Coronavirus update in Austin, Texas: What to know Dec. 5

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Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Saturday, Dec. 5.

AUSTIN, Texas — KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus and COVID-19 news in the Austin area.

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE’s Dec. 5 live blog.

Texas: More than 1.2 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 22,200 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.Central Texas counties: Travis County: At least 39,566 cases have been reported and at least 493 people have died. At least 36,566 people have recovered from the virus.Hays County: At least 7,644 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 106 people have died. At least 6,753 people have recovered from the virus.Williamson County: At least 14,012 cases have been reported in the county and at least 169 people have died. At least 12,966 people have recovered from the virus.

GRAPHS: Coronavirus data Dec. 5

7:40 p.m. – A staff member at Blake Manor Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning Monday, Dec. 7, affected scholars will start asynchronous instruction. On Dec. 8, scholars will receive asynchronous and synchronous instruction until Monday, Jan. 4.

5:45 p.m. – According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 11,672 new cases were reported in the state, making a total of 1,240,750. Additionally, 247 new deaths were reported.

11:30 a.m. – Sellers Underground, a popular LGBTQ+ bar on Fourth Street, announces it will be permanently closing as COVID-19 restrictions have “made it impossible” for the bar to continue operating. Sellers Underground made the closure announcement a few days short of its four-year anniversary.

RELATED: LIST: Austin businesses close permanently during COVID-19 pandemic

9:30 a.m. – The Buda Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Central Texas Veterans Center and other Buda organizations, are hosting a “food-raiser” today from noon until midnight. The 12-hour Zoom-A-Thon Food-Raiser will stream live and feature entertainment, special guests and call-in lines. 

People can deliver donated items to the Central Texas Veterans Center at 100 Houston Street in Buda. Those coming out to donate may remain in their cars and place donated items in their trunks or truck beds. Volunteers wearing gloves and masks will retrieve the items and place them in the Hays County Food Bank’s vehicles.

You can watch the stream of the event on the Buda Chamber’s website.

8 a.m. – Two food distribution events will be held today. The Central Texas Food Bank is hosting an event at Nelson Field near U.S. 290 and Cameron Road from 9 a.m. until noon. 

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 700 West Whitstone Boulevard is also hosting an event from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. both today and tomorrow. To pick up food at this event, families must make an appointment by calling 512-259-0360, extension 201.

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