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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Texas breaks record for number of new cases in a single day

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 1 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 20,500 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 37,120 cases have been reported and at least 478 people have died. At least 33,926 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 7,097 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 99 people have died. At least 6,290 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 12,272 cases have been reported in the county and at least 162 people have died. At least 11,304 people have recovered from the virus.

Updates:

6:10 p.m. – Travis County health officials add 366 new cases and two more deaths. A total of 37,120 cases, 33,926 recoveries and 478 deaths have now been reported.

5:25 p.m. –  The Hays County Commissioners Court approved an agenda item sponsored by Judge Ruben Becerra that will provide financial relief for residents of Hays County during the pandemic. The Hays County COVID-19 Relief Program will be administered by Hays County and Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T) to provide assistance with mortgage, rent, utility payments and child care to residents of Hays County who can show COVID-related job loss, job reduction, or inability to work.

"I am so very thankful that our Emergency Management Team and county staff created this opportunity to assist our residents during this difficult time," said Judge Becerra. "Our community has come together to help those who need it most."

Using COVID-19 funds, Hays County will partner with community-based organizations to help Hays County residents. Grant applications will be evaluated based on need and awarded funds will range from $500 to $5,000. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 22.

5:10 p.m. – The Hays County Local Health Department reports 55 new lab-confirmed cases, three new hospitalizations and one hospital discharge. The department also reported 82 additional people now considered recovered. 

5 p.m. – Williamson County health officials are now reporting a total of 12,272 cases, 11,304 recoveries and 162 deaths.

3 p.m. – The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting 13,998 new cases of COVID-19, a new single-day record by 1,400 cases. The 7-day average is also at a new high with 10,606 cases per day over the past week, up 25% from a week ago and 125% from a month ago.

10:06 a.m.– Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell was charged on Monday, Nov. 23, for violating his emergency management plan in spring 2020 when he attended his grandchild's birthday party, according to his attorney and court records. 

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