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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Austin Public Health, COTA hosting walk-up vaccine events

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Thursday, April 22.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated. Click here for Friday'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 April 22 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.4 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 48,700 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 81,600 cases have been reported and at least 844 people have died. At least 79,804 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 18,017 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 239 people have died. At least 17,204 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 38,384 cases have been reported in the county and at least 462 people have died.

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

Updates

12:15 p.m. – The Central Texas Counties Vaccine Collaborative on Thursday announced that it too will be holding a no-appointments-necessary drive-thru clinic this weekend at Circuit of the Americas.

Anyone 16 and up will qualify to get their free, first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. However, ages 16 and 17 will require adult consent with a parent or guardian present.

“While there is still a lot of hard work to be done, this weekend will get us one step closer to where anyone who wants a vaccine can get a vaccine,” said Travis County Judge Andy Brown. “I remain committed to making certain our hardest-hit populations get their vaccine quickly, efficiently and equitably. If you can make it to COTA this weekend, now is the time to get your vaccine.”

The hours of the clinic will be:

  • Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – Austin Public Health (APH) will be expanding its online scheduling and pilot walk-up COVID-19 vaccination operations on Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23, from 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – or until vaccine doses run out – at the Delco Activity Center. For more information, click here.

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