Hays County reported 5 new COVID-19-related fatalities along with 14 new hospitalizations. The data reflects the period from Oct. 2-4.

The Hays County Local Health Department reported 5 COVID-related fatalities over the weekend that include a Kyle woman in her 20s, a San Marcos man in his 60s, a San Marcos man in his 50s, a San Marcos woman in her 70s and a Wimberley man in his 70s.

The county confirmed 166 new cases between Oct. 2 through Oct. 4 and 241 residents were considered recovered in that time, bringing the current active total down to 988. Last week’s active total was 1,099, down from 1,524 reported on Sept. 23.

Of the 39 people currently hospitalized, 31 are unvaccinated—about 79%— with 11 in the intensive care unit on ventilators, 13 in the ICU without a ventilator and the remaining 13 are not ICU patients. Two vaccinated patients are in the ICU.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Hays County has now reached 28,766 since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 1,889 have occurred in the past 21 days.

Hays County reported 258,101 negative tests since the beginning of the pandemic as well as 372 fatalities.

The percent 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 ages 12 and older with at least one vaccine dose rose to 73.43%, while 63.15% of residents are fully vaccinated. Both numbers are less than a percentage point up from Sept. 30.

Of residents 65 years and older, 88.84% are fully vaccinated.

Both Hays and San Marcos Consolidated Independent School Districts keep an up-to-date COVID-19 dashboard of cases. Hays CISD currently has 80 active student cases, down from 124 last week and 12 active staff cases. There are not any classrooms actively in a remote learning situation.

San Marcos CISD has 11 active cases and 7 active staff. All campuses in both districts are open.

The county is still offering “no appointment needed” vaccine clinics, Monday through Friday 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, San Marcos and they have the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines available.

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

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