More ICU beds available as COVID hospitalizations decrease

By Sahar Chmais
COVID-19 hospitalizations have stayed steady since a gradual decrease two weeks ago.
As of Monday, Sept. 27, there were 43 Hays County residents hospitalized with COVID-19. Last week, that number was 44. A total of 364 COVID-related fatalities have occurred in Hays County.
Of the 43 hospitalized, five, or 12%, have been vaccinated. A total of 31 hospitalized are in the ICU, one of which is vaccinated and 30 unvaccinated.
Residents who have received one dose of the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, are counted as part of the vaccinated population.
More ICU beds have become available than the previous weeks, when the numbers ranged as low as 0 bed availability in Trauma Service Area O (TSA-O), serving 11 counties including Hays and Travis. As of Monday, 17 ICU beds were available, with 171, or 36% of the 506 beds occupied by COVID patients. In previous weeks, nearly 50% of ICU beds were occupied by COVID patients.
The number of fully vaccinated residents in Hays County has reached 63%.

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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