See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County this week

Between July 11-17, Williamson County reported 745 additional cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional deaths. (Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Between July 11-17, Williamson County reported 745 additional cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional deaths. (Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Between July 11-17, Williamson County reported 745 additional cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional deaths. (Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Between July 11-17, Williamson County reported 745 additional cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional deaths—increases of 19.89% and 31.37%, respectively, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District.

The total number of confirmed cases is 4,490, and the total number of deaths is 67, according to the district.



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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The guarantee also ensures that Texas school systems can retain their teachers for the 2020-21 school year for whom they originally budgeted.

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In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, the Texas Education Agency released updated public health guidance March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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"Under this updated guidance, a public school system's current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy," the release reads.

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H-E-B officials announced their employees and vendors would still be required to be masked while on the job, and customers would be encouraged to wear masks while in stores.

Williamson County will follow Gov. Greg Abbott mask mandate changes. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County to follow governor's mask mandate changes

The change will go into effect March 10.

See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases decreased significantly month-over-month in Williamson County.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

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