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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Travis County reports 7 more COVID-19 deaths

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Thursday, March 4.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.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 March 4 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.3 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 43,500 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 76,365 cases have been reported and at least 761 people have died. At least 73,880 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 16,458 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 225 people have died. At least 15,619 people have recovered from the virus. 
    • Williamson County: At least 35,780 cases have been reported in the county and at least 406 people have died. 

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

Updates:

6:50 p.m. – Travis County reported seven more deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday along with 91 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 76,365 cases and 761 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 73,880 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 235 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 69 in the ICU and 54 on ventilators. There are 33 people being treated at the alternative care site at the Austin Convention Center.

5:40 p.m. – This weekend, Travis, Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop counties plan to host another mass vaccination event at Circuit of the Americas (COTA).

The goal is to vaccinate 10,000 people with the Pfizer vaccine. People will be able to get vaccinated on Friday through Sunday.

Organizers hope that dividing up how many people are getting vaccinated will ease some of the congestion that was seen last weekend.

RELATED: What to know: COTA gearing up for a second weekend of mass vaccinations

4:40 p.m. – The Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports one COVID-related fatality, a Buda man in his 50s. The department also reports 23 new lab-confirmed cases along with one new hospitalization and one new hospital discharge. The total number of persons considered recovered is 15,619.

4:30 p.m. – Family Hospital Systems will hold a 24-hour vaccination hub to begin on Saturday, March 6, at 8 a.m. and end on Sunday, March 7, at 8 a.m. at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin. The so-called "vax-a-thon" will be open to eligible people in categories 1A and 1B who register with FHS to receive the vaccine. Participants will be taken from the Williamson County waitlist and receive an email invitation to register for an appointment.

FHS will also be collecting nonperishable items to be donated to Hill Country Community Ministries.

The event has been billed as '80s themed, with the slogan "hit us with your best shot!" FHS will celebrate the 1980s with music, movies and costumes throughout the event. Participants are asked to vote for their favorite staff costume at familyhospitalsystems.com.

11:40 a.m. – The Tarrytown Pharmacy announces that it will be holding a clinic to vaccinate approximately 500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their caregivers. That vaccination event will be held on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vaccinations will be by appointment only, and it is preferred patients sign up online rather than calling.

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