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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Friday school and cases stat tracker

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Friday, Aug. 27.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated. Click here for Monday'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 Aug. 27 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.9 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 54,600 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Austin-Travis County: The 7-day moving average for new hospital admissions is 77, and an average of 642 people are hospitalized. The 7-day moving average for new cases is 468. Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 102,283 cases have been reported and at least 943 people have died.
    • Hays County: There are currently 2,184 active cases, and 48 people are currently hospitalized (37 unvaccinated, 11 vaccinated). Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 24,868 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 307 people have died. At least 22,377 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: There are 203 new cases of coronavirus in Williamson County. Eleven percent of hospital beds are available, and 1% of ICU beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 50,857 cases have been reported and at least 532 people have died.
  • Central Texas school districts:
    • Austin ISD: As of Aug. 26, there are a total of 117 new COVID-19 cases (104 students, 13 employees) and a total of 1,140 new exposures (1,116 students, 24 employees).
    • Round Rock ISD: As of Aug. 26, there are 46 new positive cases (43 students, 3 employees) and 335 new "close contacts" (314 students, 21 employees). There have been 299 total cumulative positive cases (246 students, 53 employees) and 3,125 total cumulative "close contacts" (2,571 students, 554 employees).
    • Leander ISD: For the week of Aug. 21-27, there have been 300 total positive cases. There have been 551 total cumulative positive cases.
    • Pflugerville ISD: For the week of Aug. 23-27, there have been 125 total positive cases. There have been 275 total cumulative positive cases. 
    • Hays CISD: For the week of Aug. 23-27, there have been 56 total reported new cases (23 students, 33 staff).
  • Texas Public Schools (2021-22 school year)
    • Cumulative positive student cases: 4,729
    • Cumulative positive staff cases: 3,373

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:

2:45 p.m. – Here's a closer look at today's data:

TEXAS

  • 12,231 new cases today: 7-day average up to 13,613/day over the past week
    • Up 1% from a week ago
    • Up 158% from a month ago
  • 300 new deathsreported today: most in a single day since March 4
    • 54,991 total to date
    • State now reporting 179 deaths per day over the past week (maxed out at 336 in late Jan. for that spike, and 230 in August for the 2020 summer spike)
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations fell today to 13,789 (-143)
    • Up 7% from a week ago
    • Up 160.5% from a month ago
  • Pandemic low 303 ICU beds available statewide (306 two days ago)

LOCAL

  • Case average still falling: 887/day over the past week
    • Down 21% from a week ago
    • Up 84% from a month ago
  • 748 (-33) COVID-19 hospitalizations in TSA O
    • 17% COVID-19/capacity
    • 11% available
  • 262 (+4) COVID-19 patients in TSA O ICUs
    • 51% COVID-19/capacity
    • 1% availability
  • Hospital admissions falling: 76.7/day
  • 161 COVID-19 patients on ventilators in the MSA

2:10 p.m.  Austin Public Health and Travis County are partnering with community organizations to host a series of vaccine clinics throughout the weekend of Aug. 27. 

Friday, Aug. 20:

Lake Travis United Methodist Church (Travis County) 

Southeast Library (APH) 

Little Walnut Creek Library (APH) 

La Mexicana Market (Travis County) 

Poco Loco Supermercado (Travis County) 

Saturday, Aug. 28

Teri Baptist Church (APH)

Travis County Expo (Travis County) 

Ana Lark Center (APH) (Not included in the APH gift card program) 

Dailey Middle School (Travis County) 

Del Valle High School Opportunity Center (Travis County/APH) 

La Moreliana Meat Market (Travis County) 

La Buena Supermercado (Travis County) 

San Jose Catholic Church (Travis County) 

Dove Springs Recreation Center (Travis County) 

Southeast Library (APH) 

Little Walnut Creek Library (APH) 

Turner Roberts Recreation Center (APH) 

Harmony School of Endeavor (APH) 

Cristo Rey Church (APH)

Sunday, Aug. 29

Travis County Expo (Travis County) 

Monday, Aug. 29

Blackhawk Amenity Center (Travis County) 

1 p.m. – In response to the continued COVID-19 surge, the Austin Center for Events (ACE) is updating its special events permit process to include enhanced mitigation efforts.

10:30 a.m. – Public health leaders are providing an update on COVID-19 in Austin-Travis County. Watch below:

6:45 a.m. – Bat Fest 2021 has been canceled. The event was scheduled for this weekend, but organizers said while their plans were initially approved by the City of Austin, their permit has since been denied. Anyone who bought tickets to the fest can either request a refund or transfer their ticket to next year's event.

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