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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Wednesday schools and stat tracker

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Wednesday, Sept. 29.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated. Click here for Thursday's blog.

KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus and COVID-19 news in the Austin area. 

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's Sept. 29 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 3.3 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 63,600 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Austin-Travis CountyThe seven-day moving average for new hospital admissions is 32, and an average of 409 people are hospitalized. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 231. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 115,108 cases have been reported and at least 1,095 people have died.
    • Hays County: There are currently 1,129 active cases, and 38 people are currently hospitalized (31 unvaccinated, seven vaccinated). Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 28,442 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 366 people have died. 
    • Williamson CountyThere are 280 new cases of coronavirus in Williamson County. Fifteen percent of hospital beds are available, and 4% of ICU beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 61,690 cases have been reported and at least 639 people have died.
  • Central Texas school districts:
    • Austin ISD: As of Sept. 28, there are a total of 29 new COVID-19 cases (19 students, 10 employees) and a total of 108 new exposures (105 students, 2 employees and one other). Since Aug. 16, there have been 1,005 cumulative positive cases (815 students, 175 employees, 15 others) and 5,919 cumulative exposures (5,825 students, 83 employees, 11 others).
    • Round Rock ISDAs of Sept. 29, there are 24 new positive cases (22 students, 2 employees) and 138 new "close contacts" (127 students, 11 employees). There have been 1,426 total cumulative positive cases (1,259 students, 167 employees) and 12,929 total cumulative "close contacts" (11,908 students, 1,021 employees).
    • Leander ISDFor the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1, there have been 57 total positive cases. There have been 1,419 total cumulative positive cases.
    • Pflugerville ISDFor the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1, there have been 35 total positive cases. There have been 905 total cumulative positive cases.
    • Hays CISDAs of Sept. 29, there are 112 active student cases and 11 active staff cases. There have been a total of 725 cumulative student cases and 126 cumulative staff cases.
  • Texas Public Schools (2021-22 school year; updated on Fridays with data from the previous Monday-Sunday)
    • Cumulative positive student cases: 154,444, up from 126,687 on Sept. 17
    • Cumulative positive staff cases: 28,601, up from 24,476 on Sept. 17

For a look at COVID-19 data across all of the state's counties, click here. KVUE is tracking COVID-19 data from five school districts in Central Texas. Many school districts have their own COVID-19 dashboard.

Updates:

5:35 p.m. – Here's a closer look at today's data:

TEXAS

  • Cases average down to 8,174 per day over the past week, lowest since Aug. 2
    • Down 20% from a week ago
    • Down 32% from a month ago
  • 381 newly reported deaths
    • 63,626 total to date
  • 9,323 COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide
    • Down 19% from a week ago
    • Down 32% from a month ago

LOCAL

  • 564 cases per day over the past week is back lowest since July 28
    • Down 21.5% from a week ago
    • Down 39% from a month ago
  • Nearing Stage 3 territory for hospital admissions… 31.9 per day over the past week
  • 438 COVID-19 patients in Austin area (TSA O) hospitals
  • 189 COVID-19 patients in Austin area (TSA O) ICUs
    • 28 beds available (20 adult, 8 pediatric)
    • 5.5% availability
  • 3,022 total deaths for the 12-county KVUE viewing area

4:30 p.m. – Hays County reported seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases along with two new hospitalizations and four new hospital discharges on Wednesday. There are 152 additional people considered recovered.

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