Williamson County adds 178 coronavirus cases Dec. 4

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 added 178 confirmed coronavirus cases Dec. 4, bringing the total to 14,012, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.

There are 53 patients hospitalized, 26 in intensive care units and 11 on a ventilator. The WCCHD also reported 21% of hospital beds, 9% of ICU beds and 78% of ventilators are available.

The county death toll remains 169.

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 sits at the red level for coronavirus transmission risk as of Nov. 19. This is characterized by uncontrolled community spread, according to the WCCHD.


Of the total cases reported, 12,966 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 877 active cases. There are 1,451 total probable cases.

The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests return positive, is 11.33%.

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: 986

  • Cedar Park: 1,362

  • Georgetown: 2,804

  • Hutto: 959

  • Leander: 983

  • Round Rock: 4,089

  • Other: 1,823


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: 22

  • Georgetown: 31

  • Not specified: 11

  • Other: 29

  • Round Rock: 76


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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