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Number of Texans in hospital for COVID rises to 2,844; Austin area remains in Stage 3

Roberto Villalpando
Austin American-Statesman

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WHERE WE ARE:Austin returns to Stage 3 guidelines after steady decline in COVID-19 cases, health officials say

Nov. 30, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 2,844 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or about a fifth of 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 798 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 124 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 a shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 79 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:

• 4,549 new COVID-19 cases.

• 78 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Tuesday, 68.86% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 59.02% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Tuesday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 13 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, was 12.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Tuesday, the rate was 36.7.

Austin Public Health was tracking 102 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 47 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 26 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:

• 887 active COVID-19 cases.

• 353 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 122,630

• 1,188 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.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 78.11% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.61% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 29, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 2,796 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or about a fifth of 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 755 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 111 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 a 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:

• 2,036 new COVID-19 cases.

• 5 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Monday, 68.79% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.94% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Monday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded nine 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, was 13.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Tuesday, the rate was 36.7.

Austin Public Health was tracking 102 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 43 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 26 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:

• 631 active COVID-19 cases.

• 101 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 122,277

• 1,185 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 4.9%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 78.06% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.53% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 25-28

All Austin Public Health COVID-19 testing sites and vaccine sites will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 28.

The COVID-19 surveillance dashboard will not be updated on Thursday or Friday, Nov. 25-26, but will be updated Monday, Nov. 29. To schedule a COVID-19 test or vaccine through Austin Public Health, visit austintexas.gov/covid19.

Nov. 24, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 2,681 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a fifth of 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 774 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 119 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 a shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 64 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:

• 3,316 new COVID-19 cases.

• 80 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Wednesday, 68.45% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.73% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Tuesday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 15 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, was 13.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Tuesday, the rate was 51.5.

Austin Public Health was tracking 109 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 48 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 29 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:

• 1,017 active COVID-19 cases.

• 147 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 122,176

• 1,185 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.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 77.75% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.3% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 23, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 2,692 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a fifth of 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 763 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 115 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 a shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 60 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:

• 2,807 new COVID-19 cases.

• 93 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Tuesday, 68.3% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.67% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Tuesday indicated that health officials would keep 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, was 13.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Tuesday, the rate was 60.4.

Austin Public Health was tracking 112 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 51 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 27 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:

• 982 active COVID-19 cases.

• 217 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 122,029

• 1,184 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.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 77.6% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.25% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 22, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 2,618 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or about a fifth of 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 816 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 110 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 a shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 55 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:

• 1,398 new COVID-19 cases.

• 10 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Monday, 68.18% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.62% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Monday indicated that health officials would keep 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, was 12.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Monday, the rate was 60.4.

Austin Public Health was tracking 107 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 53 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 31 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:

• 865 active COVID-19 cases.

• 103 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 121,812

• 1,184 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.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Monday, 77.48% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.21% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 19, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Friday recorded 2,730 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or about a fifth of 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 686 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 has been seeing a shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 34 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:

• 3,372 new COVID-19 cases.

• 100 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Friday, 67.86% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.48% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Thursday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 15 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, was 13.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Thursday, the rate was 49.

Austin Public Health was tracking 105 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 52 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 33 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:

• 1,009 active COVID-19 cases.

• 92 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 121,709

• 1,184 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 4.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Friday, 77.05% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 67.06% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 18, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Thursday recorded 2,681 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a fifth of 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 693 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 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 has been seeing a shortage in available staffed ICU beds, with 26 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:

• 4,192 new COVID-19 cases.

• 138 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Thursday, 67.71% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.4% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Thursday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 15 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, was 13.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Thursday, the rate was 49.

Austin Public Health was tracking 106 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 53 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:

• 1,006 active COVID-19 cases.

• 109 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 121,617

• 1,182 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 4.4%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Thursday, 76.89% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.98% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 17, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 2,720 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or about a fifth of 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 748 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 has been seeing little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 44 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:

• 3,906 new COVID-19 cases.

• 122 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Wednesday, 67.57% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.34% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Wednesday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 15 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, was 13.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Wednesday, the rate was 53.

Austin Public Health was tracking 118 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 51 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:

• 999 active COVID-19 cases.

• 147 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 121,508

• 1,181 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 4.5%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 76.7% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.92% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 16, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 2,741 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or about a fifth of 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 879 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 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 service region that includes the Austin metro area has been seeing little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 68 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:

• 3,386 new COVID-19 cases.

• 89 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Tuesday, 67.44% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.28% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Tuesday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded nine 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, was 13.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Tuesday, the rate was 45.1.

Austin Public Health was tracking 114 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 56 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 33 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:

• 943 active COVID-19 cases.

• 216 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 121,361

• 1,180 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 4.7%. Anything above 5% is considered too high and qualifies the area as a COVID-19 hot spot.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 76.57% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.87% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 15, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 2,653 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a fifth of 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 815 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 115 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 little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 70 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:

• 945 new COVID-19 cases.

• 9 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Monday, 67.31% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 58.23% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Monday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded seven 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, was 14.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

If the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2, but officials also are watching the transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. On Monday, the rate was 67.

On Monday, Austin Public Health was tracking 115 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on 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 31 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:

• 851 active COVID-19 cases.

• 216 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 121,156

• 1,179 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 3.3%. 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, 76.35% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.81% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 11, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Thursday recorded 2,717 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a fifth of 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 731 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 has been seeing little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 55 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:

• 3,034 new COVID-19 cases.

• 165 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Thursday, 66.84% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 57.98% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Local coronavirus data was not reported Thursday because of the Veterans Day holiday.

But Travis County vaccination rates also continue to improve, according to state data. As of Thursday, 75.74% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.62% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 10, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 2,769 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a fifth of 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 761 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 117 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 little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 64 adult beds and 12 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:

• 3,354 new COVID-19 cases.

• 159 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Wednesday, 66.7% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 57.91% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Wednesday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

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, was 14.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

Currently, if the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2.

On Wednesday, Austin Public Health was tracking 116 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 65 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 35 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:

• 941 active COVID-19 cases.

• 107 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 120,844

• 1,176 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 4.4%. 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, 75.51% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.55% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 9, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 2,755 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a fifth of 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 921 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 143 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 little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 65 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:

• 3,385 new COVID-19 cases.

• 96 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Tuesday, 66.54% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 57.83% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Tuesday indicated that health officials would keep 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, was 14.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

Currently, if the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2.

On Tuesday, Austin Public Health was tracking 121 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 51 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 28 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:

• 955 active COVID-19 cases.

• 256 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 120,737

• 1,175 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 4.4%. 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, 75.28% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.47% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 8, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 2,801 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or about a fifth of 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 825 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 150 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 little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 71 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:

• 1,268 new COVID-19 cases.

• 8 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Monday, 66.46% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 57.79% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Monday indicated that health officials would keep the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 6 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, was 13.

The county's highest average for new daily admissions during this most recent surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was in Stage 5, the highest threat level.

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 then 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.

Currently, if the average stays below 15 for a while, health officials could move the community to the safer Stage 2.

On Monday, Austin Public Health was tracking 124 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on 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 30 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:

• 835 active COVID-19 cases.

• 115 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 120,481

• 1,172 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 Monday, 75.2% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.44% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 5, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Friday recorded 3,018 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a quarter 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 775 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 110 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 little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 70 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:

• 2,593 new COVID-19 cases.

• 141 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Friday, 66.34% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 57.72% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Travis County: Coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Friday indicated that health officials would keep 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 up 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 119 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 56 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 31 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:

• 966 active COVID-19 cases.

• 67 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 120,366

• 1,167 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 Friday, 75.07% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 65.38% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 4, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Thursday recorded 3,100 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a quarter 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 754 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9. Although the state only had 115 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 little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 71 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:

• 2,572 new COVID-19 cases.

• 139 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports, which brought overall vaccination rates down from previous levels because of the addition of the new population. As of Thursday, 66.11% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 57.57% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

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 18 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 12.

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 117 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which was only about 17% 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 30 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:

• 999 active COVID-19 cases.

• 120 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 120,299

• 1,167 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 Thursday, 74.83% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 66.2% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 3, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 3,156 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a quarter 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 770 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 has been seeing little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 69 adult beds and 12 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:

• 3,874 new COVID-19 cases.

• 164 new deaths.

• As of Wednesday, 74.02% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 64.45% of Texans 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

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 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, stayed at 12.

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 114 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which was only about 17% of the total when the pandemic record high of 653 patients was set Aug. 25.

Only 52 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 28 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:

• 1,001 active COVID-19 cases.

• 73 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 120,179

• 1,165 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, 82.64% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 73.1% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 2, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 3,333 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or less than a quarter 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 871 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 has been seeing little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 82 adult beds and 12 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:

• 2,984 new COVID-19 cases.

• 129 new deaths.

• As of Tuesday, 73.94% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 64.36% 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 eight 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 12.

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 113 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which was only about 17.3% of the total when the pandemic record high of 653 patients was set Aug. 25.

Only 47 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 30 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:

• 1,044 active COVID-19 cases.

• 259 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 120,106

• 1,163 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 3.3%. 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, 82.57% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 73.02% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nov. 1, 2021

Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 3,380 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, or about 24% 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 891 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 has been seeing little if any increase in available staffed ICU beds, with 37 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:

• 922 new COVID-19 cases.

• 19 new deaths.

• As of Monday, 73.88% of Texans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 64.29% 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 Monday showed enough improvement in hospital trends for COVID-19 that health officials maintained the community threat level at Stage 3.

The county recorded 2 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 12.

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 121 people in the hospital with COVID-19, which was only about 18.5% of the total when the pandemic record high of 653 patients was set Aug. 25.

Only 49 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 34 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:

• 941 active COVID-19 cases.

• 85 new cases, pushing the pandemic total to 119,847

• 1,163 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 3.3%. 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, 82.52% of Travis County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.94% of county residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.