Williamson County reports 4 new deaths, sees small dip in new COVID cases

Here is an update on coronavirus cases in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here is an update on coronavirus cases in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Here is an update on coronavirus cases in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Williamson County reported 70 additional coronavirus cases and two additional coronavirus-related deaths July 17. The number of confirmed cases is now 4,490.

Currently, 93 patients are hospitalized, 34 are in intensive care and 17 are on a ventilator, it said. The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 21% of hospital beds, 7% of ICU beds and 69% of ventilators are available.

The two deaths were a man in his 50s and woman in her 80s.

“Today may be the end of a work week, but it is not the end of our fight against COVID-19. As your County Judge, I ask that you take care of yourselves by following the safety measures set in place by the health care professionals,” Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said in the release.

On July 16, the count reported 93 additional cases and four deaths.


A dashboard update revealed that of the total cases, 3,492 have recovered, and there are 931 active cases.

However, recoveries are not reported to the state’s contact tracing/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.

As of July 14, the county’s seven-day average positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive, was 20.48%, 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: 276

  • Cedar Park: 517

  • Georgetown: 817

  • Hutto: 325

  • Leander: 231

  • Round Rock: 1,630

  • Other: 563


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.
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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