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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Monday stats tracker

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Monday, Aug. 2.
Credit: KVUE

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated. Click here for Tuesday'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 Aug. 2 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.6 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 52,100 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 61, and an average of 346 people are hospitalized. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 365. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 90,126 cases have been reported and at least 901 people have died. 
    • Hays County: There are currently 1,425 active cases and 44 people are currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 20,966 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 271 people have died. At least 19,270 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: There are 200 new cases, and 12% of hospital beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 43,755 cases have been reported in the county and at least 495 people have died.

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

Updates:

8:45 p.m. – Travis County reported another death from COVID-19 on Monday along with 693 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 90,126 cases and 901 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 86,466 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 408 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 137 in the ICU and 80 on ventilators.

5:10 p.m. – Hays County health officials reported two COVID-19 deaths on Monday, a Kyle woman in her 60s and a Kyle woman in her 70s. The County also reported 470 new confirmed cases along with 30 new hospitalizations and 17 new hospital discharges. There are 71 additional people considered recovered.

3:55 p.m. –  The Travis County Sheriff's Office confirms two new COVID-19 cases among inmates and 17 among employees. Since the start of the pandemic, 337 positive cases among inmates and 320 among staff have been confirmed.

3:45 p.m. – Here's a closer look at today's data:

LOCAL

  • We are firmly in Stage 5 territory without it being officially declared yet. APH reports an average of 61.1 new COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospitals each day.
    • The Austin-Travis County hospitalization rate is up 64.7% from one week ago
    • Up 650% from one month ago
  • ICUs and Hospitalizations
    • Back up to 10 ICU beds available in Trauma Service Area O (from 7 yesterday)
      • 1.4% of ICU beds available in our area
    • Overall hospitalizations: 454 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area O
      • 42% increase in COVID-19 patients in local hospitals from one week ago
      • 577% increase from a month ago (from July 1)
      • COVID-19 patients take up 10.26% of hospital beds in our area 
  • Cases
    • 7-day average of 668 new cases per day in the Austin-metro area (Bastrop, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties)

STATE

  • Cases
    • 3,781 new cases reported today
      • 7-day average of new cases per day: 7,662
      • Up 97.7% from one week ago
      • Up 813% from one month ago
      • 7-day average is at its highest level since Feb. 16
  • Hospitalizations
    • 6,853 new COVID hospitalizations statewide
      • Up 48.1% from one week ago
      • Up 331% from one month ago
  • 4 new deaths reported today.
  • 52,110 deaths reported in Texas since the beginning of the pandemic
    • 0 deaths reported on Saturday, Sunday and today.
    • 557 deaths reported in all of July.

VACCINES

  • The fully vaccinated rate among eligible Texans still hovering in the 52% range
  • Now up to 52.85%

3:35 p.m. – The City of Austin's Independent Redistricting Commission (ICRC) has replaced some in-person meetings with virtual meetings.

“One of the biggest challenges this commission has faced in getting the word out to the public that these forums are happening has been COVID,” said Commissioner Dr. Sterling Lands. "People are afraid to congregate, so we are hosting some public forums online via Zoom.” 

Adjusted schedule of remaining ICRC public forums:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, 6-8 p.m., District 6 via Videoconferencing,
    Join Zoom Meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/93834842830?pwd=ajNDNzhYRHFDeWxEQ3RFSmh6MExBUT09
    Meeting ID: 938 3484 2830
    Passcode: 7Fn9ST
     
  • Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, 1-3 p.m., District 3 via Videoconferencing,
    Join Zoom Meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/97196422290?pwd=cjVzNDRzNDJ2R09VRk9ML2h3am1jdz09
    Meeting ID: 971 9642 2290
    Passcode: cwKV8g
     
  • Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, 6-8 p.m., District 2 at Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square Dr., Austin, TX 78744
     
  • Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, 1-3 p.m., District 1 at George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702
     
  • Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, 6-8 p.m., District 5 via Videoconferencing,
    Join Zoom Meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/97858938245?pwd=RDNmdzNMcFZnaHZiU2tFTHRYUEJpZz09
    Meeting ID: 978 5893 8245
    Passcode: 1pHMxp
     
  • Saturday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Virtual Public Forum No. 1 via Videoconferencing,
    Join Zoom Meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/98899977402?pwd=MW9hS05WMmJOTWVsK1ZFeFJOYXpVUT09
    Meeting ID: 988 9997 7402
    Passcode: dFc0nd
     
  • Friday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Virtual Public Forum No. 2, via Videoconferencing,
    Join Zoom Meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/99080158693?pwd=cjZRODhCYTY3dGwvQzN0NkhtUWoxQT09
    Meeting ID: 990 8015 8693
    Passcode: H639E4c

10:47 a.m. – Austin health leaders said Aug. 2 they are seeing an increase in the number of pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19 in area hospitals. They are urging pregnant and breastfeeding women to get the vaccine.

RELATED: APH recommending pregnant, breastfeeding women get the COVID-19 vaccine

10:26 a.m. – Austin leaders are set to give an update at 10:30 a.m. on COVID-19. Watch on KVUE's YouTube channel.

WATCH: CDC says delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox

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