Williamson County coronavirus spread risk drops to ‘minimal’

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

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

Updated 4:07 p.m. on Oct. 27

Williamson County dropped to a minimal coronavirus spread risk level Oct. 26, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District guidelines.

The WCCHD developed a color-coded chart to help residents understand the stages of risk and provide recommendations on how people can stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to their website.

At the minimal spread risk level, officials still recommend people avoid large crowds of more than 25 people and keep capacity below a maximum of 75% at events. Always wearing a mask in public spaces, maintaining six feet of distance and washing hands frequently are all still recommend, it said. For more details, click here.

Between Oct. 24-26, Williamson County added 83 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 9,418.


As of Oct. 26, there are 17 patients hospitalized, nine in intensive care units and three on a ventilator. The WCCHD also reported 28% of hospital beds, 22% of ICU beds and 87% of ventilators are available.

The county also added one additional death. The total is 151.

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 Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard. This method may delay reporting by weeks or even months due to paperwork, county health officials have said.

Of the total cases reported, 9,084 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 183 active cases. There are 190 total probable cases.

The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive, is 2.72%.

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: 628

  • Cedar Park: 904

  • Georgetown: 1,725

  • Hutto: 626

  • Leander: 559

  • Round Rock: 2,842

  • Other: 1,249


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: 21

  • Georgetown: 26

  • Not specified: 9

  • Other: 26

  • Round Rock: 69


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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