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Texas records 4,005 hospitalized for COVID; Austin area tracking 139 inpatients with coronavirus

Roberto Villalpando
Austin American-Statesman

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Oct. 27, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 4,005 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the fewest number of inpatients with coronavirus since July 22, and about 28% of the the summer peak total of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 783 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 136 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area has been seeing an increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 69 adult beds and 11 pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 3,662 new COVID-19 cases.

• 218 new deaths.

• As of Wednesday, 73.52% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.91% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Travis County: Coronavirus data released Wednesday showed enough improvement in hospital trends for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 19 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, stayed at 14.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.

On Wednesday, Austin Public Health was tracking 139 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which was only about 21% of the total when the pandemic record high of 653 patients was set Aug. 25.

Only 58 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 32 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,100 active COVID-19 cases.

• 133 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 119,524

• 1,156 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 3.7%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 82.27% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.65% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 26, 2021

Texas health officials on Tuesday recorded 4,077 people in the hospital for COVID-19, the fewest number of inpatients with coronavirus in three months, and about 30% of the the summer peak total of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 808 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 142 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area has been seeing an increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 66 adult beds and 11 pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 4,308 new COVID-19 cases.

• 178 new deaths.

• As of Tuesday, 73.44% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.82% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Travis County: Coronavirus data released Tuesday showed enough improvement in hospital trends for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 8 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, went down to 14.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.

On Tuesday, Austin Public Health was tracking 138 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which was only about 21% of the total when the pandemic record high of 653 patients was set Aug. 25.

Only 55 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 32 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,130 active COVID-19 cases.

• 171 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 119,321

• 1,152 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 3.7%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 82.2% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.55% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 25, 2021

Texas health officials on Monday recorded 4,078 people in the hospital for COVID-19, the fewest number of inpatients with coronavirus in three months, and about 30% of the the summer peak total of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 708 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 112 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 75 adult beds and 11 pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 1,560 new COVID-19 cases.

• 17 new deaths.

• As of Monday, 73.38% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.75% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Monday showed enough improvement in hospital trends for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 11 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, went up to 15.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.

On Monday, Austin Public Health was tracking 145 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which was only a quarter of the total when the pandemic record high of 653 patients was set Aug. 25.

Only 66 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 43 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,136 active COVID-19 cases.

• 269 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 119,220

• 1,151 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 4.6%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Monday, 82.16% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.5% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 22, 2021

Texas health officials on Friday recorded 4,541 people in the hospital for COVID-19, more than a thousand fewer than a week ago.

But the day's total number of coronavirus inpatients was nearly a third of the total reached for the summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 635 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 122 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 59 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 4,153 new COVID-19 cases.

• 219 new deaths.

• As of Friday, 73.23% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.56% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Friday showed enough improvement in hospital trends for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 9 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, went down to 14.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.

On Friday, Austin Public Health was tracking 150 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which was only a quarter of the total when the pandemic record high of 653 patients was set Aug. 25.

Only 68 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 41 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,291 active COVID-19 cases.

• 129 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 118,951

• 1,148 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Friday, 82.06% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.36% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 21, 2021

Texas health officials on Thursday recorded 4,643 people in the hospital for COVID-19, which was about 100 fewer than the previous day — and nearly a thousand fewer than a week ago.

But the day's total number of coronavirus inpatients was about a third of the total reached for the summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 621 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 94 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 49 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 3,216 new COVID-19 cases.

• 260 new deaths.

• As of Thursday, 73.17% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.49% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Thursday showed enough improvement in hospital trends for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 16 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, went down to 16.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.

On Thursday, Austin Public Health was tracking 165 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which was only a quarter of the total when the pandemic record high of 653 patients was set Aug. 25.

Only 70 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 46 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,311 active COVID-19 cases.

• 151 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 118,822

• 1,145 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Thursday, 82.02% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.32% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 20, 2021

Texas health officials on Wednesday recorded 4,739 people in the hospital for COVID-19, which was more than 200 fewer that the previous day — and 1,000 fewer than a week ago.

But the day's total number of coronavirus inpatients remained an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 647 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 125 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 52 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 3,987 new COVID-19 cases.

• 270 new deaths.

• As of Wednesday, 73.08% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.39% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Wednesday showed enough improvement in hospital trends for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 22 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, went up to 18.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.

On Wednesday, Austin Public Health was tracking 175 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

Only 73 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 42 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,334 active COVID-19 cases.

• 107 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 118,671

• 1,143 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 81.94% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.22% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 19, 2021

Texas on Tuesday recorded 4,953 people in the hospital for COVID-19, which was three more than the previous day and ending a streak of declining figures.

But the day's total number of coronavirus inpatients remained an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 712 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 137 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 52 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 4,964 new COVID-19 cases.

• 196 new deaths.

• As of Tuesday, 73.02% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.31% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Tuesday showed enough improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 17 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, went down to 17.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.

On Tuesday, Austin Public Health was tracking 171 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

Only 75 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 50 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,417 active COVID-19 cases.

• 173 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 118,564

• 1,136 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 81.87% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.11% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 18, 2021

Texas on Monday recorded 4,950 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 710 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 132 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 65 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 1870 new COVID-19 cases.

• 35 new deaths.

• As of Monday, 72.96% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.25% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Monday showed enough improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 12 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, went down to 18.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.

On Monday, Austin Public Health was tracking 184 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

Only 75 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 54 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,426 active COVID-19 cases.

• 241 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 118,391

• 1,135 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Monday, 81.83% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.07% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 15, 2021

Texas on Friday recorded 5,606 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 529 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 101 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 38 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 4,513 new COVID-19 cases.

• 275 new deaths.

• As of Friday, 72.80% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.05% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Friday showed enough improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 23 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, went up to 20.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Tuesday.

On Friday, Austin Public Health was tracking 201 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 85 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 59 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,621 active COVID-19 cases.

• 196 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 118,150

• 1,133 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Friday, 81.72% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.93% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 14, 2021

Texas on Thursday recorded 5,756 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 545 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 131 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 57 adult beds and 17 pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 5,032 new COVID-19 cases.

• 190 new deaths.

• As of Thursday, 72.73% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.96% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Thursday showed enough improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 24 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, stayed at 19.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Austin Public Health was tracking 206 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 87 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 60 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,597 active COVID-19 cases.

• 147 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 117,954

• 1,130 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 81.67% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.87% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 13, 2021

Texas on Wednesday recorded 6,084 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 575 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 126 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 53 adult beds and 16 pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 7,135 new COVID-19 cases.

• 312 new deaths.

• As of Wednesday, 72.67% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.88% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Wednesday showed enough improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 21 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, slipped to 19.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Austin Public Health was tracking 202 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 93 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 61 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,641 active COVID-19 cases.

• 410 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 117,807

• 1,128 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 81.63% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.81% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 12, 2021

Texas on Tuesday recorded 6,197 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 599 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 96 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 58 adult beds and 10 pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 7,295 new COVID-19 cases.

• 233 new deaths.

• As of Tuesday, 72.58% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.78% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Tuesday showed enough improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19 that health officials downgraded the community threat level to Stage 3.

The county recorded 19 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, increased to 20.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average also needed to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health considered downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines. But it made the shift to Stage 3 on Tuesday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 206 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 89 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 63 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,710 active COVID-19 cases.

• 256 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 117,397

• 1,122 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 81.57% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.73% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 11, 2021

Texas on Monday recorded 6,211 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 592 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 97 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 45 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 2,143 new COVID-19 cases.

• 2 new deaths.

• As of Monday, 72.54% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.73% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Monday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 16 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 19.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average needs to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health can consider downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines.

Austin Public Health was tracking 218 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 90 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 65 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,661 active COVID-19 cases.

• 358 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 117,141

• 1,121 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.9%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Monday, 81.54% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.69% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 8, 2021

Texas on Friday recorded 7,004 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 503 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 95 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 34 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 6,094 new COVID-19 cases.

• 367 new deaths.

• As of Friday, 72.37% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.50% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Friday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 17 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 21.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average needs to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health can consider downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines.

Austin Public Health was tracking 255 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 105 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 75 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,777 active COVID-19 cases.

• 162 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 116,783

• 1,119 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; three new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.9%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Friday, 81.36% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.53% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 7, 2021

Texas on Thursday recorded 7,117 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 on Aug. 26.

The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 463 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 103 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 36 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 5,935 new COVID-19 cases.

• 257 new deaths.

• As of Thursday, 72.29% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.41% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Thursday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 24 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, stayed at 24.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average needs to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health can consider downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines.

Austin Public Health was tracking 270 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 121 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 85 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,781 active COVID-19 cases.

• 232 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 116,621

• 1,116 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; two new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.9%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Thursday, 81.31% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.45% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 6, 2021

Texas on Wednesday recorded fewer than 7,500 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Wednesday, 7,474 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 469 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 100 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 36 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 10,120 new COVID-19 cases.

• 371 new deaths.

• As of Wednesday, 72.18% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.27% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Wednesday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 28 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 24.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average needs to stay below 30 for an extended period before Austin Public Health can consider downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines.

Austin Public Health was tracking 286 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 124 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 85 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,809 active COVID-19 cases.

• 141 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 116,389

• 1,114 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; five new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.9%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 79.65% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.07% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Oct. 5, 2021

Texas on Tuesday recorded fewer than 8,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extended a streak of declining figures into the first week of October.

On Tuesday, 7,769 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 473 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 105 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 47 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 7,466 new COVID-19 cases.

• 277 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Monday, 72.12% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.19% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Tuesday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 14 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 25.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average needs to stay below 30 before Austin Public Health can consider downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines.

Austin Public Health was tracking 287 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 118 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 88 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,900 active COVID-19 cases.

• 301 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 116,248

• 1,109 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; one new death was recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 5.9%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Monday, 81.19% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.30% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Oct. 4, 2021

Texas on Sunday recorded fewer than 8,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19 for the first time in two months, and extended a streak of declining figures into the first week of October.

On Monday, 7,934 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 487 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 109 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 45 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 2,385 new COVID-19 cases.

• 53 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Monday, 72.05% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.1% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Monday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 22 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 28.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average needs to stay below 30 before Austin Public Health can consider downgrading the threat level to Stage 3 of its guidelines.

Austin Public Health was tracking 307 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 143 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 90 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 1,906 active COVID-19 cases.

• 280 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 115,947

• 1,107 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; 10 new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 7.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Monday, 81.12% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.21% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Oct. 1, 2021

Texas on Friday recorded fewer than 9,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19 for the first time since Aug. 7, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Friday, 8,663 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 403 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 82 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 17 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 8,035 new COVID-19 cases.

• 328 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 71.77% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.69% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Friday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 35 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 29.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September so Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

The average needs to stay below 30 before Austin Public Health can consider moving to Stage 3 of its guidelines.

Austin Public Health was tracking 329 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 148 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 99 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,288 active COVID-19 cases.

• 244 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 115,667

• 1,097 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; one new death was recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 7.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Friday, 80.93% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.99% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 30, 2021

Texas on Thursday continued to record fewer than 10,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Thursday, 9,005 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 373 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 103 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 13 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 8,285 new COVID-19 cases.

• 350 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Thursday, 71.71% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.61% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Thursday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 26 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 30.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average has stayed below 50 for the past several days so Austin Public Health on Tuesday moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 342 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 158 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 98 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,339 active COVID-19 cases.

• 315 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 115,423

• 1,096 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; one new death was recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 7.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 80.89% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.92% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 29, 2021

Texas on Wednesday continued to record fewer than 10,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Wednesday, 9,323 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 413 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 91 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 20 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 9,168 new COVID-19 cases.

• 381 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 71.64% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.52% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Wednesday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 33 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, stayed at 32.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average had gotten below 50 for the past several days so Austin Public Health on Tuesday moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 367 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 157 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 91 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,363 active COVID-19 cases.

• 342 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 115,108

• 1,095 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; two new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 7.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 80.84% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.85% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 28, 2021

Texas on Tuesday continued to record fewer than 10,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures. The state also had the most available staffed intensive care unit beds in almost two months.

On Tuesday, 9,551 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 494 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, and the most since Aug. 4 when 497 were available. Although the state only had 112 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported alon Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 25 adult beds and seven pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 11,375 new COVID-19 cases.

• 265 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 71.56% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.42% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Tuesday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 33 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 32.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11.

The average had gotten below 50 for the past several days so Austin Public Health on Tuesday moved the region to Stage 4 of its pandemic guidelines, indicating less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 382 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 170 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 111 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,425 active COVID-19 cases.

• 392 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 114,766

• 1,093 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; four new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 7.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 80.77% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.74% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 27, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Monday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 20 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 34 — the lowest average since July 23.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the area in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 390 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 162 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 108 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,407 active COVID-19 cases.

• 314 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 114,374

• 1,089 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; six new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 8.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 80.72% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.67% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Texas on Monday recorded fewer than 10,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19 for the first time since Aug. 9, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Monday, 9,719 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 410 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 106 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 17 adult beds and four pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 4,853 new COVID-19 cases.

• 38 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Monday, 71.5% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.33% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Sept. 24, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Friday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 38 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, stayed at 44 — the lowest average since July 27, when it was 42.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the area in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 441 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 188 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 123 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,908 active COVID-19 cases.

• 317 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 114,060

• 1,083 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; seven new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 8.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 80.57% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.49% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Texas on Friday recorded fewer than 11,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19 for the first time since Aug. 11, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Friday, 10,773 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 299 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 88 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with three adult beds and four pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 9,705 new COVID-19 cases.

• 436 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 71.27% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.01% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Sept. 23, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Thursday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 41 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 44 — the lowest average since July 27, when it was 42.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the area in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 459 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 189 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 127 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,045 active COVID-19 cases.

• 235 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 113,743

• 1,076 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; 10 new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 8.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 80.49% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.37% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Texas on Wednesday continued to record fewer than 12,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Wednesday, 11,113 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 327 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 79 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with four adult beds and five pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 8072 new COVID-19 cases.

• 463 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 71.17% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 60.83% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Sept. 22, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Wednesday showed continued improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 33 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 47 — the lowest average since the end of July.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the area in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 475 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 181 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 133 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,196 active COVID-19 cases.

• 358 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 113,490

• 1,066 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; eight new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 8.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 80.42% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.23% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Texas on Wednesday continued to record fewer than 12,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Wednesday, 11,554 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 328 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 93 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with four adult beds and four pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 14,623 new COVID-19 cases.

• 392 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 71.06% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 60.67% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Sept. 21, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Tuesday showed some improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 47 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, dropped to 49 — the lowest average since the end of July.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the area in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 492 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 195 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 137 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,967 active COVID-19 cases.

• 512 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 113,132

• 1,058 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; three new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 8.3%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 80.34% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.11% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Meanwhile, Texas on Tuesday continued to record fewer than 12,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Tuesday, 11,658 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 357 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 114 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with five adult beds and four pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 10,534 new COVID-19 cases.

• 346 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 70.96% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 60.5% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Sept. 20, 2021

Texas over the weekend recorded fewer than 12,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19 for the first time in more than a month, extending a streak of declining figures.

On Monday, 11,710 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 343 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 105 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with two adult beds and four pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 4,314 new COVID-19 cases.

• 48 new deaths.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Monday, 70.89% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 60.41% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Monday showed some improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 45 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, stayed at 52.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 505 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 208 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 143 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,205 active COVID-19 cases.

• 531 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 112,620

• 1,055 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; five new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 9.7%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 80.28% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.03% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 17, 2021

Texas on Friday recorded its ninth consecutive day of decreasing numbers of hospital patients for COVID-19, despite seeing thousands of new cases every day.

On Friday, 12,475 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 362 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 86 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with eight adult beds and four pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 13,929 new COVID-19 cases.

• 377 new deaths.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 70.48% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 59.79% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Friday showed some improvement in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 34 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, slipped to 52.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 515 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 220 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 158 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,236 active COVID-19 cases.

• 388 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 112,089

• 1,050 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; eight new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 9.7%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 79.93% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 69.47% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 16, 2021

Texas on Thursday recorded its eighth consecutive day of decreasing numbers of hospital patients for COVID-19, despite seeing thousands of new cases every day.

On Thursday, 12,597 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, another drop from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 326 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 86 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with seven adult beds and four pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 14,931 new COVID-19 cases.

• 372 new deaths.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Thursday, 70.25% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 59.47% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Thursday continued to show little change in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 62 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, slipped to only 55.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 537 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 229 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 159 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,265 active COVID-19 cases.

• 340 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 111,701

• 1,042 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; four new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 9.7%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 79.65% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 69.03% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 15, 2021

Texas health data on Wednesday showed that the number of hospital patients for COVID-19 in the state continues to decline, despite seeing thousands of new cases every day.

On Wednesday, 12,817 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a decrease from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 322 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 88 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with six adult beds and four pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 20,201 new COVID-19 cases.

• 411 new deaths.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 70.15% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 59.33% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Wednesday continued to show little change in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 47 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, slipped to only 56.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 532 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 231 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 153 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,270 active COVID-19 cases.

• 628 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 111,361

• 1,038 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; three new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 9.7%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 79.57% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 68.93% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 14, 2021

Texas health data on Tuesday showed that the number of hospital patients for COVID-19 in the state has dropped by about 1,000 since Aug. 26.

On Tuesday, 12,973 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a decrease from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 319 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 101 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with six adult beds and three pediatric beds available on Tuesday. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4. 

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 17,373 new COVID-19 cases.

• 296 new deaths.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 70.03% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 59.18% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Tuesday continued to show little change in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 68 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, rose to 57.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 537 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 212 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 144 patients on ventilators remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,034 active COVID-19 cases.

• 676 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 110,733

• 1,035 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; 12 new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 9.7%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 79.5% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 68.81% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 13, 2021

Texas health data on Monday showed that the number of hospital patients for COVID-19 in the state has dropped by more than 850 in the past two weeks.

On Monday, 13,065 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a decrease from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

But the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 319 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 104 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still much more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with eight adult beds and three pediatric beds available on Monday. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4. 

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 8,140 new COVID-19 cases.

• 46 new deaths.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Monday, 69.93% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 59.05% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Friday continued to show little change in hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 57 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, stayed at 55, which is the lowest average since July 31, when it also was 55.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 509 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 217 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 142 patients on ventilators Monday remained a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,782 active COVID-19 cases.

• 412 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 110,057

• 1,023 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; eight new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 10.1%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 79.41% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 68.7% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 10, 2021

Texas on Friday counted more than 400 available staffed intensive care unit beds for adults, a vast improvement from Thursday's pandemic low of 270 beds.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 432 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients.

But the state only had 77 staffed pediatric ICU beds, which is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with seven adult beds and four pediatric beds available on Friday. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sunday, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Saturday

On Friday, 13,422 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a decrease from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 19,486 new COVID-19 cases.

• 400 new deaths.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 69.6% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.58% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Friday continued to show steady or slightly improving hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 53 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, slipped to 55, which is the lowest average since July 31, when it also was 55.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 528 people in the hospital with COVID-19, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 212 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 142 patients on ventilators was a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,314 active COVID-19 cases.

• 713 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 109,645

• 1,015 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; no new deaths were recorded.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 10.1%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 79.22% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 68.41% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 9, 2021

Texas — a state of more than 29 million people — counted fewer than 300 available staffed intensive care unit beds for adults for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported only 270 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients. The number of adult beds sank below the previous record low of 303 adult beds set on Aug. 27.

But the state had 93 staffed pediatric ICU beds, which is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds on Aug. 4.

DSHS' 11-county Central Texas trauma region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with five adult beds and four pediatric beds available on Thursday. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sunday, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Saturday

On Thursday, 13,486 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a decrease from the previous day and an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 23,700 new COVID-19 cases.

• 408 new deaths.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Thursday, 69.47% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.42% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Travis County coronavirus data released Thursday saw steady or slightly improving hospital numbers for COVID-19.

The county recorded 67 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, stayed at 57, which is the lowest average since Aug. 1, when it was 58.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health was tracking 549 people in the hospital with COVID-19 for the second day in a row, but it was an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 202 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 139 patients on ventilators was a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,106 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,037 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 107,897

• 1,015 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic; 11 new deaths were recorded.

• 549 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 202 in intensive care units and 139 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 10.1%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 79.13% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 68.29% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 8, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Wednesday saw a second day of improvement in the weekly average of daily hospital admissions for COVID-19, a key indicator for Austin health officials.

The county recorded 57 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, slipped to 57, which is the lowest average since Aug. 1, when it was 58.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 549 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 205 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 144 patients on ventilators was a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services' 11-county Central Texas trauma region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with two adult beds and four pediatric beds available on Wednesday. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sunday, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Saturday. 

But Texas as a whole continues to see a frighteningly low number of available staffed intensive care unit beds — with 312 beds available for more than 29 million people — but still above the record low of 303 set on Aug. 27.

On Wednesday, 13,520 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, an increase of 21 from the previous day but an improvement after reaching a summer high of 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 25,184 new COVID-19 cases.

• 286 new deaths.

• 13,520 in hospitals for COVID-19.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 69.36% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.24% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,860 active COVID-19 cases.

• 647 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 107,897

• 1,004 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. 23 new deaths were recorded.

• 549 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 205 in intensive care units and 144 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 10.1%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 79.05% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 68.16% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 7, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Monday saw continued improvement in the weekly average of daily hospital admissions for COVID-19, a key indicator for Austin health officials.

The county recorded 50 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, slipped to 59, which is the lowest average since Aug. 1, when it was 58.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9. The average needs to get below 50 for Austin Public Health to consider the community in less danger of community spread.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 540 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set Aug. 25.

As many as 203 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 147 patients on ventilators was a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services' 11-county Central Texas trauma region that includes the Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with two adult beds and six pediatric beds available on Tuesday. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult beds available on Sunday, and zero available staffed pediatric ICU beds on Saturday. 

But Texas as a whole continues to see a frighteningly low number of available staffed intensive care unit beds — with 334 beds available for more than 29 million people — but improving on the previous record low of 303 set Aug. 27.

On Tuesday, 13,499 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number that continued to decrease after reaching as high as 13,932 last month. The pandemic high was 14,218 Texans hospitalized in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 5,964 new COVID-19 cases.

• 128 new deaths.

• 13,499 in hospitals for COVID-19.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 69.21% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.06% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,840 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,260 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 107,248

• 981 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Two new deaths were recorded.

• 540 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 203 in intensive care units and 147 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 10.1%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 78.96% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 68.04% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 3, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Friday saw continued improvement in the weekly average of daily hospital admissions for COVID-19, a key indicator for Austin health officials.

The county recorded 69 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, slipped to 66, which is the lowest average since Aug. 3, when it was 63.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 584 people in the hospital with COVID-19, an improvement over the pandemic record high of 653 patients set in August.

As many as 218 people were in area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 154 patients on ventilators was a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 68.83% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 57.56% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,088 active COVID-19 cases.

• 738 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 105,988

• 979 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Six new deaths were recorded.

• 584 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 218 in intensive care units and 147 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 10.6%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 78.73% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.7% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 2, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Thursday included steady numbers in hospital admissions and patients with COVID-19.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 582 people in the hospital with COVID-19, the lowest number of inpatients in two weeks and an improvement over the pandemic record high with 653 patients set last week.

As many as 212 people were in area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 early last month. The 154 patients on ventilators was a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 on Sunday.

The county recorded 71 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, stayed at 68 both Wednesday and Thursday, which is the lowest average since Aug. 4, when it was 67.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services' 11-county Central Texas region that includes Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with five adult beds and two pediatric beds available on Thursday. The region hit a pandemic low of one bed available on Aug. 14, when the state previously only released data on available staffed ICU beds for adults. 

But Texas as a whole continues to see a low number of available staffed intensive care unit beds — with 316 beds available for more than 29 million people — but improving on the previous record low of 303 set last Friday.

On Thursday, 13,790 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number that continued to remain alarmingly close to the pandemic high of 14,218 hospitalized Texans reached in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 17,099 new COVID-19 cases.

• 341 new deaths.

• 13,790 in hospitals for COVID-19.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Thursday, 68.86% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 57.4% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,980 active COVID-19 cases.

• 720 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 105,250

• 973 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Twelve new deaths were recorded.

• 582 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 212 in intensive care units and 154 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 10.6%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 78.64% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.56% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Sept. 1, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Wednesday included steady numbers in hospital admissions and patients with COVID-19.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 583 people in the hospital with COVID-19, the lowest number of inpatients in two weeks and an improvement over the pandemic record high with 653 patients set last week.

As many as 214 people were in area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 earlier this month. The 157 patients on ventilators was a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 on Sunday.

The county recorded 69 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, was down to 68, which is the lowest average since Aug. 4, when it was 67.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services' 11-county Central Texas region that includes Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, holding steady at two on Wednesday. The region hit a pandemic low of one bed available on Aug. 14.

But Texas as a whole continues to see a low number of available staffed intensive care unit beds — with 359 beds available for more than 29 million people — but improving on the previous record low of 303 set last Friday.

On Wednesday, 13,895 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number that continued to remain alarmingly close to the pandemic high of 14,218 hospitalized Texans reached in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 17,033 new COVID-19 cases.

• 320 new deaths.

• 13,895 in hospitals for COVID-19, up from 13,557 on Sunday.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 68.53% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 57.2% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,861 active COVID-19 cases.

• 637 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 104,530

• 961 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Six new deaths were recorded.

• 583 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 214 in intensive care units and 157 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 10.6%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 78.52% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.41% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 31, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Tuesday included better numbers in hospital admissions and patients and a drop in the positivity rates among tests for COVID-19.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 582 people in the hospital with COVID-19, the lowest number of inpatients in two weeks and an improvement over the pandemic record high with 653 patients set last week.

As many as 211 people were in area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 earlier this month. The 158 patients on ventilators was a significant improvement over the pandemic record high of 174 on Sunday.

The county recorded 63 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, was down to 70, which is the lowest average since Aug. 4, when it was 67.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services' 11-county Central Texas region that includes Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, moving from two on Monday to five on Tuesday. On Aug. 14, the region hit a pandemic low of one bed available.

But Texas as a whole on Tuesday added to the number of available staffed intensive care unit beds — with 375 beds available for more than 29 million people — improving on the previous record low of 303 set on Friday.

On Tuesday, 13,878 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number that continued to remain alarmingly close to the pandemic high of 14,218 hospitalized Texans reached in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 22,746 new COVID-19 cases.

• 231 new deaths.

• 13,878 in hospitals for COVID-19, up from 13,557 on Sunday.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 68.36% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 56.99% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,775 active COVID-19 cases.

• 724 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 103,893

• 955 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Seven new deaths were recorded.

• 582 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 211 in intensive care units and 158 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 10.6%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 78.41% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.26% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 30, 2021

Travis County coronavirus data released Monday included good news but also a worrisome milestone. Although the area has seen improving numbers in hospital admissions, the county set a record over the weekend for the most patients on ventilators during the pandemic: 174.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 604 people in the hospital with COVID-19, the lowest number of inpatients in two weeks and an improvement over the pandemic record high with 653 patients set last week.

As many as 220 people were in area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 earlier this month. 

The county recorded 55 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, was 72, which is the lowest average in about three weeks.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services' 11-county Central Texas region that includes Austin metro area continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, moving from seven on Friday to two on Monday. On Aug. 14, the region hit a pandemic low of one bed available.

But Texas as a whole on Monday added to the number of available staffed intensive care unit beds — with 362 beds available for more than 29 million people — improving on the previous record low of 303 set on Friday.

On Monday, 13,768 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number that continued to remain alarmingly close to the pandemic high of 14,218 hospitalized Texans reached in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 8,410 new COVID-19 cases.

• 33 new deaths.

• 13,768 in hospitals for COVID-19, up from 13,557 on Sunday.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 68.23% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 56.85% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,670 active COVID-19 cases.

• 886 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 103,169

• 948 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Five new deaths were recorded.

• 604 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 220 in intensive care units and 170 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 13.5%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 78.33% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.13% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 27, 2021

Texas on Friday reached a new pandemic low on the number of available staffed intensive care unit beds — with only 303 beds available for more than 29 million people — the number eclipsed the previous record low of 306 set on Wednesday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services' 11-county Central Texas region that includes Austin metro area also continued to see a critical shortage in available staffed ICU beds, moving from five on Thursday to seven on Friday. On Aug. 14, the region hit a pandemic low of one bed available. 

Meanwhile, Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 636 people in the hospital with COVID-19, only days after the county set a pandemic record high with 653 patients on Wednesday.

As many as 230 people were in area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Sunday. 

The county recorded 80 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, slipped to 77.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9.

On Friday, 13,789 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number that continued to remain alarmingly close to the pandemic high of 14,218 hospitalized Texans reached in January.

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services plans to deploy another 2,500 medical personnel to support hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities straining to handle the latest surge in coronavirus cases. The additional staffing would bolster the 5,600 out-of-state medical personnel, consisting mostly of nurses and respiratory therapists that Abbott previously authorized for deployment on Aug. 9.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 12231 new COVID-19 cases.

• 13,789 in hospitals for COVID-19, down from 13,932 on Thursday.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 67.77% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 56.34% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,926 active COVID-19 cases.

• 707 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 102,283

• 943 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Seven new deaths were recorded.

• 636 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 230 in intensive care units and 161 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 13.5%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 78.02% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.75% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 26, 2021

COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalization trends in Texas and in Travis County appeared to either plateau or slightly improve from the pandemic record-setting pace during the past two weeks.

Although Texas on Thursday remained critically low on the number of available staffed intensive care unit beds — with only 356 beds available for more than 29 million people — the number was an improvement over the record low of 306 set on Wednesday.

An 11-county Central Texas region that includes Austin metro area also continued to see an extreme shortage in available staffed ICU beds, moving from four on Wednesday to five on Thursday. On Aug. 14, the region hit a pandemic low of one bed available. 

Meanwhile, Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 630 people in the hospital with COVID-19, only a day after the county set a pandemic record high with 653 patients on Wednesday.

As many as 229 people were in areaICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Sunday. 

The county recorded 71 new hospital admissions for COVID-19. But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, slipped to 78.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9.

On Thursday, 13,932 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number that continued to creep alarmingly close to the pandemic high of 14,218 hospitalized Texans reached in January.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services plans to deploy another 2,500 medical personnel to support hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities straining to handle the latest surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday.

The additional staffing bolsters the 5,600 out-of-state medical personnel, consisting mostly of nurses and respiratory therapists, already authorized for deployment by Abbott on Aug. 9.

DSHS also is providing medical equipment including ventilators, oxygen concentrators, heart monitors, IV pumps, feeding pumps, and hospital beds, according to the governor's office.

"Texans can do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and hospitalizations by getting the vaccine," Abbott said in a statement. "It's safe, effective, and your best defense against COVID-19."

The deployment of personnel will be fully funded by the state through Sept 30, according to the governor's office.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 13,633 new COVID-19 cases.

• 236 new deaths.

• 13,932 in hospitals for COVID-19, up from 13,928 on Wednesday.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Thursday, 67.6% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 56.17% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,731 active COVID-19 cases.

• 600 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 101,576

• 936 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Eight new deaths were recorded.

• 630 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 229 in intensive care units and 157 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 13.5%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 77.9% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.62% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 25, 2021

Texas set a pandemic record low for the number of available staffed intensive care unit beds, with only 306 beds available for more than 29 million people. The number shattered the record low of 314 set on Aug. 17.

The 11-county Central Texas region also continues to see an extreme shortage in available ICU beds, moving from 10 on Tuesday to four on Wednesday. On Aug. 14, the region hit a pandemic low of one bed available. 

Meanwhile, Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking a pandemic record 653 people in the hospital with COVID-19, only days after Travis County set a record high with 647 patients on Saturday.

As many as 225 people were in area intensive care units for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Sunday. 

New daily COVID-19 hospital admissions in Travis County increased, with 86 new admissions recorded.

But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, rose to 79.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9.

On Tuesday, 13,928 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number that continued to creep alarmingly close to the pandemic high of 14,218 hospitalized Texans reached in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

•  18,826 new COVID-19 cases.

• 233 new deaths.

• 13,928 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 13,666 on Tuesday.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 67.34% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 55.95% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,752 active COVID-19 cases.

• 635 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 100,976

• 928 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. No new deaths were recorded.

• 653 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 225 in intensive care units and 162 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 13.5%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 77.71% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.42% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 24, 2021

The Austin area crossed the 100,000 mark on Tuesday and set a pandemic record for the number of people on ventilators for COVID-19.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials were tracking 646 people in the hospital with COVID-19, after Travis County set a pandemic record high with 647 patients on Saturday.

The county continued to have the most people on ventilators ever: 163 on Tuesday, up from 162 on Monday.

As many as 231 people were in area intensive care units for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Sunday. 

New daily COVID-19 hospital admissions in Travis County increased, with 78 new admissions recorded.

But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, slipped to 78.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during the pandemic was 94 on Jan. 9.

The 11-county Central Texas region continues to see an extreme shortage in available ICU beds, moving from five on Monday to 10 on Tuesday. On Aug. 14, the region hit a pandemic low of one bed available. 

Available ICU beds across the state continue to be at critically low levels. On Tuesday, 365 were available, an increase from 347 available the day before. But it was still an improvement from the record low of 314 on Aug. 17. 

On Tuesday, 13,666 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number alarmingly close to the pandemic high of 14,218 hospitalized patients for COVID-19 set in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

•  15,516 new COVID-19 cases.

•  199 new deaths.

• 13,666 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 13,346 on Monday.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 67.06% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 55.72% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,725 active COVID-19 cases.

• 624 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 100,341

• 928 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. One new death was recorded.

• 646 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 231 in intensive care units and 163 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 13.5%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 77.43% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.22% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 23, 2021

The Austin area continues to see record or near-record numbers of people hospitalized and treated for COVID-19. On Monday, Austin Public Health was tracking 638 people hospitalized with COVID-19, after Travis County set a pandemic record high with 647 patients on Saturday.

The county continued to have the most people on ventilators ever: 162 on Monday, up from 153 last Thursday and 145 last Wednesday. As many as 232 people were in area intensive care units for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Sunday. 

New COVID-19 hospital admissions in Travis County have decreased. On Monday, 64 new admissions were recorded.

But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, increased to 80.

The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 on Jan. 9.

The 11-county Central Texas region continues to see an extreme shortage in available ICU beds, moving from three on Friday to five on Monday. On Aug. 14, the region hit a low of 1 bed available. 

A dearth of available ICU beds across the state continued as well. On Monday, 347 were available, a drop from 372 available the day before. But it was still an improvement from 314 last Tuesday, which was the record low. 

On Monday, 13,163 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, a number alarmingly close to the pandemic high of 14,218 hospitalized patients for COVID-19 set in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

•  4,809 new COVID-19 cases.

•  29 new deaths.

• 13,3463 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 13,106 on Sunday.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Monday, 66.88% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 55.55% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,742 active COVID-19 cases.

• 708 new cases

• 927 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Three new deaths were recorded.

• 638 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 232 in intensive care units and 162 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 14.8%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 77.26% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.02% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 20, 2021

The Austin area now has the most people it has ever had hospitalized for COVID-19. On Friday, Austin Public Health and the City of Austin was tracking 620 people hospitalized with COVID-19. The previous high was 619 set in January.

It also had the most people on ventilators ever: 162, up from 153 on Thursday and 145 on Wednesday. There are now 222 people in area ICUs for COVID-19. In the past few days that number has been between 221 and 223, with 223 hit on Wednesday being the all-time high. 

New COVID-19 admissions also have risen. On Friday, 86 new admissions were recorded. The seven-day moving average for hospital admissions also rose from 77 to 78.

That measurement is how Austin Public Health decides what stage we are in. We would have to have a seven-day new hospitalization average below 50 to get out of Stage 5 for COVID-19 recommendations.

The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 new admissions on Jan. 9. 

The 11 county Central Texas region also saw a decrease in available ICU beds, moving from nine on Thursday to 3 on Friday. On Aug. 14, the region hit a low of 1 bed available. 

Less ICU beds were available across the state as well. On Friday, 330 were available, the day before 417 were available, but it was still an improvement from 314 on Tuesday, which was the record low. 

On Friday, 12,841 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19. A few hundred patients have been added each day in the last week, but it is not yet near the high of 14,218 hospitalized people for COVID-19 set in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

•  11,762 new COVID-19 cases.

• No new deaths were recorded on Friday. This week Texas has recorded 29 deaths.

• 12,841 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 12,705 on Aug. 19.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 66.34% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 55.09% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 3,2707 active COVID-19 cases, which rose from 2,983.

• 753 new cases

• 924 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. No new deaths were record.

• 620 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 222 in intensive care units and 152 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 14.8%. Anything above 5% is considered too high. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 76.87% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 65.65% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 19, 2021

The number of people in Austin-area intensive care units decreased Thursday for the first time in days. The number of people on ventilators, however, rose sharply, recording the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic

Austin Public Health reported that 221 people were in ICUs with 153 on ventilators. The day before 223 people were in ICUs, the highest ever for COVID-19 and 145 on ventilators, the previous high.

In the Travis County metropolitan area, 618 people were hospitalized. The record had been 619 set last January.

The 11 county Central Texas region continued to improve in available ICU beds with nine available, up from four available the day before. On Aug. 14, the region hit a low of 1 bed available. 

ICU beds in Texas continued to improve. On Thursday it had 417 ICU beds available, up from 322 the day before and 314, the record low, set on Tuesday. On Thursday, 12,705 people were hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19. It has been a steady rise of adding a few hundred patients a day, but it is not yet near the high of 14,218 hospitalized people for COVID-19 set in January.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 10,772 new COVID-19 cases.

• 1 new death from COVID-19. This week Texas has recorded 29 deaths.

• 12,705 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 12,402 on Aug. 18.

Vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Thursday, 66.34% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 55.09% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,983 active COVID-19 cases.

• 741 new cases

• 924 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic

• 618 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 221 in intensive care units and 153 on ventilators.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, continues to be 77. 

The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 new admissions on Jan. 9. The county recorded 79 new hospital admissions for COVID-19 on Thursday.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 14.8%. Anything above 5% is considered too high. 

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 76.87% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 65.65% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 18, 2021

Austin on Wednesday recorded the most patients in intensive care units across the area with coronavirus-related illnesses since the pandemic began last spring, according to the latest data from the local coronavirus dashboard.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Austin Public Health reported that 223 people were in ICUs with 145 on ventilators. 

The Austin area was also just one hospitalization shy Wednesday from tying its previous record for the most people in the hospital for the disease at once, with 618 people hospitalized with illnesses linked to the disease in Travis County. 

Wednesday is the third day in a row that Austin has broken the record for the most COVID-19 patients in intensive care and the most people with the disease on ventilators.

The 11 county Central Texas region had four available ICU beds on Wednesday, which is an increase from three on Tuesday. The lowest number of available ICU beds reported throughout the pandemic was one bed, which was reported on Saturday.

Texas as a whole Wednesday had 322 available ICU beds, up from the record low of 314 available beds set Tuesday. A total of 12,402 Texans were hospitalized with illnesses linked to COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 7,368 hospital beds left open. 

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 20,058 new COVID-19 cases.

• 0 new deaths from COVID-19.

• 12,402 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 12,227 on Aug. 17.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• about 2,900 active COVID-19 cases.

• 847 new cases

• 924 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, including 1 new death.

• 601 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 223 in intensive care units and 145 on ventilators.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, rose slightly.

The county's 7-day average new hospitalization is down slightly from 76 to 75.9. The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 new admissions on Jan. 9.

Aug. 17, 2021

For the second day in a row, Central Texas officials Tuesday reported the most people ever in ICUs and on ventilators, 217 and 137 respectively. 

The 11 county Central Texas region had three available ICU beds on Tuesday, which is a decrease from nine on Monday. The lowest number of available ICU beds reported throughout the pandemic was one bed, which was reported on Saturday.

Available intensive care unit beds available statewide dropped to 314 beds, down even from the previous lowest number of 321 available beds reported on Aug. 11. Texas had 327 available ICU beds on Monday. 

Statewide, hospitalizations are the highest since January.

Health officials reported 608 people remained hospitalized because of COVID-19 on Tuesday, which is close to the peak reported in summer 2020 of 619.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas continue to climb. On Tuesday, 12,227 people were in the hospital with the coronavirus, according to state data. The surge continues to surpass the peak number of patients seen during the height of the pandemic last summer, when as many as 10,893 were in Texas hospitals for COVID-19. The number of available hospital beds overall rose to 7,803 on Tuesday from 7,187 on Friday, although that is 48 fewer beds that what was reported on Monday.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, is one of the more than 20,000 residents statewide who tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. His office reported that he does not have any symptoms. 

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 20,123 new COVID-19 cases.

• 96 new deaths from COVID-19.

• 12,227 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 11,809 on Aug. 16.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Monday, 65.67% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 54.6% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,630 active COVID-19 cases.

• 923 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 608 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 217 in intensive care units and 137 on ventilators.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, rose slightly.

The county recorded 91 new hospital admissions for COVID-19, which increased the average to 77. The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 new admissions on Jan. 9.

Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 76.21% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 65.11% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. (Those younger than 12 are not yet eligible to take the vaccine.)

Aug. 16, 2021

In the Travis County metropolitan area, 589 people remained hospitalized for COVID-19 on Monday, which isn't as many as the peak last summer of 619. However, Monday saw the most people ever in the ICU, 213 and the most people on ventilators, 134. 

The 11 county region had 9 available hospital beds on Monday, which rose from 1 on Saturday, which is the lowest it has been during this surge.

Texas has seen a rise in hospitalizations for COVID-19, up 11,791 on Monday. This surge continues to surpass the peak number of patients seen during last summer's surge, when as many as 10,893 were in Texas hospitals for COVID-19.

The number of available beds has improved from 7,187 on Friday to about 7,851 on Monday. The number of available ICU beds has risen to 327 up from 322 on Saturday. 

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 5,343new COVID-19 cases.

• 9 new deaths from COVID-19.

• 11,791 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 6,594 on Aug. 1.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Monday, 65.49% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 54.48% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,583 active COVID-19 cases.

• 919 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, and increase of 7 since Friday.

• 589 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 213 in intensive care units and 134 on ventilators.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, dropped.

The county recorded 64 new hospital admissions for COVID-19, which dropped the average also to 76. The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 on Jan. 9.

But vaccination rates for the county continue to improve. As of Friday, 76.08% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 64.96% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Aug. 13, 2021

Texas reported the fewest available hospital beds during the pandemic — only 7,187 beds on Friday for about 30 million people, down from the previous low of 7,458 on Thursday, according to state health data.

Meanwhile, the 198 people in intensive care units in Travis County is a return to the new pandemic record number of ICU patients of 198 set earlier this week on Wednesday. The 128 patients on ventilators is down from the pandemic record of 132 also set on Wednesday.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions remained solidly in Stage 5 territory, with no change to the Austin Public Health guidelines in place for the medically vulnerable who are at high risk of severe symptoms or death from COVID-19.

Central Texas hospitals, also struggling against the effects of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, had seven staffed ICU beds, up from two on Tuesday.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 10,593 new COVID-19 cases.

• 144 new deaths from COVID-19.

• 11,261 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 6,594 on Aug. 1.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Friday, 64.76% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 54.02% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,865 active COVID-19 cases.

• 912 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 596 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 196 in intensive care units and 127 on ventilators. A month ago, on July 13, hospitals reported only 124 COVID-19 inpatients, with 49 in the ICUs and 23 on ventilators.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what course of action the most medically vulnerable members of the community should take against the coronavirus, dropped.

The county recorded 79 new hospital admissions for COVID-19, which dropped the average also to 79. The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 on Jan. 9.

But vaccination rates for the county continue to improve. As of Friday, 75.49% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 64.5% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Aug. 12, 2021

Texas, for the second time this week, reported the fewest available staffed intensive care unit beds during the pandemic — only 321 beds on Thursday, down from the previous low of 329 on Tuesday, according to state health data.

Meanwhile, the 196 people in ICUs in Travis County is a slight improvement over the new pandemic record number of ICU patients of 198 set on Wednesday. The 127 patients on ventilators is down from the pandemic record of 132 also set on Wednesday.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions remained solidly in Stage 5 territory, with no change to the Austin Public Health guidelines in place for the medically vulnerable who are at high risk of severe symptoms or death from COVID-19.

Texas hospitalization numbers continued to climb into the five figures, reaching 10,791 on Wednesday.

Central Texas hospitals, also struggling against the effects of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, had eight staffed ICU beds, up from two on Tuesday.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 11,945 new COVID-19 cases.

• 120 new deaths from COVID-19.

• 10,791 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 6,594 on Aug. 1.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Thursday, 64.42% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 53.86% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,714 active COVID-19 cases.

• 912 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 608 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 196 in intensive care units and 127 on ventilators. A month ago, on July 12, hospitals reported only 115 COVID-19 inpatients, with 44 in the ICUs and 21 on ventilators.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what level of threat the most medically vulnerable members of the community face from the coronavirus, dipped slightly.

The county recorded 74 new hospital admissions for COVID-19, which dropped the average to 83. The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 on Jan. 9.

But vaccination rates for the county continue to improve. As of Thursday, 75.14% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 64.28% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Aug. 11, 2021

Travis County set a pandemic record for the most patients in hospital intensive care units and on ventilators for COVID-19, according to health data released Wednesday.

The 198 people in ICUs in Travis County eclipses the pandemic record of 190 set earlier this year on Jan. 12 in the middle of a winter surge in coronavirus cases. The 132 patients on ventilators broke the pandemic record of 114 set on Jan. 9.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions remained solidly in Stage 5 territory, with no change to the Austin Public Health guidelines in place for the medically vulnerable who are at high risk of severe symptoms or death from COVID-19.

Texas hospitalization numbers continued to climb into the five figures, reaching 10,463 on Wednesday.

The state now has 368 staffed beds for intensive care, up from the 329 available Tuesday, according to state health data. Central Texas hospitals, also struggling against the effects of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, were up to six staffed ICU beds, up from two on Tuesday.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday said that the Texas Department of State Health Services is working to deploy more than 2,500 medical personnel to help hospitals overwhelmed by the increasing number of COVID-19 patients across Texas.

"This first deployment of personnel will be fully funded by the state through Sept. 30," the governor's office said in a statement Wednesday.

"The State of Texas is taking action to ensure that our hospitals are properly staffed and supported in the fight against COVID-19," Abbott said in the statement from his office. "Texans can help bolster the state's efforts to combat the virus by getting vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and it is our best defense against the virus."

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 14,214 new COVID-19 cases.

• 112 new deaths from COVID-19.

• 10,463 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 6,594 on Aug. 1.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 64.14% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 53.72% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,758 active COVID-19 cases.

• 907 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 596 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 198 in intensive care units and 132 on ventilators. A month ago, on July 11, hospitals reported only 98 COVID-19 inpatients, with 41 in the ICUs and 21 on ventilators.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what level of threat the most medically vulnerable members of the community face from the coronavirus, rose slightly.

The county recorded 93 new hospital admissions for COVID-19, which pushed the average at 84. The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 on Jan. 9.

But vaccination rates for the county continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 74.9% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 64.16% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Aug. 10, 2021

Texas crossed the 10,000 mark for the number of COVID-19 cases in hospitals statewide, according to state health data released Tuesday.

Meanwhile in Travis County, the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions was solidly in Stage 5 territory, which no change to the Austin Public Health guidelines in place for the medically vulnerable who are at high risk of severe symptoms or death from COVID-19.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 13,935 new COVID-19 cases.

• 84 new deaths from COVID-19.

• 10,041 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 6,594 on Aug. 1.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 63.94% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 53.63% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:

• 2,820 active COVID-19 cases.

• 904 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 569 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 188 in intensive care units and 128 on ventilators.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what level of threat the most medically vulnerable members of the community face from the coronavirus, stayed the same on Tuesday.

The county recorded 81 new hospital admissions for COVID-19, which kept the average at 83. The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 on Jan. 9.

But vaccination rates for the county continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 74.72% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 64.07% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Aug. 9, 2021

Texas was quickly approaching the 10,000 mark for the number of COVID-19 cases in hospitals statewide, according to state health data released Monday.

Meanwhile in Travis County, the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions was quickly returning to record-high levels.

The Texas Department of State Health Services on Monday reported:

• 2,151 new COVID-19 cases.

• 8 new deaths from COVID-19.

• 9,462 in hospitals for COVID-19 statewide, up from 6,594 on Aug. 1.

But vaccination rates for the state continue to improve. As of Monday, 63.76% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 53.55% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials on Monday reported:

• 2,798 active COVID-19 cases.

• 903 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 557 in hospitals for COVID-19, including 191 in intensive care units and 116 on ventilators.

The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which Austin Public Health uses to help determine what level of threat the most medically vulnerable members of the community face from the coronavirus, increased again Monday.

The county recorded 74 new hospital admissions for COVID-19, which pushed the average to 83. The county's highest average during the pandemic so far was 94 on Jan. 9.

But vaccination rates for the county continue to improve. As of Monday, 74.58% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.99% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.