confirming 23 more in the last 24 hours.

"We send our most sincere condolences to the patient’s family and friends," said Stephanie Hayden, Director of Austin Public Health. "Everyone must continue to do their part to protect our community and our loved ones."

Thursday, officials in Comal County reported the death of a 44-year old New Braunfels resident who had been receiving treatment in Austin at Ascension Seton Medical Center. Friday marks the first death for a Travis County resident due to COVID-19.

Officials highlight the continued spread of COVID-19 among people under 40 in Travis County, which could become deadly for at-risk populations. According to the CDC, 80% of the deaths from COVID-19 in the United States have been over the age of 65.

"We are facing a historic public health challenge," said Dr. Mark Escott, Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority. "We underscore the importance of personal responsibility to help stop the spread of this disease. Stay home except for essential activities and follow social distancing guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19."

If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, loss of smell or taste), avoid the risk of spread at clinics and hospitals by using telehealth virtual visits or calling your health provider. Your physician will determine if there is another plausible diagnosis with similar symptoms (i.e. influenza). Individuals without insurance or established healthcare providers experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call CommUnityCare at 512-978-8775.

Additional COVID-19 deaths and cases will be reported on the dashboard located at www.AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.

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