Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott, said positivity rate in the area has gone up quite a bit since October.
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For the week ending Oct. 24, the Austin-Travis County COVID-19 dashboard said the positivity rate was 3.8%. Dr. Escott revealed the most recent positivity rate, measured a week ago, is 5.2%, and it seems to be widespread between people ages 10-59.
New cases have doubled in a little over a month. Dr. Escott said the area had an average of 64 new cases on Oct. 4. On Sunday, the area reported the seven-day average of new cases at 135.
“We have seen a substantial increase in our cases in the last month, in particular over the past week,” he said. On the other hand, flu cases have dropped significantly - flu cases are the lowest they’ve been in the past four seasons.