Austin hits Stage 4 of COVID-19 risk-based chart with increased hospitalization average.

Updated: Jun 15, 2020 / 08:29 AM CDT

AUSTIN, TX — The seven-day moving average for hospitalizations in Austin is currently just over 20, according to Sunday COVID-19 numbers, which means the area has hit Stage 4 on Austin Public Health’s risk-based chart.

The moving average for hospitalizations in Austin is now at 20.6 after a spike of 30 new hospitalizations reported on Sunday.

At Stage 4, Austin-Travis County recommends lower risk individuals should avoid social gatherings with more than 10 people, non-essential travel and avoid shopping and dining for non-essential purposes. High-risk individuals should follow those same guidelines, but limit social gatherings to no more than two people.

On Thursday, APH Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said Austin was hitting a warning zone with COVID-19 numbers trending upward.

Dr. Escott said while testing in the area has increased, which may show more positive cases, the numbers that help put in context the level of concern are the percent of people positive and the number of people hospitalized.

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In the press conference, Austin Mayor Steve Adler expressed concern for local hospital capacity if the city reached Stage 4 of hospitalizations.

“That trigger was when we would know, unless we did something real and substantial, our hospitals would get overrun,” Adler said.

Adler also said he expected the city will re-issue its Stay-Home Work Safe orders that are set to expire to June 15 and that current guidelines will continue.

Travis County reported 84 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 4,545. The number of recoveries jumped to 3,456 for the county.