Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in downtown Texas for Thursday, September 16th.
AUSTIN, Texas: KVUE will keep you up to date with the latest news on coronavirus and COVID-19 in the Austin area.
Scroll down to see the headlines and the latest updates from KVUE’s September 16 live blog.
- Texas: More than 3.2 million cases have been reported in the state and more than 59,600 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas State Department of Health Services.
- Central Texas Counties:
- Austin-Travis County: The seven-day moving average for admissions to new hospitals is 56 and an average of 522 people are admitted. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 495. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 111,361 cases have been reported and at least 1,038 people have died.
- Hays County: There are currently 1,828 active cases and 56 people are currently hospitalized (53 unvaccinated, 3 vaccinated). Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 27,365 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 345 people have died. At least 25,192 people have recovered from the virus.
- Williamson County: There are 551 new cases of coronavirus in Williamson County. Thirteen percent of hospital beds and 1% of ICU beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 58,542 cases have been reported and at least 591 people have died.
- Central Texas School Districts:
- Austin ISD: As of September 15, there were a total of 72 new COVID-19 cases (60 students, 11 employees, 1 other) and a total of 351 new exposures (345 students, 6 employees). Since August 16, there have been 776 accumulated positive cases (618 students, 150 employees, 8 more) and 4,570 cumulative exposures (4,491 students, 69 employees, 10 others).
- Round Rock ISD: As of September 15, there are 47 new positive cases (40 students, 7 employees) and 315 new “close contacts” (301 students, 14 employees). There were 1,126 positive cumulative cases (985 students, 141 employees) and 10,698 cumulative “close contacts” (9,815 students, 883 employees).
- Leander ISD: During the week of September 11-17 there were 101 positive cases in total. There were 1,204 positive cases accumulated.
- Pflugerville ISD: During the week of September 11-17, there were 70 positive cases in total. There were 729 cumulative positive cases.
- Hays CISD: As of September 15, there are 231 cases of active students and 32 cases of active staff. There were a total of 560 cumulative cases of students and 107 cumulative cases of staff.
- Texas Public Schools (Course 2021-22; updated on Fridays with data from Monday to Sunday before)
- Accumulated cases of positive students: 73,749, compared to 60,527 on August 29
- Accumulated cases of positive staff: 16,213, compared to 14,377 on 29 August
To view COVID-19 data in all counties in the state, click here. KVUE tracks COVID-19 data from five Central Texas school districts. Many school districts have their own COVID-19 board.
GRAPHICS: Coronavirus data as of September 15, 2021
6 h – The Texas Central Food Bank will hold a free food distribution from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Travis County Expo Center, located at 7311 Decker Lane in Austin.
5:30 am – Hays CISD announced that Tobias Elementary School will remain closed until Monday, September 20, 2021. In an email sent Wednesday, the district said:
“Campus classrooms that previously went through virtual instruction will continue with their original quarantine schedule. This includes anyone with a positive COVID; they will continue to quarantine until their official return on campus date. This closure is the result of positive COVID cases on campus, which accounts for 10% of the campus population.Currently, at Tobias Elementary School we add combined positive cases between students and adults, totaling 73 people.
The campus will move to the remote conference offered through our virtual platform. The Schoology program will be used. Principal Dipalma will forward information to parents about the instruction.“
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