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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Vaccination events underway in Austin, Williamson County

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Saturday, March 6.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated. Click here for Sunday'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 6 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.3 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 44,100 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 76,507 cases have been reported and at least 766 people have died. At least 74,159 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 16,490 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 227 people have died. At least 15,617 people have recovered from the virus. 
    • Williamson County: At least 35,865 cases have been reported in the county and at least 408 people have died. 

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


6:10 p.m. – Travis County reported another death from COVID-19 on Saturday along with 60 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 76,507 cases and 766 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 74,159 people have recovered from the virus. 

Travis County currently has 222 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 71 in the ICU and 49 on ventilators. There are 29 people being treated at the alternative care site at the Austin Convention Center.

2:55 p.m. – Austin Community College nursing students and faculty are assisting with administering vaccines at the mass COVID-19 vaccination event at COTA this weekend. ACC nursing students have been actively involved in COVID-19 vaccination distributions throughout the city.

Credit: Austin Community College District
ACC nursing students and faculty volunteer during the Travis County COVID-19 mass vaccination drive on Friday, March 5, 2021, at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA).

11:45 a.m. – All of the appointments are full at Family Hospital System's "24-hour Vax-a-thon" at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, KVUE's Daranesha Herron reports.

8 a.m. – Up to 10,000 people will be vaccinated this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas. CommUnityCare is contacting its patients, school staff and child care workers who qualify to make appointments. Travis County Judge Andy Brown said organizers are working on ways to speed up the paperwork process so they can vaccinate 500 to 700 people per hour.

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

The V.A. Outpatient Clinic in southeast Austin is also hosting a COVID-19 vaccine event starting at 9 a.m. It is for veterans who are older than 60 and on V.A. health care. The clinic will accept walk-ins, but you should expect to see long wait times.

A 24-hour "vax-a-thon" is also underway for Williamson County. Family Hospital Systems started vaccinating people at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin at 8 a.m. An appointment through Family Hospital Systems is required for this event.

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