AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Mayor Steve Adler, a longtime proponent of vaccination and other COVID-19 protections, this past weekend announced he has tested positive for the virus.
In a tweet, Adler said he tested positive after learning of an exposure and credited vaccination for mild symptoms.
Adler’s positive diagnosis comes as the COVID-19 risk level for the Austin-Travis County region is in the low category. Austin Public Health recently dropped its risk-based guidelines in favor of the guidance established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Across the state, new cases and hospitalization remain relatively low.
The Texas Department of State Health Services on Sunday reported 694 new confirmed cases of the virus, 377 new probable cases and eight new fatalities.
There are 985 Texans hospitalized with the disease as of Sunday, 234 of whom are in intensive care and 175 of whom are on ventilators.
Of those Texans hospitalized, 45 are pediatric patients.