How many cases are there in Central Texas?
The area’s first cases of COVID-19 were reported March 13 in Travis County. As of November 27, there are 65,971 reported cases in Central Texas.
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 July 8, when 1,324 new cases were added to the area total.
The largest increase in deaths in a single day occurred on October 23, when 24 new deaths were reported. Of those, 22 were in Hays County. The county reported this was due to a new reporting system implemented by DSHS that enhanced reporting protocols from hospitals, funeral homes and nursing facilities. Hays County officials said they had not previously been properly notified of the deaths.
On October 28, Hays County made adjustments to their case total and active case total after a week-long internal review found incorrect data. Because of this change, Hays County’s total number of cases decreased by 273.
On November 11, Williamson County announced approximately 600 confirmed cases and 800 probable cases had not previously been reported. The cases dated between July and October and were discovered through a quality assurance check of data import systems. The same day, the county announced it would report data a day late moving forward, “to allow time to perform additional levels of quality assurance checks.”
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.
As of November 27, 218 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized across the Austin MSA. That means 5.08 percent of active cases in the region currently require hospitalization. Of those, 81 are currently in the ICU, and 45 are on a ventilator.
How many people have recovered?
As of November 27, at least 60,032 patients have recovered from COVID-19 across Central Texas. In Travis County, 34,702 patients have recovered from the virus. Williamson County has reported 11,304 recoveries, and Hays County has reported 6,290 recoveries. There are an estimated 5,005 active cases across the region.
Austin Public Health changed the way it reports recovered cases on June 4, to better align with state reporting. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) estimates how many cases have recovered, based on assumptions related to hospitalization rates and recovery times.
APH was previously reporting recovered cases after investigating each case individually. “Case investigation requires extensive and time-consuming work and also results in a lag in data and an untimely representation of recovered patients,” APH said. “With the new recovery estimate, the formula allows for a more accurate recovered number for our community.”
The Williamson County & Cities Health District made the same change on July 13.
NOTE: The graph below is specific to cases in Travis County.
Where have cases been reported?
Reported Cases in Central Texas
Hover or tap the counties below to see the known patient count. Mobile users can zoom in and move the map using two-finger touch.
How many people have died?
The first COVID-19-related death in Central Texas was reported March 27 in Travis County. As of November 27, there are 934 deaths reported in the region. Travis County accounts for 483 of those. Williamson County has reported 165 deaths, and Hays County has 99 deaths related to COVID-19.
When were local cases first reported?
|County||First case||First death|
|Bastrop||March 21||April 6|
|Blanco||March 23||May 30|
|Burnet||March 22||May 28|
|Caldwell||March 27||June 7|
|Fayette||March 20||April 22|
|Gillespie||March 31||June 21|
|Hays||March 14||April 13|
|Lampasas||April 3||July 28|
|Lee||April 1||June 1|
|Llano||March 24||July 16|
|Mason||April 4||August 29|
|Milam||March 20||April 20|
|San Saba||May 16||October 21|
|Travis||March 13||March 27|
|Williamson||March 18||March 28|