2 Presumptive Positive Coronavirus Cases Reported in Austin

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Two presumptive positive cases have been reported in Austin, health officials said Friday morning according to NBC affiliate KXAN.

A man in his 60s is hospitalized, and a woman in her 30s is quarantined at her home, said Austin Public Health interim health authority Dr. Mark Escott. Both tested positive for COVID-19.

“Austin Public Health has received two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 overnight in our jurisdiction. These represent the first two cases in our area,” Escott said. “Austin and Travis County has joined a seemingly growing number of cities and counties that have positive cases in their area."

Neither case is believed to be community spread and the cases are not related, KXAN reported.

How to Avoid COVID-19 Infection:

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

*Information shared from the Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

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