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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County delaying Saturday's Expo Center testing

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Friday, Jan. 21.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated. Click here for Monday's blog.

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 daily live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: 
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Austin-Travis County: The seven-day moving average for new hospital admissions is 125, and an average of 670 people are hospitalized. The community transmission rate is 1,771.2 and the positivity rate is 30.5%. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 154,865 cases have been reported and at least 1,235 people have died.
    • Hays County: There are currently 5,791 active cases, and 27 people are currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 42,832 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 431 people have died. 
    • Williamson County: There are 1,727 new cases of coronavirus in Williamson County. Eleven percent of hospital beds are available, and 0% of ICU beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 95,608 cases have been reported and at least 780 people have died.

For a look at COVID-19 data across all of the state's counties, click here.

Here's a closer look at the data:


  • 55,866 new cases
    • 7-day average: 48,537/day (still plateauing/hovering)
      • Up 2% day-to-day
      • Up 1% from a week ago
      • Up 612% from a month ago
  • 169 new deaths
    • 76,612 total to date
  • 13,371 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals
    • Up 2% day-to-day
    • Up 13% from a week ago
    • Up 311% from a month ago
  • 33.27% positivity statewide


  • The Austin area (TSA O) has 7 available ICU beds (1 adult, 6 pediatric) for bed availability of 1.4% (98.6% full)
    • We’re only at 178 ICU COVID patients, compared to previous peaks of 233 and 276
    • Last January, we were regularly around total staffed ICU capacity of 540s. Delta surge in the 510s. Right now, we’re in the 470-490 range.
  • 763 patients in the hospital which is down 8 day-to-day
    • 10% bed availability
    • 18% COVID/capacity
  • 5,589 new cases for the 4-county Austin metro
    • 7-day average: 3,851/day (still hovering/wavering between about 3,400 – 4,200 since early this month)
      • Up 8% day-to-day
      • Up 5% from a week ago
      • Up 638% from a month ago


5:50 p.m. – Travis County is delaying opening Saturday's drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Expo Center due to expected cold temperatures. The clinic will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22. Hours will return to normal (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Sunday, Jan. 23. 

10 a.m. – Austin Public Health is hosting its weekly COVID-19 Q&A. Watch below:

9 a.m. – Austin Public Health reports that COVID-19 infections among children are rising and that in the past two weeks, 91% of the children admitted to our pediatric hospitals were unvaccinated.  

APH said only 26% of children in Austin-Travis County have been fully vaccinated, compared to a vaccination rate of more than 70% in the general population of the city and county. Learn more.


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