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- More than 4.9 million cases have been reported in the state, and around 76,900 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Central Texas counties:
- Austin-Travis County: The seven-day moving average for new hospital admissions is 117, and an average of 678 people are hospitalized. The community transmission rate is 1,347 and the positivity rate is 31.6%. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 157,015 cases have been reported and at least 1,237 people have died.
- Hays County: There are currently 5,894 active cases, and 31 people are currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 43,973 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 437 people have died.
- Williamson County: There are 617 new cases of coronavirus in Williamson County. Six percent of hospital beds are available, and 2% of ICU beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 99,198 cases have been reported and at least 782 people have died.
For a look at COVID-19 data across all of the state's counties, click here.
GRAPHS: COVID-19 data Jan. 24, 2022
5:20 p.m. – Eight youth at the Giddings State School have tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday evening, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) said. TJJD currently has 66 active cases across its facilities (46 staff and 20 youth).
4:20 p.m. – Travis County reported two more COVID-19 deaths on Monday along with 2,150 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 157,015 cases and 1,237 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 150,760 people have recovered from the virus.
Travis County currently has 664 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 144 in the ICU and 62 on ventilators.
4:10 p.m. – Texas reported 33,779 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the seven-day average to 45,946 cases per day – down 13% from a week ago and up 382% from a month ago. The state reported 29 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 76,904 deaths in Texas since the start of the pandemic.
There are 13,001 COVID-19 patients currently in Texas hospitals statewide – up 6% from a week ago and up 263% from a month ago. The state's positivity rate average is at 34.06%.
The four-county Austin metro area reported 2,329 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the seven-day average to 3,930 cases per day – up 8% from a week ago and up 355% from a month ago.
There are 722 COVID-19 patients in Austin-area (TSA O) hospitals, including a new high of 45 pediatric cases. There are 211 available hospital beds in the region – a 5% availability. There are 172 COVID-19 patients in Austin-area ICUs, with 15 beds available, or 3% availability. COVID-19 patients currently make up 35% of total ICU capacity in the region.
Daily COVID-19 hospitalizations for the Austin metro area are declining and are at an average of 116.7 new admissions per day, following a peak of 128.9 per day five days ago.
10:30 a.m. – The Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) reported 41 new COVID-19 positives among the inmate population and 74 new COVID-19 positives among TCSO employees.
10 a.m. – Austin ISD officials announced Friday that during the spring semester, the district will excuse student absences related to pandemic concerns. The district says families do not need to worry about their student’s attendance being impacted because they have to stay at home due to COVID-19, but they must communicate with their campus about absences. Read the full statement here.
OTHER COVID-19 HEADLINES:
- It's been two years since the 1st COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan
- RRISD community members rally outside Governor's Mansion calling for more COVID-19 resources
- Tips on how to boost immune system during COVID-19 surge
- Austin mom concerned about limited number of ICU beds in Austin area
- Staffing shortage leads Austin Animal Center to change business hours