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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: What to know Wednesday

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Wednesday, April 14.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer active. For the latest COVID-19 updates, click here.

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 April 14 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.4 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 48,200 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 80,799 cases have been reported and at least 831 people have died. At least 78,881 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 17,648 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 241 people have died. At least 16,883 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 37,982 cases have been reported in the county and at least 461 people have died.

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

Updates:

6:10 p.m. – Travis County reported two more deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday along with 157 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 80,799 cases and 831 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 78,881 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 135 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 36 in the ICU and 18 on ventilators.

6 p.m. – Around 43% of Texas's 16+ population has now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with just short of 6 million fully vaccinated. 

COVID-19 cases in Texas are up 7% from a week ago, but down 25% from a month ago. The state reported 68 new deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total to 48,341. There are 2,960 COVID-19 patients currently in Texas hospitals, up 2.5% from a week ago and down 26% from a month ago.

5:15 p.m. – One youth member at the Giddings State School tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

4:25 p.m. – Austin Parks and Recreation (PARD) will launch 2021 summer camp registration on April 19. This year there are two main options:

  1. A free virtual program called Stay Creative
  2. In-person summer camp at participating recreation centers, nature-based sites and cultural centers.

Camps this year will adhere to modified guidelines for COVID-19 health and safety. All participants and staff must wear a mask and complete a daily wellness screening prior to entry. There will be one group or “pod” of no more than 10 people per room: eight youth plus one or two staff, PARD said.

Parents can register April 19 through May 16 to be included in a random lottery drawing for a limited number of in-person summer camps. To register, please go to: AustinTexas.gov/ParksOnline.

4 p.m. – On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced 35 Texas counties participating in the seventh week of the Save Our Seniors COVID-19 vaccine initiative. The program provides vaccines to seniors with central drive-thru clinics or directly to homebound residents.

Counties participating in the seventh round of the program are Angelina, Aransas, Brown, Callahan, Cameron, Camp, Delta, Ellis, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hunt, Jim Hogg, Kinney, Leon, Lubbock, Madison, Marion, Maverick, Menard, Mitchell, Morris, Robertson, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Starr, Terrell, Titus, Trinity, Val Verde, Webb, Wharton, Wichita, Willacy, Yoakum and Zapata.

Many of these counties are participating for a second time in order to administer second doses to eligible residents.

3:55 p.m. – Hays County reported 48 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday along with four new hospitalizations and two new hospital discharges. There are 80 additional people considered recovered from the virus.

3:45 p.m. – Anderson High School is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Wednesday after a recent rise in COVID-19 cases at the school. The school is also suspending certain athletics activities for two weeks. Click here for more information.

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