Coronavirus cases in Texas continue to skyrocket.
Texas now has 1,731 cases of people with the Covid-19 virus resulting in 23 deaths, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Department. To date, 23,666 people have been tested.
Dallas County has the most cases with 367, followed by Harris County with 203, Travis County with 137 and Bexar County with 113, according to the Texas Health and Human Services, which posts its data at noon every day.
But by Friday evening, Austin-Travis County reported Covid-19 cases had climbed to 160 and one death, according to Austin Public Health.
The patient who died was a woman over the age of 70 with significant underlying health conditions.
The coronavirus kills older people at a higher rate with 80 percent of U.S. deaths occurring in people older than 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in Austin-Travis Country, the most positive cases are occurring in people younger than 40, which means “a spread amongst our healthiest population will be deadliest for our at-risk population,” according to Austin Public Health.
“We are facing a historic public health challenge,” Dr. Mark Escott, Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority said in a news release. “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.”
Austin’s Stay at Home –Work Safe Order went into effect on March 24 at midnight and runs through April 13. The order requires residents to stay at home, except for essential activities and essential businesses, to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Under the order, all business must cease operations except essential businesses. Essential businesses must comply with social distancing requirements.
As of Friday evening, San Antonio and Bexar County now have 120 cases of Covid-19 patients and five deaths, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.
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