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Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Monday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 4 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 20 on Monday, a drop from 25 on Friday.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread. Then on Feb. 24, the Austin area moved back to Stage 4.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Monday was 63.3.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 166 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 54 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 27 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 1,004 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,350 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 956 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 7.5%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 83.81% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.39% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 3,684 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 3,722 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 771 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 125 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 53 adult beds and seven pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 2,227 new COVID-19 cases.
• 33 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Monday, 75.53% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.93% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Friday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 4 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 25 on Friday, a drop from 29 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Friday was 75.8.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 183 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 61 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 34 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 743 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,350 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 357 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 8.4%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 83.77% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.34% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Friday recorded 4,211 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 4,474 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 518 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 118 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 30 adult beds and seven pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 4,693 new COVID-19 cases.
• 150 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Friday, 75.42% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.85% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Thursday, health officials moved the community threat level down to Stage 4 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 29 on Thursday, a drop from 31 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Thursday was 82.6.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 225 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 65 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 35 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 818 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,347 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 536 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 8.7%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 83.75% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.32% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Thursday recorded 4,474 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 4,832 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 502 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 120 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 28 adult beds and seven pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 3,804 new COVID-19 cases.
• 234 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Thursday, 75.37% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.81% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Wednesday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 31 on Wednesday, a drop from 32 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Wednesday was 91.1.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 243 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 72 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 39 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 922 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,345 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 525 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 11.3%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 83.73% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.29% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 4,832 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 4,970 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 549 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 123 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 33 adult beds and nine pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 2,686 new COVID-19 cases.
• 260 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Wednesday, 75.32% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.78% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Tuesday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 32 on Tuesday, a drop from 42 on Friday.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Tuesday was 148.6.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 250 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 69 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 37 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 1,070 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,343 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 8,325 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 12%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 83.69% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.24% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 4,970 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 5,152 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 600 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 142 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 36 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 4,084 new COVID-19 cases.
• 192 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Tuesday, 75.28% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.74% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Monday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 42 on Friday.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Monday was 148.6 on Friday.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health did not release new data for Monday because of the Presidents Day holiday.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 83.67% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.22% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 5,152 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 5,400 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 618 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 146 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 35 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 3,439 new COVID-19 cases.
• 19 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Monday, 75.23% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.7% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Friday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 42 — a decrease from 45 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Friday was 183.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 291 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 80 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 46 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 1,143 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,336 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 436 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 13.3%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 83.6% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.12% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Friday recorded 6,071 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 6,470 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 443 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 141 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 19 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 8,367 new COVID-19 cases.
• 240 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Friday, 75.09% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.59% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Thursday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 45 — a decrease from 51 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Thursday was 183, a decrease from 192.9 the previous day.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 305 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 83 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 47 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 1,171 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,334 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 1,632 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 13.3%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 83.57% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.09% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Thursday recorded 6,470 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 6,914 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 452 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 140 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 20 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 5,950 new COVID-19 cases.
• 287 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Thursday, 75.04% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.54% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Wednesday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 51 — a decrease from 53 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Wednesday was 192.9, a drop from 209 the previous day.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 327 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 87 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 48 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 1,108 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,329 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 699 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 14.5%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 83.54% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.06% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 6,914 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 7,154 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 482 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 143 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 23 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 4588 new COVID-19 cases.
• 299 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Wednesday, 74.99% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.5% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Tuesday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 53 — a decrease from 56 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Tuesday was 209, a drop from 234.9 the previous day.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 336 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 90 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 45 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 1,185 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,322 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 630 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 15.1%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 83.51% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 72.02% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 7,154 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 7,479 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 560 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 159 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 19 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 8,000 new COVID-19 cases.
• 228 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Tuesday, 74.94% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.45% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Monday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 56 — a decrease from 57 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Monday was 234.9, a drop from 301.7 on Friday.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 345 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 93 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 51 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 1,351 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,321 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 1,448 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 15.9%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 83.48% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.99% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 7,479 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 7,615 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital. 
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 443 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 148 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 29 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 5,655 new COVID-19 cases.
• 42 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Monday, 74.9% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.41% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Friday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 57 — an increase from 54 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Friday was 301.7, a drop from 347.5 the previous day.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 388 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 101 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 52 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 1,920 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,314 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 801 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 19.2%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 83.39% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.88% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Friday recorded 8,481 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 8,943 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital. 
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 389 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 125 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 30 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 9,778 new COVID-19 cases.
• 256 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Friday, 74.77% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.28% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Thursday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 54 — a decrease from 55 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate on Thursday was 347.5, a drop from 413.3 the previous day.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 403 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 113 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 51 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 2,143 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,301 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 785 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 19.9%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 83.35% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.84% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Thursday recorded 8,943 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 9,317 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital. 
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 392 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 130 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 33 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 11,643 new COVID-19 cases.
• 305 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Thursday, 74.71% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.22% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Wednesday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 55 — a decrease from 58 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days.. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate was 413.3 on Wednesday.
Austin Public Health was tracking 422 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 113 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 56 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 2,279 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,295 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 689 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 20.7%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 83.33% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.79% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 9,317 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 9,529 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital. 
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 443 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 145 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 9,272 new COVID-19 cases.
• 294 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Wednesday, 74.66% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.17% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Tuesday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s guidelines, which help people understand what activities will put them most at risk for disease spread.
The rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine the risk-based guidelines, was 58 — a decrease from 61 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 earlier this year on Jan. 19.
The community previously had been in Stage 5 during a summer surge last year driven by the delta variant of the virus. Once the seven-day daily hospitalizations average had stayed below 50 for several days near the end of September, Austin Public Health on Sept. 28 moved the region to Stage 4, 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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and it returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6 as the omicron variant spread.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
Austin Public Health leaders also use another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days.. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate was 413.3 on Tuesday — a decrease from 472.1 on Monday and 497.7 the previous day.
Austin Public Health was tracking 420 people in the hospital with COVID-19, a drop from 654 the previous day. Of those hospitalized, 116 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 58 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 2,637 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,283 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 824 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 20.7%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 83.29% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.75% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 9,529 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 9,659 the previous day.
The highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a surge in cases statewide that peaked Jan. 21, when 13,371 Texans were in the hospital. 
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant last year hospitalized as many as 13,932 Texans on Aug. 26.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 402 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 155 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 37 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 8,801 new COVID-19 cases.
• 282 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Tuesday, 74.61% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.12% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Monday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines.
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 61 — a decrease from 94 last week.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 on Jan. 19.
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.
More: What do FDA’s changes in COVID-19 boosters mean for you?
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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6. 
Austin Public Health leaders had begun using another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days, was 497.7 on Monday — a decrease from 678.3 last week.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 431 people in the hospital with COVID-19, a drop from 654 the previous day. Of those hospitalized, 121 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 58 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 2,951 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,281 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 1,050 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 21.7%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 83.26% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.71% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Omicron’s early traits: More contagious, less dangerous? That would be ‘good news for the human race.’
Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 9,659 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 10,103 the previous day.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus put as many as 13,932 Texans in the hospital on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January 2021, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 417 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 144 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 25 adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 12,331 new COVID-19 cases.
• 17 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Monday, 74.55% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 63.07% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Wednesday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines.
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 94 — a decrease from 96 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 on Jan. 19.
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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6. 
Austin Public Health leaders had begun using another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days, was 714.3 on Wednesday — a decrease from 928.1 the previous day.
Austin Public Health was tracking 581 people in the hospital with COVID-19, a drop from 654 the previous day. Of those hospitalized, 143 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 68 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 6,801 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,276 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 10,591 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 25.6%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 83.11% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.53% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
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Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 11,997 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, down from 12,156 the previous day.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus put as many as 13,932 Texans in the hospital on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January 2021, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 296 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 131 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 nine adult beds and eight pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 21,082 new COVID-19 cases.
• 298 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Wednesday, 74.34% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.84% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 12,156 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, an uptick from 12,121 the previous day.
A summer surge fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus put as many as 13,932 Texans in the hospital on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January 2021, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 344 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, an increase from the pandemic low of 259 on Jan. 27. Although the state only had 149 staffed pediatric ICU beds, that is still more than the pandemic low of 64 beds reported on Aug. 4, 2021.
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 20 adult beds and seven pediatric beds available. The region hit a pandemic low of zero adult ICU beds on Sept. 5, 2021, and zero pediatric ICU beds on Sept. 4, 2021.
Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:
• 28,471 new COVID-19 cases.
• 200 new deaths.
• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Tuesday, 74.28% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.78% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.
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Travis County: Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID-19 released Tuesday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines.
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 96 — a decrease from 99 the previous day.
The county’s highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the pandemic was 129 on Jan. 19.
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.
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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. Health officials made the shift to Stage 3 on Oct. 12.
The Austin area remained in Stage 3 for only two months before returning to Stage 4 on Dec. 29 — and returned to Stage 5 a little more than a week later on Jan. 6. 
Austin Public Health leaders had begun using another key indicator to better determine the risk-based guidelines: the community transmission rate. Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, has said that the transmission rate appeared to be more accurate in determining the threat level than the daily hospital average when it came to the delta variant.
The community transmission rate, which tracks new cases per 100,000 people over seven days, was 928.1 on Tuesday.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
Austin Public Health was tracking 598 people in the hospital with COVID-19, a drop from 654 the previous day. Of those hospitalized, 149 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 63 patients on ventilators remained low compared to the pandemic record high of 174 set on Aug. 29.
Austin Public Health and Travis County health officials reported:
• 4,749 active COVID-19 cases.
• 1,273 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
• 821 new cases
• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 27.3%.
According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 83.05% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 71.45% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

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