Williamson County reports second-highest daily total for new coronavirus cases, 7 deaths

Here are the coronavirus updates you need to know in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the coronavirus updates you need to know in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the coronavirus updates you need to know in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Williamson County added 575 cases to its coronavirus count Jan. 21, the second-highest daily total since the start of the pandemic in March, according to a Williamson County and Cities Health District report. The total number of confirmed cases is 28,684.

The county also added seven deaths, bringing the total to 280.

Counted deaths are of those who have COVID-19 listed as a direct cause of death on the death certificate. The total does not include deaths of people who had COVID-19 but died of an unrelated cause, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard. This method may delay reporting by weeks or even months due to paperwork, county health officials have said.

Due to rapid changes in hospital surge resources and the inability to ensure the accuracy of self-reported local-level hospital data on capacity, the WCCHD dashboard changed its reporting to reflect hospital usage from the Trauma Service Area O, which includes Williamson County and 10 other counties.

In TSA O, there are 652 coronavirus hospital beds available, or 16% of total beds, and 53 ICU beds available, or 10% of total beds, it said.


Williamson County has become a COVID-19 vaccine distributor, receiving 6,000 doses Jan. 20. For more information, click here.

Of the total cases reported, 26,227 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 1,177 active cases. There are 3,887 total probable cases.

The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests for the coronavirus return positive, declined slightly to 13.56%.

Recoveries are not reported to the state’s contact tracing and data system; therefore, recovery information is not absolute and is to be used for estimating purposes only, according to the WCCHD website. No trends or other inferences should be drawn from this data, as the numbers posted represent a point-in-time snapshot and may fluctuate throughout the day, it said.

Total cases by cities of residence, including probable cases, according to the WCCHD, are as follows.

  • Austin: 2,116

  • Cedar Park: 2,795

  • Georgetown: 6,103

  • Hutto: 2,010

  • Leander: 2,234

  • Round Rock: 7,804

  • Other: 3,872


If the WCCHD is unable to confirm the city of residence after three attempts, the case is deemed “lost to follow-up” and is not included in the above count, officials said.

Here is a breakdown of deaths by city, according to the WCCHD.

  • Austin: 11

  • Cedar Park: 47

  • Georgetown: 65

  • Other: 55

  • Round Rock: 102


Officials said the county is not legally able to release the specific counts in cities with fewer than 20,000 residents. For more information, such as gender and age breakdowns, visit the county's dashboard.


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