Williamson County coronavirus positivity rate returns to 5%

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 added 70 confirmed coronavirus cases Nov. 13, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since March to 10,842.

There are currently 42 patients hospitalized, 17 in intensive care units and seven on a ventilator. The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 21% of hospital beds, 16% of ICU beds and 81% 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.

Williamson County increased to a high coronavirus spread level Nov
. 10. Masks are still required, and the WCCHD is asking individuals to continue to maintain 6 feet of distance and wash their hands regularly.


However, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said he does not intend to issue another stay-at-home order as was done in March.

"Williamson County trusts our residents to be smart and prudent," he said in the release. "We know that they will take the appropriate measures to stay safe."

Of the total cases reported, 10,321 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 363 active cases. There are 1,061 total probable cases.

The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive, is 5.01%. The county had remained below 5% since at least mid-September, data shows.

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: 767

  • Cedar Park: 1,080

  • Georgetown: 1,983

  • Hutto: 746

  • Leander: 692

  • Round Rock: 3,254

  • Other: 1,419


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.
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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