Top 10 Williamson County COVID-19-related stories of 2020

Since its arrival in Central Texas in March, COVID-19 has altered all the norms of everyday life. In Williamson County, the pandemic led to business and dining restriction, mask mandates and canceled events. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Since its arrival in Central Texas in March, COVID-19 has altered all the norms of everyday life. In Williamson County, the pandemic led to business and dining restriction, mask mandates and canceled events. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Since its arrival in Central Texas in March, COVID-19 has altered all the norms of everyday life. In Williamson County, the pandemic led to business and dining restriction, mask mandates and canceled events. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Since its arrival in Central Texas in March, COVID-19 has altered all the norms of everyday life. In Williamson County, the pandemic led to business and dining restrictions, mask mandates and canceled events.

Here are the 10 most-read coronavirus-related stories from Williamson County in 2020.

1. Williamson County's stay-at-home order enforceable by up to $1,000 fine and 6 months in jail, officials say

Williamson County announced a stay-at-home order March 24 asking residents to remain at home except for necessary trips to grocery stores and pharmacies or for essential work to be completed. The order also states that if individuals go outside, they should maintain the recommended 6 feet of social distance.

2. Round Rock reporting significantly more coronavirus cases than other Williamson County cities—here's why


As of 4:30 p.m. June 3, Round Rock had 308 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 220 more than the next-highest city—Georgetown—with 88 confirmed cases, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.

3. JUST IN: Williamson County issues stay-at-home order through April 13

Williamson County officials called for a stay-at-home order during a March 24 press conference. The order will be in effect 11:59 p.m. March 24 through 11:59 p.m. April 13, County Judge Bill Gravell said.

4. Williamson County predicts 100,000 sick, deaths in the hundreds during coronavirus pandemic

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell informed the Commissioners Court on April 7 that the county predicts it will see 100,000 confirmed cases during the course of the coronavirus pandemic, with deaths in the hundreds, according to county projection models.

5. Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell seeks $8,000 in reimbursements for mask supplies

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell will ask commissioners to approve an $8,263.24 reimbursement to him and his wife for the purchasing of supplies to make masks for the coronavirus pandemic, according to the April 21 agenda.

6. 46 people tested positive for coronavirus in Round Rock nursing home

The Williamson County and Cities Health District had its first confirmed cluster of COVID-19 in a nursing facility, the district announced April 25.

7. Williamson County COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped dramatically. Here’s why.

Between Sept. 15 and 16, Williamson County hospitalization count dropped from 74 to 16 after a data feed error was corrected, Williamson County and Cities Health District officials said.

8. UPDATED: Take a look at Williamson County confirmed coronavirus cases May 2-8 and over time

Between May 2-8, Williamson County reported 48 additional cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 15.34%.

9. Williamson County coronavirus spread risk drops to ‘minimal’

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.

10. Williamson County sees largest daily jump in positive cases of coronavirus April 23, with 15 confirmed

Williamson County and Cities Health District confirmed 15 new cases of the coronavirus April 23, bringing the county total to 182.
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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