AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Public Health provided an update on the latest data concerning the coronavirus to the Travis County Commissioners Court.
APH discussed the latest numbers and data about COVID-19 in Travis County.
Dr. Mark Escott says that the current doubling time is at 65 days. When it comes to new admission, the number is now at 47 which reflects a 12 days decrease.
In terms of hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ventilator use, Dr. Escott says there's been a decrease in hospitalizations but more of a plateau when it comes to ICU admissions and ventilator use.
Dr. Escott says that of those hospitalized, those ages 60+ and 70+ still make up the largest percentages. He says that means that ICUs and ventilators will be occupied and used for some time and that the number of deaths is expected to go up.
When it comes to ethnicity, Dr. Escott says communities of color are still disproportionately affected.
Dr. Escott says positive tests are down but so is testing. In terms of positive cases by age group, the highest percentage is in people ages 20-29 and there has been an increase in the 10-19 age group.
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The Associated Press reports that Texas reported an increase of nearly 700 additional coronavirus deaths due to a change in how the state collects fatality data. The new figures show the state now has 5,713 from the virus.
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