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APH investigating Covid-19 clusters

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Public Health announced Sunday that its epidemiologists are investigating nine clusters of Covid-19 cases in Austin-Travis County. A cluster, according to APH, is three or more positive cases of the virus at a location. In a press release about the ongoing investigation, the public health authority identified the clusters as occurring at the Eighth Street Salvation Army and eight senior living communities. In response, the Nursing Home Task Force has begun the process of setting up isolation facilities for those in senior facilities who test positive, and a Health Authority Control Order details how to avoid the spread in health care facilities. As of Monday evening, Austin-Travis County had confirmed 1,174 cases of Covid-19 and 26 deaths. More information about the location and demographics of the cases can be found on the city’s Covid-19 dashboard.

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