Number of patients hospitalized for COVID in Austin area eases to 681, days after pandemic high

Jan. 21, 2022

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 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 125 — a decrease from 128 reported the previous day.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was last 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. 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 1771.2 on Friday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 681 people in the hospital with COVID-19, a drop from the pandemic record high of 728 patients tallied the previous day. Of those hospitalized, 152 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:

• 5,462 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,235 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 4,916 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 30.5%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 82.42% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.98% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Texas: Health officials on Friday recorded 13,371 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the highest number since early September, when Texas was in the throes of the delta surge.

The summer surge, fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus, peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 282 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, a number approaching the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 111 staffed pediatric ICU beds, so far that is 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 one adult bed and six 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:

• 55,886 new COVID-19 cases.

• 169 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Friday, 73.63% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.23% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 20, 2022

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 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 128 — a decrease from 129 reported the previous day, which was a pandemic high.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was last 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. 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 1896.1 on Thursday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 700 people in the hospital with COVID-19, a drop from the pandemic record high of 728 patients tallied the previous day. Of those hospitalized, 162 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 67 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:

• 4,355 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,231 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,129 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 31.1%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 82.35% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.93% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Texas: Health officials on Thursday recorded 13,094 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the highest number since early September, when Texas was in the throes of the delta surge.

The summer surge, fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus, peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 324 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, a number approaching the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 117 staffed pediatric ICU beds, so far that is 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 five adult beds and five 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:

• 37,900 new COVID-19 cases.

• 166 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Thursday, 73.55% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.16% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 19, 2022

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 129 — an increase from 121 reported the previous day and a new pandemic high.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was last 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. 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 1896.2 on Wednesday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 728 people in the hospital with COVID-19, breaking the pandemic record high of 682 patients tallied the previous day. Of those hospitalized, 152 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 76 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:

• 4,275 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,227 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,047 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 31.1%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 82.28% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.88% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 12,905 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the highest number since mid-September, when Texas was in the throes of the delta surge.

The summer surge, fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus, peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 306 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, a number approaching the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 123 staffed pediatric ICU beds, so far that is 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 24 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:

• 47,966 new COVID-19 cases.

• 154 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Wednesday, 73.47% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.1% of Texans 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 18, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 12,344 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the highest number since September, when Texas was in the throes of the delta surge.

The summer surge, fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus, peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 364 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, a number approaching the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 130 staffed pediatric ICU beds, so far that is 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 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:

• 44,610 new COVID-19 cases.

• 123 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Tuesday, 73.37% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 62.03% 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 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 121 — an increase from 118 reported Friday and a new pandemic high.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was last 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. 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 1829.9 on Friday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 682 people in the hospital with COVID-19, breaking the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25. Of those hospitalized, 145 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:

• 4,640 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,227 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 3,862 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 32.8%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 82.2% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.82% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 14, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Friday recorded 11,851 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the highest number since September, when Texas was in the throes of the delta surge.

The summer surge, fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus, peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 352 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, a number approaching the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 136 staffed pediatric ICU beds, so far that is 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 11 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:

• 48,390 new COVID-19 cases.

• 113 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Friday, 73.06% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.87% 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 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 118 — an increase from 114 the previous day and a new pandemic high.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was last 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. 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 1350 on Friday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 579 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25. Of those hospitalized, 132 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 71 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:

• 5,528 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,225 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,563 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 32.9%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 81.9% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.65% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 13, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Thursday recorded 11,653 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the highest number since September, when Texas was in the throes of the delta surge.

The summer surge, fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus, peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 316 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, a number approaching the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 133 staffed pediatric ICU beds, so far that is 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 24 adult beds and 11 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:

• 59,268 new COVID-19 cases.

• 117 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Thursday, 72.96% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.8% 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 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 114 — an increase from 112 the previous day and a new pandemic high.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was last 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. 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 1242.6 on Thursday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 563 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25. Of those hospitalized, 127 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:

• 5,326 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,223 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,299 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 33.1%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 81.81% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.59% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 12, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 11,571 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the highest number since September, when Texas was in the throes of the delta surge.

The summer surge, fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus, peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 315 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, a number approaching the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 131 staffed pediatric ICU beds, so far that is 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 27 adult beds and 9 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:

• 61,113 new COVID-19 cases.

• 136 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Wednesday, 72.85% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.74% 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 112 — an increase from 110 the previous day and a new pandemic high.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was last 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. 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 1253.81 on Wednesday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 555 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25. Of those hospitalized, 128 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:

• 6,142 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,223 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,080 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 32.5%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 81.7% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.52% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 11, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 11,040 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the highest number since September, when Texas was in the throes of the delta surge.

The summer surge, fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus, peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 329 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. 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 38 adult beds and 9 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:

• 46,795 new COVID-19 cases.

• 110 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Tuesday, 72.74% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.66% 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 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 110 — an increase from 108 the previous day and a new pandemic high.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was last 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. 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 1880.1 on Tuesday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 553 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25. Of those hospitalized, 132 people were in Austin-area ICUs. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 65 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:

• 6,105 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,223 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,218 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 32.2%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 81.59% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.46% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 10, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 10,417 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the highest number since September, when Texas was in the throes of the delta surge.

The summer surge, fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus, peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 352 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 121 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 43 adult beds and 9 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:

• 41,968 new COVID-19 cases.

• 6 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Monday, 72.65% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.61% 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 108 — an increase from 87 last week and a new pandemic high.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer surge was 84 on Aug. 11, when the community was last 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. 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 1725.3 on Monday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 539 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25. Of those hospitalized, 122 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:

• 5,703 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,222 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,625 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 31.2%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 81.53% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.42% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 7, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Friday recorded 9,216 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, more than a 50% increase in the past week.

The summer surge peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 360 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 126 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 13 adult beds and 11 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:

• 44,857 new COVID-19 cases.

• 114 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Friday, 72.38% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.44% 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 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 87 — an increase from 82 the previous day.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer 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. 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 1211 on Friday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 435 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 93 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 48 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:

• 6,673 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,221 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,122 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 30%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Friday, 81.31% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.29% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 6, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Thursday recorded 8,740 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, an increase of more than 3,200 patients in the past week.

The summer surge peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 360 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 114 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 17 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, 2021.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 35,453 new COVID-19 cases.

• 126 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Thursday, 72.27% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.38% 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 to 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 82 — an increase from 74 the previous day.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer 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. 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 1,066.8 on Thursday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 404 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 92 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:

• 6,043 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,221 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,320 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 29.7%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Thursday, 81.22% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.23% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 5, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Wednesday recorded 8,129 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, more than twice as many people hospitalized on Christmas.

The summer surge peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 419 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 126 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 27 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, 2021.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 39,943 new COVID-19 cases.

• 92 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Wednesday, 72.17% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.32% 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 4 of Austin Public Health's risk-based guidelines.

But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, was 74 — an increase from 71 the previous day.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer 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. 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. 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 436 on Wednesday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 385 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 69 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:

• 5,407 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,220 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,250 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 29.3%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Wednesday, 81.12% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.17% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 4, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Tuesday recorded 7,460 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the most since early October.

The summer surge peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26, 2021. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 475 available staffed ICU beds for adult patients, up from the pandemic low of 270 on Sept. 9, 2021. Although the state only had 113 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 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, 2021.

Statewide, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported:

• 44,431 new COVID-19 cases.

• 60 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Tuesday, 72.05% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.25% 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 4 of Austin Public Health's risk-based guidelines.

But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, was 71 — an increase from 66 the previous day.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer 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. 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. 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 452 on Tuesday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 354 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

Only 61 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 25 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:

• 4,752 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,220 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,149 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 18.3%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Tuesday, 81.03% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.11% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

Jan. 3, 2022

Texas: Health officials on Monday recorded 7,015 people in the hospital for COVID-19 statewide, the most since Oct. 7, when the total was 7,117.

The summer surge peaked at 13,932 patients on Aug. 26. The pandemic high was in January, when 14,218 Texans were hospitalized.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 492 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 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 47 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:

• 51,481 new COVID-19 cases.

• 78 new deaths.

• On Nov. 4, state officials began including children ages 5 to 11 in their vaccination reports. As of Monday, 71.97% of Texans 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 61.2% 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 Monday, health officials kept the community threat level at Stage 4 of Austin Public Health's risk-based guidelines.

But the rolling seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions, which helps Austin Public Health determine guidelines for the most medically vulnerable members of the community, was 66 — an increase from 45 just days before the new year began.

The county's highest average for new daily hospital admissions during the summer 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.

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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. 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 434.6 on Monday.

Austin Public Health was tracking 314 people in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to the pandemic record high of 653 patients tallied on Aug. 25.

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Only 65 people were in Austin-area ICUs for COVID-19. That number hit a pandemic record high of 237 on Aug. 22. The 24 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:

• 4,293 active COVID-19 cases.

• 1,218 total deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

• 1,045 new cases

• The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is 18.3%.

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve. As of Monday, 80.97% of Travis County residents 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 70.07% of county residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Austin COVID tracker: Daily updates on coronavirus, hospital data

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