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People fully vaccinated exceeds total case number

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    As of Tuesday afternoon, 10,644 people in Bastrop County have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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    As of Tuesday afternoon, Bastrop County reported 209 active COVID-19 cases. View this dashboard at www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus.

Over ten thousand Bastrop County residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19, surpassing for the first time the total number of confirmed or probable cases reported in Bastrop County since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of Monday afternoon, Bastrop County reported a total of 6,811 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 2,094 probable cases, according to the county’s dashboard.

So far, 8,605 people have recovered from the illness in Bastrop County, leaving 209 active cases.

At the same time last week, the county’s total number of confirmed cases was 6,764 and the total number of probable cases was 2,065, with 8,508 total recoveries and 231 active cases.

The dashboard reports one more COVID-19 fatality, bringing the number of deaths in Bastrop County due to the illness to 91.

As of Monday, 18,330 residents of Bastrop County have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 10,217 of those people had received their second dose to become fully vaccinated, or 14.84% of Bastrop County’s population over 16, according to another dashboard from DSHS, found at dshs.texas.gov/news/updates.shtm. Last week, 16,807 people had received their first dose of a vaccine, and 7,140 of those people had received a second dose. 

As of this week, the 17th week of vaccine distribution, Bastrop County had received a total of 38,900 doses—24,000 first doses and 14,900 of which are designated as second doses. Due to Bastrop County’s designation as a vaccine hub, many of these doses are available to residents of other counties. During the 17th week of vaccine distribution, the HEB Pharmacy in Bastrop will receive 100 Johnson & Johnson doses, both Walgreens Pharmacy locations in Bastrop will receive 100 Johnson & Johnson doses each, the HEB Pharmacy in Elgin will receive 100 Johnson & Johnson doses, and A+ Life Style Medical Group in Bastrop, which is a vaccine hub provider, will receive 2,000 Moderna first doses.

According to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) weekly update last Tuesday, the county’s community testing site in Bastrop performed 93 tests between March 23 and March 29. The positivity rate of PCR testing by Bastrop County is 6.8% as of March 16.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 across the 11-county Trauma Service Area O, which includes Bastrop and Travis counties, was at 4.27% as of last Tuesday.

“Please continue minimizing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing your masks, social distancing, washing your hands frequently and staying home when you are sick,” last week’s post said. 

For more information about receiving a test at the county testing site, visit www.bastropcountycovid19.org or call 512-972-5560. For local questions about COVID-19, call the Bastrop County hotline at 512-303-4300.

For the latest update, posted each Tuesday, visit @BastropCountyOEM on Facebook.

According to the City of Austin’s COVID-19 dashboard, found at www.austintexas.gov/covid19, the portion of the 78621 zip code in Travis County has reported 315. Last week, this number was 314.

The City of Austin dashboard also includes information about hospitalized patients in the five-county Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), in addition to the case numbers for Austin and Travis County. The MSA includes Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson County.

As of Monday afternoon, the MSA has 138 inpatients in the region’s hospitals, with 59 patients in the intensive care units (ICU) and 28 ventilators in use.

Last week, 148 people were in the hospital as inpatients due to COVID-19, 55 patients were in the ICU and 39 ventilators were in use.

According to DSHS, 77 cases of the B.1.1.7 virus variant from the United Kingdom, and one case of the B.1.351 variant from South Africa, have been reported in Trauma Service Area O as of last week.

In May 2020, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began gathering and reporting data from nursing homes about the number of confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 in residents and staff. As of Monday, data was available through the week ending on March 21 at data.cms.gov. 

No additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the previous week, but one staff member has tested positive. A total of 42 residents and 31 staff members have been confirmed with COVID-19 over the 44 weeks of data reported so far, and six residents have died due to the virus.

In early September, Elgin ISD launched a school district dashboard of daily reported COVID-19 cases by campus, found online at www.elginisd.net/Page/6358.

As of Monday afternoon, no new cases had been reported so far in April. One student at Elgin Intermediate School has tested positive in March since last week, for a total of five cases in March.