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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Monday schools and stat tracker

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Monday, Oct. 25.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.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 Oct. 25 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 3.4 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 69,000 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 15, and an average of 157 people are hospitalized. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 118. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 119,220 cases have been reported and at least 1,151 people have died.
    • Hays County: There are currently 569 active cases, and 13 people are currently hospitalized (11 unvaccinated, 2 vaccinated). Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 29,513 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 393 people have died. 
    • Williamson County: There are 50 new cases of coronavirus in Williamson County. Twenty percent of hospital beds are available, and 13% of ICU beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 64,903 cases have been reported and at least 694 people have died.
  • Central Texas school districts: 
    • Austin ISD: As of Oct. 25, there are a total of 56 new COVID-19 cases (50 students, 4 employees, 2 others) and a total of 252 new exposures (238 students, 3 employees, 11 others). Since Aug. 16, there have been 1,326 cumulative positive cases (1,086 students, 217 employees, 23 others) and 7,589 cumulative exposures (7,458 students, 109 employees, 22 others).
    • Round Rock ISD: As of Oct. 25, there are 23 new positive cases (16 students, 7 employees) and 111 new "close contacts" (103 students, 8 employees). There have been 1,714 total cumulative positive cases (1,497 students, 217 employees) and 14,826 total cumulative "close contacts" (13,686 students, 1,140 employees).
    • Leander ISD: For the week of Oct. 23-Oct. 29, there have been 21 total positive cases. There have been 1,608 total cumulative positive cases.
    • Pflugerville ISD: For the week of Oct. 25-Oct. 29, there have been 0 total positive cases. There have been 1,061 total cumulative positive cases.
    • Hays CISD: As of Oct. 25, there are 81 active student cases and 10 active staff cases. There have been a total of 907 cumulative student cases and 147 cumulative staff cases.
  • Texas Public Schools (2021-22 school year; updated on Fridays with data from the previous Monday-Sunday)
    • Cumulative positive student cases: 202,186, up from 197,053 on Oct. 17
    • Cumulative positive staff cases: 36,951, up from 35,975 on Oct. 17

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:

5:25 p.m. – Hays County reported four COVID-19 deaths on Monday – a San Marcos man in his 50s, a San Marcos man in his 80s, two women from San Marcos in their 60s. Health officials also reported 105 new confirmed cases along with three new hospitalizations and five new hospital discharges. There are 21 additional people considered recovered.

4:10 p.m. – Travis County reported three more COVID-19 deaths on Monday along with 269 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 119,220 cases and 1,151 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 116,933 people have recovered from the virus.

Travis County currently has 145 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 66 in the ICU and 43 on ventilators.

2:30 p.m. – The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing an update on its COVID-19 vaccination plans for children ages 5 to 11. 

6 a.m. – Austin Public Health is hosting a "Moving Forward Together Against COVID-19" event. The virtual engagement meeting will collect public feedback on participants' vaccination experiences with a focus on those who may have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

To join, log on using Zoom or through the SpeakUp Austin! website, which includes access to the Zoom meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Another session will be held Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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