UPDATED: Williamson County adjusts COVID-19 hospitalizations after data error

Here is an update on COVID-19 cases in Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Here is an update on COVID-19 cases in Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here is an update on COVID-19 cases in Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Updated 11:20 a.m. on Sept. 29

An error in the Sept. 28 Williamson County and Cities Health District coronavirus dashboard adjusted the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital, ICU and on ventilators, WCCHD
Community Engagement Director Deb Strahler said.

The correct
numbers are nine patients hospitalized, four in intensive care units and six on a ventilator, she said. The lowest number of hospitalizations so far is eight, data shows.

From earlier

Williamson County added 59 confirmed coronavirus cases between Sept. 26-28, bringing the total number of cases to 8,624.


As of Sept. 28, there are five patients hospitalized, none in intensive care units and six on a ventilator. The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 85% of hospital beds, 36% of ICU beds and 24% of ventilators are available.

The county did not update its dashboard Sept. 24 due to a process change with the Texas Department of State Health Services' Texas Health Trace system, according to a dashboard note.

The county’s death toll is 142.

Counted deaths are of those who have COVID-19 listed as a direct cause of death on the death certificate. The total does not include deaths of people who had COVID-19 but died of an unrelated cause, according to the DSHS dashboard. This method may delay reporting by weeks or even months due to paperwork, county health officials have said.


Williamson County continues to remain at a moderate community spread level, according to the WCCHD dashboard.

Of the total cases reported, 8,362 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 120 active cases. There are 194 total probable cases.

The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive, is 1.01%.

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: 571

  • Cedar Park: 859

  • Georgetown: 1,558

  • Hutto: 563

  • Leander: 487

  • Round Rock: 2,665

  • Other: 1,081


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.

Here is a breakdown of deaths by city, according to the WCCHD.



  • Cedar Park: 19

  • Georgetown: 22

  • Not specified: 8

  • Other: 25

  • Round Rock: 68


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.
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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