Williamson County adds more than 900 new cases Jan. 9-11

See how COVID-19 is impacting Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
See how COVID-19 is impacting Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

See how COVID-19 is impacting Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Williamson County reported 902 new coronavirus cases Jan. 9-11 as well as 30 additional backlog cases, bringing the total number of cases since March 2020 to 24,449, according to a Williamson County and Cities Health District report.

On Jan. 11, Williamson County announced a rollback in businesses' permitted occupancy levels from 75% to 50% and a pause to all elective surgeries as hospitalizations continue to increase.

There are 166 patients hospitalized, with 42 patients in intensive care units and 33 on ventilators, in the county. The WCCHD also reported 20% of hospital beds, 8% of ICU beds and 56% of ventilators are available.

The death toll remained 222.

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 continues to sit at the red level for coronavirus transmission risk. This is characterized by uncontrolled community spread, according to the WCCHD.

Of the total cases reported, 22,588 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 1,861 active cases. There are 3,196 total probable cases.

The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests for the coronavirus return positive, is 16.57%.

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 by cities of residence, including probable cases, according to the WCCHD, are as follows.

  • Austin: 1,809

  • Cedar Park: 2,443

  • Georgetown: 5,105

  • Hutto: 1,734

  • Leander: 1,869

  • Round Rock: 6,654

  • Other: 3,298

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.

  • Austin: 10

  • Cedar Park: 32

  • Georgetown: 48

  • Other: 42

  • Round Rock: 90

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.