Williamson County reports 124 additional coronavirus cases, 2 deaths July 8

Williamson County reports 124 additional coronavirus cases and two deaths on July 8. (Screenshot Courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County reports 124 additional coronavirus cases and two deaths on July 8. (Screenshot Courtesy Williamson County)

Williamson County reports 124 additional coronavirus cases and two deaths on July 8. (Screenshot Courtesy Williamson County)

The Williamson County and Cities Health District confirmed 124 additional coronavirus cases July 8, bringing the total to 3,442.

Currently, 109 patients are hospitalized; 32 are in intensive care; and 17 are on a ventilator, it said. The WCCHD also reported 23% of hospital beds, 13% of ICU beds and 50% of ventilators are available.

Williamson County also reported two deaths, two men in their 70s. The death count is now 48.

On July 7, the county reported 167 additional cases and one death, a man in his 90s.

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 7, the positivity rate was 30.3%, data shows.

The governor 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.

Williamson County is working to increase testing, hosting free testing sites in Hutto, Jarrell and Taylor this week for those who are symptomatic and asymptomatic. The testing is available to anyone, not just Williamson County residents; however, only those who reside in the county will be added to the county’s official COVID-19 count.

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

  • Austin: 222

  • Cedar Park: 396

  • Georgetown: 583

  • Hutto: 237

  • Leander: 190

  • Round Rock: 1,247

  • Other: 406

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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