Hays County has 193 new coronavirus cases on June 24

Today's Hays County coronavirus case numbers were second highest since the pandemic began. (Community Impact staff)
Today's Hays County coronavirus case numbers were second highest since the pandemic began. (Community Impact staff)

Today's Hays County coronavirus case numbers were second highest since the pandemic began. (Community Impact staff)

Numbers provided by the Hays County Local Health District showed 193 new coronavirus cases on June 24, the second-highest daily total in Hays County since the pandemic began. There have been 1,693 new cases registered since June 8 in Hays County.

Hospitalizations rose to 17, according to the county. The numbers also show 403 have recovered of the 2,194 confirmed cases, leaving 1,786 active cases. With 8,524 tests administered, Hays County has a positive test rate of 25.7%

Texas has set records for new cases June 23 and June 24, with more than 5,400 new cases per day.

In a joint statement regarding hospital capacity from Ascension Seton, Baylor Scott & White Health and St. David’s HealthCare on June 24, the hospital groups said the Austin metro has 2,470 staffed beds collectively, and the occupancy is at 71%

The three healthcare systems have 483 ICE beds and the occupancy of those is currently at 70%. Additional licensed beds would be available and would require more than normal staffing and other resources if the surge requires. Full licensed capacity adds another 780 beds, according to the release.

Baylor Scott & White has a hospital in Buda and Ascension Seton has a hospital in Kyle. San Marcos is served by Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-San Marcos.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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