Hays County reported 317 new COVID-19 cases Aug. 9 as well as two more coronavirus-related fatalities. A Dripping Springs woman in her 80s and a San Marcos woman in her 40s died, and 35 new hospitalizations were reported as well as 21 new hospital discharges.

There are 58 county residents currently hospitalized.
That brings Hays County’s current total to 1,820 active COVID-19 cases. The current total of lab-confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic is now 21,864—2,333 of which have occurred in the past 21 days alone. That is more than 10% of total positive cases since testing was first made available in the county. More than 222,000 tests have been administered. Hays County has had a total of 1,060 residents hospitalized at some point during the pandemic

The rate of vaccination in the county ticked up since the end of July, but not by much. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services reported as of Aug. 9, 66.48% of county residents age 12 and up have received at least one dose, and 55.46% of that group are fully vaccinated. The county is still offering walk-in vaccine clinics on weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Live Oak Community Clinic, 401 Broadway St., San Marcos. The Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available.

On weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m., the Pfizer vaccine is available at CommuniCare, 2810 Dacy Lane, Kyle.