Hays County reports 6 COVID-19-related fatalities since Jan. 21

Hays County reports 1,185 new COVID-19 cases between Jan. 22-24. There were 1,147 new cases and four fatalities reported Jan. 19-21. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Hays County reports 1,185 new COVID-19 cases between Jan. 22-24. There were 1,147 new cases and four fatalities reported Jan. 19-21. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Hays County reports 1,185 new COVID-19 cases between Jan. 22-24. There were 1,147 new cases and four fatalities reported Jan. 19-21. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The Hays County Local Health Department reported six new COVID-19-related fatalities between Jan. 22-24—one woman from Austin, two men from Kyle, two men from San Marcos and a man from Wimberley.

There were 1,185 new cases confirmed by the county between Jan. 22-24, and 1,076 residents were considered recovered in that time, bringing the current active total up to 5,894. This time in December the active total in the county was 1,510.

The county reported 34 new hospitalizations and 30 hospital discharges, bringing the total currently hospitalized up to 31. The data reflects the period up through Jan. 24.

Of the 31 people hospitalized, 20 are unvaccinated, or 65%. The number counted as vaccinated reflects any Hays County resident that has had at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine regimen and does not reflect booster status.

Of those in the hospital, two are in the intensive care unit on ventilators; eight are in the ICU without a ventilator; and the remaining 21 are not ICU patients. Four vaccinated patients are in the ICU without a ventilator.


The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Hays County has reached 43,973 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Hays County reported 328,046 negative tests since the beginning of the pandemic as well as 437 fatalities.

Due to a routine audit, the HCLHD removed 44 recorded cases from its records due to duplication or out-of-county status, 20 of which were erroneously recorded hospitalizations.

Hays County residents can upload at-home coronavirus test results from take-home tests here.

The Texas Department of State Health Services now reports total vaccine counts based on those age 5 and up.

The total number of Hays County residents age 5 and up with at least one vaccine dose is now 75.71%, and 64.14% of residents are fully vaccinated. About 99.99% of Hays County residents 65 years old and older have received at least one dose, and 93.72% of that population is fully vaccinated.
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.