AUSTIN (KXAN) — The top doctor in Austin-Travis County implored people to once again stay home as much as possible because the skyrocketing numbers of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are reaching a “critical phase. “
Dr. Mark Escott, the area’s interim health authority, also said during a briefing Wednesday that he asked for the federal government’s help to set up a temporary hospital in several weeks at the Austin Convention Center.
In a video lasting less than five minutes, Amanda Dugan and Will DuPree discuss these other stories in the latest KXAN Live News Notes:
- Organizers announced that the coronavirus pandemic led to the outright cancellation of The Austin City Limits Music Festival later this year.
- Several hospitals in Williamson County are reaching capacity, according to information collected by the KXAN investigators.
- The oppressive heat and humidity expected this week may make it easier to stay home right now.