On Sept. 27, Hays County reported six new COVID-19-related fatalities along with 13 new hospitalizations.

The Hays County Local Health Department reported the six COVID-19-related fatalities include a woman from Buda in her 40s, a Dripping Springs man in his 40s, a Kyle man in his 80s, a San Marcos man in his 60s, a San Marcos man in his 80s and a Wimberley woman in her 80s.

Additionally, 190 new cases were confirmed by the county Sept. 27, and 267 residents were considered recovered, bringing the active total to 1,475, down from 1,524 reported on Sept. 23.

Of the 43 people hospitalized, 38 are unvaccinated, which is about 88%.

There are 20 patients in the intensive care unit on ventilators; 12 are in the ICU without a ventilator, and the remaining 11 are not ICU patients. One vaccinated patient is in the ICU on a ventilator, and the remaining four vaccinated patients are not in the ICU.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Hays County has now reached 28,365 since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 2,608 have occurred in the past 21 days.

Hays County reported 252,863 negative tests since the beginning of the pandemic as well as 364 fatalities.

The percentage of residents getting vaccinated continues to increase, although the pace is slowing.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that the total number of Hays County residents 12 years old and up with at least one vaccine dose rose to 72.89%, and 62.41% of residents are fully vaccinated. Both numbers are less than a percentage point up from last week.

Additionally, 88.42% of residents 65 years old and older are fully vaccinated.

Both Hays and San Marcos CISDs keep an up-to-date COVID-19 dashboard of cases. Hays CISD has 133 active student cases, and 14 active staff cases. There are not any classrooms actively in a remote learning situation.

San Marcos CISD has 58 active cases and 8 active staff cases. All campuses in both districts are open.

The county is still offering no-appointment-needed vaccine clinics Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Live Oak Community Clinic, 401 Broadway St., San Marcos. The clinic offers the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccines.

Every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. the Pfizer vaccine is available at CommunicCare, 2810 Dacy Lane, in Kyle.

A drive-thru clinic is coming soon and will be offered by MD Diagnostics at the Old Walnut Springs School, 300 Sportsplex, Dripping Springs, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.