Hays County reports 1 COVID-19-related fatality Oct. 7; total active cases continue downward trend

The county saw 72 newly-confirmed cases and 3 new hospitalizations with 3 new discharges and 40 people are currently hospitalized.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The county saw 72 newly-confirmed cases and 3 new hospitalizations with 3 new discharges and 40 people are currently hospitalized. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The county saw 72 newly-confirmed cases and 3 new hospitalizations with 3 new discharges and 40 people are currently hospitalized. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Hays County reported one new COVID-19-related fatality along with three new hospitalizations. The data reflects the period from Oct. 6-7.

The Hays County Local Health Department reported one COVID-19-related fatality Thursday, Oct. 7—a Kyle woman in her 80s.

There were 72 new cases confirmed by the county Oct. 7, and 70 residents were considered recovered in that time, bringing the active total down to 879. Last week’s active total was 1,099, down from 1,524 reported on Sept. 23.

Of the 40 people hospitalized, 33 are unvaccinated, which is about 83%.

There are 14 people in the intensive care unit on ventilators, 13 are 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 28,929 since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 1,477 have occurred in the past 21 days. The 21-day roving average was more than 400 less than a week ago.

Hays County reported 260,605 negative tests since the beginning of the pandemic as well as 376 fatalities.

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

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that the total number of Hays County residents 12 years old and up with at least one vaccine dose rose to 73.64%, an increase of less than 0.20% from a week ago, and 63.40% of residents are fully vaccinated, or an increase of 0.35% in a week.

Additionally, 89.04% of residents 65 years oldand older are fully vaccinated.

Both Hays and San Marcos CISDs keep an up-to-date COVID-19 dashboard of cases. Hays CISD currently has 108 active student cases, down from 124 last week, and 14 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 cases. All campuses in both districts are open.

The county is still offering vaccine clinics with no appointment needed, 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.-noon and 1-3 p.m. the Pfizer vaccine is available at CommunicCare, 2810 Dacy Lane, Kyle.

A drive-thru 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.
By Eric Weilbacher

Editor, New Braunfels and San Marcos/Buda/Kyle

Eric joinedCommunity Impact Newspaper as an editor in July 2021, returning to journalism after several years in the New Braunfels business community. Prior to CI, Eric freelanced for multiple publications and was a reporter for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. He brings a passion for accurate, compelling story telling and human interest to his work.



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