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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: APH closes vaccination sites due to weather

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Saturday, May 1.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.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 May 1 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.4 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 49,200 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 82,402 cases have been reported and at least 851 people have died. At least 80,656 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 18,354 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 239 people have died. At least 17,521 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 38,799 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:

5:50 p.m. – Travis County reported 63 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 82,402 cases and 851 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 80,656 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 128 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 43 in the ICU and 25 on ventilators.

4:30 p.m. – All Austin Public Health vaccination sites have been closed for the rest of Saturday due to inclement weather. Those with appointments may return on Tuesday, May 4.

1:40 p.m. – The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is allocating 446,460 first doses of vaccine to providers that requested it for next week. That represents 753 sites in 101 counties and leaves more than 500,000 additional doses available to providers. DSHS said those doses will be shipped to its pharmacy in Austin and used to fill vaccine requests starting next week.

The DSHS encourages any providers who need vaccine to make requests by Tuesday so doses can be delivered next week. In the following weeks, providers should continue to request vaccine as needed and the DSHS will place or fill orders for those amounts, "rather than drawing down all doses in the state allotment."

The DSHS is also ordering 639,400 second doses for people vaccinated a few weeks ago. An estimated 480,000 first and second doses are expected to be available to pharmacy locations, federally qualified health centers and dialysis centers as allocated directly by the federal governmen.  

12 p.m. – Sunday's COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Southpark Meadows Walmart will now be a walk-up clinic. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome. 

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Southpark Meadows Walmart, located at 9300 S. Interstate 35. The clinic will be in the Walmart's Garden Center.

Second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be scheduled on-site for May 23.

8:20 a.m. – The drive-thru vaccination clinic at the Circuit of the Americas has been canceled due to weather. The clinic will reopen Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is needed.

The Austin Latino Coalition's vaccination clinics are still happening. Pre-registration, identification and insurance are not required, but you do need to be Latino to receive a vaccine dose. There are four clinic times and locations:

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Consulate General of Mexico Austin, located at 5202 E. Ben White Blvd. #150
  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Crockett High School, located at 5601 Menchaca Road
  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Walnut Creek Elementary School, located at 401 W. Braker Lane
  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at San Francisco Javier Catholic Parish, located at 9110 U.S. Highway 183

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