Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Saturday, April 24.
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- Texas: More than 2.4 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 48,800 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Central Texas counties:
- Travis County: At least 81,739 cases have been reported and at least 845 people have died. At least 79,997 people have recovered from the virus.
- Hays County: At least 18,061 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 239 people have died. At least 17,205 people have recovered from the virus.
- Williamson County: At least 38,430 cases have been reported in the county and at least 462 people have died.
For a look at COVID-19 data across all of the state’s counties, click here.
GRAPHS: Coronavirus data April 23, 2021
6 p.m. – Travis County reported 53 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 81,739 cases and 845 deaths since the start of the pandemic. At least 79,997 people have recovered from the virus.
Travis County currently has 137 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 39 in the ICU and 20 on ventilators.
4:50 p.m. – Manor ISD will cancel its prom for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it announced on Saturday. Manor ISD explained the decision in the following statement:
“As always, Manor ISD will put the safety of our scholars and staff first. When Manor ISD Central Administration discovered that the Manor Senior High School Prom had been scheduled, we immediately took action to ensure the safety of our scholars and staff.
“Unfortunately, the appropriate procedures were not followed regarding the organization of school-based events. The district will not allow anyone to compromise the safety measures that are put in place to keep our scholars and staff safe.
“We appreciate and value the support of our Manor community as we continue to keep our scholars and staff safe, while also being transparent.”
11:30 a.m. – The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has notified vaccine providers in the state that they should resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The DSHS announcement comes one day after U.S. health officials lifted an 11-day pause on the use of the vaccine.
10 a.m. – Anyone 16 and older can get their free first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Circuit of the Americas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. without an appointment today and tomorrow.
Check out our list of vaccine clinics that don’t require an appointment.
8:30 a.m. – Austin ISD and Code 4 are hosting a walk-in vaccine clinic for students 16 years old and older. The clinic will be held at the AISD Performing Arts Center at 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The clinic will be for first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. An appointment is required and students can register here. Students who are younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian present at their vaccination.
Additionally, AISD and CommUnityCare are hosting a drive-thru clinic open to AISD staff, students and family members 16 years old and older today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Circuit of the Americas. This clinic is also for first doses of the Pfizer vaccine and an appointment is required. Those who wish to participate can register here for English and here for Spanish.
Masks are required at both clinics. Insurance is not required, but if you have insurance, you are asked to bring your insurance card.
8 a.m. – Workforce Solutions Capital Area will host a curbside pickup event for child care providers to receive free PPE and cleaning supplies. The event will be held at the First Workers Day Labor Center at 4916 N. Interstate 35 in Austin from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Child care providers in Travis County who contract with Workforce Solutions Capital Area to serve child care subsidy families can sign up to receive toilet paper, hand soap and sanitizer, gloves, disinfectant wipes, masks and more.