Williamson County coronavirus positivity rate returns to 7% on Sept. 10

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County reported 18 new coronavirus cases Sept. 10, bringing the total to 8,125.

As of Sept. 10, 70 patients are hospitalized, 12 are in intensive care units and 11 are on a ventilator. The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 26% of hospital beds, 29% of ICU beds and 86% of ventilators are available.

The county reported one additional death. The total is now 132.

Counted deaths are of those who have COVID-19 listed as a direct cause of death on the death certificate. A medical certifier, usually a doctor, determines the causes of death. The Texas Department of State Health Services does not include deaths of people who had COVID-19 but died of an unrelated cause, according to the DSHS dashboard.

The WCCHD also added a new feature where it provides the county’s current spread level. The color-coded chart was designed to help residents understand the stages of risk and provide recommendations on what people should do to stay safe during the pandemic, the website said.

Williamson County is currently at yellow, or moderate community spread. This means the county has seen a decline in cases over the past 14 days with no rebound; the confirmed case count has remained below seven cases per 100,000 residents for 14 days straight; and the testing positivity rate has stayed below 10% for 14 days straight.

Yellow activity recommendations include avoiding gatherings over 10 people, always wearing a mask around people who are not in your household and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when a mask is worn but up to 10 feet when a mask is not worn, it said.

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While the county is deemed at a moderate spread level, WCCHD officials recommend residents take further precautions a level above what is presented. For example, at the yellow level, officials recommend residents take the precautions listed in orange.

Of the total cases reported, 7,898 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 95 active cases. There are 193 total probable cases.

The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive, is 7%. The rate dropped to 5.09% on Sept. 8 but appears to be on the rise again, reporting at 6.53% on Sept. 9.

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: 536

  • Cedar Park: 818

  • Georgetown: 1,413

  • Hutto: 541

  • Leander: 448

  • Round Rock: 2,522

  • Other: 1,005

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.


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