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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 29.
Credit: KVUE

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.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 29 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.6 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 51,900 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 45, and an average of 257 people are hospitalized. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 273. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 88,436 cases have been reported and at least 898 people have died. 
    • Hays County: There are currently 915 active cases and 29 people are currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 20,312 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 268 people have died. At least 19,129 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: There are 313 new cases, and 13% of hospital beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 42,327 cases have been reported in the county and at least 491 people have died.

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

Updates:

4:12 p.m. – Here is the latest breakdown of COVID-19 data: 

TEXAS

  • 6,347 new cases statewide
    • 7-day average is 5,257 per day, which is down 10 day-to-day, however:
      • Up 69% from a week ago
      • Up 607% from a month ago
  • 5,662 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals:
    • Up 53% from a week ago
    • Up 283% from month ago
  • Positivity rate in Texas is over 16% now

LOCAL

  • Austin area (TSA O) hospitalizations: Up 27 to 369
    • 11% of beds available
  • 975 new cases for Travis/Williamson/Hays/Bastrop counties combined
    • 7-day average up to 568 per day over the past week
      • Up 116% from a week ago
      • Up 795% from a month ago

3:24 p.m. – State data shows that only 13 hospital beds remain available in TSA O. That's 13 beds for an estimated population of over 2.3 million. ICU bed availability is at 1.8%.

RELATED: Austin-area ICU capacity reaches lowest point since start of COVID-19 pandemic

1:15 p.m. – ICU capacity for the Austin area – the Texas Department of State Health Services' TSA O – is the lowest it's been since the start of the pandemic. It is lower than it was in January 2021 and July 2020, both high surge periods.

As of July 28, 4.3% of ICU beds were available.

Credit: KVUE

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