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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Thursday stats tracker

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Thursday, July 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AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.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 July 22 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.5 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 51,700 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 of new admissions is 33, and an average of 181 people are hospitalized. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 130. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 86,524 cases have been reported and at least 893 people have died. 
    • Hays County: There are currently 491 active cases and 14 people are currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 19,676 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 265 people have died. At least 18,920 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: There are 97 new cases, and 14% of hospital beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 41,096 cases have been reported in the county and at least 486 people have died.

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

Updates:

4:15 p.m. – Austin Public Health (APH) and Travis County will be partnering with local community organizations to provide pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics around the County for the week of July 18. These clinics are available to all eligible individuals without registration or appointments.

City and county officials are urging unvaccinated individuals to get the vaccine as Austin-Travis County has seen a rise in cases over the last several weeks prompting APH to move back into Stage 3 for the risk-based guidelines.

Check the details of events below to confirm dates, locations, times, and age eligibility depending on the vaccine being administered. Locations offering Moderna and Pfizer are providing first and second doses. If you are receiving your second dose, please bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to be updated.

Individuals attending these events should be weather aware as temperatures are expected to be hot over the weekend. Remember to drink plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing as parts of the line are outside and exposed to weather, and wear garments that allow you to easily expose your arm. 

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  • Travis County Expo (Travis County)
  • Austin Country Flea Market (APH)
    • Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Address: 9500 US-290, Austin, TX 78724
    • Vaccine: Pfizer (12 years and up), Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (18+ years only)
  • Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association (Travis County)

2 p.m. – Here's a closer look at today's data:

TEXAS

  • 6,417 new cases posted today is the most for a single day since March 2
    • 7-day average is up to 3,106 per day over the past week – highest since March 19 and up 72% from a week ago and up 278% from a month ago
  • 40 new deaths were reported today, dating back at least as far as February
  • 3,692 COVID-19 patients are in Texas hospitals, the most since March 18 and up 47% from a week ago and 142% from a month ago

LOCAL

  • 7-day average up to 263 cases per day, up 47% from a week ago (179), and up 318% from a month ago (63)
  • 244 COVID-19 patients are in Austin-area (TSA O) hospitals, up 52.5% from a week ago
  • 89 COVID-19 patients in Austin area (TSA O) ICUs, up 71% from a week ago
    • 31 ICU beds available in TSA O is the fewest since New Year's Eve 2020, and are at their third-lowest point since the start of the pandemic (24 on Dec. 31, 2020, 23 on July 22, 2020)

10 a.m. – The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will hold 18 pop-up events at Walmart locations across the state to talk with parents and families about the importance of vaccination for younger Texans. The DSHS summer pop-ups will last four hours each day beginning this evening in Killeen, followed by stops in Waco, Tyler and Beaumont through the weekend and will travel around the state through the first week of August. 

The events will feature a 16-foot video wall showing vaccine facts and messages from local spokespeople along with other attractions like a “Take the Shot” basketball game and free frozen treats.

6 a.m. – The Central Texas Counties Vaccine Collaborative, Austin Public Health, and local community partners will host multiple COVID-19 vaccine distribution events. No appointments are required. The following event information is for today, July 22:

Georgian Manor Apartments (APH)

  • 110 Bolles Cir. Austin, TX 78753
  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Moderna (18 and up), Pfizer (12 and up), Johnson and Johnson (18 and up)

Little Walnut Creek Library (APH)

  • 835 W. Rundberg Ln. Austin, TX 78758
  • 2 pm – 6 pm
  • Moderna (18 and up)

Southeast Library (APH)

  • 5803 Nuckols Crossing Austin, TX 78744
  • 2 pm – 8 pm
  • Moderna (18 and up)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

  • 8807 Cameron Rd. Austin, TX 78754
  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Pfizer (12 and up), Johnson and Johnson (18 and up)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

  • 6506 Decker Ln. Austin, TX 78724 – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Pfizer (12 and up), Johnson and Johnson (18 and up)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

  • 9111 FM 812 Austin, TX 78719
  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Pfizer (12 and up), Johnson and Johnson (18 and up)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

  • 6759 FM 535 Cedar Creek, TX 78612
  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Pfizer (12 and up), Johnson and Johnson (18 and up)

Turner Roberts Recreation Center (APH)

  • 7201 Colony Loop Dr. Austin, TX 78724
  • 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Pfizer (12 and up)

Virginia Roberts Recreation Center (APH)

  • 7500 Blessing Ave. Austin, TX 78752
  • 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Pfizer (12 and up)

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