Williamson County returns to ‘moderate’ COVID-19 spread risk level after dropping to ‘minimal’

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Williamson County returned to a moderate coronavirus spread risk level Nov. 4 after dropping to minimal risk level Oct. 26.

According to Williamson County and Cities Health District data, the seven day average positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive, has increased over the past seven days, which prompted the move. The current rate is 3.18%.

At a moderate spread level, the WCCHD states that people should avoid gatherings of over 10 people, always wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of distance from those outside their household. For more details on what each level requires, click here.

The county also added 47 new cases Nov. 4, which brings the total to 9,755.

As of Nov. 4, there are 29 patients hospitalized, 13 in intensive care units and six on a ventilator. The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 25% of hospital beds, 27% of ICU beds and 88% of ventilators are available.


The death total remained 155.

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, 9,375 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 225 active cases. There are 189 total probable 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: 651

  • Cedar Park: 950

  • Georgetown: 1,796

  • Hutto: 656

  • Leander: 595

  • Round Rock: 2,938

  • Other: 1,301


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: 27

  • Not specified: 9

  • Other: 27

  • Round Rock: 71


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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