Currently, 104 patients are hospitalized, 32 are in intensive care and 17 are on a ventilator, it said. The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 24% of hospital beds, 11% of ICU beds and 66% of ventilators are available.
The four deaths were all women: one in her 60s, one in her 70s and two in their 90s. The death toll is now 65.
“These are not just residents of Williamson County that we have lost, these are grandparents, parents, spouses, and friends,” Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said. “COVID-19 may be in our community, but we have the tools to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and those who are most vulnerable to this disease.”
On July 15, the count reported 174 additional cases, and five deaths—the highest daily number of deaths the county has experienced so far.
A dashboard update revealed of the total cases, 3,322 have recovered, and there are 1,033 active cases.
However, 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.
Due to the increase in cases, the state remains under a mask order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces. Now, major retailers are also requiring masks, including Target, Walmart and Best Buy, among others.
As of July 14, the county’s seven-day average positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive, was 20.61%, which has continued to drop from its peak at 35.3% on June 30.
Here is an update on the total cases by city of residence, including deaths, according to the WCCHD.
- Austin: 273
- Cedar Park: 511
- Georgetown: 804
- Hutto: 320
- Leander: 229
- Round Rock: 1,607
- Other: 546
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.
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 recovery counts, according to its website.