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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Friday stats tracker

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Friday, July 30.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated.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

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

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's July 30 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.6 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 51,900 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Austin-Travis County: The seven-day moving average of new admissions is 50, and an average of 289 people are hospitalized. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 330. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 89,433 cases have been reported and at least 900 people have died. 
    • Hays County: There are currently 1,028 active cases and 31 people are currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 20,496 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 269 people have died. At least 19,199 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: There are 263 new cases, and 12% of hospital beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 42,838 cases have been reported in the county and at least 493 people have died.

For a look at COVID-19 data across all of the state's counties, click here.


5:40 p.m. – Hays County reported one new COVID-19 death on Friday, a Kyle man in his 80s. Health officials also reported 186 new confirmed cases along with two new hospitalizations and no new hospital discharges. There are 72 additional people considered recovered.

4:50 p.m. – Austin-Travis County is just under the Stage 5 threshold. The seven-day average of 49.9 hospitalizations per day is just under the 50-person criteria for Stage 5. Health officials issued an urgent call to action.

RELATED: ‘Urgent Action Needed’ | Austin-Travis County facing low ICU capacity, reaches threshold for Stage 5

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


  • 13,871 new cases today is the most in a single day since Feb. 2
    • 7-day average is now up to 6,468/day over the past week, highest since Feb. 16 and:
      • Up 88% from a week ago
      • Up 763% from a month ago
  • 57 new deaths added today, 52,041 total to date
  • 5,846 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, most since Feb. 26
    • Up 50% from a week ago
    • Up 283% from a month ago
  • Positivity rate above 16% and climbing
    • Testing (statewide) is at 88,647/day for the past week. At the beginning of this month, it was 49,124/day.
    • Testing in Austin metro (4 counties – Bastrop, Hays, Travis, Williamson) is at 7,447/day for the past week… 3,454/day on July 1


  • 381 (+12) COVID-19 patients in Austin area (TSA O) hospitals, most since Feb. 22
    • 11.5% available
  • 135 (+5) COVID-19 patients in Austin area (TSA O) ICUs, most since Feb. 24
    • Added a few available beds back today, up to 16. 2.26% availability (up from 1.88% yesterday)
  • 789 new cases for Bastrop/Hays/Travis/WilCo
    • 7-day avg. up to 596/day:
      • Up 94% from a week ago
      • Up 831% from a month ago
  • Positivity for the metro is rising, up to 7.63%, but not near as bad as the state as a whole

Vaccine sites:

The following pop-up vaccine clinics will be available this weekend, no appointment is necessary. Check the details of each event below to confirm dates, locations, times and age eligibility depending on the vaccine administered.

ACC Eastview (APH/Travis County)

UniFirst Austin (APH)

Southeast Library (APH)

Little Walnut Creek Library (APH)

Elory and Ross Market (APH)

Travis County Expo (Travis County)

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

Dailey Middle School (Travis County)

Montopolis Flea Market (APH)

Emancipet Onion Creek (APH)

Southeast Library (APH)

Little Walnut Creek Library (APH)

Turner Roberts Recreation Center (APH)

JD’s Supermarket – FM 812 (Travis County)

JD’s Supermarket – Cameron (Travis County)

Travis County Expo (Travis County)

Vaccine: Pfizer (12 years and up), Johnson and Johnson (18+ years only)

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