AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Public Health announced the first COVID-19 death in Travis County.
According to their press release, the patient was a woman over the age of 70 with underlying health conditions. The health department said no further information about the patient will be released in order to protect the family’s privacy.
“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.”
“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.”
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