175 cases of coronavirus, 2 deaths confirmed in Williamson County on July 9

Williamson County reported 175 additional cases of coronavirus July 9. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County reported 175 additional cases of coronavirus July 9. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)

Williamson County reported 175 additional cases of coronavirus July 9. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)

The Williamson County and Cities Health District confirmed 175 additional coronavirus cases July 9, bringing the total to 3,617.

Currently, 93 patients are hospitalized, 31 are in intensive care, and 15 are on a ventilator, it said.

The WCCHD also reported 23% of hospital beds, 9% of ICU beds and 45% ventilators are available.

The county also announced two additional deaths, a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s. The death toll is now 50.

On July 8, the county reported 124 additional cases and two deaths.

The surge in cases; hospitalizations; and the positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive for COVID-19 across the state, led Gov. Greg Abbott to issue an order July 3 requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces.

As of July 8, the positivity rate was 31.5%, data shows.

Gov. Abbott, also issued a proclamation granting mayors and county judges authority to limit outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, making it mandatory for people to avoid groups larger than 10 and maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others.

This week, the state offered free testing in three Williamson County small cities. The testing was available to anyone, not just Williamson County residents; however, only those who reside in the county were added to the county’s official COVID-19 count.

Here is an update on total cases in the cities of residence including deaths, according to the WCCHD.

  • Austin: 241

  • Cedar Park: 413

  • Georgetown: 615

  • Hutto: 249

  • Leander: 194

  • Round Rock: 1,297

  • Other: 424

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

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. The WCCHD transitioned to the state’s contact tracing/data system over the holiday weekend and is no longer able to access some of the data it previously displayed on the dashboard, such as active and recovered count, according to its website.
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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