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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: 50% of vaccine-eligible Texans have received at least one dose of vaccine

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Monday, May 3.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer active. For the latest COVID-19 updates, click here.

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 May 3 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.4 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 49,200 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 82,448 cases have been reported and at least 851 people have died. At least 80,707 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 18,436 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 240 people have died. At least 17,636 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 38,799 cases have been reported in the county and at least 462 people have died.

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

Updates:

5:50 p.m. – WellMed is now taking appointments online for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Appointments will be held at the WellMed locations at 706 W. Ben White Blvd. in Austin and 2700 W. Pecan Street in Pflugerville.

Appointments are open to anyone 18 years old or older and you do not have to be a WellMed patient. If appointment slots do not fill, same-day walk-ins will be accepted. A sign will be posted outside the clinics if all slots are full.

Register for an appointment here for the Austin location and here for the Pflugerville location.

4:25 p.m. – Hays County reported one new COVID-19-related death and 82 new cases. To date, at least 18,436 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 240 people have died in the county. At least 17,636 people have recovered from the virus.

4:15 p.m. – Texas has reached 50% (49.7%) of vaccine-eligible people with at least one dose of the vaccine. Just over 8 million are fully vaccinated and another 3 million-plus have received at least one dose.

Travis County is now up to over 60% of people 16 years old or older with at least one dose of vaccine and over 40% fully vaccinated.

12:10 p.m. – The Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) reported one new COVID-19 case among its inmate population in the Travis County Jail. There were zero new COVID-19 cases reported among TCSO employees. 

11:30 a.m. – Several airports in Central Texas were awarded a number of federal grants totaling $232,162 to combat the spread of coronavirus, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced. The funding comes through the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act of 2020.

  • Georgetown Municipal Airport: $57,162
  • Lago Vista Tx - Rusty Allen Airport: $13,000
  • Taylor Municipal Airport: $13,000
  • Smithville Crawford Municipal Airport: $13,000
  • Clifton Municipal/Isenhower Field: $9,000
  • Burnet Municipal Kate Craddock Field: $13,000
  • Gatesville Municipal Airport: $9,000
  • Lampasas Airport: $9,000
  • Llano Municipal Airport: $13,000
  • Fayette Regional Air Center: $13,000
  • Lockhart Municipal Airport: $13,000
  • Brady Curtis Field: $13,000
  • Coleman Municipal Airport: $13,000
  • Giddings-Lee County Airport: $13,000
  • Hamilton Municipal Airport: $9,000
  • Hearne Municipal Airport: $9,000

“More and more Texans are getting vaccinated every day and we’ve seen an uptick in air travel as a result,” Sen. Cornyn said. “I am glad to have helped deliver this funding that will improve the health and safety of transportation workers and travelers in central Texas.”