“Through a recent quality assurance check of data import systems, WCCHD has identified approximately 600 confirmed and 800 probable cases dated between July and October that were unintentionally excluded in reporting for Williamson County,” the WCCHD said in a report.
The unreported batch of cases will be dispersed by the actual dates reported to WCCHD on the dashboard and daily report graphs, the report said. The corrected numbers have changed from 10,011 confirmed cases reported Nov. 9 to 10,676 confirmed cases reported Nov. 10, and from 189 probable cases reported Nov. 9 to 1,023 probable cases reported Nov. 10, it said.
The county also rose to a high spread level after previously being at a moderate spread risk level.
“Based on gating criteria, Williamson County has met the requirements to move to orange phase which indicates high community COVID-19 transmission,” the WCCHD tweeted.
At this level, the WCCHD recommend avoiding gatherings of more than five people and to avoid or postpone large events. For more information on this spread risk level, click here.
There are now 37 patients hospitalized, 13 in intensive care units and five on a ventilator. The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 24% of hospital beds, 17% of ICU beds and 78% of ventilators are available.
The death total remains 158.
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, 10,187 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 331 active cases. There are 1,023 total probable cases.
The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive, is 4.16%.
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.
Total cases in the cities of residence, including probable cases, according to the WCCHD, are as follows.
- Austin: 747
- Cedar Park: 1,062
- Georgetown: 1,968
- Hutto: 730
- Leander: 673
- Round Rock: 3,201
- Other: 1,392
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: 28
- Not specified: 10
- Other: 28
- 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.