Williamson County reports five additional coronavirus deaths Aug. 19

Here is how the coronavirus has impacted Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Here is how the coronavirus has impacted Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Here is how the coronavirus has impacted Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

The Williamson County and Cities Health District reported 43 new coronavirus cases and five deaths Aug. 19. The total number of cases is 7,624.

As of Aug. 19, 75 patients are hospitalized, 29 are in intensive care and 17 are on a ventilator. The WCCHD also reported 21% of hospital beds, 18% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators are available.

With the five additional deaths, the total is now 110.

The county’s positivity rate, or the rate at which coronavirus tests return positive, is also on the rise now at 10.92% after spending 10 days below 10%. Nonetheless, the rate still remains lower than the county’s peak in late June and early July, data shows. The highest rate so far was reported at 33.3% on June 28.

On July 29, the county announced the Texas Department of State Health Services is now using death certificates instead of local health district reports to count COVID-19 fatalities. According to the county, this standardizes death reporting across the state, but it does leave a lag, as death certificates can take up to three months to be issued.

Of the total cases reported, 6,824, or 89.5%, are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 695 active cases.

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.

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

  • Austin: 482

  • Cedar Park: 797

  • Georgetown: 1,295

  • Hutto: 520

  • Leander: 406

  • Round Rock: 2,370

  • Other: 919

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.