COVID hospitalizations continue to decrease in Hays County 

By Sahar Chmais

Nearly 65% of eligible Hays County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and some have begun receiving their booster shots.

As of Aug. 13, immunocompromised Texans became eligible to receive a booster shot using the the Pfizer vaccine. Since then, more than 9,300 Hays County residents have gotten their booster. The county as a whole has a 64% vaccination rate.

Hays County recently began seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. More ICU beds have become available. Last month, some days passed where Trauma Service Area-O (TSA-O) had a few ICU beds available, and at one point, no ICU beds had remained. TSA-O includes Hays, Travis and nine other Counties.

COVID-related fatalities have reached 386 in Hays County, as of Oct. 18. Deaths related to COVID-19 have also been decreasing.

There are 18 Hays residents in the hospital due to COVID-19, two of which are vaccinated and in the ICU. There are 16 unvaccinated residents in the hospital, 11 of those are in the ICU.

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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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