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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Wednesday schools and stat tracker

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Wednesday, Sept. 22.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.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

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 3.3 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 61,500 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Austin-Travis County: The seven-day moving average for new hospital admissions is 47, and an average of 505 people are hospitalized. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 304. Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 113,490 cases have been reported and at least 1,066 people have died.
    • Hays County: There are currently 1,696 active cases, and 44 people are currently hospitalized (38 unvaccinated, 6 vaccinated). Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 28,020 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 356 people have died. At least 25,968 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: There are 427 new cases of coronavirus in Williamson County. Thirteen percent of hospital beds are available, and 1% of ICU beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 60,222 cases have been reported and at least 620 people have died.
  • Central Texas school districts:
    • Austin ISD: As of Sept. 22, there are a total of 52 new COVID-19 cases (45 students, 5 employees and 2 other) and a total of 382 new exposures (381 students and 1 employee). Since Aug. 16, there have been 900 cumulative positive cases (728 students, 159 employees, 13 other) and 5,440 cumulative exposures (5,353 students, 77 employees, 10 other).
    • Round Rock ISD: As of Sept. 22, there are 41 new positive cases (40 students, 1 employees) and 176 new "close contacts" (170 students, 6 employees). There have been 1,308 total cumulative positive cases (1,157 students, 151 employees) and 12,039 total cumulative "close contacts" (11,071 students, 968 employees).
    • Leander ISD: For the week of Sept. 18-24, there have been 78 total positive cases. There have been 1,321 total cumulative positive cases.
    • Pflugerville ISD: For the week of Sept. 20-24, there have been 52 total positive cases. There have been 847 total cumulative positive cases. 
    • Hays CISD: As of Sept. 22, there are 171 active student cases and 20 active staff cases. There have been a total of 661 cumulative student cases and 118 cumulative staff cases.
  • Texas Public Schools (2021-22 school year; updated on Fridays with data from the previous Monday-Sunday)
    • Cumulative positive student cases: 126,687, up from 60,527 on Aug. 29
    • Cumulative positive staff cases: 24,476, up from 14,377 on Aug. 29

For a look at COVID-19 data across all of the state's counties, click here. KVUE is tracking COVID-19 data from five school districts in Central Texas. Many school districts have their own COVID-19 dashboard.

Updates:

4 p.m. – The Texas Department of State Health Services released COVID-19 data for Sept. 22: 

TEXAS

  • Cases average is down to 10,253 per day over the past week which is the lowest since Aug. 9
    • Down 30% from a week ago
    • Down 27% from a month ago
  • 392 new deaths
    • 61,570 total to date
  • 11,554 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals
    • Down 10% from a week ago
    • Down 13% from a month ago

 LOCAL

  • Cases average for the 4-county Austin metro down to 718 per day over the past week, which is the lowest since Aug. 2
    • Down 32% from a week ago
    • Down 36% from a month ago
  • Moving farther into Stage 4 territory at 46.6 hospital admissions per day over the past week
  • 559 COVID-19 patients in Austin area (TSA O) hospitals
    • 340 regular adults
    • 206 ICU adults
    • 13 kids
  • 206 COVID-19 patients in TSA O ICUs
    • Eight beds available (four adult, four pediatric) = 1.5% availability
    • 40% COVID-19 capacity
  • 2,915 total deaths for the 12-county KVUE viewing area

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