DATA: 2,952 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the KXAN viewing area Friday


This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Editor’s Note: For consistency, KXAN is now using Texas DSHS data for case and death totals in all counties in the viewing area. Previously, data from Austin Public Health and the Hays County Health Department was also being used.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — KXAN is keeping track of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, across Central Texas. Click here for statewide data.

Where have cases been reported?

The first COVID-19 cases in Central Texas were reported on March 13, 2020. Texas reports totals for two kinds of cases: confirmed and probable. A confirmed case is a person who has tested positive on a molecular test. A probable case is a person who has tested positive on an antigen test, or someone who has a combination of symptoms and known exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Where have deaths been reported?

Texas identifies COVID-19 deaths using the cause of death listed on death certificates. The total number of deaths does not include people who had COVID-19 but died from an unrelated cause. The first COVID-19-related death in Central Texas was reported March 27, 2020, in Travis County.

How many people have been vaccinated?

The chart below shows the percentage of all residents in each county who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

The first vaccines in Central Texas were administered on December 15, 2020, at Dell Medical School in Austin. The map below shows the percentage of residents in each county that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

KXAN is also keeping track of vaccination rates in each zip code across Central Texas. Click here to explore the data using our interactive map.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for a person to be fully vaccinated. People who have taken one dose are considered partially vaccinated. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose, so people who take that vaccine are automatically considered fully vaccinated.

The chart below shows the number of vaccine doses administered each day across the KXAN viewing area.

How has the number of cases changed over time?

KXAN is keeping track of the daily increase in COVID-19 cases across Central Texas. The highest daily jump occurred on Jan. 21, 2022, when 7,115 new cases (confirmed and probable) were added to the area total. The highest single-day increase in confirmed cases was 5,968 on Jan. 21, 2022. The highest single-day increase in probable cases was 1,637 on Jan. 17, 2022.

The largest increase in deaths in a single day occurred on Sept. 8, 2021, when 38 new deaths were reported.

How many people are in the hospital?

Austin Public Health reports hospitalization data for the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which comprises of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties. The Austin MSA hit a peak of 728 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Jan. 19, 2022. The chart below shows how the number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 has changed throughout the pandemic.

The charts below show how hospital and ICU bed usage has changed throughout the pandemic.

What stage is Austin-Travis County in?

Austin Public Health uses a ‘risk-based guidelines’ system to determine the threat of COVID-19 in the local community. The threat levels range from Stage 1 (lowest) to Stage 5 (highest). The chart below shows which stage the community has been in since the system was introduced in May 2020.

APH uses several factors to determine which stage the community is in. Prior to Nov. 5, 2021, the primary factor was the 7-day average of the number of people newly admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 each day. On Nov. 5, APH it would also begin to factor in the “Community Transmission Rate,” as determined by the CDC. Both those metrics are shown in the graphs below.

What factors are affecting the data?

KXAN is also keeping track of various factors, anomalies and errors affecting the data. Click here for the full list.

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