Most COVID-19 cases in Austin/Travis County are young adults
AUSTIN, Texas - Travis County has begun releasing more information on the area's COVID-19 cases, including demographics. The ages most affected are in their 20's and 30's.
“People that are 20-29 might not even know that they have it, but when they interact with other people, and they do, they pass it, and the people they come into contact with pass it. It passes on like that, possibly reaching the ones most susceptible in our community,” said Mayor Steve Adler.
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The CDC said 80 percent of the deaths in the United States have been happening to people over 65. That is why Austin city leaders hope all ages are thinking about protecting the most vulnerable.
“We can do this if every one of us before we leave the house, asks ourselves, is what I'm about to do essential to the health and safety of myself, my family, my community?” said Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, .
To view the latest COVID-19 cases, visit the city's website.
On March 19, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a public health disaster, the first in Texas since 1901. The executive orders, which took effect at midnight Friday, March 20 and goes through midnight on Friday, April 3, bring the state in line with CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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The public health disaster orders schools to be closed statewide until at least April 3. The disaster also orders a ban on dine-in eating and gathering in groups of more than 10 as the state ramps up efforts to battle the coronavirus. Abbott's order also will shut down gyms and bars. It also bans visits to nursing and retirement homes unless there is a critical need.
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