OVER THE WEEKEND: Williamson County adds 163 coronavirus cases, 9 deaths

Williamson County added 163 coronavirus cases and nine deaths between July 25-27. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County added 163 coronavirus cases and nine deaths between July 25-27. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)

Williamson County added 163 coronavirus cases and nine deaths between July 25-27. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)

Between July 25-27, the Williamson County and Cities Health District reported 163 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 5,366.

Currently, 115 patients are hospitalized, 38 are in intensive care and 20 are on a ventilator, it said. The WCCHD also reported 25% of hospital beds, 5% of ICU beds and 66% ventilators are available.

Over the weekend, the county reported nine additional deaths, including a man in his 60s, three men in their 70s, three women in their 80s and two men in their 90s. The death toll is 99.

Reported deaths are of confirmed cases who died because of their COVID-19 illness or complications thereof, either as a cause of death or a significant contributing factor in the death, per the dashboard.

“Nearly 100 lives in Williamson County have ended too soon due to COVID-19,” Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said in a news release. “As your County Judge, I want to remind you that my commitment and priority are to keep you and your loved ones as safe as possible. I hope you can stand with me in solidarity by following safety measures to reduce the spread of this deadly disease.”

Of the total cases, 4,680 have recovered, and there are 587 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.

As of July 19, the county’s seven-day average positivity rate, or the rate at which coronavirus tests return positive, is 17.58%, which has continued to decrease.

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

  • Austin: 335

  • Cedar Park: 600

  • Georgetown: 1,008

  • Hutto: 395

  • Leander: 266

  • Round Rock: 1,878

  • Other: 697

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 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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