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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Thursday stats tracker

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Thursday, Aug. 5.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.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 Aug. 5 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.6 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 52,200 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 71, and an average of 412 people are hospitalized. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 430. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 91,894 cases have been reported and at least 901 people have died. 
    • Hays County: There are currently 1,674 active cases and 44 people are currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 21,412 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 276 people have died. At least 19,462 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: There are 311 new cases, and 11% of hospital beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 44,794 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.


4:54 p.m. – Hays County reported one COVID-related fatality, a Kyle woman in her 70s. The department also reported 70 new lab-confirmed cases along with seven new hospitalizations and eight new hospital discharges. There are 65 additional persons considered recovered. The total number of persons considered recovered is 19,462. The current total of lab-confirmed cases for Hays County since the beginning of the pandemic is 21,412. Hays County has 1,674 active cases. In the past 21 days, there have been 1,996 active cases. Hays County has had 1,019 total COVID-related hospitalizations and 44 people are currently hospitalized.

1:22 p.m. – Austin-Travis County has officially moved to Stage 5. Here's what the new Stage 5 guidance entails.

12:20 p.m. – Austin leaders are giving an update on COVID-19. Watch the video above or watch the update on KVUE's YouTube channel.

6:30 a.m. – This weekend, you can get a free COVID-19 vaccine at the San Marcos Premium Outlets. Pfizer vaccine doses will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. next to the James Avery store.

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