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More space in Austin for hospitalized virus patients

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in Austin and Travis County are working to open space in the Austin Convention Center to care for COVID-19 patients as hospitalizations in Texas set a record high for the 13th consecutive day. Texas health officials on Saturday reported 13,935 COVID patients statewide. The Alternate Care Site in Austin announced Saturday was initially established during a summer surge of the coronavirus, but has not yet taken patients. It will hold patients who do not need high-level or intensive care as those patients will remain in hospitals. As of Saturday, there have been more than 1.9 million virus cases and 29,691 deaths since the pandemic began.

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