New Travis County COVID-19 cases in March drop to lowest level since October

Travis County's active COVID-19 case count was 1,013 as of March 31. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Travis County's active COVID-19 case count was 1,013 as of March 31. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Travis County's active COVID-19 case count was 1,013 as of March 31. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Austin Public Health confirmed 3,581 new cases of COVID-19 in March, marking the lowest one-month total since October and an 80.25% decline compared to the 18,136 cases confirmed in January, when cases peaked in the Austin-Travis County area.

According to APH data, there has been a steady decline in new COVID-19 hospitalizations since March 1 as well. Currently, the seven-day moving average of new hospitalizations stands at 17.4, the lowest level since Oct. 31 and 12 lower than March 1.

Based on the seven-day moving average, Travis County has been following Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions for the entirety of March. The county could enter Stage 2 in April if conditions improve and hospitalizations drop below 10 new patients per day; however, an increase to more than 30 hospitalizations per day would bring the county back to tighter restriction under Stage 4.

A graph of the seven-day moving average over time can be found below.

As of March 31, there had been 79,217 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic with 817 COVID-19 related deaths in the Austin-Travis County area and an estimated 1,013 active cases, according to APH data.

As of March 31, an estimated 32% of Travis County residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

While everyone over the age of 16 is eligible to receive a vaccine in Texas as of March 29, APH has not yet opened availability beyond the initial groups who qualified: health care workers, teachers and school staff, residents over age 50 and those with underlying conditions. That is because officials said there are still too many people eligible in APH's system waiting to get a vaccine.


The system will open up to all adults when the waiting list thins out, officials said, and until then residents should seek the vaccine from other providers in the county or the surrounding area. Any Texas resident can sign up for a vaccine through any provider in the state; appointments are not limited by county of residence.

A line graph of cumulative COVID-19 cases reported by APH over time can be seen here.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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